Gin and tonic

I have not posted in some time. I haven't called in awhile. I haven't sent that random text in many weeks. I haven't opened the 6 books that I'm dying to read. And no, the pile of papers on the counter that need to be filed away, yeah, the stack keeps growing. I'm not one for excuses. So what have I been doing lately? Chasing rainbows. I miss just10things. This was my relax. This was my break. Therefore, tonight, old school.
  1. "And pennies make dimes and dimes make dollars, Dollars buy gas and longneck bottles, Beer gets a barefoot country girl swayin, To a song that's playin on the radio station. Bad times make the good times better, Look in her eyes and you're gone forever, Aw its a helluva ride... Yeah, It's a helluva life." ~ Helluva Life, Frankie Ballard
  2. "Baby you're a song You make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise Down a back road blowin’ stop signs through the middle Every little farm town with you In this brand new Chevy with a lift kit Would look a hell of a lot better with you up in it So baby you're a song You make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise" ~ Cruise, Florida Georgia Line
  3. "Heard about the old time sailor men, They eat the same thing again and again; Warm beer and bread they say could raise the dead. Well, it reminds me of the menu at a Holiday Inn." ~ Cheeseburger In Paradise, Jimmy Buffet
  4. "Well I see the souls of so many friends, And I see us all back here again. With sandy floors and ceiling fans, A Rastafarian one-man band with songs That fill my memories like a tip jar. Yeah, that's what I see When I see this bar." ~ When I see This Bar, Kenny Chesney
  5. "A lifetime for a day Would be an even trade No price I wouldn't pay For your heart love I know how it feels to breath With you beside me I think about it always" ~ Tonight, Sugarland
  6. What I started, I will finish
  7. I will not go down without a fight
  8. There will be many tough decisions along the way
  9. I will not lose touch with work/life balance
  10. IT WILL BE AN EPIC STORY

Sober

I haven't shaved in 22 days. The facial hair is past the itchy stage except for the few mustache(ish) hairs that twice a day decide to tickle my lips. I just brush them out of the way and carry on. They say that facial hair grows faster when you think about sex all the time. I suppose that's why I don't have a full beard or anything like that, it's more like brown fuzz on my face. Three months ago, stranded in an airport bar in Phoenix, AZ, I bought a drink for a lady standing next to me. Both of us were waiting for a flight to different destinations. In the random of the world, turns out, we had mutual acquaintances. Small world. She called me last week, she needed a favor. I executed. After the "use me" conversation was complete, we decided to stay in touch with travel plans and meet up soon for a drink in a random airport. Random airport. Who the fuck does that? My bags are always packed, always ready to go, but 22 days no shave, 3 months later? And I think I'm wearing dirty socks since the dog has done a real good job of finding all the clean ones. But in the end, it's just a drink. And a drink is just a drink. And dinner is just dinner. Why is it so hard to relay to people that most things in life, well, they don't have strings. Even if you admit that you would like strings. Ten things are 10 things.

When wine was opened

Random senseless morning thinking about interactions with day to day objects. 1. Which came first, the cork or the cork screw? Maybe it was a bunch of wanna be alcoholics staring at a bottle of wine in 1768 wondering how they were going to get drunk. 2. What would be the point of having a screwdriver before you had screws? Maybe to open paint cans or pry open a treasure chest full of gold coins. 3. The infamous red Solo cup and the Dixie cup made for cheap beer and cheap wine, respectively, getting red necks drunk on a daily basis. 4. Canning jars were not meant to preserve food, but rather to show off a collection of mid-summer night fireflies and promote good clean fun for children everywhere. 5. Easy Cheese is just disgusting, as is squeezable yogurt. There are just reasons some things should not be transformed into a squeezable/spray-able form. What's next Easy Beef? Squeeze broccoli? 6. What did people drink coffee from before there were coffee cups? Technically, shouldn't any cup you put coffee in be called a coffee cup? Why are there so many types of cups and glasses? I would have a lot less dishes to wash if all beverages tasted the same in a 16oz tumbler, unfortunately, my brain tells me that wine does indeed taste better in a Riedel glass appropriate for a certain type of wine (see #3). 7. 3D TV, hmmm, I think this is Big Brother trying to lessen the distance in our minds between reality and make believe - the next phase in the master plan of total mind control. One day soon we will all be slaves to the government. 8. The MP3 player, the e-Reader and the smart phone prevent people from having real live conversations in public places. Come ride the PATH train with me if you don't believe me.  Stuff 200 people into a small space and you may get one conversation in a 30 minute period. Everyone is heads down engaged in some sort of media interaction (see #7), not people interaction. And we call ourselves social! 9. Makeup. There is physical beauty in everyone, I just don't get the purpose of painting over this with layers and layers of makeup (I am a sucker for F**k Me Red lipstick, though). 10. Why do we enjoy being scared? Horror movies! Aren't there enough scary things in life that we don't need artificial fear?

