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About radionesta

Martha Stewart with Betty Page bangs. I love my glue gun, drunk gardening, roller derby and radio. I prefer my music loud and my wine big, red & juicy.

I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need To Be Nicer

Only One Grape? Preposterous

LOVE this commercial! And, not just because it’s about wine…though, that helps.


Newtown, ConnecticutI refuse to believe that hunters and responsible gun owners can’t have a meaningful conversation about better gun laws. The same way I believe that more can be done to identify people who are either mentally ill or just plain evil. As a society, and as individuals, we need to realize that whatever systems we have in place right now are not working and we have to take action to find something that does.

Big NFL Prediction

My fella has said he wants to go on record predicting the Houston Texans will make it to the Super Bowl this year. He says, while they are masters of nothing, they have an amazing all-around team that he thinks is going all the way.

I’ll consider this my proof on February 3rd if he was right or not.

(And, for the record, he’s a Saints fan, not a Texans fan so this isn’t just a bandwagon prediction.)


Kermit in Space

Ever wonder what a frog would look like in zero-gravity space?


Could you get past it?

The 2012 Miss Universe Canada Pageant is coming up on May 13th and, due to some recent controversy, we care. This is the group that has the exclusive rights to send a Canadian representative to the Miss Universe Pageant…not to be confused with Miss Canada or Miss All Canadian. Who knew, in this day and age, there were still so many different pageants? But this isn’t about pageants.

What got us talking is how beauty queen, Jenna Talackova, was kicked out of the Miss Universe Canada competition last month. Not because she committed a crime or anything immoral. It was because she’d been born a man, even though she says she’s known she was a girl since she was four. She started hormone therapy at 14 and had sex reassignment surgery in 2010. No matter what definition you use, she is now a female. A ridiculously hot female, at that!

It’s not just me that think so. The boys and I were chatting yesterday about her, rightfully, being allowed back into the competition.  “The Miss Universe Organization will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions” is the official statement released. They’ve basically said if the Canadian government or any higher level competitions say she’s eligible, then they agree. Reports this morning say her lawyer is trying to deal with Donald Trump directly about getting that distinction cleared up since he runs the Miss Universe organization.

But, back to the point. The guys agree she’s smokin’ hot…but they wouldn’t have sex with her. They couldn’t get past it. Despite the fact that they know she’s way out of their league, if she hit on them, they couldn’t get past the knowledge that she used to have male parts.

I can’t fault it. So much of sex is mental and what we find attractive, we have absolutely no control of. We have no idea what makes us define ourselves as either male or female and no idea why we’re attracted to certain genders. We’re just born that way! Saying I don’t find you sexually attractive doesn’t mean I think you’re not a man or not a woman. It’s just means I don’t want to have sex with you.

I’ve tried to compare it from the other side of the field: would I be sexually attracted to a man if I knew that he’d been born a woman? Honestly, it would probably depend more on what he looked like than the fact that he was transgender.  I don’t know if that’s me being open minded or superficial. Probably a blend of both.

How about you? Would you be able to understand that it was just a case of mistaken biology and get past it?

2006 Deerfield Ranch Red Rex

Holy crap, this is one delicious bottle of wine.

I like my wines big, red and juicy. The bigger, the better. I like a good long finish that lets me sit and dwell on it for a while. I like rich and complex flavours and aromas. If it’s spicy and peppery too, well, I’m in heaven.

The ’06 Red Rex missed out on the black pepper, except as an aftertaste, but it hit the bell on every other check on my list. I had never tasted wine as dense as this fella, to the point that I had to ask the Wine Chef what the proper terminology was for that kind of texture and mouth feel. I’d never had anything like it! Viscous. Or, I could say it’s incredibly chewy (though, that doesn’t sound nearly as appealing, does it?) You could just roll it around on your tongue and keep pulling different notes from it.

I don’t want to make you think Red Rex tastes like a sherry or a fortified wine, it’s not sweet. In fact, the heavy tanins could almost make it seem bitter to some. But, the way they make your mouth water and help deliver those black cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant notes more than put me into winegasm.

The aroma of Red Rex is as big as it’s taste. The fruit definitely comes through, but you also get the hints of smokey meat (which is more delicious that it sounds), and even a bit of sage.

Definitely not a wine for everyone, you need to be prepared to get your ass kicked by Red Rex. But if you like them big and beautiful, give this complex bad boy a try. I’m looking forward to my next bottle.

