Stan and I can’t wait to keep the intriguing and interesting conversations continued on the Loopholes on Life Podcast! Today I wanted to post about something that really rung a bell with me. I recently got to spend a few working days in Sonoma County sampling and learning all about the Cabernet Wines they produce in this region. The setting was of course beautiful and the amount that I learned about grapes, wine, production and frankly….farming….was really eye opening.
But when I put the subject through the lens of being Stan; co-host of Loopholes on Life, it got me thinking…. Maybe we aren’t all that different than Wine Grapes!! You see to make great wine you need great grapes. One lecturer from UC Davis Enology School said as one of the first things his professor said to him was “You’ll never make a good wine with bad grapes” you just can’t. You need quality to make a successful wine; not all that different than human beings I would say? You will never make a great team with bad players; a great song with terrible music skills or even a great company with terrible employees. It really resonated with me about the importance of the craft of creating QUALITY products in this case in farming but resonated with me in all goods & services and continuing that by saying always trying to improve your product, team, friends or family who whomever you help shape and lead into the best they can be so we can produce the best results!
Secondarily, I learned such an intimate relationship we share as humans with the grape. The wine grape is of the utmost quality and provides the most complex and interesting notes and profiles when it STRUGGLES to live. The grapes that sit on the valley floor getting all the sunlight in the world, all the water they could ever need and all the food, soils, pesticides and anything else they need to be perfectly grown will in fact produce the lesser quality wine than the grape that barely has enough water to hang on or gets just enough sun light in a day to grow. You can’t say the same exists with all fruits making it a very special similarity to us humans! Because I believe you can say that about all humans. The best humans are made by working hard, striving for what they need in life and not getting it all handed to them on a silver platter. Finding a way to live and succeed against all odds. Growing and learning and digging deeper to learn and be educated just like a wine grape digs deeper and deeper into the soils to find it’s nutrients and water picking up character and uniqueness along the way!
You could say that a fine wine an accomplished human being are the perfect pairing! I love that wine brings me into this head space today and I hope you can see some of my points! Perhaps I can drag Stitch into a Podcast all about wine one day; and although it may be a bit one sided I’m sure we could find a lot in common over this topic!
THAT day, unfolding so seamlessly and flawlessly hour by hour that your smart phone can only project “magic” in the forecast?
THAT day, that ‘trending toward perfect’ one, where the sequential events tend to naturally build momentum into a domino fall of happiness. A pattern of statistically significant goodness, raising expectations and a smile.
How about THIS DAY? Deceitfully mirroring the same image of “THAT day”, yet fated to be the ‘Bizarro’ of Cinderella stories.
Have you ever had a day of good things leading up to a dinner of FREEOld Fashions and Premium Steak at a fine New York Establishment — hosted by your best friend………. which ended with plantar fasciitis and shin splints?
No News is Good News… …but No New York Travel is even better!!
On this episode you will hear one of the great New York day trips turn into a nightmare; a nightmare turn into awkward work colleague travel; and awkward work colleague travel turn into heroism and lasting lower-limb problems.
You’ll also learn how to flag down a cab as a New York visitor trying to catch a night flight, and why we should have a healthy distrust of the News and Uber.
Tonight, at 11:00p!
‘GOTTA HEAR ITS’!
>> “”and i start my run. and I run. and I run. I start sprinting. and I’m spinning in and out of people with my bags, picking my obstacles, choosing escalators with people or static stairs with none. I was like a ninja warrior.”” >> “That’s substantially cooler than me ordering “Mean Girls” on demand.” >> “cortisol? is that what makes me horny?”“
Happy to be back on the writing trail with all of you again after a far too long reprieve of telling myself I’ve been “too busy” to get a post in. Which we all know by now is just a fancy way of saying to ourselves ….accept my laziness and procrastination oh dear conscious….. we all do it far too often. But it’s a great moment like this when we get back on the horse and end those behaviors.
I wanted to write today about a topic I’m going to assume millions if not billions can relate to since we are on the heels of the largest box office opening weekend in history with Marvel’s End Game. Now I am not a movie buff and I’m not even a big comic guy at my core. I got into these movies through my son and together we started watching action comic movies and had a blast spilling our popcorn in excitement together when the good guys won over the evil bad guys!
I guess you could say I am sucker for the incredible characters, the awesome story development, insane CGI and the laundry list of A list stars on the roster. But what I truly have come to find I love most about these films is that I find them to just be somewhat blatant metaphors to our lives and the trials and tribulations we experience. Blatant to me; probably not a clue to my son which is why it works so well!
So for sake of not being a spoiler alert to the couple dozen people left on Earth who haven’t seen this film I will keep this as vague as possible. But basically in the film the non spoiler premise of the Avengers is them going back through time in an effort to try and re-write history. That alone to me was such a metaphor right off the rip. How many of us wouldn’t love to go back in time and get another chance at getting something right? That time you let the one you shouldn’t have slip away…..that moment you knew you could have done more to help a friend or family member…..that time you lied….the arguments you never needed to have…..the moments you quit when you should have kept going. The list goes on and on. I love that this movie challenged me to accept fate and realize that although the “Avengers” might have a way to go back in time- in real life we don’t; at least not yet! (queue my friend Stitch for a time travel podcast!) We have to be responsible for our actions in real time and failures and success are what define us and we must come to terms with that and use those experiences to better ourselves! I think that is what the metaphor was to me!
The movie has a lot of plot to it and it’s 3 hours long….which was not easy at times….lol. But I enjoyed the metaphors. I was taught lessons of Will Power as the Avengers never let go of the attempt to try and win back their lost ones and on the flip side the will power of the evil side with Thanos and their never ending attempt to destroy the spirit of the Avengers. Leaving that movie really motivated me to get moving on my life and get out and accomplish things while I still have time. It gave pause to realize what in my past I would have loved to have gone back and changed and to have to remember those things and accept them again and use the learning lessons to my advantage now. Lastly, it made me feel proud and special to know that thanks to my daily regime and half decent daily diet & exercise (excluding my NY Pies) for once in the history of Marvel films…I had a body better than Thor!!!!
Thanks for listening and reading! Come visit us on the Infamous Stan & Stitch Podcast!
ALL SHIPS are given sail by means of an unseen sea of seemingly majestic ebbs and flows.
It forms the bonds that pull; it forged from poles that bind.
From the moment Mother Yin and Father Yang first lovingly united in their division, Polarity was born… and with it, a means to feel the invisible connectivity and infinite possibility between us all: Magnetism!
Or, said another way, checkout Creation explained by Stitch to his children (as per Stan’s request in the pod, as Magnetism gets an important shoutout!)