HOW TO engage a global audience

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Social gatherings used to be limited only to people in a single physical location like a bar or conference.  Now social gatherings extend past the walls of one location to the online social sites where conversation around a single subject can be scaled up. “Tweetups” blur the lines between in-person and online participation. For businesses big and small, these global niche events — such as Mashable’s Social Media Day or St. Supéry's #Cabernet Day, can be a great way to target and connect with people around a single subject.

On September 2nd, St. Supéry winery used meetup.com to engage people around the world in a celebration of wine called #Cabernet day.  Over a 24 hour period, over a thousand online wine drinkers and people at 75 real life meetups all posted messages across social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Flickr, Gowalla and YouTube.

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Mobilizing a global audience online and offline can be organized by one or two people using these strategies:

Find a common passion- Commonality leads to community.  Find your community using search tools Twitter Search, Yahoo Upcoming, Facebook or Plancast.

Have one central RSVP page- Keep it simple by driving everyone to one single page.  One page is easier to measure metrics from and it’s easier to organize one single event, even with multiple locations.  Jazz the page up a bit by adding a Twitter stream of tweets featuring the hash tag. Popular RSVP sites for social events are:

Eventbrite.com – Eventbrite is a solid option for posting and tracking RSVP’s.  Organizers can customize their page with graphics, Google Analytics, custom headers, links to the organizer and export tools for attendees to export to their calendar and announce it on their social sites.

MogoTix.com – Deliver tickets to attendees on their phones.  MogoTix will text you an image of your ticket with a scanable QR code.

Establish a unique short hash tag- Hash tags are the thread that hold the online conversations together.  They’re also what make a global conversation possible.  Every tweet, Facebook post, location check in or blog post in any country can be tracked real time using Twitter Search, Tweetdeck, or Booshaka for Facebook.  No matter where people are located, they can send or search posts using the hash tag.

Add the hash tag to the tagalus.com directory and open a search column in Tweetdeck to track the tag.

Engage participants- Online conversations work well when they’re extensions of in-person interactions.  Facilitate satellite events in different cities.  For #Cabernet, meetup.com/anywhere was used to schedule in-person gatherings in cities around the globe.  In the meetup descriptions, attendees were prompted on what the bigger social media message was and which hashtag to use.  For global events, it’s a good idea to make it a full day so “attendees” in different time zones can plan accordingly.  Another great tool is Plancast.  Plancast.com has a similar feel as Twitter, but instead of tweets you post plans.  People can subscribe to your plans, and they can opt in.

Add a Twitter stream everyone can see- Duing the event, make the conversation visual.  No matter how loud it is in a venue or a tweetup, you can still see what people are saying.  Twitter streams are often projected onto a large screen to show the real time conversation.  Twitterfall.com displays tweets with a keyword (you define) in a constant stream similar to a water fall.  You can set more than one search term—each one will be color-coded.

Share the Love- If you want to witness the power of social media, give all sponsors, hosts and contributors visibility equally.  You create a community-driven event where everyone has a vested interest in the overall success.  Show the logos of contributors on the main (Eventbrite) page, so they in turn have a reason to promote the event to their community.  The more they promote the event, the more they’ll collectively drive a larger audience to the main event page.

Have additional tools for engaging a global audience?  Leave them in the comments below.

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Santa Claus, Loch Ness Monster and Social Media Experts

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A few weeks ago I was pitched (again) by a "social media guru" from San Francisco.  After meeting him through a friend of a friend, and about 17 emails I finally gave in and invited him to stop by the winery.  Seems like I'm getting pitched every week by another social media expert who has all the answers to our wine business needs.  I was hoping this guy would have something different to say, or at least I was hoping he would take the time to look at the wine industry for real, and not just the romanticized vision of it.

I see him roll up in his recently buffed pearl white Mercedes SUV and slicked back hair, and I knew right away what this guy was about.  In my mind, he represents what's wrong with the social media landscape right now.  So many businesses are realizing they want to "socialize" themselves, but they don't know how to do it.  Suddenly, out of the woodwork comes armies of "gurus" and "experts" with all the answers.  The wine industry is especially susceptible because wineries aren't especially tech-savvy.  It's easy to be confused by snake oil salesmen promising big numbers.

