January Blog News


It’s the time of month when I share what is new on The Way Forward and I remind readers of the various ways they can access this blog, contact me, or  make a million dollar donation to my ,I want a big ass home just like Steven Furtick Project.

Thursday, January 30th

I will be gone for the day, so blog comment approval will be delayed. Polly and I are traveling to Fort Wayne to hear Darius Rucker, David Nail, and Eli Young Band. One “positive” of being in a wheelchair is that we often get good  seats at concerts. We have floor level seats and we are expecting to have an awesome time. This will be the first country concert we have ever been to. Two years ago, we saw Matt Nathanson in concert, and six years ago, our son’s took us to hear Collective Soul. (I was 50 years old before we saw our first “secular” concert)

new chronic pain chart

new pain chart by Allie Brosh

Health News

Nothing new to report here. My primary care doctor added Tramadol to the pain management regimen I am on. I am now taking Hydrocodone 7.5/750 mg and then 2-3 hours later I take 50 mg of Tramadol. I also take 2 500 mg Naproxen per day. I repeat this cycle throughout the day and this has really helped with the pain spikes. As people with chronic pain know, the narcotics do not take away the pain but they do break the pain cycle and reduce the pain to a level that is tolerable. (on most days)


Polly and I have started drinking an occasional glass of wine. As with most things, due to our fundamentalist past, we are coming late to the party. We are interested in wines that are sweet, red or white. If you have any wine suggestions, please leave them in the comment section. We are definitely uneducated when it comes to alcoholic beverages. (and no, drinking a glass of wine does not causes any problems with the drugs I am on)

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Comments (17)

  1. questioningmommy

    If you like sweet and red, I would try Lambrusco. It’s a very good red and it’s sweet but you chill it. And of course Rieslings are a sweeter white but Moscatos are even sweeter. Trying new wines and learning about them are a lot of fun! Enjoy! And remember there are no hard and fast rules….It’s whatever YOU ENJOY!!

  2. Justin

    Polly and I have started drinking an occasional glass of wine… we are coming late to the party.

    Better late than never. Cheers!

    I’m more of a beer and scotch guy, but I really like merlot. It’s the only wine I even consider drinking. Different years and different brands vary, and some can tend to the bitter side, but they are clean (not syrupy) and flavorful.


    Now, back to my PBR.

  3. Ann Bowen

    My daughter loves Martini Rose Moscato, they are bubbly and fun. I don’t drink red wine, it tastes like you have to chew it. I love Chardonnay, White Zinfandel, Pinot Grigios. Of course we live near Trader Joes so I spend a whopping 2,49 on my wine. LOL.

    I take Tramadol 150mg with 100mg of Voltaren. Hate the Voltaren though. I’m breaking my 10/325 Norco’s in half and that seems to do me well.

    Hope you have a wonderful time at the concert. I use the wheelchair at Disneyland. Next time I’ll get the scooter. For 129$ for 2 days one park at a time I need it.

    Peace….. and Bruce I think sometimes you do a better Bible study in your posting even if you don’t believe. 8-)

  4. Stephanie

    I am so jealous about the concert. Sounds like fun!

  5. Paula

    Our standard house table wines are Riunite. Especially Lambrusco or D’oro. D’oro is a golden white and is one of the few whites I like. In the summer, Arbor Mist has a lot of wonderful wines infused with fruit flavors. Both these brands are affordable. Like you, I equate dry with bitter and unpleasant.

    In place of true champagne, expensive and often dry, we like Ballatore asti spumante sparkling wine.

    I’m sure wine snobs are about to have a coronary, but if I don’t like the way something tastes, I won’t drink it, no matter how “special” it is supposed to be.

  6. oneperson

    Yay for the concert!! Hope you enjoy(ed) it immensely.

    Haha on the Pain Chart. Docs should all have that one, instead of the boring wtf-how-do-i-decide-which-number kind.

  7. grasshopper

    Bruce, stay away from whine: it’s made from sour grapes.

    I am a bit of a sherry lover, particularly the very dry sherries such as Flor Fino and Amontillado. They are very reminiscent of the taste of blue cheese, because of how they are made.


  8. Ami

    No wine here. ::ptui::
    When I was in high school and it wasn’t legal for me to drink, all my friends and I thought it was quite sophisticated to polish off a bottle of Boone’s Farm Tickle Pink once in awhile, though.

    Hope the concert is/was everything you were hoping!!

    1. Ann Bowen

      And Annie Green Springs after the Boones Farm bottle went dry?

  9. pgaikin

    Bruce: You said you’re making a trip to Canada next spring/summer. If you have the time and stamina you should go to Niagara (Canadian side) and take the wine tour and sample all the varieties available. You might find something you like and the trip along the Niagara river is breathtaking. Cheers.

  10. Ruth

    If you like sweet wines definitely Riesling or Moscato. I’ve also found Blackstone’s Cabernet Sauvingnon to be particularly good.

    Have fun at the concert!

  11. carmen

    Hi Bruce – My kids laugh at me but I like Spumanti (I think that’s how it’s spelled!) – they tell me it’s what alcoholics drink!! I don’t care; I like it! The concert sounds great. . .I know you’ll both enjoy it.

  12. Jada

    I’m at about an 8 at the moment. Thank god for the war on drugs, or I might actually be able to get something USEFUL for it!

  13. Lynn

    Hi Bruce,

    I’m a red wine drinker. Almost always Cabernet. Barefoot is my favorite brand lately. And you drink it room temperature. Good stuff!

  14. Molly Nagel

    Just found this blog today, good stuff.

    Excellent wine I discovered a few years back is Stella Rosa. It’s become popular now and there are a few different variations of it, but the original form is a sweeter, semi-sparkling table wine. It’s the kind of wine that even non-wine people really tend to like.

  15. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

    Thank you everyone for the wine suggestions. If Polly and I turn into wino’s, we at least know who to blame. :)

  16. William E. Hammons III

    As per Psalm 104, I like White Zinfandel, my wife likes Rieslings. I also like Port, if you like a fortified wine. .


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