JOKES & Humor #5 A HORSE


By Jo Diaz of Gyserville, CA. • Photo by Paul Doyle

Twice as the horse-bus slowly wended its way up the steep hill the door at the rear opened and slammed. At first those inside paid little heed, but the third time they demanded to know why they should be disturbed in this fashion.

“Hush!” cautioned the

Sonoma County CA. ~ Red Mountain by Boo Walker is a novel that will draw you in, hold your attention, and have you up in the middle of the night because it’s nearly impos- sible to put down, wanting to know what happens next. I received a copy in the US mail from Boo. For Jo, Enjoy! Boo Well, I did enjoy. I really, really did.

Also, my being related to the wine industry, I too have tons of sto- ries; but, couldn’t pos- sibly be as eloquent nor as empathetic as Boo Walker is in Red Moun- tain. Tis one is a must read for people who enjoy stories about life in wine country, which aren’t sugar coated. Life in this business is not nearly as roman- tic, from an insider’s perspective. We have to stay focused on the de- tails, not the billboards.

While it’s bucolic in essence, it’s still blood, guts, and some glory. Boo brings it all together. If I were coming to wine coun- try to visit, this is the book I’d be reading on the airplane.

Red Mountain ~ A Novel ~ Boo Walker Red Mountain

Red in soil equals iron ox- ide; viticulturist Hector Bed- olla taught that to me in the early 1990s. Red Mountain in Washington State, according to Boo Walker’s story, reminds

and the discovery. What I enjoyed most about Red Mountain was the elo- quence of style, the construc- tion of characters, and the possibility of recovery by ev- eryone.

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me of narratives I’ve heard

about Sonoma County in the early 1960s, brought to me by Lou Foppiano. Everyone mostly cared about everyone else then... the good, the bad, the ugly.... Te joy, the sorrow,

Otis had taught Brooks that making good wine meant taking care of the land and crating more of a permaculture. Otis told him that you can’t just plant vines and plan to make good wine. You need to have a liv- ing farm, a place that encourages the circle of life. You need biodi- versity, like gardens and trees and pest control, sheep for weed control and manure and milk, bees to pollinate and to give honey, dogs to pro- tect and entertain and, of course, to clean up your accidents in the kitchen. Te challenge of a really great book, and this one is one of those, is that,

for its readers it’s a reminder of our life cycle... It can begin with great joy. As it evolves, it has its intermediate moments of joy turning into learning curves for growth. And, like a dearly beloved family pet,

“What’s the good of living if you don’t try a few things?” ~ Charles M. Schulz

driver. “Don’t speak so loud. He’ll overhear us.”


its life is shorter than ours, so we have to take deep sighs at its “Te End.” We eventually have to put it to rest in our li- braries, for perhaps a revisit from time to time. I know

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“The horse. Speak low. Sure I’m deceivin’ the creature… every time he hears the door close he thinks one

o’ youse is gettin’ down ter walk upth’ hill, an’ that sort o’ raises ‘is spirits.”

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