Saturday, December 22, 2007

A little more base



Make: Patagonia
Model: Capilene 3 Baselayer
Size: Medium
Color: Black
Part: RN51664
MSRP: $44.00
Paid: $44.00
Made in: USA

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Date purchased: 12/22/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: Just before I headed out to meet my brother for our annual Christmas snowboarding trip, I stopped by Patagonia to grab the shirt I needed to complete my baselayer. I previously bought a pair of capilene pants to wear on my commute to work, but hadn't needed the top half until now. This will keep me toasty on the slopes.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

What the pluck



Make: Revlon
Model: Slant Tip Compact Tweezer
Size: Compact
Color: Silver
Part: 2325-10
MSRP: $1.99
Paid: $1.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 12/9/2007
n/w?: Want

Comment: In the interest of maintaining the honesty and integrity of this project, I told myself I would post everything I buy. Which means everything. After talking things over with MatthewMachine, I decided that it was unnecessary to make up a story about picking up a splinter from my ragged wood floors, while walking around barefoot. Truth is, I once dated a really high-maintenance girl who caused the formation of this habit after boldly stating that my very light and hardly noticeable stray hairs bothered her. Ever since, anything that grows beyond the intended border of my handsomely arching eyebrows, gets uncomfortably ripped out by their root. Women are very strange creatures, yet I have some how allowed myself to pick up one of their odd and painful habits. If it makes a difference I usually have a very rugged beard for contrast and masculinity.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Wet are you reading?



Title: Cradle to Cradle
Author: William McDonough & Michael Braungart
Publisher: North Point Press
Date Published: 2002
Printed: China
ISBN: 0-86547-587-3
List: $25.00
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Christina Hicks)

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Date 11/23/2007
n/w?: Want

Comment: I've wanted to read this book for a while, but hadn't gotten to it on my list. But over Thanksgiving weekend, I got to see an amazing friend who I haven't seen in way too long and she gave me a copy (it wasn't even on my Amazon Wish list). It is the perfect read to compliment this project. The authors discuss how things are made, and suggest ways that everything we produce should be designed to either: decompose leaving no toxins or synthetic materials behind or continually circulate as pure and valuable materials with-in closed loop industrial cycles (like my Patagonia baselayer and Nau jacket). The book illustrates the second point with its own form as a Durabook. The book is made from a synthetic polypropylene that is completely waterproof, very durable, recyclable and is a prototype for a technical nutrient that can be completely broken down and reused as paper for new books or other products.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Let's mix things up



Make: Oxo Good Grips
Model: Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl
Size: 3qt
Color: Silver/Black
Part: 1059512
MSRP: $19.99
Paid: $15.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 11/18/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: These mixing bowls are kind of pricey, but it is really solid and should last me the rest of my life. It's stainless steel and the outside is wrapped in rubber. So as you're mixing, you can tilt it on the counter at whatever angle is comfortable and it won't slip. It is also acts as a great non-slip grip while you are holding it.
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Make: Oxo Good Grips
Model: Angled Measuring Cup
Size: 2 Cup
Color: Clear
Part: 70981
MSRP: $7.99
Paid: $7.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 11/18/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: I remember the first time I saw this measuring cup, it was at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in 2003 and I thought to myself "this is brilliant, I can't believe no one has ever thought of it before." The measurements are placed on an angled ramp inside of the measuring cup, so you don't have to bend down and get eye-level with the counter to read the measurements on the side of the cup. Now the measurements are right front of you as you look down and fill the cup. It received numerous awards, and for good reason.
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Make: Bed Bath & Beyond
Model: Silicone Wisks (2)
Size: n/a
Color: Silver/Black
Part: n/a
MSRP: $7.99
Paid: $7.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 11/18/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: This is a set of two basic silicone wisks for beating eggs and whipping up my raspberry pancake batter. They were quite delicious (the pancakes).