So I listen to the pitch about all the powerful social media ROI his team can produce, and I wait until the end.  I asked the guy what he knew about our winery.  "Nothing," he replied.  I asked him who he thought were the wineries who were succeeding with social media.  "There's a winery in Illinois called Lynfred Winery, but no one around here," he said.  I thanked him for his time and sent him on his way.  He failed to do any research about me as a potential client, and he failed to look at the wine/social landscape.  I think they call that due diligence.  I had looked into his online efforts before he arrived, and discovered he didn't even have a Twitter handle, nor a Facebook page.  Basically, he and his team go into blog comments on behalf of clients and essentially spam the hell out of wine blogs.

It seems many wineries may have similar experiences, which is probably causing confusion.  In my job as the Director of Social Media for St. Supéry, I live and breathe this stuff every day, and I feel like we're just now starting to understand it.  Through a lot of trial and error we've had some successes and some things that didn't work.  After a year and two months in my role, I am just now starting to feel like I'm getting enough experience to no longer be called a beginner.  Maybe intermediate...maybe. . .

Some people say you have to do something at least 10,000 times before you can be considered an expert in anything.

. . For wineries trying to make sense out of who to trust and who not to, I put together a few tips that should help determine if someone is capable of executing any sort of social media campaign: 1. What is their Klout score? Klout.com is a tool that helps measure influence.  Influence is established by having an idea of what you're doing.  Amazingly, many social media experts have very low Klout scores.  Hmmmm  Bullshit meter is already starting to hum.

2. Do they have a LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and blog presence? Those are kind of the main social sites these days.  If they're going to build your business online, they need to show mastery of those sites.  Understanding how all the social sites fit together is critical because web 2.0 is all about open source, or the ability to share between sites.

3. Are they promising ROI? Hardly anyone has figured out how to manufacture and measure ROI.  Even the Old Spice campaign, which is considered to be one of the best social media efforts in history isn't fully understood yet in terms of ROI.  You can't promise a certain increase in followers, fans or ROI because all those things are out of your control.  Free will can't be manipulated, and that's what social media is.  You can't make someone become a Facebook fan or follow organically.  The only way is through gimmicks like contests or something that bumps numbers up, but doesn't create an authentic connection.

4. What do their online conversations look like? There's a social media "expert" in Northern California who's Twitter stream is only Foursquare checkins.  No actual conversation are taking place.  Having engaging conversations is a pretty important part of the equation.

5. If they can't build their brand online, they can't build yours Sounds obvious, but there's truth to that statement.  Walking the walk and talking the talk is important because it demonstrates how well someone can do what they're saying you should do.

I'm going to make a blanket statement and say anyone who refers to themselves as a Social Media Guru or Expert isn't.  Ironically, this is the easiest way to find the people are aren't.  Like Santa Claus and Nessie of Loch Ness, Social Media Experts don't exist.

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3 Ways to Participate in #Cabernet Day

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Thursday September 2nd is #Cabernet day on social media sites around the globe.  A popular question I keep getting is “how do I be a part of it?”  Here’s a few quick tidbits to give you the how and why of #Cabernet day:

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1. Use the #Cabernet Hash Tag in Your Posts:

Post tweets, videos, Facebook posts, blog posts and check-ins including the “#Cabernet” hash tag on sites like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Foursquare, Gowalla and others.  This is one half of the conversation.  You want to send out messages about Cabernet.  For wineries, this can be content about your vineyard, winemaker, terroir, recipes, etc..  For wine drinkers, this can be what you’re tasting or who you’re tasting it with.

2. Search the #Cabernet Hash Tag:

If sending posts with “#Cabernet” is the first half of the online conversation, tracking the hash tag is the other half.  It’s all about talking and listening, but using social tools to do it.  On Twitter you can use Tweetdeck, Twitter Search, Google, Twitterfall, Radian6, JIVE, etc to see what people are saying.

3. Engage!

Like Brian Solis says, Engage!  You have hundreds, maybe thousands of people talking about Cabernet.  Find people you want to connect with and engage with them.  “Like” Facebook posts, RT tweets, share or reply to other people’s postings.

You have a captive audience all tuned in to the same thing.  It’s an opportunity to form new connections online.

Why would you want to do this?  A large, captive audience will be talking about the same thing at the same time.  Technology allows us to find and connect with people we want to keep connected with going forward.

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Wine+Food Review: Thistle Restaurant in McMinnville, OR

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Ever walk into a trendy restaurant where all the furniture looks futuristic and the decor is hipster, and notice how beautiful everyone is? You just feel like you're hanging with the "it" crowd and that's the place to be. Maybe it's on the 26th floor of a new skyscraper in Manhattan or in downtown San Francisco where the founder of Twitter like to been seen.

