12/01/09 - So You Think You Can Dance - Season 6 : Week 6 – I'm a bit late with the posting here, but we did get to watch week 6 about an hour before the results show (so no voting for us this week; however, those we would have called for were safe - woohoo!).  This week certainly wasn't as spectacular as the prior but I am at least narrowed down my final 4.  I'd like to see Legacy, Russell, Kathryn, and either Ashleigh or Ellenore in the final.  I certainly feel Jakob is one of the most talented guys; however, I don't think he is as interesting as Legacy or Russell.  As for Mollee...I hope she is gone next week ;).


Couple 6th Round Our Opinion Dance #1 Our Opinion Dance #2 Solo Bottom Guess
Noelle Hip-hop üü üü üü û
Ryan Smooth Waltz ü üü ü û
Ashleigh Contemporary üü üü ü  
Legacy Hip-hop üü üü üüü  
Kathryn Broadway üüü üüü üü  
Nathan Rumba üü ü üü û
Ellenore Quickstep üü üüü üü  
Jakob Contemporary üü üüü üüü  
Mollee Lyrical Jazz üü üü ü û
Russell Jive üü üü üüü  

- Nathan

12/08/09 - So You Think You Can Dance - Season 6 : Week 7 – This week is sounds like next week is the final (which is weird...they usually have a top 6) and that means I have to watch two people get eliminated.  For the girls it seems a bit easier....I'm certainly ready for Mollee to go and Ashleigh's injury makes her an easy target.  This means Kathryn, my fave, and Ellenore (a top notch dancer) will be in the final four.  For the guys I feel Jakob deserves to make it to the top 4 based on simple skill - and then my personal favorite is Russell - and Russell brought his own brand of skill this week (except for the solo - that was ridiculous).  The following are our predictions for tomorrow's elimination...


Couple 7th Round Our Opinion Dance #1 Our Opinion Dance #2 Solo Bottom Guess
Kathryn Disco üü üüü üüü  
Ryan Cha-cha-cha üü üüü ü û
Mollee Viennese Waltz üüü üü üü û
Jakob Broadway üüü üü üüü  
Ellenore Contemporary üüü üü üü  
Legacy Hip-hop üüü üü üü û
Ashleigh Hip-hop û û û û
Russell Bollywood üüü üüü üü  

- Nathan

12/08/09 - Lights, Camera, Festive! – Susan and I are officially decorated at the old homestead.  It was downright cold but we got the lights up on the house (our traditional cool blue and calming green).  The inside is also complete and ready for next weekends Cat's Meow Christmas party.  Sometimes this week we will head out to the park in Benbrook for some holiday cheer and hot chocolate (apparently a nightly event through the end of this month).  Merry Christmas everyone!


- Nathan

12/15/09 - So You Think You Can Dance - Season 6 : Week 8 – Tonight's part one of the finale was awesome!  Just about everyone earned a three-star (check) performance from me and Susan.  When all was said and done we really felt anyone could win; however, our personal bets were on Kathryn and Jakob. 

I will admit, prior to Russell winning, I had no problems with him taking first place; however, after his lackluster injury (that he somehow celebrated on) and his very peculiar celebration at the end, I'm kind of wishing he had not taken the grand prize.  It kind of makes you wonder....was he hiding his aggressive personality behind a passive performance the entire season - or does winning 250K just make someone a little crazy?  I guess we'll find out for sure during the top-10 performance show next year.

Overall this season shaped up to be much better than it started.  At first I thought it was a little slow with nobody really shining as a dancer.  Fortunately, after the first 10 were eliminated, the starts finally started to shine.  So when does Season 7 start?


Couple 8th Round Our Opinion Bottom Guess
Kathryn Samba üüü 1
Ryan üüü 5
Ellenore Broadway üüü 4
Jakob üüü 2
Ashleigh Lyrical Jazz üüü 6
Russell üüü 3
Ellenore Jazz üüü  
Ryan üüü  
Ashleigh Foxtrot üü  
Jakob üü  
Ellenore Paso Doble üüü  
Russell üüü  
Kathryn Contemporary üüü  
Jakob üüü  
Ashleigh Contemporary üüü  
Ryan üüü  
Kathryn Hip-hop üü  
Russell üüü  

- Nathan

12/15/09 - So Much Wine - So Little Time – I've participated in some fairly interesting wine tastings over the years; however, never have I been involved in one so large.  Grand Cru of Fort Worth held their first anniversary "Bubbles and Big Reds" wine tasting Tuesday night.  In addition to some awesome food catered by Guynell there were also a few wines to sample.  Well....maybe more than a few.

