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WTN: Swan song

by Patchen (Chicago) » Thu Jun 15, 2006 8:10 pm

It's been a while since I poked my head in here. Life intervenes. Other internet distractions take over one's free time (but most of my 3500-volume library is now cataloged!). Where to begin? One bottle at a time...

One of the nicer things I've had lately is a Joseph Swan 2001 Russian River Valley Zinfandel, Frati Vineyard. It's old-fashioned, low-wood, brambly, redolent of drying strawberries and black pepper; the alcohol is mercifully moderate, which makes it easy to slurp; but it's deep and complex enough to savor.

Looking forward to posting more and hanging out, now that summer's here and the eleven-hour days have ended!

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Re: WTN: Swan song

by JoePerry » Thu Jun 15, 2006 8:23 pm

Good to see your name, Patchen!


Patchen (Chicago) wrote:(but most of my 3500-volume library is now cataloged!).



Care to elaborate? Have you given up political science for library work? Surely this isn't a personal collection...?

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Re: WTN: Swan song

by James Roscoe » Thu Jun 15, 2006 8:55 pm

It's good to see you here. I alwys read your posts on the "old" site. I look forward to reading more. Like Joe, I'm curious about the 3500 library. Are those books or bottles? Either way I'm supremely jealous. I also had the Swan zin recently. Good stuff.
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Re: WTN: Swan song

by JoePerry » Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:49 pm

Comic books?

I may have you beat...
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The personal is political (science)

by Patchen (Chicago) » Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:56 am

Hey Joe!

Sure it's personal, in the sense that they're all my books. But it's also professional, in the sense that I get paid to read them. (Don't tell me I have a freakishly good job: I know it!) Anyway, if it was an institutional library it'd be pretty meager.

Nice to see some familiar faces!

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Books, not bottles

by Patchen (Chicago) » Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:59 am

Hi James -- nice to see you again!

It's books, not bottles; the latter library is about 500. But then, I don't recycle my books once I've finished them, so the books will always have an advantage over the wine...

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Re: Books, not bottles

by Bill Buitenhuys » Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:05 am

Hiya Patchen. It's good to see your name pop up again.
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Re: Books, not bottles

by James Roscoe » Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:26 am

Of course the wine gets recycled too, just not in a very pleasant way. Like beer, wine is never purchased, but merely rented.
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Re: Books, not bottles

by Jenise » Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:35 am

Patchen, you've been away too long. And, nice note on one of Sonoma's best producers. Great zins for the reasons you mention, and they age!
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Re: WTN: Swan song

by Robin Garr » Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:36 am

Patchen (Chicago) wrote:Looking forward to posting more and hanging out, now that summer's here and the eleven-hour days have ended!


Patchen! Yaaay! You've been missed. Now hold on, while we slay a fatted calf ...
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Re: WTN: Swan song

by James Roscoe » Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:58 am

Robin,
You will need a lot of calves! There are quite a few prodigals out there I personally would love to see make their way back here. It's great to have Patchen chiming in again. Sign me up for the feast! Cheers to Patchen.
Cheers to ALL!
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Re: WTN: Swan song

by Robin Garr » Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:55 pm

James Roscoe wrote:You will need a lot of calves! There are quite a few prodigals out there I personally would love to see make their way back here. It's great to have Patchen chiming in again. Sign me up for the feast! Cheers to Patchen.
Cheers to ALL!


Thanks for the sediments, James! :)

A quick comment on that: Because I've wanted to be fair to the folks at Netscape and live up to every aspect of my contractual agreement with them, I've somewhat soft-pedaled publicity on the "new" WLDG, and it's entirely possible that some of the prodigals simply don't know we're here.

They're all welcome back, though, and we have an unlimited supply of Virtual Calves™. I would appreciate it very much indeed if any, and all, of you who have personal contact with Prodigals would pass the word, and assure them that at the New WLDG, like the Old WLDG, we keep our old friends' bar stools reserved and their monogrammed frosted mugs safe in the freezer.
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Awww!

by Patchen (Chicago) » Fri Jun 16, 2006 4:59 pm

What a nice warm welcome. Thanks, Robin, Jenise, Bill, etc.! Glad to see so many familiar names in the forum, too. I'm still getting the hang of the new software, and it's a little unnerving to have these emoticons blinking at me while I type, but I'm sure I'll figure everything out. Just don't sacrifice ME at the altar if I trip over any of the furniture in my first couple of weeks! ;-)

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Re: Awww!

by Hoke » Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:19 pm

Speaking of sacrificing....

have you by any chance sacrificed that Greco yet.

Best fresh, you know, and I figure the toddling town should be hot and humid enough for you to have reason to pop the cork on it by now, Herr Doktor Professor.
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Yes, sir!

by Patchen (Chicago) » Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:31 pm

And it was awfully good, although I don't have a note on it. Snappy but pretty complex too. As I recall, we had it within a couple of weeks after we saw you; we couldn't wait for appropriate weather. So thanks, again.

As for this Hair Doctor stuff: no fair making fun of the bald(ing) guy!
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Re: Yes, sir!

by James Roscoe » Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:44 pm

Hey! Watch who you're calling bald! Some of have had years of hair loss not to mention three teenage daughters. It's no wonder I drink so much wine.
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Re: WTN: Swan song

by Lou Kessler » Fri Jun 16, 2006 9:48 pm

Nice to see you around again. I was worried that we had chased you away with some bad wine served at that Berkeley offline. :D
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Re: WTN: Swan song

by James Roscoe » Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:29 pm

Lou,
Why don't you pull up a chair and join in? I know there is more witty reparte over on 'that other place", but your seat at the table is always ready. I always enjoy reading your posts too.
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Re: WTN: Swan song

by Isaac » Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:50 pm

Um, what "other place" might that be?
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Not at all.

by Patchen (Chicago) » Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:21 am

It's just taken me a while to recover from the hangover. :D
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