A spoon full of sugar




Make: Oxo Good Grips
Model: Measuring Cups with Egg Seperator
Size: Various
Color: Black
Part: 76181
MSRP: $7.99
Paid: $7.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 11/18/2007
n/w?: Need

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Make: Oxo Good Grips
Model: Measuring Spoons
Size: Various
Color: Black
Part: 76081
MSRP: $5.99
Paid: $5.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 11/18/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: I couldn't start following the recipes in my new cookbook, until I had the proper tools for measuring. I probably should have bought a set of stainless steel or aluminum measuring cups to minimize the amount of un-recycled plastics that I buy, but as a designer, I am continually impressed by Oxo's well designed products. Smart Design was the best thing that could have happened to them, now if they would just start researching and using more responsible resources.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Go mash a bike



Title: Mash SF
Directed by: Mike Martin & Gabe Morford
Produced by: Mash Transit Productions
Copyright Date: 2007
List: $40.00
Paid: $40.00

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Date 11/16/2007
n/w?: Want

Comment: I have been waiting for Mash SF to come out on DVD for a while now. I heard about the project shortly after moving to SF, and the final release was much anticipated and continually postponed. When it was finally premiered, it was part of a fantastic weekend full of alleycat races and trick competitions. The movie is incredible. It was 3 years in the making and is the first film to capture the emerging fixed gear bike scene. What I love even more about watching Mash—is knowing the hills, streets and neighborhoods that these guys are bombing through. I've ridden a lot of the same terrain (although not quite as fast or with as much style) and it makes me happy to see something I love so much (bikes + SF) being captured so well. The DVD was packaged in a case bound book featuring some spectacular photography from the making of the film. It is definitely a must have for anyone who loves bikes.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Panisse of cake



Title: The Art of Simple Food
Author: Alice Waters
Publisher: Clarkson/Potter
Date Published: 2007
Printed: USA
ISBN: 978-0-307-33679-8
List: $35.00
Paid: $0.00 (Gift certificate)

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Date 11/13/2007
n/w?: Want
Buy your own?

Comment: After finally acquiring a decent set of kitchen tools, I can finally begin cooking more. I have always enjoyed cooking, but never had the time, tools, drive, or know-how to cook much more than a few things. However decent they may be, I want to add to my quiver of dishes and learn the fundamentals that I have, to date, just scrounged up from watching the Food Network. I also don't want to rely on the faint possibility that my future significant other will cook. The only girl I've ever known who truely impressed me with her cooking, is now engaged. I spent this weekend wading through cookbooks, trying to find a solid, all-around cookbook. It wasn't as easy as I thought. About 50% of the selection was composed of Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray's "30 minute meals" and "Kids Love to Cook." As I was about to leave I passed this on the new releases table. Alice Waters is the founder of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA and purveyor of the philosophy that buying local organic food—and preparing it simply in all it's freshness—is the best way to cook. It covers everything from essential tools and kitchen staples to the differences of chopping and dicing before heading into simple recipes that will cover the fundamentals, followed by a well organized collection of more advanced dishes.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Flippin' sweet



Make: Calphalon
Model: All Purpose Gadget Set (5 Piece)
Size: n/a
Color: Black
Part: GT5A
MSRP: $75.99
Paid: $20.00
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 11/11/2007
n/w?: Need
Buy your own?
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Make: Calphalon
Model: Slotted Turner
Size: n/a
Color: Black
Part: FN04
MSRP: $6.99
Paid: $5.59
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 11/11/2007
n/w?: Need
Buy your own?

Comment: I was still missing a handful of tools for the kitchen that I needed for home cooking. It's been a couple weeks since I bought my new pans, and I just now got a spatula. I hadn't been cooking much but soups and pastas. I stopped into TJ Max to see what deals they had going on in the kitchen department.While wading through the disaster that was their store, I found this Calphalon set with 4 of the 5 tools I planned on purchasing anyway (cheese grater, peeler, can opener, ice cream scoop...and a citrus zester, which I guess will be handy in the future for certain recipes). The discount from it's retail price was unreal, it was a good find. I did however think they were extremely excessive in the amount of packaging they used, seriously.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Stop in the name of (g)love



Make: Performance
Model: Windstopper Gloves
Size: Medium
Color: Black
Part: PF333
MSRP: $39.99
Paid: $39.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 11/04/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: I took a week off from riding to work because it got colder faster than I had anticipated and I was in need of some full fingered gloves. I wanted to try on a pair that I saw at Nau and compare them with a pair at Patagonia, but neither fit me very well or seemed like they would hold up long into the colder parts of winter. I previously had a pair of these gloves from my time spent in Virginia, they fit well and the Windstopper fabric does what it's supposed to.

Knee high to a piss-ant



Make: Patagonia
Model: Midweight Alpine Hiking Socks
Size: Large
Color: Black
Part: 49841
MSRP: $18.00
Paid: $18.00
Made in: USA

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Date purchased: 11/04/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: Even though my Swrve knickers are wind resistant, it doesn't help much when they only cover just below my knee. So I was in need of something to make up the difference. These socks are super warm, comfy and come from a great company.

