Day to Day Journal

February 2 2014 Journal


It is Sunday. Rain and cold. Tomorrow life goes back to normal. Most of my activities are back on track. My perpetual training may continue as expected or I may get lucky. A very good suggestion may be exactly what I need. Since I spend a good chunk of time on retail training I should also pay attention to filling the gaps and refreshing most of what I know in wine field. I can benefit from a refresher in bar and gap filling is needed for restaurant management, wine and a few other things. Do I need them? I think so. If nothing else learning another way of doing things is always a plus. Except for very high end places most establishments are not very good at what they do and don’t care and may be does not matter. I could learn a few things anyway AND I am expected to be stuck here and there from now on and why not! I think that will do some good and if nothing else I will be in the field and may not earn any money but come back up to speed. I don’t even know if I want to work at stupid restaurant jobs. I could do some figuring easily. I have done very well in the past and my problem now is I won’t be a peak performer once back in. That takes time and I would like to return to my peak level so I can see clearly what is best. I think one month will do me good. And I won’t write anything about where I am if I do because is confusing to get in and I don’t care to think hard about these things. I am there till I have something substantial to say or not and this won’t be enough time. We shall see. Beating the rain is all I care nowwwww. 2 Feb 2014 4:02 pm Hayward, California 😎😎😎😁😁😁

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January 19th 2014 Journal


Sunday marks end of one week and beginning of another. My new stuff kicking in soon. It seems I will be doing wine where expected and should continue reviewing our new wine list which is retail. I follow my old habits and need to be familiar with the list so much and can forget about mostly and go about business. I think other things kick in shortly. I continued my second book and the middle chapter is so big it almost covers the whole book. Overdrive app allows only so much memory so complained that was too much for the app. I may have to finish on tablet. I try not to use the tablet so I use the Chromebook and works just fine. It is just a lot of work from here on. Another advantage of working in wine biz versus retail is I will have more money for non-essentials like wine bottles but being too busy that is not anywhere on my lists. That is about it today. Progress will be following a different path now. I was watching more detective series. Sherlock has run of episodes even for reruns and inspector Maigret pretends to be French in a series with not one person without thick British accents. He is ok. Nice acting though. I can do a better job! Granada TV did it as did Sherlock Holmes series so I was curious. These guys are in and out of pubs during work hours and have beer delivered to police station. Nice stories too. 95% of script is just talk…. No French actors in French series? I don’t know. Busy. 19 Jan 2014 10:11 am San Leandro, California

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January 15th 2014 Journal


It is Wednesday. No week in wine this week. I am week in retail. That is boring but finally getting warmer. Warm is good. I am getting busier which is good and now believe my business adviser more than before how around the clock business or job activities allow other things to happen. I spent a month training on and off and? Still in limbo. I did however get back in the field because the underlying work activity allowed me to be in the field to do other things. I will be with my review text which is like taking a rapid review course so I come to speed in all little details rather than thinking to remember some. Further reading will go very fast AND I can begin tasting which is a big part. Since no industry exists there is no practical way to be in the field and following business activities of businesses in lieu of an industry only works so much. Tastings is a good step in the right direction. Word has it many do not like my tasting approach in the biz. Wine business is a group of merchants buying and selling. Quantity and variety are keys. They need that promoted not sticking to individual wines and finally moving to another to stick there. French say that is the right way because most people drink a or few wines they like hence don’t have to be wine explorers to be wine enthusiasts. That is my approach because wine is center of activity not movements in the field. Big corporations don’t like that. They need a zillion wines to be constantly on and out so transactions are abundant. It works like stock market. The sum of many buy and sell orders will in total bring wealth or not. And big always win by using this system. They don’t like investors who study one stock, buy it and sell it someday and move to another. That is not a healthy market for big guys though safe and content for “average” players and investors. Who cares. I like my approach. Either way I will do random tastings of many. How? Having a background relevant activity like a job or business in the field makes this happen. And no wonder jobs that take forever to train at lose their appeal soon. One cannot build anything on top of foundation that does not form. 😏😏😏😏😏😝😝😝😝😝

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January 13th 2014 Journal


It is Monday. Life in the wine field is great. I am going downhill with my review book. The chapters with some meat are done and we are past half way point and going faster and faster. Reviewing stuff sucks because as soon as you are reminded of what you will have a delay to remember otherwise you feel so bored to remember the stuff. Wine knowledge is finite hence that. You need to know it all 100% but once you do why would you want to remember any of it? You would want to go around doing your stuff and also understand exactly what is going on because you done your homework. And after many apologies by my associates I was finally given the good news we are no longer completely dedicated to the current wine gig I am in. That was great news because what takes too long to work will probably not work. That is my experience. At best, I will be around a little part time or on call but this was not the best choice. Fortunately, the guilty parties are now most insistent to make up for lost time and this was not a total loss. I did learn new things and we just go from here. I am glad the pace of activities is picking up. I am in a new routine that is not in full motion but is 100% active and basically gives me a lot of room to do things given they are available to be done. I can cover a lot in short time. We think will work and wine is one of them. I cannot wait to finish this review book and get back to doing my stuff. Once again, I may have to bartend also. I spent so long doing it and learned it so well and may have no choice. Those boring stories of daily life events I have to listen to. I cannot wait for the insane rushes not to keep anybody company. We are moving ahead either way. 13 Jan 2014 6:00 pm San Leandro, California

I Notice YOU Chateau Mouton


Sunday is here. My last experiment has been successful and my 24/7 which was a go by other people standard is active by mine too. That must be good. I guess. We get more done this way.

Saturday was not a day off and I worked/training. I spent most of day doing routine stuff and I did learn something extra which occasionally happens. I had to retrieve a big order which by human counts had 800+ bottles of wine hence a palate order. Nothing there to say and is all boxes hence easy to handle but this order was all fancy French wines which come in wood boxes! Wood is heavy but easy to get used to until…. Chateau Mouton bastards use baby coffins (don’t know what else to call them) for boxing wine. Twelve bottles and box is okay but those boxes alone weigh 20 lbs in my estimate! My sources say 12 not 20 but three stories high and stacked higher they weigh too much. I used to tell people any wine that comes in a fancy bottle is charging you extra for nothing and standard bottles are real value. I cannot say that about Chateau Mouton and damn cases of has BUT I am watching them. There is no shit list but they are on a list. As Monk told Barton Fink he was in trouble because he was noticed by his boss. That meant his life would be hell now. Never get noticed was his advice. I notice Mouton. 12 Jan 2014 9:46 am Hayward, California

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