Social commerce junkie

I'm beginning to feel that I am OCD educated about things I purchase.  Mostly major purchases, but some, not so much.  I spend countless hours researching.  I find myself upset when my eventual choice ends in some crazy mishap such as inflated shipping costs or out of stock. 1. Remodel bathroom, need a new toilet:  Can you believe that I spent 4 months researching toilets online?  I read reviews, I compared features - I wanted to know how exactly the shit went down!  And I wanted to be environmentally conscious.  All these factors weighed in as I found, and unfound, the perfect crapper. 2. Books:  I find 50% of my new reads from friends, 25% from Amazon's "Recommended for You" and 25% from "that's an odd title, I'll give it a try" 3. Clothing: Just feels comfortable in an honest to goodness brick and mortar store when you try it on, with the exception of task specific items such as rain jackets and shoes.  Between the two, time spent researching is probably close to 15 hours 4. Beach paraphernalia: Good gracious, I love the beach, and between beach chairs, beach bags, beach blankets, suntan lotion, and first aid kits, I'd bet I logged 50 hours in research 5. Electronics -> Televisions: I spent 8 months reading reviews a few times a week before finally diving into the flat panel realm, and that was some years ago.  I've been at an upgrade purchase for 2 months now and still no definitive answer 6. Smelly good stuff:  Yeah, so I'm a dude, but I still like my house to smell nice.  Unfortunately, smell is a personal experience and cannot really be portrayed in online reviews and comments.  Even when it's "smells like crap," it is in the nose of the beholder 7. Cleaning things: Those crystal fabric softener things you put in the washer - success!  The gel toilet bowl cleaner thingy - failure!  The dish washer cleaner - failure! 8. Electronics -> Laptops: Hmmm, this is hard.  I do spend time reading reviews, but ultimately, it's about the components that make the deal - and sometimes, it's just the WOW factor 9. Food establishments: Best recommended by friends! 10. Wine: It's a matter of taste So in summary, the social aspects of commerce are sometime beneficial, but sometimes, it just doesn't work.  Overall, though, for things that need thoughts before purchasing, social attached it awesome, and I'm glad we are there in technology.  I can look to many e-commerce websites and drown myself in reviews, I can post potential purchases to social networks and usually get responses.  I love the digital age, I'm thrilled I don't have to make all the choices blindly and can rely on others experience to make my ultimate OCD decision.  