Ghostman on third base



Make: Patagonia
Model: Capilene 3 Baselayer
Size: Medium
Color: Black
Part: RN51884
MSRP: $44.00
Paid: $44.00
Made in: El Salvador

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Date purchased: 11/04/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: It was getting cold enough last week that I knew I would need to start layering what I wore on my commute to work. This baselayer (aka, long johns or long underwear) is made with Eco-Circle certified polyester, which means that when it's worn out, I can return it to Patagonia, and they will recycle the fabric for use in new products. If you aren't familiar with Patagonia, they revolutionized outdoor clothing in 1994 by pledging to make their cotton sportswear using 100% organic cotton by 1996. They succeeded and have continued to push forward in their environment friendly ethos by making their fleece and polyester jackets from recycled soda bottles. Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia) has been a huge influence in changing the perception of how a company is supposed to function, while building one that continues to uphold its values.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

All tied up



Make: Jones New York
Model: Necktie
Size: n/a
Color: Black
Part: RN121148
MSRP: $35.00
Paid: $9.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 11/01/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: I got this without being sure whether I was going to wear it or not. I didn't. So this will most likely be going back to the store. Even though a black tie seems standard, especially with the purchase of a black suit, I am fundamentally opposed to the neck tie. There are certain societal norms that I find absolutely ridiculous: following around a dog picking up it's crap is one of them and tying a decorated noose around your neck—in order to be taken seriously—is another.

Black belt



Make: Kenneth Cole Reaction
Model: Belt
Size: 32
Color: Black
Part: 4326-12
MSRP: $30.00
Paid: $14.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 11/01/2007
n/w?: Need

Step to this



Make: Kenneth Cole
Model: Slipstream
Size: 9
Color: Black
Part: MK00228LE
MSRP: $109.95
Paid: $109.95
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 11/01/2007
n/w?: Need

Man in black



Make: Armani Exchange
Model: Pinstripe Suit
Size: 40R/30 Short
Color: Black
Part: e6k508te
MSRP: $323.00
Paid: $323.00
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 11/01/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: A suit was one of the last things on my list of must-haves. But VSA was having its 25th Anniversary gala, and it was a formal affair. After waiting until the last minute, I didn't have time to get anything altered, and this suit happened to fit like it was made for me–right off the rack. Although I despise dressing up, I must say that I wear this well.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

It's warm down under



Make: Woolrich Home
Model: Luxury White Goose Down Comforter
Size: Full/Queen
Color: White
Part: 062 20 1023
MSRP: $79.00
Paid: $79.00
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/28/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: It started getting cold enough that my top sheet was no longer doing the job of keeping me warm. I picked this up at Target, and it's surprisingly high quality for what I paid. The other down comforters I had looked at were three times as much. I figure if it's going to be wrapped in a duvet cover, the higher thread counts are superfluous.

A crappy job



Make: Michael Graves Design
Model: Toilet Brush and Holder
Size: n/a
Color: White
Part: 002 09 1601
MSRP: $5.99
Paid: $5.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/28/2007
n/w?: Need

Don't strain yourself



Make: Oxo Good Grips
Model: Softworks Colander
Size: 3 quart
Color: White
Part: 81551
MSRP: $10.95
Paid: $8.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/28/2007
n/w?: Need
Buy your own?

Comment: Oxo is the company who introduced good design to the kitchen on a large scale. Their influence has forever changed the kitchen accessory industry for the better. Although their stuff is more expensive, you pay for nuances that making cooking and cleaning up more enjoyable.

Scrub-a-dub-dub



Make: Clorox
Model: Handle Scrub Brush
Size: 7”
Color: White
Part: n/a
MSRP: $2.99
Paid: $2.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/28/2007
n/w?: Need

Bland be gone



Make: Chef’n
Model: Vibe Magnetic Salt & Pepperball
Size: Mini
Color: Clear
Part: V-MMST-212-TR
MSRP: $14.99
Paid: $12.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/28/2007
n/w?: Need
Buy your own?

Comment: I wanted a set of grinders to keep my spices as fresh as possible before using them. I saw these and loved the convenience of being able to hang them on the hood or the fridge with their magnetic backs. I have no counter space and very little storage room in my kitchen, so anything that can hang is beneficial. The one-handed operation is also a great feature. They seem well designed and considered, but I can see the potential for them to wear out rather quickly, but only time will tell.

