My admiration goes out to folks who not only talk about caring for our environment, but, especially to those whose actions speak louder than words. May I proudly introduce you to Cece Reinhardt and Brenda Daugherty of On The Road Green. Cece had found my blog and reached out to me, kindly expressing her pleasure in reading my posts. Ironically, the day before I received Cece’s message, she and Brenda were doing an open house in Boulder, Colorado (I only live 20 minutes from Boulder) of their eco-friendly Airstream. I missed them by one day and off they went to Albuquerque! I hope I can run into these fantastic women on the road one day to meet them in person. I love what they are doing, spreading the message of green living and helping our planet earth in so many ways. Keep up the good work, ladies and safe travels. I look forward to following along on your journey through your amazing website! Enjoy their story…
The Silver Bullet is making a comeback! Airstream is making news all over the country!!
|The Airstream Bambi, circa 1960, that was recently added to the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Airstream Turns 80: Looking in the Rear View Mirror, Huffington Post
CBS Los Angeles shared: “New Airstream Dealership Opens in LA”
Fox News.com just published “America’s 10 Greatest Factory Tours”
Capital Talk: Bob Wheeler from RVNN.TV
The New York Times published: “Airstream: The Concept Travels Well”
Travel + Leisure published: “World’s Trendiest Airstream Hotels”
Austin News, The Statesman wrote about: “Fashion on the roll: Mobile boutiques hit the trailer scene”
Food & Wine contributes this article: “The New Airstream Cuisine”
Photo Source: New York Times
With a passion for Drive-Ins, shooting movies and Airstreams, Mark Gudenas (host and proprietor) built his dream Airstream Hotel Resort ~ located in the heart of Southern Utah’s Red Rock Canyon Country. Shooting Star Drive-In Airstream Hotel features 360-degree views of the Grand Staircase, the Escalante Mountains and Dixie National Forest. You can choose from 8 different Airstreams as your accommodations, each decorated to resemble the dressing trailer of a Hollywood Movie Star while they were shooting on location. Or bring your own Airstream, full hook-ups available. And what could be more fun than hanging out after dark to watch an old flick at a 1960′s inspired Drive-In theatre? Sounds like a good time to me!
Photo Source: Shooting Star
HUB’S HINTS – Wine Tips
How to Hold a Wine Glass. . .
This week I wanted to respectfully and delicately broach a subject that may, on the surface, seem a bit trite. But, like many things in life, there is an actual “proper” way of doing everything. I believe that most everyone would like to demonstrate knowledge and experience in all matters and appear intelligent, cognizant, sophisticated and socially appropriate. Then again, some of the people I come in contact with don’t seem to care at all. Forgetting for a moment those heathen types who don’t care and are oblivious and to let all those who are interested know, there is a recognized and proper way to hold a wine glass. Generally there seems to be a misunderstanding regarding this situation. I have seen many different variations of this subject in restaurants, clubs, bars and at private functions (and, at varying states of inebriation!). In the course of this post, I would like to explain the reasons and benefits for holding a wine glass in a certain prescribed manner. Not only is this a matter of proper etiquette but, it also demonstrates respect for others, the winemaker’s art and the wine being consumed. Also, it will insure the maximum pleasurable experience for the consumer.
Please understand, there are many reasons why wine is normally served in stemware of various types and sizes (see Riedel wine glasses for additional information). But, before explaining the rational behind how to hold a glass – this is how it is done.
Hold the stem of the glass between your index finger and thumb and / or your thumb, index finger and middle finger. Like this. . .
An acceptable variation would allow for the “pinkie” to support and balance the glass under the base. This is especially important with large-sized wine glasses that may feel a bit cumbersome and difficult to balance. Like this. . .
Never allow for the fingers or palm of the hand to come in contact with the bowl of the glass. Like this. . .
Looking back at these photos taken by my wife, I can see why I was never selected as a hand model! Short, pudgy fingers, fat little hands and unattractive fingernails – even a top grade manicure would not have helped!
The reasons and rational ~
There are a number of considerations in this regard but, to start let’s examine the situation from one’s personal enjoyment and satisfaction. If for no other reason (I suspect this particular blog viewing public is more respectful than to have their own personal satisfaction above all other considerations or, I would not say anything and allow those poor unfortunate souls to wonder aimlessly in the wine consumption world and confirm their lack of understanding and social graces). But, to maximize your personal appreciation and satisfaction consider the following:
Visibility ~ with wine, there is a definite visual appreciation of the clarity, brilliance and the appealing color variations of the wine. If the bowl of the glass is smudged, smeared, imprinted and encrusted with whatever you had on your hands before grabbing the glass the visual aspects of the wine will be marred and not at all attractive. Think about fried chicken, no matter how you wipe your hands there will be some unsightly residue remaining that would be transferred to the glass. If the glass is not clean and clear of foreign material, the beautiful color, the subtle color variation, the clarity and brilliance of the wine cannot be truly appreciated.
Aroma ~ depending on what you had on your hands and how much of it is transferred to the glass, (with some people, I wont go there) a definite odor may be present that can conflict with the delicate aroma and bouquet of the wine.
Temperature ~ please be aware and understand, the temperature of the wine can be altered with the warmth of your hot little hands. If the temperature is not at optimum condition, a less than pleasurable experience will be registered. Temperature is more critical with white wines and rose that are intended to be consumed at cooler temperatures. The heat from your hands can take the chill off of the wines in a very short time frame.
Etiquette ~ while in public eye (the best habits are practiced in the privacy of one’s home), it is important to adhere to a few social graces. In this day and age, society seems to have adopted a more “relaxed” attitude and / or a complete and utter disregard for proper etiquette. I believe that compliance with a few old (and now, apparently somewhat antiquated) social graces demonstrates knowledge, intelligence, self-respect and a consideration for others. You wouldn’t chew with your mouth open, smack your lips, slurp your wine or wipe your mouth on the tablecloth so, why hold the glass improperly?
Respect ~ holding the wine glass properly demonstrates respect and consideration for the host, the restaurant establishment, for others in your general vicinity, the winemaker’s art and ultimately respect for the wine being served and consumed. An unsightly glass has the capacity to distract from the wine and adversely affect the entire dining party. For maximum appreciation for the laborious task of winemaking and to insure a quality oriented appreciation for the wine, please consider holding the glass in the proper manner.
For those of you who that are aware of this situation, I beg your indulgence. For everyone else; you may now consume wine while in public with reckless abandon and with the utmost confidence that you are demonstrating a superior knowledge, a special understanding and an expertise on the subject.
By-the-way, I am aware of new and fashionable wine glasses that do not have a stem. I for one am not a proponent of this type of glassware for all of the reasons outlined above. I would avoid them like the plague!
This blog was honestly and sincerely intended to be helpful. Thank you for allowing me to share this seemingly “trite” but, important information with you.