Thistle is the complete opposite of that. The glassware and silverware look like they were purchased from a garage sale and the weathered wood floor creaks. Located in the heart of Oregon wine country, Thistle is the perfect anti-trendy place to eat. When James Beard award-winning chef Eric Bechard and his equally qualified front-of-the-house wife/wine buyer Emily Howard opened Thistle, it was all about the good stuff.

I sat at the counter, which felt like sitting in my Grandma's pantry. There were jars lining the wall and a tiny kitchen tucked in the corner.  There were all the things I remember about my Grandma's kitchen, except my Grandma didn't have a stellar wine list.

I loved Thistle.  Sitting at the bar was cool because I was able to chat with Chef Eric throughout the entire meal.  It was also cool because it was located in the heart of downtown McMinville, OR.  So many cool places are just steps away, including McMenamins Hotel Oregon.  Thistle was unpretentious and all about relaxing with a good meal.  How often do you get to chat with the chef during and after dinner?

If the food wasn't impressive enough, the wine list was equally as impressive.  I liked that Thistle didn't have Oregon wines only on the list.  Emily put together one of the most impressive wine lists I've seen in a long time.  There were esoteric wines from all over the world, and they were all high quality as well as well priced.  I took her suggestion and did a glass of wine with each course.  Here's what I had:

First pairing: 2008 Auxerrois from Adelsheim, Ribbon Ridge with Chioggia Beets, Arugula, Chevre & orange

Second pairing: 2003 Alicante Bouschet from Esporao, Portugal with Flat Iron Steak w/ spicy Chimichurri, Potato and Brocoli

It was hard to pick from the menu because everything looked SO good.  Even the bread was good—fresh baked down the street.  You gotta love a restaurant that has the menu up on a blackboard that changes every day.  Each time you go into Thistle, you can expect a unique experience.

The whole time as I'm licking my chops, Chef Eric kept coming over and chatting with me about this, that or the other thing.  He talked about working in Seattle and how it is working with his wife in a new business.  Chef was rocking a faux hawk that day.  You kinda get the sense there's no rules for employees at Thistle, other than good authentic food.

The beet salad stood up well to the Auxerrois without overpowering it.  Auxerrois is not much unlike Pinot Gris, so it has some similar notes, especially (in this case) wet rocks, mineral notes and asian pear.  I thought the acidity or tartness might be too much for the salad, but the beets and orange danced together nicely.

But what really blew my hair back was the beef with Chimichurri sauce.  I've made flank steak with Chimichurri a few times, and it was good.  But this one was completely different.  There was a tangy spiciness that lit up my taste buds like a pinball machine.  The steak was cooked perfectly, only to be perfected even more with the Portuguese red.  Seven years of age was perfect for the Alicante Bouschet grape. There was enough sweetness to offset the spicy flavors on the beef.

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ONE YEAR!

Hard to believe how fast a year went by...  On August 1st of last year the Bakas family moved west to pursue a dream.

In the past twelve months I've had the privilege of meeting so many people across the country and share great wine.  Many of the people I've met are on this list you can 1-click follow on Twitter.

I've cooked up a deal for online friends to get the wine I'm going to celebrate with.  The newly released 2006 Napa Valley Merlot goes for $28/btl at the winery but on Thursday and Friday you can get it for about $16/btl including upgraded shipping!  Orders are in full cases (12 btls) only.

Here's the link to get the Merlot Use coupon code ONE YEAR when checking out to get the FED EX priority overnight shipping included at no charge.  When the order is filled and it ships out, it'll get to you the next morning.  Enjoy!

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East Coast Wine Tweetup Tour in October

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I'm going out on the road and I need some dedicated wine drinkers to come help me drink some delicious wines.

Hard to believe how things unfolded over this summer.  On August 3rd, the Bakas family moved to Napa Valley so I could start my new role as Director of Social Media Marketing at St. Supéry winery.  The first 60 days have been a blast not only from talking wine and food all day, but also because #harvest09 was just beginning. In October, I'll be taking the winery tasting room experience on the road for the wine industry's first ever Tweetup Tour. I'll be stopping in each city listed below visiting restaurants and wine shops sharing the delicious nectar known as St. Supéry.   All are welcome as there is no charge to attend. St. Supéry wine club members will enjoy club member benefits at these events.  We'll have special guests, including our wine maker and chef, who will be appearing via U-Stream.

