De-Stink your watch

Having a smelly wrist makes me self conscience.  For the longest time one of my watches smelled really bad and no matter what I tried I couldn’t get rid of the smell.

I tried using liquid hand soap and a tooth brush to scrub the watch and bracelet.  I tried freezing it for a couple of hours.  I even switched to nylon straps but the smell would return within a day or two.

Then I tried soaking the watch and all the straps and bracelets I used with it in a 50/50 mix of distilled vinegar and water for 15 minutes.  I then rinse the watch with water and hand soap.  With the nylon straps I soaked in tap water for a few minutes to get rid of the vinegar smell.  I am happy to report that the smell is gone and it’s been about a week.

* I would not try this with a leather strap.


Sale: Fancy loafers

For all you fancy loafer lovers out there.  It’s on sale.


Up the dubs

Edward was getting lonely being the only one of his kind in the closet.

So I got Alfred to join him.  =D


Never thought I would hear a Chinese song would get sampled for a rap song.

Congrats on the 20 Years NAS!



Been OK’d to start throwing, shoot jump shots, and light batting practice!



I typically like my whisky drinks neat only because I nurse all my drinks so using ice will dilute my drink before I’m half way done with it.  I’ve tried whisky rocks which don’t melt but I found them to take away from my drinking experience.  The thought and the smell of rocks (may just be in my head but still) in my drink wasn’t appealing to me.  I’ve tried the larger ice cubes and it was OK but there’s still had the dilution problem.

A while back I came across some articles advocating the benefits of clear ice as lasting longer in drinks due to less air trapped within the ice.  It takes a lot more effort to make.  You’ll need a small cooler, enough freezer space, and you’ll have to chisel out the ice trays just to get to the cubes but things like this are actually appealing to me since I love DIY sort of things.

Here are some pics of my first attempt at making clear ice:

2 large cube silicon trays were submerged in the cooler to make 1 large block of ice.  Here it is out of the cooler and partial chiseled.

Ready to go. Looks pretty cool.

With my favorite scotch.

View of one of the larger chunks broken off from the block.  So clear.

In the end, the dilution problem still exists so I’ll probably drink my stuff neat most of the time but it’s really pretty to look at.  I’ll probably forgo the trays next time and just make a huge block of ice and break off big chucks as needed.



PT coming along

I’m finally at the point where I can do some light running.  Started doing agility drills yesterday and I realized a few things:

  1. It’s harder than it looks on TV.
  2. I’m definitely not “fast” anymore
  3. My endurance is horrible

Hoping to be able to run outside soon so that I can run with dog and give him some exercise.  That poor bastard.


So busy

Wow another 4 months has passed since my last post… again…

Life has been just too busy. So what’s happened lately?

  • My second baby boy was born. - Hooray! But no decent sleep any time soon.
  • The oldest turned 2. - Hooray!  Great age.  He’s so much fun right now.
  • Expecting my first nephew and niece this month. - Hooray!  My boys will need to share the attention of the grand parents now.
  • Found out my ACL was indeed torn. - Booo.  Kinda knew it was torn back in the fall but confirmed it.
  • Had ACL surgery. - Ouch. Painful.
  • Rehabbing 2-3 times a week. - Sloooow.  Recovery is taking forever! Hoping the summer goes by quickly so that I can get back to sports by the end of the year. Crazy thing to say considering the winter we just had.  I’ll try to document my progress over the course of the summer.

Happy Birthday Blog

Was informed by Tumblr that the blog turned 3 today.  Woohoo!


Almost did it

It was a super busy year for me so I didn’t have much time to post here.  My time, energy, and resources are mainly taken up by 2 things these days:
a) my son (with number 2 on the way)
b) our first house that we just moved into

With more financial responsibilities and less discretionary funds nowadays to spend on myself, my priorities have definitely shifted.  By the time September rolled around I realized that I haven’t purchased a single item of clothing or shoes for myself this entire year despite coming across some pretty good deals.  So I decided that I was going to try and make it all the way to 2014 without getting any clothes for myself.  Well long story short, I’m weak.  I gave in last week.  (NOTE to self: Do not try on anything even if I have no intention of buying it at the moment because if I end up liking it enough I will obsess over it until I have it.) 

But what’s really interesting to me was that I realized I didn’t feel the need or want for more pieces.  I was content with what I had and didn’t feel like I needed more.  It’s a good feeling because I tend to go over board with accumulating things. To get to a point where I’ve acquired an adequate wardrobe that brought me through a year’s worth of occasions and events of all sorts without the need or desire to buy anything additional was awesome.  I never thought I would be able to abstain (knowingly or not) from buying clothes for almost a year simply because I’m a sucker for good sales. 

The moral of the story is if you buy quality items that are timeless, you will get to a point where you will have a closet full of clothes for all your needs as well.  You won’t want for much and will just need to update/replace as needed.  Building up your wardrobe is a marathon not a sprint, be picky about what you buy and strict about not overpaying for anything because I’ve learned you can always to get it for cheaper somehow if you look long enough.

Anyway, it’s been a good year and I wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2014.  Here’s to hoping I’ll be more active about posting in the coming year.

Be safe.  Peace.