Archive for July, 2011

Check out our webinar on “The Making and Chemistry of Wine!

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

The production of wine has been an art form and a business for thousands of years. Join SPEX CertiPrep as we discuss the vintner’s art, from wine production to the chemistry of wine. Our presentation includes not only the various steps in the actual production of wine from crushing the grapes to bottling the wine, but also a discussion of the different chemical aspects of wine from flavor profile agents to contamination and spoilage agents. We invite you to take part in our interesting and informative look at the art and science of wine!



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Obie’s Favorite Quotes & Lyrics (Updated!)

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


Favorite Quotes

“…a chimney where all winter long, the logs give back the wild bird’s song.” A Hoe-Man’s Thanksgiving, Edwin Markham


“Whatever Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.” Friedrich Neitzche


“To whom much is given, much is required.” John F. Kennedy


“God comes to the hungry in the form of food.” Mahatma Gandhi


“They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them. “ Mahatma Gandhi


“The journey is the reward.” Tao Saying


“If you don’t fail now and again, it’s a sign you’re playing it safe. If you don’t fail now and again, it’s a sign you aren’t aiming high enough.” Woody Allen


God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.


“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of living.” – Alexandre Dumas – “The Count of Monte Cristo”


“We boil at different degrees.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.


“Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another” H. L.Mencken.


“Guests and fish start to stink after two days.” Spanish Proverb.


“Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it is cowardice.” George Jackson.


“A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this Earth” Ronald Regan “A time for choosing”


“He was at his best when the going was good.” Alistair Cooke on the Duke of Windsor


“There but for the grace of God — goes God.” Winston Churchill


“You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing—after they have tried everything else.” —Winston Churchill


“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.” —Groucho Marx


“If I could say a few words, I’d be a better public speaker.” —Homer Simpson


“I haven’t slept for ten days, because that would be too long.” —Mitch Hedberg


“The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.” —-Jon Hammond


“I sleep eight hours a day and at least ten at night.” —Bill Hicks


“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.” — Henry J. Tillman


“A fool and his money are soon elected.” — Will Rogers


“Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven’t had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.” — Will Rogers???


Favorite Lyrics

“Bury the hatchet, but leave the handle stickin’ out.” Garth Brooks, “We Bury The Hatchet”


“Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.”  Dire Straits, “The Bug”


“Savor the throne, but don’t mind the stool.” Steve Winwood, “Take It As It Comes”


“Every pleasure’s got an edge of pain, pay for your ticket and don’t complain.” Bob Dylan, “Silvio”


“The ones that you’re calling wild are going to be the leaders in a little while.” Johnny Cash, “What Is Truth”


“When the grass is cut, the snakes will show.” Jay-Z, “Blueprint 2”


“The pain of war cannot exceed the woe of aftermath.” Led Zeppelin, “The Battle Of Evermore”


“Free your mind and your ass will follow.” Funkadelic, “Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts”


“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”


“Grace makes beauty out of ugly things.” U2, “GRACE”


“It’s hard to remember we’re alive for the last time.”  Modest Mouse, “Lives”


“An honest man’s pillow is his peace of mind.” John Mellencamp, “Minutes To Memories”


“If you follow every dream, you might get lost.” Neil Young, “The Painter”


“The best you can is good enough.” Radiohead, “Optimistic”


“No, it’s not love, but it’s not bad.” Merle Haggard, “It’s Not Love”


“If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plan.”  Help somebody if you can


“I make money but I still feel broke.”  The Clarks – Fast moving Cars.


“What kinda gone?”  Chris Cragle


Are you interested in wine, wine making, or the chemistry of wine?  If so, check out the recording of a webinar I presented.