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Josh Likes Maryland: Part 2 (New York City)

Every fear I had about New York City was true. Times Square - though I've been told that it's much more magical at night - was a saturated shudder-fest, with everything seemingly hedonistic surrounding you: towers smothered with flashy promotions and posters of celebrities, insistent half-nude street performers (I've honed an impression), and junk food everywhere, all wrapped up in a frame of hot sun and a small dash of claustrophobia. But yes we're ~*here*~! To explore possibilities and make dreams come true in the city, you guys! JK because the parts of New York City we visited weren't exactly my steez, but I'm back in a couple of weeks for the Wine Bloggers Conference so there'll be more exploring. My cousin lives here and he led...

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Josh Likes Maryland: Part 1

I've found that I can't enjoy full-fledged roller coasters anymore, but I enjoy the hints of thrills from airplane turbulence and chunky landings. Kinda gross. We fly to the eastern part of the continent for a family reunion on the mother's side - not just the immediate family, but a whole congregation of 19 humans of all ages on a plane. And Baltimore is the closest relevant city to where we're staying - so that's where I tell people where we're going for 13 days - and I have little knowledge on these parts of the United States so I understand none of the references on crabs ("...

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Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 – The back of the bottle; the odds and ends

This was my first Wine Bloggers Conference - I partially regret not going last year, but at the same time, I justified my absence because my co-worker attended, so I thought work wouldn't let us both take time off. Ironically, the bulk of us are on vacation in a couple of weeks. Last year's conference was in Penticton, i.e. it was literally super close to home, so I really do deserve a slap on the wrist for missing that one. I couldn't resist not going to attend this year's conference in Santa Barbara - first, California. Wine. Hi. Second, it would provide me with a fabulous answer for anyone that would ask what I was up to this summer, and I wouldn't...

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Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 – First time at a legit vineyard?!

Okay - so day two of the conference - after we've finished the breakout session (I went to the one about blends), we have a little break where I assume the bulk of us grab a snack or wash the summer Californian sweat/shame off our skin. We're told to meet outside at 5PM sharp, and multiple buses would whisk us away to mystery locations. So literally, a couple of buses would show up, n-number of us would hop into one of the buses to somewhere we have no idea about, and then the remainder of us would wait for the next batch of buses. For all I knew this was the part in the horror movie where they would take us...

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Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 – First Impressions

Day 1. First off: intentionally-chosen attire: Brettanomyces shirt. Onwards. By something like 4AM on the day of my flight, I was excited out of my mind. I was absolutely stoked for the Wine Bloggers Conference, but I also love early morning flights - I love the feeling of escaping while the whole city is asleep (though I hope that this doesn't say more about my myself than I'd like). There's also something I find weirdly satisfying about successfully passing the airport security portion. Like, I'm fine - why do I even worry? The metal detector can't check for bad personalities. "Sir, can you please step over here? We looked at the scanner and we noticed that you enjoy puns. Can you Gew over there...

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Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 (in Santa Barbara!) – Scholarship Recipient

My knowledge of any sort of Wine Bloggers Conference begun in 2013. It took place in Penticton (so close to home!) and so it was a bit of a bummer that I couldn't make it. The knowledge of the next one rolled around and a friend stirred up my excitement - I was eventually convinced to go, leading to eager registration during a tight schedule, i.e. attempting to apply for the WBC scholarship on an iPad during a movie night with friends. (For the record, we watched "The Purge", which would have paired nicely with a smoky and gamey Pinotage reminiscent of gunpowder and revenge.) Obviously I was thrilled when I found out that I had earned the scholarship, and thusly...

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