Marketing or me, the real world test

After punishing my new shoes, I'm finally getting the opportunity to put them to the real world test.  Let's go, NYC. Day 1. I laced up my brown Merrell's and revved up the pickup after throwing the suitcase in the back.  Driving with these as extensions of my feet really connects me to the pedal, I can feel every slight movement.  I parked, 4A, don't forget!  Arriving at the airport I wonder how security will go, they don't just slip on like boots do after you've been scanned, patted, otherwise violated, but I for once had plenty of extra time.  Walking through the airport, I honestly felt like I was barefoot, which is a little on the nasty side considering how many people walk on that same floor.  I checked a couple times to ensure my feet were indeed in shoes and felt better.  A layover in St. Louis and 6 hours later, I arrive in beautiful Newark, hop in a cab, speed through town and finally check into the hotel.  Results: no pain, no blisters, feet happy, legs a little cramped. Day 2. Destination Manhattan, repeat nasty feeling walking barefoot and checking to make sure I have shoes on multiple times.  Results:  distance walking = 4.2 miles, no pain, no blisters, feet happy, legs moderate. Day 3. Long day ahead which starts in Jersey City.  The day goes well and finally wraps about 4 at which point I head into Manhattan.  Who needs a subway when your feet are engulfed in shoes that were made for them?  Results: distance traveled walking = 3.4 miles, no pain, no blisters, feet happy, legs happy.  I think I'm in love with my shoes!  I cannot wait to try Chicago in these babies... Day 4. A more walking day, unfortunately, the city at 95 degrees is brutal so I must maintain my water intake.  Results: distance traveled walking = 2.7 miles, no blisters, feet happy, legs happy Day 5. Today I only needed to make a quick run into the city to retrieve my laptop and have a short meeting, then off to the airport.  I'm very pleased at the end of the day, finally sinking into the couch at home successfully completing a real world test of a superb pair/pairs of shoes.  My feet are thanking me and although my legs are a little cramped, I feel confident that I will never put another shoe on and the cramps will subside over time. Day 6. The lazy barefoot day at home.  I slipped an older pair of standard tennis shoes on for about an hour today.  The muscles in my legs are killing me and my feet hurt.  I think it's time for them to be tossed. Day 7. I learn today that I can sprint through the airport like a cheetah as I make it to the gate with only minutes to spare.  Did I mention that between the pair on my feet and the two pairs in my luggage, they take up less room that a pair of boots used to, and weigh so much less. Day 8. Not much walking today, but I'd like to point out how much you can really feel the terrain beneath you.  It's almost like you are able to grasp the ground as a monkey would a tree limb.  There's not much need to report results any longer, it's basically the same.  I have come to the conclusion that tying my shoes is an art, too tight and it completely changes the shape of the shoe, but it's easy to tell right away. 9. May as well post my results now, I can tell that things are going well, and I'm eager to post my findings.  So what had started as a ten day test ( and the longest span of time to write a single post ) has ended two days short. 10. For sale: 4 pairs of boots Tunage:
  1. Barefoot Blue Jean Night by Jake Owen

Marketing or me

Like a snake, I have shed the first sun kissed layer. For 4 years, I have relied on boots for travel, soft supple leather to comfort my feet.  My first dislike for boots was Austin, TX walking endlessly down the streets, soaking in the live music and pulsating rhythms of various clubs.  My next run in was in NYC as I was making my daily trek from hotel to train to streets to work and enjoying the afternoons wandering aimlessly.  Pain!  It's time to take care of my feet, so I spent a week researching shoes and walking.  Every company claims that their shoes are the best and ergonomic and comfortable and whatnot.  I stumble through countless reviews and decide to make a plunge.  I ordered a pair of Merrell Barefoot Tough Gloves which will offer me 1. 4mm compression molded midsole cushion 2. 1mm forefoot shock absorption plate 3. 0mm ball to heel drop 4. 7.1oz each When they arrived I started looking for manufacturer recommendations to properly break them in only to find that they are ready to "roll."  Well, let's put them to the test then, the worst that could happen is 6. The shoes fail 7. My feet fail 8. I fail So, a pair of thin athletic socks go on and then I laced up my new shoes, right out of the box!  Where were we going you ask?  5 miles on the treadmill with a 1.5 hour time limit, surely I would fail first.  I typically do not run to these extremes preferring a slower pace, but I had to let these shoes prove themselves. 8. I survived 9. Not a single blister 10. I discovered some previously unused muscles in my legs that are a bit on the sore side as these shoes almost require you to learn how to walk/run again, but in a good way Overall, Merrell live up to their claims with this line, I have already ordered a second pair.  I never knew that my feet could feel so good wrapped tight in a shoe that barely feels like it is there.  I shall once again enjoy walking to work in these, and the added benefit of being able to take a run afterwards without changing shoes. Tunage:
  1. Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum
  2. Dirt Road Anthem by Jason Aldean
  3. Brains Stew by Green Day
  4. Fire by the Pointer Sisters
  5. Famous Last Words by Chemical Romance
  6. Old Alabama by Brad Paisley
Vintage:
  1. Amaro