WHO: Deerfield Ranch
WHERE: Sonoma County, California
WHEN: 2006
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Syrah (23%), Merlot (19%), Sangiovese (7%), Malbec (5%), Cabernet Franc (2%), Petit Verdot (2%)
COST: $29 at The Winehouse

The new iPad: March 2012

Everyone knew it was coming: the new iPad. Not an iPad 3 or iPad HD; just an iPad. (A lot of people are making a big deal about that, but think about the iPod. No matter what updates they roll out, they just usually call them an iPod.) Pre-orders for the new iPod started yesterday and it will be available on March 16th.

It doesn’t have any substantial changes from the iPad 2, but there’s definitely some upgrades. It has a ridiculously high-resolution screen. In fact, the “Retina Display” out-pixels your HDTV at home. There’s voice dictation, 4G LTE capability, which means very fast download speeds, and it can also be used as a wireless hotspot. It also has a better camera at 5-megapixel, illuminated sensor with a 5-element lens, face detection and IR filter, plus HD (1080p) video capture.

Instead of going smaller, it’s actually a bit bigger, but you probably won’t even notice it at 0.11 pounds heavier and 0.37 inches thicker. Battery life stays the same at 10 hours; 9 on 4G. And, they didn’t add Siri on to the iPad, like it had been rumoured earlier this week. Also the same, it will run on Rogers, Telus and Bell in Canada.

Basically, what it boils down to is if you have the iPad 2, there really aren’t any huge reasons to rush out and pick up the new iPad. Unless you’re really into shooting video with your iPad and editing it on the fly, you’re not going to notice a whole heck of a lot of difference between the two.

Which is handy to those cheapskates among us – myself included – who might just want to pick up an iPad 2 since they’re dropping that price $100.

(Originally published on the Tom and Joe blog)

The Wonderlic Personnel Test ™

Set your clock for five minutes, don’t peek at the answers, and see if you’re smart enough to be a quarterback. Tom got 60%, Joe 67%, Bubba 73% and I managed a 93%. Looks like it’s time to make me the “moneyball” behind the scene!

The Wonderlic Personnel Test ™
WPT ™ Sample Questions

1. Look at the row of numbers below. What number should come next?

8 4 2 1 ½ ¼ ?

2. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one:

1. true, 2. false, 3. not certain?

The boy plays baseball. All baseball players wear hats. The boy wears a hat.

3. Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will four pads cost?

4. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

Nieman, K.M. Neiman, K.M.
Thomas, G.K. Thomas, C.K.
Hoff, J.P. Hoff, J.P.
Pino, L.R. Pina, L.R.
Warner, T.S. Wanner, T.S.

5. RESENT RESERVE � Do these words
1. have similar meanings, 2. have contradictory meanings, 3. mean neither the same nor opposite?

6. One of the numbered figures in the following drawing is most different from the others. What is the number in that figure?




7. A train travels 20 feet in 1/5 second. At this same speed, how many feet will it travel in three seconds?

8. When rope is selling at $.10 a foot, how many feet can you buy for sixty cents?

9. The ninth month of the year is

1. October, 2. January, 3. June, 4. September, 5 May.

10. Which number in the following group of numbers represents the smallest amount?

7 .8 31 .33 2

11. In printing an article of 48,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of type. Using the larger type, a printed page contains 1,800 words. Using smaller type, a page contains 2,400 words. The article is allotted 21 full pages in a magazine. How many pages must be in smaller type?

12. The hours of daylight and darkness in SEPTEMBER are nearest equal to the hours of daylight and darkness in:

1. June, 2. March, 3. May, 4. November.

13. Three individuals form a partnership and agree to divide the profits equally. X invests $9,000, Y invests $7,000, Z invests $4,000. If the profits are $4,800, how much less does X receive than if the profits were divided in proportion to the amount invested?

14. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one:

1. true, 2. false, 3. not certain?

Tom greeted Beth. Beth greeted Dawn. Tom did not greet Dawn.

15. A boy is 17 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 23 years old, what will be the age of his sister?

These are sample test questions and are intended for demonstration purposes only. The Wonderlic Personnel Test is published by Wonderlic, Inc. via

1. 1/8
2. true
3. 84 cents
4. 1
5. 3
6. 4
7. 300 feet
8. 6 feet
9. September
10. .33
11. 17
12. March
13. $560
14. not certain
15. 40 years old

(originally published on the Tom & Joe blog)


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