I just got back from a trip in British Columbia’s wine country, followed up by a party-every-day experience in New Orleans — not that you’d know any of that by following me here or on social media. More than ever, I’m just living life in the present — meaning the best I can give right now is an after-action-report.
Some highlights of the trip now that I’ve got some moments to jot down a few random notes:
- I have a pretty ideal work-life balance — and since people often travel to Vancouver as a holiday destination, I always think it’s kind of funny when I go away to relax.
- I do not have a very refined palette when it comes to wine — and I’m OK with that. I can tell a Merlot from a Shiraz, but I have no real sense for why one would drink one over the other at any given time. Pairings elude me. I’m a lot better at figuring out what I like when it comes to beer, as those who know me well can attest.
- Speaking of beer, if you’re down in New Orleans, try any of the Arbita brand of craft beers. You pretty much can’t go wrong. I especially liked the Andygator, but be forewarned, it’s strong stuff.
- New Orleans isn’t nearly as dangerous as you’ve heard — at least around the French Quarter and the downtown streets next door. When I told people I was going, one of the first things I would invariably hear (from people who had been and folks who were just repeating what they’d heard) is “be careful”. Meh. Use common sense, be alert and don’t head down deserted side streets and you’re probably fine. I see as many sketchy folks on my way to the office every day in Vancouver as I did in Nola.
- Nola is a word. Huh.
Now I’m back at work in Vancouver — or at least I was until 5 minutes ago. Looks like the Thanksgiving long weekend is coming up soon.
Like I said, nice work-life balance.