jamie goode's wine blog: Back to wine with a lovely Cahors, after a nasty day

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Back to wine with a lovely Cahors, after a nasty day

Had a very difficult day today with older son. I'm never sure how much I should share on the blog about my private life, but I'm coming round to the conclusion that honesty is the best policy, and that any separation of private and public (albeit a small public!) life doesn't make all that much sense. You are what you are. Compartmentalization is the antithesis of authenticity, and I reckon being authentic is hugely important.

Anyway, we've had an utterly horrible day, and I've added to my cold some asthmatic symptoms which I reckon are stress related because I only wheeze when I'm really, really stressed (last time was summer 2003), or after intense exercise.

It's easy to paint a glossy version of your life on the web, through your social networking, with the bad bits edited out. But, when I think of the occasions where people have been honest enough to admit their difficulties to me, I've always come away feeling greater respect and affection for them. It's much easier to trust people who 'walk with a limp'.

I'm beginning to feel better now, watching Hustle on BBC's iPlayer, drinking Chateau du Cedre 2004 Cahors, which is inky, dark, tannic and gravelly. Yes, I'm back on wine, and I'm really enjoying it. Lying in bed, with a TV show on a laptop and a glass of wine in hand is like flying business class. Especially when the wine is authentic, too.


At 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really must register. Apologies if I'm anon. I read your blog most days and its refreshing to read a top blogger who also has a life. Not sure if it is really meaningful or not, but have tried more wines on your recommendation than anyone else. We're all tempted to pretend that life on the world wide blog is super-duper but reading your posts is really refreshing. Keep up the goodwork.

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet your older son loves your blog - the only time he's ever mentioned on here is when you tell the world what an arsehole he is!!!

At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Let in all hang out Jamie---warts and all.Thats what makes your blog different and more interesting than most.
Just stop anonymous posts which to me does not tally with your own refreshing open attitude.

At 4:05 PM, Blogger penny said...

I have to agree with Keith re not allowing anonymous comments. Anonymity is an easy cloak to hide behind when you have a negative comment to make. I was going to email, but can't find your email address on your blog. Just to say, I really hope you get to the bottom of WHY eldest son is so pissed off with life. It's a hard situation for everybody. So 'bon courage' and keep on blogging :-)

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Steve Borthwick said...

Stick to your principals Jamie, I think that people who disallow anonymous posting capabilities are generally people who don't "understand" the internet and how it works best. Protecting your ego (or your narrow interests) by forcing communication on your own terms is a form of censorship, however people would like to "spin" it.

At 3:15 PM, Blogger BelizaireButler said...

Hang in there.

I remember the day my older brother apologised to my mum for everything he did between the ages of 13 - 21.

He is truly one of the most thoughtful, warm caring people I know, but he was such fricking nightmare when he was younger.

I was told he'd done enough rebelling for the both of us, and I just had to be good.


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