If you aren't able to be there physically, you can follow along on St.Supery's custom TasteLive page or Twitter using the #stsupery hash tag.  In an effort to get wine drinkers to taste along online, the winery has created "taste packs," 4-packs of wine sold at a discounted price.

St. Supéry East Coast Tweetup Tour (click on the city below to RSVP to that event)-

October 13th BOSTON Twitter Taste Live with Bin Ends Wine October 14th NEW JERSEY at Gary's Wine & Marketplace October 15th NEW YORK CITY Roger Smith Hotel October 16th NEW YORK CITY Harry's Cafe & Steakhouse in the Financial District October 20th ATLANTA at Murhpy's October 20th ATLANTA WINE SCHOOL hosted by Ed Thralls aka @winetonite October 22nd WASHINGTON DC at Pearson's (speaking at TWTRCON that day) October 23rd *to be announced October 24th ORLANDO at Gran Cru

Hope to see you there!  This is going to be fun so grab your tickets now...

Cheers,

Rick

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Murphy-Goode Winery to pay $10K a Month to Lifestyle Correspondent: Honor Roll

At the end of April, Murphy-Goode launched areallygoodejob.com on their quest to find one person to be their Lifestyle Correspondent. This person will live at the winery in Healdsburg, California and use social media to build Murphy-Goode's brand online. To apply, applicants upload a 60 second video explaining why they would be the best person for the job. So far the number of applicants is approaching 1,000. The winery plans to whittle down the field to 50 on June 26th.  Then on July 7th, the winery will announce their final ten applicants, who will visit the winery for a three-day interview process. On July 21, the winery will announce the person they've selected to be their Lifestyle Correspondent. picture-7 I uploaded my video (vote here) and applied about three weeks ago. Since that time, so many strange and unexpected things have happened. CBS 4 Denver did a story on my quest.  Mashable provided a nice write-up.  There have been a number of friends online who have gone out of their way to help me in my drive to land this position. Below I've listed the friends who continue to support the effort and want to thank everyone for being a part of this. If my path leads to the Murphy-Goode winery, there'll be an open invitation for a "tweetup" or in other words, friends will be welcome to come for a visit. We'll taste wine and post tasting notes on your social portal of choice. Before I list the friends who have gone above and beyond, I want to take a moment to thank VinTank for endorsing me as well as bringing together 8 passionate people who have formed the bonds of friendship as part of the VinTank 4+. picture-6

