â€œI was born in Palm Springsâ€ he said.
He had my attention. I know a few people who have lived in Palm Springs â€¦ but James was my first acquaintance born there.
â€œThen I moved to Wisconsin.â€
An unusual move (at least in terms of direction), from my perspective.
â€œ.. and now Iâ€™m here. I do guided walks through the wine country.â€
â€œThat must be wonderful,â€ I said.
â€œNot really,â€ he replied, â€œIâ€™m actually a pastor, but sometimes you need to make it work.â€
Jean used to be a Dean at one of Californiaâ€™s Universities.
â€œâ€¦ and now I work in a tasting room, learning as much as I can about wine. Itâ€™s the dream of my life.â€
Different horses on similar courses â€¦ from different stables, with different riders heading to differentÂ finish lines.
You have to know which race you are in â€“ and you will rarely know that of another.