Friday, September 28, 2007

Stir things up



Make: Good Cook
Model: Pasta Server
Size: n/a
Color: Black
Part: 20304
MSRP: $5.39
Paid: $5.39
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 09/27/2007
n/w?: Need

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Make: Good Cook
Model: Basting Spoon
Size: n/a
Color: Black
Part: 20301
MSRP: $5.39
Paid: $5.39
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 09/27/2007
n/w?: Need

Calling the kettle black



Make: Home Elements
Model: 5-Piece Cookware Set
Size: Various
Color: Black
Part: 555823
MSRP: $12.99
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Erik Holo)
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 09/27/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: When Erik came to visit this week, he got tired of eating out after day 3 and brought some groceries back to my apartment only to find that I had nothing to cook with. So he went over to Walgreen's and picked up this "premium" set of pans for me. Thanks for the great housewarming gift Erik.

Update(10/10): After 3 uses, the non-stick coating disintegrated into my pot of spaghetti sauce. So I am once again pot-less until further notice. I guess you get what you pay for. But what bothers me now, is what happens to them? I can't donate them because the flaking non-stick is toxic, and I don't think they are recyclable. It sucks that something as substantial as cookware can be made so cheaply that it becomes a disposable item.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Hairy carey



Make: BrassCraft
Model: Hair Catcher
Size: Universal
Color: White
Part: PB002
MSRP: $1.59
Paid: $1.59
Made in: Taiwan

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Date purchased: 09/23/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: I'm not getting any younger, and all my hairs aren't staying where they should be. This thing barely does what it's supposed to. It's so flimsy and lightweight that the flowing water moves it from over the drain.

Wells are for water



Make: Brita
Model: Space Saver Pitcher
Size: 48oz
Color: Clear
Part: OB21/OB03
MSRP: $19.99
Paid: $19.99 (Gift from Kim Giddings)
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 09/23/2007
n/w?: Want

Comment: Kim is a great friend from school who lives back in Richmond, VA. She felt horrible when she heard the news and sent me a gift card to Target. It was very kind of her. I told her I would put it to good use and purchase something that I would benefit from and use daily. What's more important to daily life than water? Thanks a bunch Kim.

Nau I look respectable



Make: Nau
Model: Work Shirt
Size: Small
Color: Carbon
Part: 107M802
MSRP: $105.00
Paid: $62.50
Made in: Thailand

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Date purchased: 09/23/2007
n/w?: Want

It's getting colder nau



Make: Nau
Model: Base3 Shacket
Size: Small
Color: Chocolate
Part: 107M901
MSRP: $128.00
Paid: $45.00
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 09/23/2007
n/w?: Need

Comment: Nau is a new clothing line that focuses on well designed, functional outerdoorwear. They are also dedicated to minimizing their environmental impact wherever possible. Their clothing is made from recycled polyester, PLA (corn), organic cotton and responsibly farmed wool. They have very few store fronts, and they keep them small by offering shipping direct to your home at a 10% discount. All of their shipping is countered with carbon offsets and you get to donate 5% of every purchase to a charity you choose from their list of partners. I love this brand and their products. Hopefully they hold up to the elements as nice as the fit and look.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Thanks a lock



Make: Kryptonite
Model: Kryptoflex Cable
Size: 7’
Color: Grey
Part: REV 0606
MSRP: $12.99
Paid: $9.74
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 09/18/2007
n/w?: Need

Monday, September 17, 2007

In a pinch



Make: Helping Hand
Model: 2-Piece Plier Set
Size: n/a
Color: Orange
Part: 16284
MSRP: $7.99
Paid: $7.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 09/17/2007
n/w?: Need

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Clean sweep



Make: Quickie
Model: Metropolis All-Surface Sweeper
Size: 14”
Color: Blue
Part: 770-451METRM
MSRP: $13.97
Paid: $12.58
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 09/15/2007
n/w?: Need

