Technology & Tools

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 😎😎😎😁😁😁

January 17th 2014 Journal.


My wine book expired! I tried to read and Overdrive says my library loan ended and delete book now. Whatever. I got another one. 25% already. That is what Pocket guides are good for. I like doing this because it creates memory speed and I jump over stuff I cannot stand because again? That is my week in wine up to this Friday. It is week in confusion. I am given plan of action by Wine Advice and need to sleep on it but basically taste away. 17 Jan 2014 7:17 am Bart Tube, California

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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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January 11th 2014 Journal


Saturday. Today I continue in wine which is of minor interest. The weather sucks now. I take the train. I was to do last of the experiments before take off this Saturday and Sunday. Today was a bother so will do Sunday. It is expected to succeed and I will be ready for launch. New projects? No. New level of activities. We see how accurate my adviser is. I should be active and yes will be all over the map. Life goes on. Today we do more of the wine stuff. I have learned plenty about a completely different kind of work and who knows the future. I could read what is left of my silly wine book. Reviews are so annoying. Someone said is like reading a how to book to refresh ones memory of how to drive a car! What does that mean? Exactly. We need to do and all memory comes back. 11 Jan 2014 8:02 am Hayward, California

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January 9th 2014


THEY tell me some PEOPLE are upset I can read on my Nokia Lumia 520 Windows phone. Who cares. That would be a great deal because as many millions of iPhones out there one can hardly read seriously on iPhone screen. I am done with most of this basic review text. It has been an okay mind jogger as I have been told. I wouldn’t read a page if was on paper. My normal reaction would be after reading half a page to say “shuuuuut uuuuuup.” The text is too friendly and too basic. I couldn’t read on my Android tablet either but on my 4″ Nokia screen I did. We are at 51%! I think the reason is the app provides a tiny piece to read and is so hard to figure where we are. Knowing half way or where in chapter or book won’t matter. One needs to know how much read and to read live to decide it is time to declare one is tired or read too much. Since cannot do that, I just keep reading and wondering how much o read and how much left. Lack of layout helps more reading. Anyway we finish red Bordeaux and fall into California reds! The book is over and filler materials follow. I have to say this to get a few people mad. Sommelier training has least respect for California wine! Media gives them a huge priority of coverage but in academia they get treated equal with New York wine and lesser than New Zealand! I don’t blame them. Some people make wine as food. California fakes everything from wine to pistachios just to gain market share. I cannot remember the food and wine matching class in Sommelier training. Chocolate and red wine skipped? “There is no such a thing as matching chocolate and wine. CALIFORNIA INVENTS THIS STUFF.” Thinking about it I have to agree chocolate is a Northern California tourist commodity and California wine is not meant for food and has to go with something. And while we at it, all the superb foreign cheeses are banned so super creameries of California are “discovered?” Cheese is food for poor people in Europe traditionally and chocolate ain’t food at all. Good local cheese is so expensive hence needs “discovery” because it cannot sell as FOOD. And enough said of the wine. Do I bash? How about no balanced view is welcome in America? They have to be biased or something is done wrong. 9 Jan 2014 7:38 am Embarcadero, California

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Wednesday Jan 8th 2014


Wednesday. I got out to get to bus to train as usual but ground was wet and it smelt damp like rain. Sucked. I didn’t get to bring an umbrella. However, when I checked online it says mostly cloudy. Online weather sucks so we see.

I am used to a little bit of reading in the morning now. Some in afternoon also. Boring review texts are boring and don’t go fast because as we read we hit stuff we know and slow down as brain drags a whole chain of thought and we stuck till the whole thing is retrieved only to think how little I care to remember that! It happens. Once is retrieved, we are okay and next time it will pull in a flash. It pays to have a fast brain. It works like a computer with a solid processor and lot of memory. The disadvantage is we get bored fast too! I recovered from boredom and not that bad. The cool thing is I sort of remember where I left this part of a topic last time who knows when! German wines? I was going to volunteer and work at a decent German wine place in lieu of going to Germany last I remember so I can get buried in them so much I have a good reference point! They are too unique, expensive and hard to distinguish because of names, etc to learn by following as a wine topic. One needs to get personal and can follow some of the wines we meet. That was a past memory. The review reading is not bad. It is working on. I am getting closer to the 50% mark now. That pressures my reading speed to get rid of this book. I am not a book person and think I have a good system to read wine books by doing one book at a time but need to finish review and get into the field. It was easy to think wine, beer, food, service etc when I was in the restaurant biz. That was the frame of reference. Now I only have the formal learning frame of reference again which is an exhausted approach! I need a new context to continue learning. I think this is the research stage now. I am past survey and study. That can come back in the future but now the challenge is to be somewhere and dig one by one. That takes time but a trained person can find so much! I am already warned this may start as fun but soon I will be noticed because “he asks very hard questions” will be my m.o. to wine people. Some people won’t mind. 8 Jan 2014 7:06 am Hayward, California

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Tuesday Jan 7th 2014


Even though I had got sick of reading this book on wine, I have kept it up. The interesting thongs are early in the morning and fresh from sleep I can read till I get to work. My mind naturally absorbs well then. And I can read well on the tiny cellphone screen about 4″ but cannot on 7″ tablet screen! I think phone provides a simple layout and tablet distracts by so much appearing AND so many controls to adjust. There is not much to do on Nokia Lumia 520 screen but read! I am past 32% which is a lot because normally books are read at different paces throughout but I read everything and at same pace on Nokia screen. It is not standard reading and more of curiosity reading! It works. 7 Jan 2014 7:22 am Embarcadero, California

