April 21, 2015

Shopping, Lifestyle & Travel

If You Like Creed’s Aventus, Go Buy a Bottle of Bond No. 9 The Scent of Peace for Him

The Scent of Peace for Him Bond No 9

You know I'm crazy about Creed Aventus, though I hardly wear it anymore because my mom has made it her daily fragrance.  She buys it by the huge flacon (they make a 17 ounce bottle now, which I think is going to be her next purchase) to get the substantial price breaks the perfume house offers.  Anyway, an unexpected package arrived in the mail from rival perfume house Bond No. 9.  We have a few dozen of their scents already and are always excited to see what their new releases are.  When we ope … [Read more...]

The Zojirushi Mr. Bento Lunch Jar is The Most Amazing Thing Ever

Mr Bento Lunch Jar Zojirushi Amazing

Okay, hyperbole aside, I owe the discovery of this extraordinary lunch jar / lunch box to my Korean Drama obsession, where it made several appearances across multiple series.  How are these lunch jars not standard lunch boxes in the United States?  They are superior in every conceivable way to the lunch box structure we use, taking efficiency to a whole new level. The compact, thermal design means you can have multiple courses or different dish types, some hot, some cold, isolated from each o … [Read more...]

The Brutalist Style of Architecture Makes Me Irrationally Upset


This is one of those middle-of-the-night posts I probably should censor as you're going to get the unfiltered version of me.  Whatever.  It's past 1 a.m., I don't feel like going to bed yet, and I think I'll stay up and read for awhile.  Or browse the news.  Who knows?  The last time I felt like this, I shared my thoughts on a movie. Normally, I can see the good, or at least appeal, in nearly everything, even if it isn't my cup of tea.  I can look at styles as diverse as rococo and minimalism an … [Read more...]

We’ve Been Anointing the House with Amouage Jubilation XXV for the Past Three Days

Amouage Jubilation XXV with Box

Three years ago, I reviewed Amouage Jubilation XXV for Men, the scent released by the perfume house founded and owned by the Sultan of Oman in the Middle East.  It's a very heavy fragrance that, to this Westerner, seems far more appropriate for winter as it wraps around you like a blanket.  It has top notes of labdanum ciste, coriander, orange, davana, frankincense, and blackberry; center notes of honey, bay, cinnamon, orchid, rose, clove, celery seeds, and gaiac wood; base notes of patchouli, op … [Read more...]

Introducing Bubba Watson’s Hovercraft Golf Cart

Bubba's Hover Craft Golf Cart

Humanity's ingenuity is amazing.  Bubba Watson developed a hovercraft golf cart that has a fraction of the pressure of the human foot, meaning no damage to the golf course, the ability to go over the water hazards ... this makes me so happy.  I hope they go to market soon and make an obscene amount of money. (Hat tip to Ian for the link.) My brother is going to want one of these. … [Read more...]

Mail Bag: A Year Later, Would You Still Recommend the TempurPedic GrandBed?

Tim Curry Angel Baby TempurPedic

I get this question periodically so I'm going to respond to the latest version of it publicly to save time in the future by linking to it as a response. Joshua, On one of your family posts last year, you mentioned a TempurPedic GrandBed.  Our friends rave about it and your recommendations about everything else have been amazing so I wanted to know how you feel having slept on it for some time now.  Would you still recommend it?  My wife really wants one but I balk at spending $8,500 on the Ki … [Read more...]

Creed, Bond, and Jo Malone Additions to the Fragrance Collection for April 2013

April 2013 Perfume and Cologne Purchases

The fellow fragrance collectors have let me know that I've been remiss in posting about our exploits, but in total truth, I don't remember adding anything worth note since the Creed Sublime Vanille from the Neiman Marcus flagship in Dallas last June and the Guerlain and Aqua di Parma purchases in September while we were in Orlando.  Part of it has been how busy we are, the other part a lack of major new releases in the market.   This afternoon, we wandered into Hall's on the Country Club Plaza a … [Read more...]

I’m Closing Our American Express Accounts After a Decade

American Express Logo

After more than a decade, I'm slowly unwinding our American Express cards and closing the accounts, switching the businesses over to our primary bank, where everything can be centrally managed and consolidated from one screen.  Concurrently, my personal household accounts are being moved over to the Upromise program from Barclay's because the rewards are reaching a level of insanity that I can't believe, especially for an extreme coupon stacker like myself.  For example, earlier today, using s … [Read more...]

The 2013 Disneyland Trip Is Now Scheduled, Booked, and Definitely Happening


This year, we will be taking the annual Disney trip to Disneyland in California, rather than the usual Walt Disney World in Florida because it will mark the 10 year anniversary of when we began these vacations with our friend Ashly from college.  At the time, we were sophomores and we flew out to Los Angeles in the summer, went down to Anaheim for several days, then drove all the way back to college for the start of our junior year, cross country on a road trip that was approximately 2,835 … [Read more...]

Acqua di Parma Is a Good Case Study of Reviving an Old Brand to Create a Story that Resonates with Consumers

Acqua di Parma Fragrances and Colognes

After the Guerlain fragrance purchases earlier, I ended up buying several new bottles of Acqua di Parma, including the Colonia, Colonia Intensa, and Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto di Calabria in the Italy Pavilion of Epcot at Walt Disney World.  Again, I realized that most of the people who were in the store with me probably didn't know the story of the high-end brand, or the business behind it that provides a great example of how a left-for-dead business can be revitalized to become relevant, … [Read more...]