What's the dish?




Make: Home
Model: American Simplicity Stoneware Bowls
Size: 6”
Color: Green
Part: 200 01 3864
MSRP: $5.99
Paid: $5.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/28/2007
n/w?: Need
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Make: Home
Model: American Simplicity Stoneware Dinner Plates
Size: 11.5”
Color: Brown
Part: 200 01 3649
MSRP: $15.39
Paid: $15.39
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/28/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: There is something about stoneware that I love: the feel of it, the weight of it and the look of it. I wouldn't rather eat off anything else.

Stick a fork in it



Make: Home
Model: Geneva Flatware Set
Size: 20 Piece
Color: Silver
Part: 200 07 0363
MSRP: $19.39
Paid: $19.39
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/28/2007
n/w?: Need

Dinner time



Make: Calphalon
Model: Hard-Anodized Non-Stick Cookware
Size: 10 Piece
Color: Gray
Part: SH10
MSRP: $199.99
Paid: $159.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/28/2007
n/w?: Need

Friday, October 19, 2007

I need some space



Make: Western Digital
Model: MyBook Pro Edition II
Size: 1TB
Color: Silver
Part: WD10000C033-001
MSRP: $449.00
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Dad)
Made in: Thailand

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Date purchased: 10/19/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: One of the more important things that I lost on Zero Day, can't be bought back. I lost a desktop computer, my work laptop, two back up hard drives and my back up dvds containing years of photos, music and files that I will never see again. This is the new home for my future digital life. Its square footage has been drastically increased and I will do my best to fill it up. But right now it's sitting here nearly empty...like my apartment.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Swrving through traffic



Make: Swrve
Model: Dynamic Knickers
Size: 32
Color: Stone
Part: RN58665
MSRP: $90.00
Paid: $45.00
Made in: USA

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Date purchased: 10/17/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: This is another piece in the process of weather proofing my rides. I took part in a group buy and Swrve gave us a 50% discount! These knickers are amazing, very well made in the USA and super comfortable.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Don't knog it



Make: Knog
Model: Frog
Size: Micro
Color: White
Part: KLM07-01
Serial: n/a
MSRP: $14.99
Paid: $13.49
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/17/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: The greatest little bike light you can buy. It's made of silicon and it's large looped legs stretch and wrap around almost anything (handlebars, seatpost, helmet), before hooking to itself. The first time I saw these was at Interbike last year in Vegas. Knog is an Australian company who also makes a nice collection of bike luggage.

Nice rack



Make: Bontrager
Model: Back Rack II
Size: 20”+
Color: Black
Part: 401926
MSRP: $34.99
Paid: $31.49
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/17/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: Ready for hauling groceries and whatever else I can strap on the back.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Say it, don't spray it



Make: Ultra Eurojet
Model: Double Swivel Adjustable Sprayhead
Size: n/a
Color: Chrome
Part: n/a
MSRP: $12.99
Paid: $12.99
Made in: Taiwan

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Date purchased: 10/15/2007
n/w?: Want

Comment: The package said "As seen on TV" but I've never seen this particular infomercial. I am glad I came across this at Bed Bath and Beyond because it increased the power of my unfathomably weak water pressure and allows me to spray every inch of my sink. This all minimizes the amount of water I'd need to use other wise for washing my dishes and cleaning out the sink. It has a really quality feel and swivels smoothly in all directions. It comes with a lifetime guarantee as well as enough adapters to fit any type of faucet.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Free from Thomasville



Make: Thomasville Furniture Company, Inc.
Model: Desk
Size: n/a
Color: Brown
Part: n/a
MSRP: n/a
Paid: Free
Made in: 1967

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Date purchased: 10/14/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: This had been sitting upside down with a pile of junk in the basement of my building since I moved in. I finally decided to give it a look over, and it was in great condition. I almost killed myself hauling it up to my apartment, but it's just what I needed in a desk.

No shreddin' on this fender



Make: Planet Bike
Model: Freddy Fenders
Size: Road
Color: Black
Part: 7008
MSRP: $29.99
Paid: $24.99
Made in: Taiwan

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Date purchased: 10/14/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: Now I have no excuse for not riding to work in the rain. Planet Bike is hit or miss with their products, but these fenders are great. And 20% of each product is donated to bicycle advocacy, that's always a plus.