Shower me with love



Make: Delta
Model: Water Amplifying Shower Head
Size: 1.6gpm
Color: Silver
Part: 75153
MSRP: $12.75
Paid: $11.48
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 09/15/2007
n/w?: Want

Comment: Before buying this, my shower was a dribbling joke. I was skeptical about this (mainly because of it's price), but I knew Delta was a solid brand. Not only does this save water (it only uses 1.6gpm, instead of the normal 2.5) but somehow it turned that dribble into a delight.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Class for my ass



Make: Brooks
Model: B17
Size: Standard
Color: Black
Part: B211 A07202
MSRP: $90
Paid: $64.88
Made in: England

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Date purchased: 09/14/2007
n/w?: Want

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Make: Brooks
Model: Pro Saddle Wrench
Size: n/a
Color: Silver
Part: TL 1250
MSRP: $8.99
Paid: $7.95
Made in: England

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Date purchased: 09/14/2007
n/w?: Want

Comment: The only thing I'm not in love with on the new bike is its awful saddle. This bike is my Cadillac and it needed something classy. I have heard that Brooks are the best, from everyone who owns one. I will reserve my opinion until after I've broken it in.

Monday, September 10, 2007

*Unbelievable* Resolved

Tonight, I was folding some laundry when I heard a knock at my door. I had been on edge since my radio was stolen, so I grabbed my recently purchased paring knife and slowly made my way to the door. I didn't see anything through the peep hole, so I threw on the chain lock and opened the door.

I looked down and there was my Tivoli! With a long letter attached to it.

Dear down in the dumps neighbor,

I apologize for causing you a scare, but I assure you my intentions were nothing but the best. When I arrived the other day, I discovered a buzzing package on the fireplace mantel. Seeing it was coming from you package, I went to investigate. Being very familiar with the Tivoli clock radio, I recognized this buzzing as a hazard. I figured I'd do a neighbor a favor and take it to get fixed. Unfortunately , later that night, I received word that a dear friend passed away. Because I spent the past three days in Arkansas, I was unable to get it fixed. Imagine my surprise upon my return to the White City to see such a distressful note by the elevator door. And so dear neighbor, it is with great regret that I was unable to have your clock fixed. I hope I did not cause you too much scare as I assure you my intentions were true blue. Please accept my apology. I hope your luck takes a turn for the better.




First of all, I am so happy to have my radio back. I can't believe that poster worked. I guess you can never underestimate the power of guilt. I don't believe a single word of that letter. For someone who is so familiar with Tivoli radios, they should know that there isn't any sort of buzzing mechanism in it. The clock's alarm beeps and the radio will only work it if is plugged in. And what kind of neighbor takes a strangers package to get it fixed before returning it. That is ridiculous.

It's good to have an old friend back.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Fin for the win



Make: Myrskyla
Model: Convertible Chair
Size: n/a
Color: Orange
Part: n/a
MSRP: n/a
Paid: $110.00
Made in: Finland

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Date purchased: 09/09/2007
n/w?: Need

Comments: I found these on Craigslist. They sit much lower to the ground than I would like, and when you fold them out, there are "water stains" on them from the previous owner's kids. But I like them, and they are pretty comfortable. The high gloss orange finish on the wooden backs is what caught my eye. It's too bad they remain hidden until you unfold the cushions.

The king fisher



Make: Gary Fisher
Model: 07’ Triton
Size: 55cm
Color: Black
Part: n/a
MSRP: $1099
Paid: $649
Made in: USA

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Date purchased: 09/08/2007
n/w?: Want

Comment: Yes...I bought a new bike. Yes, the two I already have survived Zero Day. Yes, I still don't have any furniture, dishes, or cookware. Yes, I have a problem. But it was a hell of a buy and I don't want to commute on a custom built carbon frame. This is the last year that this model was handbuilt in the USA, with True Temper OX Platinum steel, and comes stock with a carbon fork and clipless pedals. At 40% off, I wasn't leaving the store without it.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Blinky butt



Make: Blackburn
Model: Mars 3.0
Size: n/a
Color: Red
Part: 112280
MSRP: $14.99
Paid: $12.74
Made in: Unknown

