Monthly Archives: November 2015
It’s a funny Sherlock Holmes holiday murder mystery play (yes, you heard that right, it’s a murder mystery AND it’s funny AND it has Sherlock Holmes AND it’s snowing outside (and Jacque gives a Christmas present to someone on stage, so that counts as a “holiday play”)!) Buy your tickets NOW here!
November 20 – December 20, 2015
Friday, Saturday 8:00 PM
WEST VALLEY PLAY HOUSE
7242 Owensmouth Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Words, Wine and Women host their first blab session. Beth and Tara jump on and talk live with other guests! We have a wine roll call before every discussion, of course. Tara had her Chateau Ste. Michelle, her favorite Reisling, Beth was with Chateau Bonnet Bordeaux, a delicious sauvignon blanc. Guests checked in with Maker’s Mark, Menage Trois Midnight and others. Then it was off to the discussion. Tara brought up Senator Clare McCaskill’s PSA on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the discussion began about the reaction to telling a “man to shut up”. Women losing their voices and of course dating had to be topics on the first blab session with the ladies.
Blab is an apple only app now. Don’t have an iphone or ipad, that’s ok. You can use blab.im through your Google chrome browser. See you in our next Blab!
Since our series features wine tasting, I thought it would be important to discuss responsible drinking habits. We enjoy our wine, but the wine tasting portion happens at the end of a long day of filming. I thought, with the rise of ride-sharing companies like Uber, that drunk driving was less of a common occurrence but then, a few weeks ago, a co-worker of mine was in a vehicle that was struck by a drunk driver. He and his family were very lucky to escape their demolished car, but this is not always the case with such collisions. Ten years ago, I lost a dear cousin of mine to a drunk driving accident and I want to encourage our viewers to use public transportation, ride-sharing companies, or taxis after a night out with friends.
My cousin was one of my best friends. She was fun to be around and could always make me laugh. She lit up a room with her enthusiasm and humor. The last time I saw her was when we went on an epic road trip together. I was in a dark place in my life and her willingness to drop everything to spend some time with me helped me immensely. The last card I sent her, a thank you note reminding her of our fun road trip, never reached her. My aunt and uncle saved it for me and I put it in her coffin.
While this happened over 10 years ago, it still affects me today. I find myself wondering what my cousin would think of certain things or wanting to tell her something. On the night she died, my cousin, who lived in Chicago, was at a bar with a group of friends celebrating her 21st birthday. The friends had picked a designated driver who did drive them a certain potion of the way home. This driver exited the vehicle when he reached his home and one of the intoxicated passengers drove the group the rest of the way. This driver flew off the highway and the car landed upside down in a nearby embankment. The driver was able to walk away, two other passengers needed several surgeries (one for a spinal injury, the other to repair a shattered face), and my cousin, who was not wearing a seat belt, died instantly. All of these people’s lives were changed forever because of this one moment.
The city I live in, Los Angeles, largely lacks a reliable public transportation system so Uber use has been on the rise. Uber offers affordable prices (which includes their very economic Uber pool option) and they also offer the option to split fares if you ride with friends. I’m only endorsing Uber because I have personally used it, but there are other ride-sharing companies as well, such as Lyft.
Written by Jacque B.