High five



Title: Pentagram Book Five
Author: Pentagram and Randall Rothenberg
Designer: Pentagram
Publisher: Monacelli Press
Date Published: 1999
Printed: Singapore
ISBN: 1-58093-003-4
List: $75.00
Paid: $5.00

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Date 10/14/2007
n/w?: Want

Comment: I was looking for furniture in a thrift shop that benefits a local hospital, when I found this sitting on a coffee table. Five bucks! As far as I know, you can't even buy this book anymore. It's in great condition. The woman who was ringing me up said, "this looks like an interesting book." I felt like I was stealing from them.

On the blackboard



Make: Epicurean
Model: KS Cutting Surface
Size: 18”x13”
Color: Black
Part: 11813S
MSRP: $29.99
Paid: $29.99
Made in: USA

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Date purchased: 10/14/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: I don't have any counter space in my kitchen, so I wanted to get a large enough board to lay over the sink and give me room to prepare my food. I had originally intended to get a bamboo board for their durability and their sustainable source, but I came across the Epicurean cutting surface and my mind was changed. These cutting boards are made in the USA from compressed sheets of recycled paper that are soaked in an ethanol based resin. These cutting surfaces are friendlier on knife blades, heat resistant and maintenance free. What I find most remarkable about this product is the story of how it was founded. A company called TrueRide, who builds municipal skate parks, was trying to find a way to reduce and reuse the excess material being wasted from building their skate parks. It turns out that the the same thing thats makes a good half pipe, makes a great cutting board.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Never fear, cashmere is here


Make: Sojrn
Model: Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
Size: Medium
Color: Gray
Part: n/a
MSRP: n/a
Paid: $0.00 (Gift of Read Worth)
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/11/2007
n/w?: Want

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Make: Sojrn
Model: Cashmere V-neck Sweater
Size: Medium
Color: White
Part: n/a
MSRP: n/a
Paid: n/a (Gift of Read Worth)
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/11/2007
n/w?: Want

Comment: While I was still living in SF, I did some work for Read Worth and Sojrn on a new line of Eco sweaters, called Ecomere, that would be made of a cashmere/bamboo blend. Over farming of cashmere goats in Mongolia is destroying vegetation and creating giant dust storms that are damaging the ecosystem and spreading as far as California. As thanks for the work, Read hooked me up with a couple of their 100% cashmere sweater (since the new line isn't finished yet). However, only one of them survived Zero Day. It was the nicest sweater I had ever owned, so I was grateful of having just that one. After being in Chicago for about two months, It had started getting chilly and the sweater was the perfect layer for cycling in the fall. It was lightweight, breathable, and warm. I made the mistake of throwing it in my bag one day though, with a brand new bottle of chain lube. The seal on the bottle broke and my sweater became saturated in grease, that dries into wax. Man did I feel like an idiot. At that time, it was my only long sleeve article of clothing and I ruined it. I dropped it off at the dry cleaner, but with very little hope that they would be able to save it. In the mean time, I contacted Read to tell him what had happened to both sweaters and asked if I could buy a new one from him (Sojrn doesn't have a distribution outlet that I could find). Read asked for my address and told me not to worry about it. When I went to the dry cleaners, I was shocked to see that my sweater looked brand new, and it only cost $3.20. I felt bad now for contacting Read, even though my intentions were to buy a sweater, but today I got a package in the mail with two new sweaters. I'm very thankful for the warmth these will bring me this winter. Cheers Mr. Worth.

*Unbelievable II* Resolved

I picked up my new iPod tonight. Brand new, but without any of my music on it.

Now the real journey of reacquisition begins.

I feel so (re)used


Make: Safeway
Model: Reusable Containers
Size: 32 ounce
Color: White/Red
Part: RD 05.24.02
MSRP: $2.99
Paid: $2.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/11/2007
n/w?: Need

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A treasure island of books



Title: A Smile in the Mind
Author: Beryl McAlhone & David Stuart
Design: The Partners
Publisher: Phaidon Limited Press
Date Published: 1996
Printed: Hong Kong
ISBN:0-7184-3328-2
List: $69.95
Paid: $30.00

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Date 10/08/2007
n/w?: Want
Buy your own?
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Title: Atlas Shrugged
Author: Ayn Rand
Publisher: Signet
Date Published: 1957
Printed: USA
ISBN:0-451-19114-5
List: $8.99
Paid: $4.50

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Date 10/08/2007
n/w?: Want
Buy your own?

