Thanksgiving and the Heritage Turkey

As part of our goal towards eating locally we tried to “hit two stones with one bird”. For part of our thanksgiving feast, we purchased a Heritage turkey from Mary’s Turkeys ( through a local market Mollie Stones. In doing so we accomplished two goals. First the turkey was raised sustainably in Fresno, California, less than 200 miles away. Second the turkey was a heritage breed of turkey. Which if you think of it, is something like a turkey version of a Heirloom Tomato.  (to learn more about heritage turkeys look here:

The taste test was quite interesting. My wife and I enjoyed it quite a bit. We both thought that it had a more “gamey” taste to it. Something more akin to pheasant. I think we’d do it again, but next time we might brine it.

New Little One.

At 10:55 on Sunday November 4th. We had a new addition to our extended family. Our best friends Kristen and Jay Sanders delivered a new healthy baby boy named Cooper James Sanders. Both mom and baby are doing great and we’ll hopefully have pictures up very soon.

Picking out a new front door

I think we’ve been pondering the idea of replacing our front door since the day we moved into this place. If you live in an old house you know there is no such thing as Low Maintenance. Because our front door faces the west, it gets beat with late afternoon sun, which has caused cracking and a constant need for painting.

Last weekend we went to Viking door in san jose ( because they were having a parking lot sale. We found some great finds, but of course got upsold on a NEW door.  But here’s the issue…apparently, according to my friends, I’ve become quite a “house snob” and am quite opinionated about details of homes. My gut tells me that a proper wood door is the RIGHT door for our home. Not that we have the perfect example of a california bungalow but it just feels right. But there is something to be said about a fiberglass door that never needs paint or upkeep and has a lifetime warranty. I know what your thinking “fiberglass?” You’re envisioning some awful white front door with rediculous floral leaded glass ala Home Depot. But when you see it you might change your mind…I know I did. I’m still having an internal struggle for sure but I may be leaning toward the fiberglass door. Am I crazy. What do you think?

IWP Craftsman front door

Imagine it without the stained glass. I think it’s a pretty nice door. And of course my real estate mind is kicking in with “…upgrading your front door is the single most effective thing you can do to improve curb appeal…” Maybe I watch too much HGTV.

New Investment in San Luis Obispo

The Fucillo Family recently purchased a Condo in San Luis Obispo as a rental investment. I think it’s a great place. Something I would have been really happy to live in while I was at CalPoly. Only three blocks from downtown and a quick bike ride to school. It made me a little nostalgic for my school days there. I love San Luis….now I just need to figure out how to make money there.

670 Chorro Street

Late Summer in the Vineyard

Things are really picking up in the vineyard. A few weeks ago we put out nets to keep the birds off of the fruit. And talk about fruit – It’s going to be a big year this year. The vines are covered in fruit this year. At the current pace we should be harvesting sometime in the last two weeks of september.


Networking for life

So recently I finished reading a book by Keith Ferrazzi called “Never Eat Alone” that really changed my whole way of thinking about networking. ( I had always viewed networking as the stuffy, annoying, networking meetings with people running around having very shallow conversations just to get their business card out to as many people as possible. But this books changed my viewpoint. My goal in meeting new people is to try and make a connection with the people I meet. One that could ultimately lead to a real relationship. This book really boiled it down for me. That it shouldn’t be difficult, even for someone like me who leans more to being an introvert.  Although he does a much better job of describing it:

 To some, “Networking” has become a dirty word – and rightfully so. It conjures up rooms of unemployed job-hunters desperately and frantically searching for a quick way in to a position. Or, it’s smarmy salespeople collecting business cards that they toss away when the quick buck doesn’t appear as quickly as hoped. Together, we will do something very different with the word Networking. We will define it as forming genuine relationships and building genuine community — a community of relationships that helps everyone’s well-being and success.

 Hopefully I’ll find more time to write on the subject. But for now I’m still diggesting all the details from the book and putting them to work.