Boy, do I ever dislike strong headwinds, especially in winter. Went for my run this morning and was confronted by a steady north wind that made the first half of the run a challenge, both from the stinging cold in the face and the added resistance. It may be a stretch, but it was Nietszche who said, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” I felt like Usain Bolt on the way back though!
I’m trying to learn to enjoy drinking wine lately. We have a bunch in the house, however I find it bitter and peppery most often. I recently learned though that the wine has to breathe and can improve immensely when it is given some time to air. Strangely I haven’t found this to be a problem with beer. In this regard I went out today and bought a decanter and an aerator for the wine. Perhaps using these items, as well as a bit of patience, will allow the wine will mellow out a bit and be more pleasing to my palate.
The aerator, produced by vinturi.com is quite a cool gadget (about $40) that I saw used for the first time the other day when I was at a local restaurant with some former co-workers. I have a tendency to open stuff and eat or drink it right away. Perhaps what wine has to teach me is the benefit of patience.
Prior to retirement I had decided to do some more regular community volunteer work. The past few weeks I, along with my wife, volunteered at the local food bank. I assisted clients with their Christmas hampers and assisted them with loading the food in their vehicles. It’s this kind of exposure to folks who are having a hard go of it that really made me appreciate how fortunate I have been. Lots of people facing bleak futures out there. Some will manage to get past it while I fear others will not. The reasons for their respective situations are many, but one has to learn not to judge and simply give of their time, talents and treasure in an effort to help out. The local food bank is an awesome organization that helps so many on a regular basis. Without the support of many generous business and individual donors they would not be able to do as much good as they do.
Well, have to go take supper off the stove (pork tenderloin, potatoes, baked Brussels sprouts & peppercorn gravy) – my wife is also benefiting from my retirement…