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Date purchased: 09/08/2007
n/w?: Need

Not too tight



Make: Sugoi
Model: Evolution Short
Size: Large
Color: Black
Part: 38272U
MSRP: $79.99
Paid: $67.99
Made in: Canada

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Date purchased: 09/08/2007
n/w?: Want

I'll drink to that

Make: Forte
Model: Strada Lite Road Cage
Size: Standard
Color: Black
Part: 20-0587
MSRP: $7.99
Paid: $6.79
Made in: Taiwan

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Date purchased: 09/08/2007
n/w?: Need

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

*Unbelievable*

Most of the things that survived Zero Day fit in the bag I was taking on the plane with me. But I had a small box of paperback books and my Tivoli bedside radio that needed to be shipped to my new Apartment in Chicago (my bikes are being packed and shipped by my local bike shop). So I took two boxes to FedEx on my way to the airport and dropped them off. There is a table in the secure lobby of my new building where packages are left by the delivery men so I assumed everything would be ok.

When I got home from work last Thursday, the box of books was sitting in the lobby, but my radio was not. When I went upstairs, I checked the tracking number...and it said both packages had been delivered. I couldn't believe it. Someone stole my radio from my own apartment building. God truly wants me to own nothing.

I took a deep breath and remembered that I paid extra for insurance on both boxes, so I called FedEx. They needed a receipt of for the stereo (which I didn't have because it was a gift) and a report of what happened. None of this seemed too promising, since the tracking number said my package was delivered. But I filled it all out anyway.

I didn't sleep well for a couple nights, because I couldn't get over the fact that someone in my building had my radio. I liked the radio a lot, but the fact that it was one of few surviving artifacts of Zero Day, it's value had increased as if it were an ancient heirloom from another time and place.

This time I couldn't let it go. I had to do something to prevent me from losing my mind and going door-to-door in my building looking for it. So after giving myself a few days to cool down I've made a poster with a sharpie and some scrap cardboard, pleading with my neighbors to return my beloved radio. I hung it right beside the elevator hoping that the guilty will see it and cave to what little conscience he or she may have.

Here's to hoping.



Attn: Neighbors

Will whoever took the package with my clock radio* in it last Thursday, please return it to the APT. it was meant to be delivered to, or the mail table that you took it from.

*This was a gift and one of the few things remaining after my moving van was broken into and everything I owned, my entire life, was stolen.

Thanks for kicking me while I'm down. It's been a warm welcome to Chicago.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Cut it out



Make: Wescott
Model: Titanium Bonded Scissors
Size: 8”
Color: Gray
Part: 13529
MSRP: $8.79
Paid: $8.79
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 09/02/2007
n/w?: Need

Fits like a glove



Make: Performance
Model: Men’s Century Gel Gloves
Size: Large
Color: Black
Part: 106145
MSRP: $19.99
Paid: $14.96
Made in: Indonesia

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Date purchased: 09/01/2007
n/w?: Want

Click clack



Make: Diadora
Model: Fast MTB
Size: 43.5 eur
Color: Black
Part: 7D770
MSRP: $74.99
Paid: $74.99
Made in: Indonesia

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Date purchased: 09/01/2007
n/w?: Need

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Make: Shimano
Model: SPD Cleats
Size: n/a
Color: Black
Part: SM-SH51
MSRP: $19.99
Paid: $16.99
Made in: Japan

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Date purchased: 09/01/2007
n/w?: Need

It's a hard lock life



Make: OnGuard
Model: Pitbull Mini U-lock
Size: 3.5” x 5.5”
Color: Black
Part: 5006
MSRP: $54.99
Paid: $46.74
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 09/01/2007
n/w?: Need

The old blow hard



Make: Topeak
Model: JoeBlow Sport
Size: n/a
Color: Yellow
Part: TJB-S2
MSRP: $34.99
Paid: $29.74
Made in: Taiwan

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Date purchased: 09/01/2007
n/w?: Need