My Favorite Apothic

My wife has long been a fan of Apothic Red, but it’s never been high on my list.

Today, we Apothic Dark. There is now an Apothic blend on my list of very tasty red blends.  Mmmmmm.

Seven Military Leadership Lessons from Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin & Hobbes is a great comic strip. I have several of the compilations and my kids love them, as well. As the Angry Staff Officer mentioned, Bill Waterson frequently managed to sneak life lessons into the strips…some for the kids, some for the grown-ups.

The Angry Staff Officer


When I was seven, my mother did the worst thing I could conceive of: she took my Calvin and Hobbes books away from me. Why, why would she do such a horrible thing, I asked her at the time, probably kicking and screaming and waving my tiny fists.

It was a very simple answer: I was acting too much like Calvin.

Little did my mother know, taking away my comic books for a little while would do nothing to cure my obsession for Calvin and Hobbes. Oh sure, I stopped dressing up as Stupendous Man and giving the baby-sitter a hard time; I simply got more subtle. I went ahead and took the lessons from Bill Watterson’s masterpieces and made them a part of my life. Not only that, I took it a step further and made them a part of my military leadership style.

Which maybe explains a…

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Hint, hint, wink, Winking Owl


So, we’re in Aldi’s grocery store and we come to the wine section and there are these bottles with cute little owls on them winking at us.  There’s cab, merlot, shiraz, chardonnay, pinot grigio…all for $2.98. What?! Yep, $2.98. Well, I figured we can’t miss on this.  Even if it sucked, that would only be a loss of three bucks.  Well, this Winking Owl cabernet sauvignon is surprisingly good.  It’s not the best I’ve ever had, but at about $3, you can’t really beat it.  The label describes it as more full-bodied than light and semi-dry, and it is right on.  I’ve never seen Winking Owl before, but we’ll certainly pick up a couple the next time we ‘re in an Aldi’s.

A very tasty GR8RW by Acronym.


Acronym. makes a very tasty cab. Picked it up on sale at half off at about $10…and it’s definitely worth it.  While I really like it at this price, I’m not sure I’d buy it for $20…mostly because that puts me over the regular price of my current go-to wine, Casillero del Dialbo’s Malbec, that runs about $13.

Barboursville’s 2010 Paxxito


Sweet and very tasty.  If you like dessert wines, this is a great one:  Barboursville’s Paxxito 2010.

A favorite Cab, bro!


One of my new all-time favorites is the 2012 Cabernet Saivignon by Breaux Vineyards, a gorgeous vineyard with a beautiful tasting room.

Ramey Claret


No, I didn’t have this yummy Claret for breakfast, I’m just posting it this morning. Ramey’s 2012 Claret is very tasty.


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