Dec 312016
 
Work, Wine and Wheels New Year's Eve Triple Shot

Merry New Year! It’s been a great year at Work, Wine and Wheels, though the time demands of my consulting firm again cut down on the number of stories published. Before the clock runs out on 2016, here’s a final post touching on all three site topics. On the Work front, I’m thankful that StoryTech […]

Nov 142016
 
Fall 2016 at Calvert Woodley

It’s fall in the greater Washington region, so that means it’s time for the Calvert Woodley wine sale. I received the new catalog a few weeks back. Calvert Woodley is a venerable presence in DMV (the District, Maryland and Virginia) wine circles, with co-founder Ed Sands celebrating 50 years in the business this past July. […]

Nov 012016
 
Identifying Government Decision Makers

If you market to the government market, you know what a complicated process it can be. It’s often a challenge to know exactly which government decision makers within the agency to communicate with, and to know exactly what those decision makers are looking for from a contractor partner. I recently attended a government marketing event […]

Oct 232016
 
Jeep Cherokee Comes Through in Crash

Coming home from vacation this weekend my wife and I were involved in an accident. Less than two miles from home, a woman pulled out from the Walker Gate of Fort Belvoir without looking and hit the side of our 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The impact caused the vehicle to flip over and roll twice […]

Sep 152016
 
NCC DIY Day at BMW of Annapolis

As I wrote about in July, I’ve joined the National Capital Chapter (NCC) of the BMW Car Club of America. The reason I joined was the BMW DIY events they hold regularly. I was excited by the opportunity to tackle some maintenance procedures with experienced owners around me to offer advice and assistance. This past […]

Aug 292016
 
My BMW Air Bag Recall Letter

Last Friday I received my official BMW air bag recall letter for my E46 M3. Both the driver and passenger air bags are subject to the massive Takata air bag recall, which has been going on for almost two years. Over 60 million air bags have been found defective and need to be replaced. It’s […]

Aug 082016
 
Content Marketing Predictions for 2017

Last week I found an article/video on content marketing that just nailed it in multiple ways. It was a guest post on Convince and Convert by Joei Chan at Medium. The post made five predictions about content marketing trends in 2017. Joei assembled an all-star cast of content marketing influencers. She talked to Rand Fishkin, […]

Jul 182016
 
Joining the BMW Car Club of America

I’ve been a BMW enthusiast for 15 years, but I had never joined the BMW Car Club of America (BMWCCA). The main reason was I did not associate BMWCCA membership with DIY work. A fellow owner who works out at my gym recently showed me otherwise. He told me DIY educations was the main reason […]

Jun 062016
 
Mary Meeker State of the Internet Report

I’ve been writing about Mary Meeker’s State of the Internet report for a few years now on this site. Her 2016 edition was just made public. Here’s the entire slide deck courtesy of KPCB and hosted on LinkedIn. Mary has widened her scope over the years and the deck is up to 213 pages. If […]

May 162016
 
Guicciardini Tuscan Wine Dinner

This week Gabriele and I attended an Italian wine dinner at Riverbend Bistro, a favorite neighborhood spot. The theme was wines from Tuscany, including Castello di Poppiano, which was already a favorite of ours. Our evening was made more special by being seated with the two presenters of the wines. One was the importer Brennan […]

May 042016
 
2016 BMW Sales -- Rough Start So Far

2016 BMW sales are out for April, and it’s been a tough start to the year for BMW in North America. Overall new sales are down 9.4 percent, with passenger cars down 15.4 percent. An article from The Truth About Cars reports swollen inventories at U.S. BMW dealerships. As usual, looking at BMW’s high volume […]

Apr 122016
 
Brabo in Old Town Delivers

Recently Gabriele and I enjoyed a true dining experience at Brabo, a Belgian restaurant in Alexandria next to the Lorien Hotel and Spa. We have enjoyed their Tasting Room bar area next door a few times, but this was the first time in the restaurant itself. We had a great meal. The appetizers were a […]