Thursday, February 25, 2010

Random Fun

It's a wordle of my blog so far!

Wordle: wine lovers

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Just Nod if You Can Hear Me

The other evening I had the unfortunate experience of certain technical difficulties resulting in a loss of Internet access. I know. The horror!

Now, I’ve got a decent amount of technological expertise. Or, more specifically, I have experience in dealing with temperamental equipment-types. I used to teach, which means I’ve spent quality time with cranky copiers, pissy printers and sullen servers. At one middle school, Estelle (that’s the printer), was so needy that I oftentimes had to dismantle her altogether and stroke her various cartridges a bit before she would give me what I wanted. No matter. I’m trainable.

And I’m pretty good at pulling plugs, hitting reset buttons, reconfiguring and rebooting. Whatever it takes to get me over the hump and where I want to go. But the other night! The other night, nothing was working. And I had no wi-fi. I need wi-fi. I have blogs to read, news to peruse, social networks to check in with, email to catch up on, things to do. We have a new wireless router, so the problem had to be with the modem, and nothing from my usual bag of tricks was working.

I wound up having to call customer service for McTeleCorp, Inc. One of those loops where you put in your phone number and choose from their menu of various problems and indicate your modem type and then hhhooooooldd. Forreverrr. There wasn’t even any muzak or that canned “your call is important to us.” Just silence. The only reason I knew I hadn’t been cut off was because the counter on my phone showed how long the call was lasting. 28 minutes and 43 seconds I waited. And no. No one helped me. I finally hung up. But the thing that made me feel so crazy is that I’m stuck with McTeleCorp, Inc. For a good long while.

Here at Oenophilia, it is our goal to provide top-notch customer service, where you actually connect with someone. This is what sets us apart from the crowd. Facebook us, tweet us, send us a fax or an email. Pick up the phone and give us a call. There’s always a real person on the other end. And I can say with all sincerity that my customers are very important to me.

The lines of communication are open. There’s no monopoly, no contract. I know you have choices, and I am very grateful that you choose to do business with me.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Big Four-Oh

We’ve had some pretty wild winter weather here in North Carolina, so it has been quite a week. I went sledding last Saturday! My kids have forgotten their locker combinations and their teachers’ names. I’ve eaten lots of cold weather foods like meatloaf and cheese fondue and hot fudge sundaes. Hey, it’s always ice cream season. I’ve also had the opportunity to partake of some choice, special occasion-type beverages. Lillet. Champagne. Negronis. An ’89 Grace Family Cab. Some Riesling in a box.

Yes, indeedy, it’s been quite a week. And this is good. It is an excellent lead-in to the coming weekend.

The Big Day.


February 7. Yep. It’s my birthday. I’ll be 40.

I know. I know it’s also the Super Bowl. WHO DAT. And, um, whatever Colts fans say. Can we talk about me, now?

I love my birthday. I can’t help it. You can tell I’m excited when I start using ALL CAPS. This is how I was raised, I swear. Birthdays rule. When I was a kid, I thought February was ALL MINE. No matter that my younger sister’s birthday is also in February. All mine, I say. Valentine’s Day, are you kidding? Chocolate, flowers and cards? Mine. Ash Wednesday: a no-brainer. My name on the calendar page in February? Must be a special day for yours truly. Obviously, we did not do Lent.

But I never, ever co-opted the Super Bowl. EVER. Never occurred to me. We do ACC basketball around these parts. Pro football, not so much. Eh.

This year, however, I have decided to be a fan. I actually know who is playing ahead of time. I've decided which team I’m pulling for. I plan to actually watch some of the game and not just run over to the television during the commercial breaks.

I’m thinking it’s the only way some people will come to my party.

I’m excited about turning 40. Really. I think it’s going to be a great year, full of all sorts of new experiences. And if you are feeling adventurous and thinking that “all sorts of new experiences” sounds promising, I have a special offer for you:

Through the end of next week, get 40% off of one case of any new-to-you Oenophilia product – one that you’ve never tried, or one that you have not ordered in at least 2 years. All you have to do is ask for The Ashley Atkins Big 4-0 (Ta-dah!) Birthday Adventure Try-Something-New Special. Or something along those lines.

The fine print is down below. Let me know if you have any questions. Isn’t February fabulous?


The Deal:

Get 40% off of ONE case of any new-to-you Oenophilia product – one that you’ve never tried, or one that you have not ordered in at least 2 years.

Regular minimum order requirements and shipping charges apply. May not be combined with other offers. Offer not good on distributed products such as Vinturi, Pulltap’s, etc. Minimum order amount must be met prior to adding discounted case.

For example, if you need 2 cases of Maximus corkscrews and 4 Vinturis, you’ve got a subtotal that meets the minimum reorder amount. If you’ve been wanting to try, say, the Hammock rack, you could add it to your order for 40% off, or $56.40 instead of $94.

Purchaser pays freight on discounted item. Orders must be placed by Friday, February 12, 2010. If you want, you may delay shipping until as late as February 26, 2010.