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Tuesday the 31st


It is Tuesday and New Year’s Eve. Do I care? I guess but not important. Since I have a new routine forming for past few weeks I have a few surprises here and there. I am used to not caring for the traditional calendar of public by now. Mine moves too fast AND is barely up and running. Because my work requires a lot of back to back activities I have a short attention span now. A todo list is a life saver because I have too much to do as in being busy handling little tasks in my mind and other things get forgotten or delayed unless a todo list keeps them and one visits the list regularly. That is where I am at. Tablet cannot go unless I carry a bag and I cannot Chromebook because no time. We shall see how we do since more stuff ahead. That is the state of Tuesday. I am reviewing a generic wine book and as appears I review a couple more and then I have to find tastings to attend. I guess I will be writing wine but my primary objective is to be on the wine calendar as of present time. My approach toward learning has changed over the past years. Instead of an organized and systematic approach to exploration I accept the fact that the field is a mess and no one system will allow me to handle it. I just get to work without a map basically. For now, after a primer that will mean occasional tastings as time and luck permit. I am sure what I write increases my level of activity for this and my Wine by Cush blog hence they become reactive for all practical purposes and this is in spite of the fact that most my publishing will happen by typing on a 4″ Nokia Lumia 520 screen! I think I produce just fine and I have changed my evaluation strategy also for sometime. Considering how many bad things happen regularly I only bother to mention or review the good ones. Too many to avoid means is better to mark good rather than put too many signs out in the field on bad ones. Fewer flags are a necessity to get somewhere. 31 Dec 2013 8:38 am Lake Merritt, California

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Mouton?


Cool lock screen for my Nokia Lumia phone. The daily Bing screensavers are optional but can be nice. I skip sharing them on my other blog because they can be confusing. That is rare. I didn’t expect this one. It is Christmas and the word Mouton popped into my mind right after I thought “sheep?” Nobody cares about sheep or lamb in America. They exist as information on food packaging. Meeting the head and ears of a sheep reminds me more of Chateau Mouton than does lamb, Bible and Christmas. Nice photo. 25 Dec 2013 12:05 pm San Leandro, California

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My Week in Burritos – Senior Sisig Food Truck versus Frozen Breakfast Burritos at Lucky’s


Frozen breakfast burritos are highly recommended by my doctors. They provide when we need a load of nutrition and low on time and so on. Today I opened the last of three packs. I am a gourmet NOT so really don’t look at packagings. I don’t know but was purple and had some kind of chemical probably put there by US government! It made me tell the truth about all kinds of things for next 30 minutes and publish them online until I was saved by the urge to take my world famous morning dump which overrides all including chemical induced confessions. We see if happens again. Tomorrow. Otherwise we need a new theory.

It is day three. Actually second day of week. Last week we missed the food truck on Wednesday but came on Friday so we ate. This week they come daily. Nice. We ate yesterday and the big question is today? I don’t know. We get half off etc so is a good deal. I feel weird paying $4 for a good burrito so I buy one for my sidekick. Others have theories what they done wrong they don’t get free burritos but get free Arizonas. No reason. There is no free burrito. Burrito costs $8 so if half off comes in pairs is how I see it. And they put potatoes not beans. Pork been good twice. I think maybe or we get those pizzas from 711 to share. A $5 large pizza was invented not to be food but company shared meal even if employee pays. I don’t know.

I did learn good things. Searching for Senior Sisig truck last Wednesday we headed online. Twitter helped. The website had calendar but not updated as expected. Twitter was good. We got location. Too far. We looked for others. The apps we downloaded and online food truck websites were shit. Hardly anything. That was a good lesson. Twitter still helps but it is amazing how primitive some systems are. Word of mouth seems to drive these trucks. I think they are too local to be in a system. Then again twitter can help if can search for more locally when lunch time. I didn’t try that. Soon no more holiday and I go back to my famous lunch of nuts, apple and so on. Merry Christmas. 23 Dec 2013 9:16 am Downtown, San Francisco

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Week 51 2013


I am too lazy to look at calendar but is week before Christmas yet and I think is 51. I don’t care. I do need an easy system to mark end of the week however. This should work. Next year will begin right if this don’t. Who cares. I looked at past posts. Whatever. A dead blog because is so hard to get things going without proper tools. I can using this Windows phone which allows me to do all of my blogs. A pocket size device can help. It is casual and sometimes that is all we can do. This blog suffered because I could not stop and write. It is laundry time now and we can thanks to Windows OS on my Nokia Lumia phone.

Last week was good. I did restart in wine and is coming back fast. Naturally I am confused but so what. I need to brush up on vintages and a few more names to learn to say properly. What the hell I have to learn some French after all. I am not British to have an aversion to other languages. I need to know functional French in this trade. All in time. Right now I have logistic problems. Being in the field means too many places and when? I have to gather pieces so I know where I will be and when. I have a lot more doing now and I think I need a dedicated tablet for wine industry. I think of it as a holding place for content. They gather up and I sit down to go through them when have time. Current Android tablet gets converted from a research device to a dedicated gathering content device for wireless and high tech when I get my Galaxy Mega 6.3 phone. I won’t be able to follow these industries nonstop in real time so I gather content and ho through them when I can. That is it. 22 Dec 2013 12:07 pm Hayward, California

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