Our Napa journey has started:
First stop was Silver Oak and it blew us away. The $20 tasting fee for three cab varietals quickly turned into Nikki and I polishing off close to 2 bottles of Alexander and Napa cabs. The people at Silver Oak couldn’t stop pouring us samples…we didn’t argue. We splurged on a bottle of 2006 Alexander to help celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary (2006 is when we started dating).
Next stop was Plumpjack, a smaller winery just east of Silver Oak. We went based on a great recommendation and were not disappointed, other than the jerk that took our initial order.
Third stop is Peju…headed in now…stay tuned.

Ben and Nikki


The Innovation of Loneliness – Commentary

Shimi Cohen published a great video about the connection of social media and human’s sense of loneliness.

Watch this video –

The video is masterfully done and the comparisons are smart and accurately pointed. Social media, video games, electronic devices have done amazing things to bring people together, increase efficiency and provide entertainment. Unfortunately they have also created lazy and out of shape kids, distracted spouses and effectively eliminated the need for face-to-face interactions.

Shimi asks “What is the problem in having a conversation? It happens in real time and you can’t control what you are going to say.” People and companies who operate in the same town as I do would rather have an email chain conversation with 12 people cc’d on it that lasts 4 days than take 30 minutes over lunch and discuss everything we would have accomplished in those emails before our entrees arrived at the table. The ability to check, edit, re-check, think “wait, did I cc or bcc the guy who I bashing on this email”, edit and push send is very safe. There isn’t any risk of spouting off or getting off track or thinking that you are only going to embarrass yourself and fail. Failing over an email or a text message feels better.

Don’t “sacrifice conversation for mere connection.” Get out in the world and have a conversation today.


One year down – excited for many more!



Our first year of marriage has been a blur and a constant adventure as we’ve done our best to explore Fresno and the great sites that are around us in California. We are so thankful for the opportunity to explore and grow our relationship as husband and wife. We’ve been blessed by long time friends, new friends and great family support – we could not do it without you!


To Ben – Thank you for being an amazing and supportive husband. I am grateful that you can be a goofball with me and that you can make me laugh and smile no matter what mood I’m in. Your drive and determination always inspire me. Thank you for your friendship and unconditional love. I look forward to many more anniversaries and adventures. 


Love you lovesy! Nikki