Thank you to the following people who have helped (if you don't already, follow these VIPs): @jaimiebakas - You are my every reason and I'd be incomplete without you.  Your support makes this possible. @tekee - Ted lives nearby, but we haven't met in person yet (although not for a lack of effort). Ted is always supporting the Bakas' @totalbev - My local wine shop not only rockin' it on Twitter, but now part of TasteLive.com online tastings. @misternoodle - My co-blogger on BlogBQue.com. Russ and I met on Twitter, then in person in Chicago, now working together. @shellykramer - My other co-blogger on BlogBQue.  Shelly, Russ and I talk often and just really clicked. @alohaarleen - One of Twitter's top 3 tweeters spreading her positive vibe far and wide. There's a reason she has such a large following! @zaibatsu - One of the "Big Dogs" in social media. This CO tweeter usually ranks as one of the most influential people on Twitter with over 80,000 followers @robmcnealy - Another "Big Dog" with about 100,000 followers on Twitter. Rob is a CO tweeter who is in another league @Jason_Pollock - A cool film maker from NY. Jason's new film, The Youngest Candidate is produced by Pulp Fiction & An Inconvenient Truth team @ginidietrich - Chicago-based wine+food lover. Gini is the CEO of Arment Dietrich and author of spinsucks.com @carece - There's not enough room here to list all the reasons Carece is a Twitter VIP. She is one of the top 3 people you could ever follow. @modishplum - Denver based all around stud chica who has a food blog of her own. @lisaadamswalter - Lisa and I talk wine frequently. She was one of the first people in the wine industry who really seemed to have a good online presence. @OliviaWilder - Internet Talk Radio host, portrait painter, writer, lover of life and laughter. Eternal Optimist. @edo_au - Ed Sullivan and I have been talking, tweeting and sharing since last fall. Ed is a wine & food lover in Sydney, Australia. Check him out! @jansimpson - I like Jan. She has a rather large following for a reason. Discover why. @jennyjenjen - Jen is a recent CU grad who works in PR, and actually gets social media. PR firms would be smart to hire her. @sweetnote - Like her name indicates :) @electromute - One of the coolest people in Boulder, and one of the most kick butt developers at Gnip. @jerell - Husband in love to @Salus, MBA, PMP, CoFounder of Salus Bath and Body Care (Natural, Organic), www.iFollowBack.com, US Marine @salus - Founder/Owner of SALUS, custom natural and organic, bath and body care. @pmabray - Paul is one of the founders of VinTank. He's brought together a group of 8 people under the VinTank 4+ endorsement who are kind of like the Justice League of wine @michelleflores - Michelle brings a positive message every day to Twitter. She's another CO tweeter who's always very supportive of others. @MediaMum - She's Australian, she lives in Boulder, she is a great person and important member of the online community. What's not to like? @StrawberryToast - Victoria is a chef in NY with an impressive track record. She helps make my wine+food pairings better by suggesting things I hadn't thought of to make the meal even better. @MistyMontano - The cosmic glue that connects the state of CO with CBS4 news. She's the eyes and ears of this state. @ThePicMan - One of my first Twitter friends. We started talking about bacon a year and a half ago and haven't looked back. @Spaulds1 - Susan checks in every day with a positive, "how are you today?" greeting. She is supportive of many, lover of all. @Bptbtrfly - Kathleen is a wine and food lover, and helps share my wine+food pairings daily with her followers. @allison1j - When she's not running the PR firm Conking, Fiskum & McCormick she's up for supporting a goode cause @KimSherrell - Anyone who follows Kim knows she is one of the best Twitter personalities mixing humor with good vibes @MayhemStudios - Calvin is often one of the most ReTweeted people on Twitter with good reason. His blog and design tips are the best online. @JaxLicurse - I see Jackie on Twitter just about every day consistently interacting and supporting others. @lorimoreno - Lori is not only THE most positive person on Twitter, but she makes some cool little designs in her tweets using text characters. @StewartStudio - Diane is another CO tweeter who has supported the cause @Iconic88 - One of my favorite Aussie Tweeters sharing good vibes and loves good food! @givemebargains - Nat is awesome and she RT's whenever we're online at the same time. She's consistent and positive. @Tatiana_K - There's so many great people to list, Tatiana should be higher up the list because of her pleasant vibe she brings to Twitter.  I look for her tweetage. @birdsall - Maureen runs Birdsall Interactive. She's doing some cool stuff and we have many same interests: wine, food, site design, social media, etc.... @naomimimi - Yet another awesome CO tweeter who "gets" social media, and she's very supportive of others. @passionsista - Quality tweetage from a quality human being. She's awesome, really awesome.

@pugofwar - Ef is like my brother in the bonds of bacon from Boulder. @wineevangelist - We love talking about wine! @CMChadwick - I met Chris at a tweetup, and have had lunch a few times. He's a great CO tweeter who's reach is far and wide @geekmommy - If there's anyone in CO who gets social media more than Lucretia I'd like to meet them. She knows how to "mom it forward" @ColeDavid - David is one of the few wine people who "gets" social media. We've been chatting for almost a year now. @buzzedition - Everyone knows Susan aka BuzzEdition and her famous ~hugs~ sign off on each tweet. @ladydreamer823 - She didn't just vote, she voted 3 times! Any friend of Ted (aka @tekee) is a friend of mine. @Whitsundays - Another one of my favorite Aussie tweeters. Alf is the go-to tweeter for all things related to Queensland. @terri5me2000 @froggie775 @ejoep @southplatte - CO based tweeter I hope to meet some day. @TanyaNoel - One of my newer friends on Twitter. We met via @misternoodle. @timbury - Tim is a cool dude, and always has a way of supporting you when you least expect it. @mclinklove - One of the newer Twitter VIPs. This guy gets it. @Bradinator - We love wine. We love bacon. You can still crash at our place when you come for ski season @gravyfloid - The coolest avatar on Twitter. Period. @isweatbutter - We met because I sweat bacon. Paula Deen loves us. @stoc - More great wine and social media vibes. @TheBigKlosowski - Allen is a CO tweeter who has a sizeable following for a reason. Check him out. @EmmaRileySutton - Thank you @mbernier - Matt and I met a few times in person, he's a cool dude working on a useful Twitter app. @Rajean - Supporting my quest on Facebook and Twitter @donnawhite - Thanks for the RT love