Overall there were 56 wines available to taste of the course of 3 hours.  I showed up early and started as soon as I was handed a wine glass.  I was certainly up to the challenge of actually tasting 56 wines, taking notes, and figuring out which ones I liked and disliked; however, I definitely wasn't sure I would be able to finish.  It takes time to inspect the wine, smell the bouquet, and analyze the taste of each offering - I didn't want to rush things.  Fortunately, it all worked out and I finished mere minutes before the event completed.

I had a blast at this event (too bad Susan had to show up late - she missed some interesting stuff; however, fortunately I was able to point her toward a few highlights).  The food was delicious and I found lots of new wines I enjoyed (and reaffirmed my passion for a few exiting favorites).  Now the following table will likely only interest a select few - but I do want to go ahead and provide if not only for my personal future reference :).  1 star means I enjoyed it and 2 starts means I really enjoyed the wine.  1 X means I didn't really like the wine or dislike the wine; however, 2 X's means I definitely disliked the wine (of course, obviously, all my personal opinions).

Oh, and to answer the burning question - yes, I remainder sober.  There was a lot of dumping (despite how much I scorn the act) involved.


Distributor  Category Item Name Vintage Varietal Country (or State) / Region Price Rating
Virtuoso (Allison) Red Chono Carmenere Reserva 2006 Carmenere Chile/ Central Valley / Maipo $14.49 XX
Virtuoso (Allison) Red Dante Robino Bonarda 2006 Bonarda Argentina / Mendoza $14.99 XX
Virtuoso (Allison) Red Santadi Grotta Rossa Carignano 2006 Carignano (Carignane) Italy / Sardinia $15.99 XX
Virtuoso (Allison) Red Warwick Three Cape Ladies 2005 Red Blend S. Africa / Stellenbosch $20.99 X
Republic (Marcey) Red Chalk Hill Estate Cabernet Sauv 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon California/ Sonoma /Chalk Hill $46.99 X
Republic (Marcey) Sparkling Cristalino Brut Cava NV Macabeo, Parellada, Xarello Spain $8.99 X
Republic (Marcey) Red Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend California / Napa / Rutherford $47.99 X
Republic (Marcey) Sparkling Risata Moscato d'Asti NV Moscato Bianca DOCG Asti, Piedmonte, Italy $16.99 «
Republic (Marcey) Sparkling Schramsberg Cremant 2005 Flora, Chardonnay, Gewurz California $34.99 XX
Republic (Marcey) Red Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz 2007 Shiraz Australia/McLaren Vale $18.99 «
Glazer's (Justin) Sparkling Banfi Rosa Regale (375ml) 2007 Brachetto Italy/ Piedmont/ Brach. d'Acqui $12.99 «
Glazer's (Justin) Red Maximo Tempranillo 2007 Tempranillo Spain / Tierra de Castilla $9.99 «
Glazer's (Justin) Red Michael-David Gluttony 2006 Zinfandel California / Lodi $57.99 «
Glazer's (Justin) Red Michael-David Lust Zinfandel 2006 Zinfandel California / Lodi $57.99 «
Glazer's (Justin) Red Michael-David Rapture 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon California / Lodi $57.99 «
Glazer's (Justin) Red Trapiche Vina Adriana Venturin 2006 Malbec Argentina / Mendoza $54.99 X
Glazer's D&E (Shelbey) Sparkling Bitch Bubbly NV Chardonnay, Shiraz, Grenache Australia $12.99 X
Glazer's D&E (Shelbey) Red Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 2007 Zinfandel, Petite Sirah California / Sonoma County $15.99 «
Glazer's D&E (Shelbey) Red Fernandez Tinto Pesquera 2006 Tempranillo Spain/ Ribera Del Duero $34.99 XX
Glazer's D&E (Shelbey) Sparkling Lucien Albrecht Cremant Brut NV Pinot Noir France $22.99 XX
Glazer's D&E (Shelbey) Red McPherson Grenache-Mourvedre 2007 Grenache, Mourvedre Lubbock, Texas $16.99 «
