4.14.2005

Cheese Porn

last night i attended a wine & cheese event at national geographic. i arrived with every expectation of working the event, but short of laying down a few plates of cheese, my friends & i were guests. we were treated to rounds and rounds of wine and cheese. and when i say cheese, i mean obscure, raw-milk cheeses from france that dance on your tongue and make you "mmmmm!" and "aaah!" with pleasure. it was unbelievable.

steve jenkins from fairway was our featured speaker and cheese monger for the evening - and that man has a passion, a fire within, for cheese. at one point during the discussion, well, a lecture, really, on how ridiculous it is that the FDA won't allow raw-milk cheeses in the states, steve worked up a sweat from yelling and waving his arms. he was like a baptist preacher. about cheese.

after the seventh or so cheese we tasted, my friend leaned over to me and said, "this is like cheese porn!" and she slumped back in her chair, acquiescing to the decadence on her plate and in her glass.

but it didn't end there. from the tasting we headed back to the store for more discussion on wine with the ceo & founder of the company. champagne, brunello, port - you name it, we opened it. and from there it was on to dinner ohmigosh i can't believe i was able to eat any of that crabcake salad.

and you know, the night just unraveled. i'll never understand how my life unfolds - but then again, i don't really want to. it just rolls over you. one moment it's work, the next it's cheese porn. first it's a lazy saturday afternoon, then it's margaritas on the porch with ten friends. one minute you can't believe that you're actually there with the asshole who will only say one thing all night and the next you're lost in thought dreaming about his hands. pardon? how did this happen? how did i get from there to here?

this is like my current theme - the unexpected just happens, and you have to roll with it. when you do, life is better than you thought before. i'm just thrilled.