Bacon and Timetravel

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Bacon.  Just close your eyes and picture some slow-cooked crisp, savory bacon.  Mmm-mmm.  If I could invent one thing, it would be an alarm clock that emits the smell of cooking bacon when it's time to get up.  That's because I love bacon.  No, I mean I LOOOOOVE bacon.  My doctor wishes I didn't love bacon so much.  You want to know how much I love bacon?  On @wefollow, I'm the #1 bacon tweeter on all of Twitter.  That's not just loving bacon, that's a frickin' commitment.  Upon my last visit to the doctor, he did a lipid profile and was shocked at the results.

After looking at my family history, I found out my last name, Bakas, is actuallly related to the Greek God of swine called Bakos.  You might not know about Bakos, but that's probably because he died of coronary disease at an early age.  Thankfully, there's turkey bacon.  But not all turkey bacons are created the same.  Oscar Meyer brand turkey bacon gets a green check.  Jenny-O brand turkey bacon tastes good, but is expensive.  But it still gets a green check mark.  Butterball tastes pretty good for turkey bacon.  Whole Foods turkey bacon smells and tastes terrible.  It gets a FAIL.

picture-1But there's more...so much more to bacon you might not know.  Throughout time, both past and present bacon has been a key piece of history.  For example, in the future, members of the Starship Enterprise had a terrible episode where everyone on board, including Captain Kirk, thought they were eating bacon but it was actually Tribble meat.  Tribble meat is highly toxic and can cause explosive diarrhea.

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Luckily, Spock showed some reason and packed a ton of Pepto.  The last thing you want, even in the future, is to be thousands of lightyears away from civilization and have a bad case of the runs.  Had the order not been mixed up, bacon would have been packed on board the Enterprise and the crisis would have been averted.  Are you starting to get the importance of bacon in history?  Let me put it in VC terms for all the investors out there:

picture-31You don't want that.  There's got a be a balance.  If you plan of having a future, you have to tenor bacon vs. turkey bacon intake.  There's other kinds of bacon you might not consider when thinking about what to eat.  There's actually some decent choices out there.  There's pancetta, Irish Bacon, Canadian Bacon, Turkey Bacon, Fakin' faux bacon made from recycled dogshit and a few others I can't even think of, but they probably come on a pizza somewhere in Europe.  There's a cool thing that happens when you combine various types of bacon.  It's somewhat like when the lions come together and form Voltron, voltronexcept for combining to form a stellar giant robot with a giant sword that he pulls out of Lord-knows-where, you get something more like this:

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Speaking of time travel.  Let's go back in time to two months ago when President Obama was trying to get Congress to pass the massive stimulus package.  Remember what the biggest critisism of the stimulus package was?  Too much pork.  That's right...too much pork.  I don't think I want to live in a world where there's such a thing as too much pork.  I told my wife to pack up the pets 'cause we're moving to Australia.  The only problem is bacon in Australia is more like Canadian bacon...there's no such thing as the bacon we know and love in America.  That might be part of the reason Australians live longer.

This whole bacon conversation started to take off on Twitter.  I started talking about bacon, sending out random tweets into the void like a prisoner in isolation babbling to myself.  For weeks it seemed my bacon tweetage was falling on deaf ears.  Then one day @tekee took the bait and tweeted back.  Then @thepicman, @winebratsf and @pugofwar... Then @kveton joined the fray and all hell broke loose--we were like the Brady Bunch, but more like the Bacon Bunch.  Now there are literally hundreds of tweeters who are down to talk about bacon any time of day.

My greatest discovery came on January 30, 2009.  Through a series of unlikely events, I was eating bacon while watching Wizard of Oz and listening to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.  When I did that I was able to free myself from the Matrix.

picture-21Be careful when you try this.  Make sure you're wearing a helmet....a helmet made of bacon.  As for travelling through time, I don't know about the future, but I do know the oldest woman in the world credits her longevity to bacon.  Now that's a ringing endorsment.

If you found this article useful, look under the categories and check out some of the bacon-related info I've got like the Bacon Smoothie recipe.  It's good, but gasey.  I'll continue to add useful bacon stuff here.  Please leave a comment and/or subscribe to my feed.  I'm on Twitter at @rickbakas.  Thanks for stopping by.  Cheers!

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