Glazer's D&E (Shelbey) Sparkling Roederer Estate Brut NV Chardonnay/ Pinot Noir California/ Anderson Valley $22.77 X
Glazer's D&E (Shelbey) Red Zapata Catena Alta Malbec 2006 Malbec Argentina/ Mendoza $54.99 «
Bevco (Guynell) Sparkling Bird in Hand Sprklng Pinot Noir 2009 Pinot  Noir Australia / Adelaide Hills $22.99 «
Bevco (Guynell) Red Charles Creek Pasatiempo Merlot 2005 Merlot California/ Sonoma/ Carneros $28.99 XX
Bevco (Guynell) Red Chiarello Bambino Cabernet 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Calif/ Napa Valley/ St Helena $45.50 ««
Bevco (Guynell) Sparkling Giovello Prosecco NV Prosecco Italy/ Veneto $12.49 XX
Bevco (Guynell) Red Naughty Racy 2003 Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Zinfandel Napa Valley $33.99 ««
Bevco (Guynell) Red Parlay Bookmaker Red 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend California / Napa Valley $19.99 ««
Bevco (Guynell) Red Reynolds Family Persistence 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend California / Napa Valley $49.99 ««
Avante (Bryan) Red Chateau Kefraya Les Breteches 2006 Syrah Blend Lebanon $16.49 X
Avante (Bryan) Red Il Marroneto Brunello 1999 Sangiovese Italy / Tuscany $82.99 X
Avante (Bryan) Red MollyDooker Maitre'd Cabernet 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Australia / McLaren Vale $26.99 ««
Avante (Bryan) Red MollyDooker Scooter Merlot 2008 Merlot Australia / McLaren Vale $26.99 «
Avante (Bryan) Red Rocland Chocolate Box Dark 2007 Shiraz Australiz / Barossa Valley $15.99 «
Prestige (Emily) Sparkling Ayala Brut Majeur Champagne NV Pinot Noir,Chard,Pinot Meunier Champagne, France $59.99 X
Prestige (Emily) Sparkling Flor Prosecco NV Prosecco Italy $18.49 «
Prestige (Emily) Red Hedges Three Vineyards Red Mtn 2006 Merlot/Cabernet Blend Washington / Yakima Valley $27.99 X
Prestige (Emily) Red Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon California / Paso Robles $27.99 «
Prestige (Emily) Red Yalumba "The Signature" 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz Australia $49.99 ««
Johnson (Eric) Red Akyles Priorat 2007 Garnacha Spain / Priorat $36.99 XX
Johnson (Eric) Red Hestia Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Washington / Columbia Valley $35.99 X
Johnson (Eric) Red Steltzner Claret 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend Calif / Napa Valley/ Stags Leap $19.99 ««
Johnson (Eric) Red Steltzner Estate Cabernet Franc 2005 Cabernet Franc Calif / Napa Valley/ Stags Leap $34.99 XX
Johnson (Eric) Red Venge Scout's Honor 2006   California / Napa Valley $37.99 XX
 Ambiente (April) Red Charbonniere Mourre de Perdrix 2005 Grenache/ Syrah FR/ Rhone/Chateauneuf-du-Pape $56.99 «
 Ambiente (April) Red Fattoria Rodáno Monna Claudia 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon/ Sangiovese Italy/ Tuscany $49.99 X
 Ambiente (April) Red Midnight Cellars Full Moon Red 2006 Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv California, Paso Robles $13.79 «
 Ambiente (April) Red St Pauls Exclusiv Gries Lagrein 2003 Lagrein Italy / Alto Adige $14.99 XX
 Ambiente (April) Red Tamarack Firehouse Red 2007 Cab Sauv/ Syrah/ Merlot + Washington/ Columbia Valley $21.13 «
South-Tex (Todd) Red McPrice Myers Beautiful Earth 2007 Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre California/ Paso Robles $38.99 «
South-Tex (Todd) Red Syrah 2006 Syrah California/ Paso Robles $38.99 «
South-Tex (Todd) Red Deerfield Ranch Red Rex 2005 Red Blend California/Sonoma $24.98 «
South-Tex (Todd) Red Deerfield Ranch Shiraz Cuvee 2004 Shiraz Blend California / Sonoma County $23.99 «
South-Tex (Todd) Red Rotta Merlot 2005 Merlot Paso Robles, CA $17.99 ««
South-Tex (Todd) Red Rotta Proprietor's Rsv Cabernet 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles, CA $19.99 ««

- Nathan