Recently Denise and I took our second wine trip. This time we decided to head south rather than North. Unfortunately, South Carolina doesn't have a whole lot of wineries that we could find.

Our first stop was Carolina Vineyards, outside Chester, roughly 45 minutes from Charlotte. While we weren't initially impressed with this winery, we were pleasantly surprised by both the proprietor and the quality of his wines. Even though it is a smallish winery by most standards, the quality was quite good. The prices were even better. We bought a bottle of the 1999 Chambourcin and also a bottle of the 2002 White Catawba.

Unfortunately, that was the high point of this trip.

"US Airways can plan on whatever they want. We plan on taking them to court."

An interesting quote indeed. Who said it? You'd think it was a jilted partner, or maybe even a competitor who felt that they lost out to USAirways in the battle for gate space at an airport. I could maybe even see a city that felt slighted that USAirways reneged on a perceived promise to the city. No such luck though.

This quote came from Joe Tiberi, spokesman for the International Association of Machinists. What does he have to do with USAirways? Little, really. But the IAM apparently represents about 5000 mechanics with the airline, who would seem peeved about the decision to outsource some heavy maintenance to a third party.

I can understand the unease with the issue. If heavy maintenance on the newer planes is being outsourced, then as the newer planes replace old planes, and old planes are retired, jobs will be lost. But why is the first reaction to take the company to court? Shouldn't people working for the same company share the same interests? These days, it would seem all too often that the management of the company is on one side of the fence and the employees are on the other. Probably not a good sign.

Often times when we take pictures, we'll see the dreaded redeye. Even the most innocent of pictures can seem downright devlish when infected with this disease. Luckily, Apple has put together a tutorial on how to use Photoshop for reducing redeye. Naturally, it's geared towards the Mac. But the techniques ought to be something that can be used on most any platform, even if you don't use Photoshop.

A while back, the Weakly covered the Cantenna, an engineering marvel designed to replace those potato chip and coffee cans that you use as antennas for your wireless networks. As you surely know by now, you can never keep a good geek down. That's right, now you can use your old digital satellite dish as an antenna. No more wimpy range from your network. This baby can send the signal up to 10 miles!

And if you're going to be sending a wireless networking signal ten miles (or even ten feet), isn't it a good idea to make sure your data is secured? Nod your head here. But keep in mind that even the best steps may not be enough. Tony brings us a great link on cracking WEP (which is no longer active). Even if you don't think your data is worth protecting, it's a good read to see just how an inquisitive mind can solve a puzzle.

Sticking with the wireless theme for a minute, you may have noticed recently that the increased use of SMS, specifically by teenagers and young adults, apparently has Hollywood trembling. The argument here is that if one of these wired patrons doesn't like a movie, shortly thereafter everyone in their circle of influence will know about it. And then everyone in their circle will know about it. And so on.

One thing strikes me as odd. If the studios are worried about losing box office by bad word-of-mouth, why don't they just make a decent movie?

Starting Thursday, we'll be in Cancun, so it's a pretty good bet that there won't be any posts from Thursday until Monday. This unfortunately includes next Saturday's edition of the Weakly. The Weakly will return the following Saturday, the 4th of October.

After last week's transportation bonanza, I was planning on moving on to other topics this week. But we seem to love to move about, so we'll spend another week looking at how we get around.

Way back at the end of July, we had a bit about the amphibious RV. This week, we see that Jane's adds a piece about a new amphibious car. Will we see the demise of the classic boat in the near future? Are there many people out there who want the ability to drive their car to a lake, and then just keep going?

Not long ago, a group of 13 students from Middlebury College in Vermont purchased an old school bus and the equipment to convert it to use biofuel - to run the engine on some alternative to gasoline. In this case, they built it to run off of old cooking grease. That's right, used vegetable oil. The theory being that because most restaurant owners pay to have their used grease hauled away, they would happily allow a group of students such as this the chance to pump all they need. What do you know - the bus made the trip of 4500 miles from Vermont to Washington, powered mostly by used vegetable oil and the kindness of strangers' kitchens.

Not long ago, a teenager was arrested at Logan International Airport in Boston for what can only be described as a joke in poor taste. The teenager, you see, had seen fit to leave a profanity-laced note in his bag, which when found by TSA screeners, apparently caused no end of anxiety. Why? The note contained the word bomb.

This piece was originally written on November 5, 2001, well before the birth of my blog. I've re-edited it a bit to update links and make sure that it makes sense. Hopefully this is the first of many food-related pieces!

First, Denise and I found the web site for the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail.

The first stop on the trip was RayLen Vineyards. Nice little place, but they didn't have much of a tour or anything. Reminded me of an airport gift shop. $3 for a tasting (5 wines, you get to keep the glass). Didn't really care for any of the wines, though. They weren't bad, just nothing to write home about. We bought a "blend" - they mix several of the other (red) wines together.