I want to extend a heartfelt note of thanks to Gina Daugherty of CinWeekly magazine. CinWeekly is one of the two main arts and entertainment weeklies in Cincinnati. Gina put together a piece on local bloggers, and she was kind enough to include The Naked Vine. She also included my good friend Dave Purcell's Radio Free Newport (which fittingly got top billing for the article -- it's brilliant writing and commentary), as well as Chris Glass' The Last Ten Days, Nur Jemal's Rockin' Hejabi, Joe Hansbauer's The 'Nati, and Kasmira Oar's What I Wore Today.
The last trip I took by air was to Los Angeles -- the jumping off point for the Santa Barbara excursion. I flew into LAX at night -- and I still get overwhelmed when I think that every light below is a person with a story to tell. I never cease to be amazed by the sheer number of fascinating perspectives and ideas hovering out there awaiting discovery. It's been fun to add my voice to the chorus.
Many thanks to Gina (one of the cooler people I've met recently), and to David Sorcher for dealing with the glare off my noggin while he was shooting the picture for the piece. Many thanks to the Sweet Partner in Crime and Mooch the Magnificent Mutt for support and inspiration. Most of all, thanks to those of you who found your way to my little corner of the Internets. I hope you can find something useful and fun here.
Here to keeping the Vine rolling for a long time to come. Cheers!