6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 9, 2013 11:27 PM by anadyr RSS

Dreams, and their costs

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For a time I toyed with the idea of owning a vineyard. 


Well, that was because a good friend, over a bottle  of his excellent estate-bottled 95 rated Rhone, told me how enjoyable it was.


He neglected to tell me the costs (he's uber wealthy), the hassle, the mechanics and the legal issues that are entailed. It takes 400 days a year to manage one and there are only 365 most years in which to do it.


Once I figured that Marriott Rewards points could not be cashed in for the purchase I was bereft, and yes, uncorked. I now content myself with visiting his tasting room, buying a bottle or two, and resting comfortably in the shadow of his wonderful vintages.

 

In case you need one more example of what's involved, here's a case to ponder (get it?)

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  • Re: Dreams, and their costs
    lakersfan Platinum 20 Reviews
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    Took a few wine courses from Robert Lawrence Balzer.  I guess I kept failing because I had to repeat the class many times.  Balzer said on a number of times "Owning a winery is a good way to make a fortune...disappear!"   But, it still seams like a very cool thing to do.  Fortunately for me, I am over doing cool things!

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    • Re: Dreams, and their costs
      Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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      You know my friend bought 95 acres, planted the vines, hired slews of workers, and actually has broken even!

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      • Re: Dreams, and their costs
        lakersfan Platinum 20 Reviews
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        Excellent!  Glad to hear some dreams "work out."

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        • Re: Dreams, and their costs
          Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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          It took nearly 20 years but he did it!

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          • Re: Dreams, and their costs
            jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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            anadyr,

             

            Such a good post! So true!

             

            We are sometimes "lucky" because things don't work out.  For most of us, "Life is not a Disney Movie"

             

            As some of us have learned, "Be Careful what you dream for, it may come true"!

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            • Re: Dreams, and their costs
              Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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              Amen brother.

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