Magnolia (a Post by B).

June 2, 2012


(This is something B emailed me after he read my last last post.  The title he chose refers to the movie Magnolia, which is a story of many strangers whose lives converge, and is a movie he and I love beyond reason.  Hope you enjoy!!)

Jora’s last post (about our return to St. Francis Winery and Chris Silva) was typically pleasing, but left out the real story. So here it is:   

In the Summer of 2002, there were two people trying to set Jora up with supposedly eligible bachelors.  One was her boss.  The other was her aunt Rinda, who never had kids of her own, but treated Jora as the next best thing.  She always took a special interest in Jora and, accordingly, no one was “good enough” for Jora.  But there was one guy she was grooming for the role: it was the son of her best friends, a nice young man, who was

·         Born in Northern Cal
·         Was part Portuguese
·         Was raised religious
·         Was a grocery store clerk growing up
·         Lived in Italy
·         Worked in the US Senate
·         Became a lawyer
·         Blah, blah, blah.

Aunt Rinda made a strong case for the guy of her choice: Chirs Silva, who is pictured below in Jora’s post.  Chris was in far away Sonoma and Jora did not meet him.  Yet. 

For, as luck would have it, Jora’s boss won out.  He set her up with a guy who was

·         Born in Northern Cal
·         Was part Portuguese
·         Was raised religious
·         Was a grocery store clerk growing up
·         Lived in Italy
·         Worked in the US Senate
·         Became a lawyer
·         Blah, blah, blah.

That guy did not run a winery however.  He was lowly me.

So, here’s where the story goes P.T. Anderson.  On one of our first dates, I was telling Jora about a friend of mine from 15 years before.  One that I met in Washington D.C.  He was like a brother to me.  Runs a winery.  You know where this is going: Jora stopped me.  His name?  Yes, indeed.  Chris Silva.

Chris and Jora would later become fast friends.  He would later preside over our wedding at his winery.  He continues to remind Jora time and again of what might have been:  If only she had followed Aunt Rinda’s advice, she could have been “First Lady of the Winery.”  Jora sighs.

Here’s a picture of Chris and me with our sons. 


It has been 28 years (where does the time go?) since Chris and I met.  We did not see sons in our future.  Girls were the main topic then.  Fortunately, I found Jora first.

So, now you have the rest of the story.

22 comments:

  1. I love this story.

    My sister-in-law broke up with a boyfriend over an epic argument that started with Magnolia. She was in love with the movie and wanted to share it with him. After viewing it he didn't see the point. Two worlds collide. They are friends now, but it was interesting to watch opposing life views over a PT Anderson movie.

    Glad you got to her first. I never would have met her otherwise.

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  2. Nice post Paul Harvey. :) Also, like Desi, I'm glad you won!

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  3. OMG. Best, most curious, most charming story ever. Thanks for filling in the rest of the story, B! And, although being First Lady of the Winery might've meant having Jora for an almost-neighbor, I think things worked out perfectly ;)

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  4. What a great story! B writes the way he talks, which makes it all the better. :) I seriously think you guys are on to something with this co-blogging. It should become a regular feature! Jora can keep being "typically pleasing" (that made me laugh) and B can follow up with his own commentary.

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  5. Adorable :)

    Love getting the real scoop!

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  6. I love this! So fun to hear the rest of the story from your other half :)

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  7. I believe that man is in love with you, Jora!

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  8. Loved your story. :)

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  9. Wonderful! It's a very good story. What a small world we live in, no?

    jbhat

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  10. this is such a great story! i love it.

    and i also havent clicked through from my reader in awhile and i love your (new?) header!

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  11. too funny. what a cool story. thanks b!

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  12. such a fun story! I agree with Kim about the co-blogging....

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  13. This is fantastic!! You guys are too cute. More of these type of posts please :)

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  14. i just love, love, LOVE this.

    (in fact, i'm sending it to my husband to read now... seeing that i already shared the last post w/ him... the one in which the "real" story was left out... so it'd only be right to make sure he reads this one as well :))

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    1. Torrie, ha! I just Skyped it over to my boyfriend!

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  15. how did i miss magnolia??

    adding it to the "must see soon" list right now.

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  16. Wow, that is such an amazing story. Thanks for sharing it with us! Life is sweet, isn't it?! :)

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  17. Rad story, B and Jora! The juicy back story is always the way to go! This post was fun to read.

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  18. i love hearing the story behind how couples met...such a sweet and serendipitous one! magnolia is also one of our favorite movies...and nolia (who is a magnolia) is kinda named after it, in some ways ;)

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