Comments: I found this amazing used book store about a block from my apartment called Powell's. They had a lot of the books that were stolen from me, as well as some I always wanted, but refused to buy paperback third editions. It's hard to pass up great prices on hardbound design books. I had to leave, and tell myself, "only one book per week."

Sunday, October 7, 2007

That is bangin'



Make: Workforce
Model: Hickory Claw Hammer
Size: 16 ounce
Color: n/a
Part: 676-954
MSRP: $4.98
Paid: $4.98
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/07/2007
n/w?: Need

Screw you



Make: Stanley
Model: Screwdriver Set
Size: n/a
Color: Black
Part: 60-020
MSRP: $1.96
Paid: $1.96
Made in: USA

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Date purchased: 10/07/2007
n/w?: Need

Off the wall



Make: Everbilt
Model: Flip-up Storage Hanger
Size: n/a
Color: Black
Part: 01195
MSRP: $4.96
Paid: $4.96
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/07/2007
n/w?: Want

Comment: As much as I wanted this to work out, my walls are a poor mixture of plaster, drywall and concrete, with no clear way to tell where one ends and the other begins. After multiple failed attempts to find a stud (insert joke about yours truly here), as well as using various types of wall anchors with no success, I now have a useless rack for my bike and six holes in my wall.

Nau I'm ready for winter



Make: Nau
Model: Cleanline Hooded Jacket
Size: Small
Color: Carbon
Part: 307M307
MSRP: $278.00
Paid: $250.20
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 10/07/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: This shell fits perfect, is cut longer in the back for cycling and is made from 100% recycled polyester. For half the price of my old Northface, the quality is on par and it comes from a better source. Nau for the win.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

*Unbelievable II* Update III

Apple Care has me covered and I'm getting a brand new iPod for free.

However, It's not a classic and I can't upgrade. They also didn't have any white 60gb iPods left in the store, so I have to wait a week for them to order it. As soon as it's in, I can just drop by and pick it up. Apple Care saves the day.

But it won't save me from another week of riding the train without any form of escapism.

(I should be riding my bike, but it's been cold and raining and I don't have the right gear yet)

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Jacket package



Make: H&M
Model: Divided Jacket
Size: Medium
Color: Black
Part: 712110
MSRP: $34.90
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Jon Tobin)
Made in: China

Date purchased: 10/04/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: A group of amazing friends back in Virginia decided to send me a care package of encouraging letters, memories and whatever else they could think to stuff in the box to help replace some of the things that were lost. This jacket will be put to good use during cool fall nights. Thank you soo much to everyone who contributed.

My 425



Make: American Apparel
Model: T-shirt
Size: Medium
Color: White
Part: n/a
MSRP: $425.00
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from John Bielenberg)
Made in: USA

Date purchased: 10/04/2007
n/w?: Want

Comment: These shirts are being sold as a part of this year's Project M campaign, which is raising money to install water meters in the homes of families in Hale County, Alabama. In Hale County, twenty-five percent of the population isn't hooked up to municipal water, which means that they must rely on wells which can be contaminated by faulty septic systems. It costs $425 to purchase and install a water meter in each home. When you buy a shirt, you are providing a household in Alabama with clean water.

*Unbelievable II* Update II

Great news today.

I remembered that I had Apple Care on my iPod. I wasn't sure if it was still covered, but I looked up the s/n on the Apple website and it's still covered for one more month. What a blessing (if iPods fall into that category).

I know it will be a blessing for others, because if I have to ride the train much longer without headphones, I am going to lose my mind. People have no concern for others in such an intimate public space. Gum popping, cell phones and today I stood next to a couple that was breaking up. Seriously, on the way to work? I got to hear all of their grievances about each other. He was trying to save things, but after listening to her complain for twenty minutes, I am sure he will be much better off if he moves on.

Anyway, I scheduled an appointment on Saturday to go see what the Apple genius can do for me.

*Unbelievable II* Update

I stopped by the Apple store last night (and Macy's to grab some black 514s), but decided not to spend money on a shuffle. I will just wait a week and get an iPod classic. In the mean time, I will rally some friends who may be willing to share some of the music I lost.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Put it on my (red) tab



Make: Levi
Model: Slim Straight 514
Size: 32/32
Color: 4169
Part: WPL 423
MSRP: $54.00
Paid: $34.99
Made in: Mexico

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Date purchased: 10/02/2007
n/w?: Want

Comment: 514s are even better when they are on sale.