Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.

I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Valentine All The Time

No, I didn't forget.  I never forget Valentine's Day.  Even back when there wasn't anyone.  But I think a central part of Epic Living is to keep your Valentine close.  Every day is, and should be, a holiday with that person. 

With that thought in mind, I present a new Valentine's Day video this year.  Days late.  And right on time.

Monday, February 13, 2012

South Beach Interlude

Last week found me in Miami Beach for a couple of days.  Fortunately my wife came along for the trip. 

While shopping in South Beach one afternoon, the Irish Redhead found herself presented with a tall, willowy Russian model selling men's fragrances in a department store.  Not looking for cologne for me, but not wanting to be rude, the IR listened to explanations of various elixirs for men, perfect for Valentine's Day.

Trying to disengage, my wife finally said "you know, my husband likes really old formulations of cologne made by this company that goes back to George Washington's time...he really wouldn't like any of these new scents."

A thoughtful pause while the young salesgirl tried to think of how to save the opportunity.  Then...

"OH my GOD! I know what you mean! He likes colognes like Polo or Aramis?"

My wife said it was all she could do not to howl with glee.  Poor George.  Poor Caswell-Massey. Only dating back to the 1970s. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fuzzy Photos From Great Bars

Le Veau D'Or, New York, December 2011. Or any number of other times. If I get a last meal, it will be here.