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Ever since I've had a blog and put a meter on my site, my IP address has alternated between Montreal and Bordeaux. I inquired about this with my Internet service provider. Apparently when I use the Internet, the DNS (Domain Name Server) obtains an IP for me automatically, based on wherever in the world an optimal connection exists. I asked the telephone agent whether these increasingly favourable IP addresses would influence the reception of my Premières Côtes de Blaye, or my Saint-Émilion. After some time on hold, the provider promised me full satisfaction. My review of a real optimal connection with a fantastic Bordeaux wine is thus on this site's immediate agenda.

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So who gave Blogger.com this black valentine? I'm thinking it was sent to themselves.

It definitely wasn't delivered by me, even though Blogger, with its on-again, off-again connection outages in the week leading up to Valentine's Day, sculpted out of my Monthly Visits By Day chart a rather dramatically pointed and weeping heart (at left).

Thanks a lot Blogger for sending me such a poignant message. Talk about ripping out your aorta and stomping on it!

February 4th, the date of the interminable last-minute Blogger maintenance, featured hits to Weingolb that were among the lowest in this site's history. That sure is a bittersweet one to swallow. The sudden Saturday outage turned into a trend that cropped up all week long.

With Valentine's Days like that, I certainly don't need Guy Fawkes Days.

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