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  • Writer's pictureRich Honiball

My Advice, Just Drink the Wine

Sounds catchy for a blog post, don't you think?

I will admit, this past week was pretty challenging, a bit of a roller coaster ride. It had it's ups...watching my daughter and her schoolmates and teachers worth through virtual learning is inspirational. Watching my team push through obstacles and gain ground, I don't know how they do it, but some good wins this week. At the same time, a few hits across the broadside both personally and professionally. A group pushing hard, not getting the results or support that they deserve. A misconstrued comment, leaving folks thinking something different. An action taken out of context, with the wrong conclusion drawn. But, we pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and keep moving forward.

The most inconsequential bit of bad news? That moment where you just have to laugh? My wine fridge officially gave its final notice, quit on the spot. Temperature dropped to the point that before my wife caught it, a couple of corks popped. Wine all over the floor. Oof.

I didn't do the best job in the video that I posted here. The best takes were interrupted by dogs barking or the sudden fly-over (sound of freedom). Have a watch, let me know what you think - but I will give you the punchline. I bought a wine fridge back when we had a bit more disposable income (back when stock options meant more than purpose). We had purchased a few bottles during a trip to Napa Valley. I added a few from after trips to Argentina and Italy. But we never opened the doors to the fridge to take any wine out to enjoy it - we only opened them to add wine from a trip, pack it up when we were moving, or this week when my wife had to clean it out. What a waste of time, money and space.

We do that all the times as humans...we see something that we "have" to have. Our neighbors get something and now we want it. Big or small, it doesn't matter. Many times, it winds up collecting dust in a closet, packed away deep in a box somewhere in the garage. Or it ends up quitting on you when you are already having a challenging week. If wine is your passion, the investment makes sense. Or whatever brings you long term happiness, spending money on something you truly enjoy, that is a worthwhile investment. However, with this purchase - heck, my wife doesn't drink and I rarely do. We would have been better off enjoying those bottles we brought home from Napa Valley with friends. Those memories would have had far greater value than the now non-working fridge. A lesson learned.

No, the wine fridge will not be repaired or replaced. The bottles that were de-corked are being properly disposed of - the Malbec from Argentina was especially nice! And we have a week ahead of us full of new challenges but with it new opportunities and I have some wine waiting on the other end of it, cheering me on. Have a great week folks! Keep the faith.

(You can follow me @rhoniball and connect with me at The opinions expressed are my own, and subject to change, but I will admit that they are highly influenced by my wife, daughter, and several others....)


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