OK, now I'm going to request a Temecula Valley wine recc!
It's been ten years since I worked there, I have no idea what it's like now, there may be even more wineries. Or not, it was a booming economy in 2006 but a lot has changed since then. I worked at Callaway Vineyard and Winery, they had a 2001 Reserve Cabernet that was really good. Punters paid $40 for it, but staff got it for $6. Just to give you an idea of the markup on that sort of thing
. IIRC there was a winery called South Coast that had an inn with rooms overlooking the vineyards. It was really beautiful. The whole valley is beautiful and worth a trip, though the wine is not up to Napa/Sonoma or Central Coast standards, it's good fun and since the valley is so small you can visit most of it in a day. I actually really miss it sometimes and hope I get a chance to go back someday.
My wife is a lecturer at a major university, she used to teach EFL and French until they stopped teaching French! How sad is that.
Sad and all too common. I have a BA and MA in French and worked as a lecturer in my grad school university after I finished my degree. Foreign languages departments are all strapped for cash and students really resent the language requirements they have for their degrees. If I had a pound for every time someone asked my why I would bother with French when everyone speaks English, I'd never need to work again. I love languages though, and wish I knew more of them. Working as an EFL teacher you learn a lot about
languages, because you need to be familiar with the characteristics of your students' first languages to know what kind of challenges they'll have with English, so I know a lot of facts about world languages but can only speak two.