We recently took a trip to Sonoma, CA. The grounds of Chateau St. Jean winery are stunning.
I recently talked about Maryland’s arcane liquor laws. Looks like something is finally starting to happen…
A bill has emerged in the House with many more sponsors than last years bill. I’m making this my one issue this year. If you represent me and don’t support this bill, I’m NOT VOTING FOR YOU! You (my delegates and senators) have repeatedly ignored public sentiment. We are watching. After all, you represent us, not the lobbyists.
Update (9/22/09): James Malone, Jr (one of my delegates) has signed on as a sponsor of this bill.
This editorial in the Baltimore Sun is spot on. I never thought I’d agree with anything in that paper but this just shows you how deep the good ol’ boy network is entrenched in Annapolis, MD. Here are the highlights in case you don’t click through.
Maryland has clung to an outdated, three-tiered regulatory system developed after Prohibition that requires alcohol to pass from producer to wholesaler to retailer before it reaches the consumer. Clearly, its authors never anticipated the growth of the U.S. wine industry and its thousands of small producers creating wines in relatively small batches.
Advocates estimate that perhaps only 15 percent of American-made wines can be found in Maryland restaurants and store shelves today. The rest is denied to the public because of the ban on direct shipment.
If you don’t agree with this outdated law, you can do something about it. Free the Grapes, a national, grassroots coalition, has been leading the charge to remove restrictions on wine direct shipping. They will help you sign a petition and get it to your state legislator.
|I have no intention of telling you what ‘Holla’ means but I’ll know if you click this link.|
If you haven’t read my other post about Legg then do so now.
Now the board for Legg Mason has finally met with shareholders at its annual shareholder meeting. From the Baltimore Business Journal, “board members defended the payments. They were reward, board members said, for Fetting and his management team for purging billions in toxic structured-investment vehicles, or SIVs, from Legg’s money-market funds and leading the asset manager through one of the rockiest financial markets in history.”
|What amazes me the most is the shareholders of Legg Mason. “Legg’s shareholders returned to the board for 3-year terms all five directors who were up for reelection, including three directors who sit on the board’s compensation committee.” If you are currently invested in Legg Mason and to decide to keep your money there – you DESERVE to lose your money. Remember, these are the same people who lost $1.9 billion during the previous year.|
|Just try to merge onto any interstate and you’ll have instant proof for yourself. This is something I’ve known for a while now, but now I have a third party agreeing with me.
”Baltimore placed 192nd out of 193 cities in the 2009 “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report.”
The report says drivers in Baltimore experience an auto collision every 5.6 years. The city’s average between accidents is 80.1 percent worse than the national average of 10 years.”
A week or so ago, we went to see the Orioles vs the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. I’ve been to many games at this ballpark, its a great place to see a ball game. The O’s lost but Mustard won! (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I always cheer for mustard in this race) Anyways, shot this pic with the point and shoot camera and dressed it up with a little image tweaking in Photoshop. Enjoy.