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What’s in your pocket?



left to right / top to bottom:

  • 8cup thermos
  • .380 cal with 12 FMJ’s
  • Mini-Multi Tool w/ Sheath
  • Pocket Fresnel Magnifier w/ Sheath by Carson
  • Altoids Tin Survival kit:  fishing kit, sewing kit, waterproof matches, two straight razors, two xacto blades, 4′ small threaded poly cord, antiseptic cream, assorted adhesive bandages, 6′ electrical tape, 6′ black duct tape, one tinder-quik starter and dryer lint, 2hr emergency candle, four MP1 water purification tablets, 20mm compass, five small zip ties, LRI photon LED, commando wire saw, super glue, one Xanax.
  • Keys w/ S-biner opener
  • I-Phone
  • Dad’s Zippo
  • Chapstick
  • Space Pen
  • Higo Blade by Best Co.
  • Randolph Aviators
  • O-Light T20 flashlight
  • Saddleback Leather Bifold (medium) in DCB


Steve Jobs Dies 1955-2011

Today has a strange feel, Steve Jobs died yesterday Oct 5th. He was 56yrs old and suffered a surprisingly long battle with pancreatic cancer. It’s odd what I’m feeling almost as if a family member has passed. I’ve always felt so connected and almost connected to him. Ipods, Iphones, Ipads, apple computers, etc.. Seriously you name it I’ve probably had it. I swear every thing apple has created has been an industry standard and never matched.

I extend my condolences to his family and specifically his children. I know that feeling, losing a father that young. Accomplishments aside everyone knows that ones father is their father and the greatest one to walk this earth…

Secondly id like extend my thanks to Steve Jobs for my career, and  could almost argue a thank you for my life. without apple and your innovations the creative world would be completely different from head to toe.

.below are some photos of Steve Jobs that i felt fitting for my site.


Jobs ridding a ’66 BMW motorcycle in NatGeo feature: HIGH TECH,HIGH RISK,& HIGH LIFE IN Silicon Valley Oct-82


Jobs in his early years with a 2-channel fit for the ages.

plumen bulb

Been following these guys for awhile and their bulbs are finally back in stock and shipping to the US!




.to do pads.

with my kind of compassion.

ranging in price


They’ll fight over it when I’m gone.

For as long as i can remember i’ve always been one to carry a bag. From the grip days in the studio to today and it just being everyday Items, Theres even been a bag of tools in every vehicle I’ve ever owned. I’d like to step it up a notch and get a bag I’ll never have to replace, one that Brandtson can admire and wonder of its journeys when he’s older… The search for such bag has landed pointed me to Saddleback leather Co. the message conveyed by this company is perfect its american based and all about family, friends, and adventure. I just can’t wait to carry mine.  I’m leaning toward the Classic Briefcase/Large dark coffee brown  along with a new wallet in the same finish. let this addiction begin……..


the perfect man’s chair

Since the addition of the men’s room and more recently the manland extension to that. My serach for the perfect place to sit has increased. These are the best of the best in my search. hopefully I can make a decision sooner than later.

the requirements are simple:
  1. top grade leather
  2. recliner or included ottoman
  3. slouchability
  4. can promote ample napping
  5. station for listening to cans and surfing the web
  6. **pillowy puffed upholstery is out of the question**

(in no particular order other than discovery)

1. This list would not be a true man’s chair search without  the Eames lounger & Ottoman. It definitely looks the part. This chair screams modern and masculine at the same time. but lists at 3000$ for the chair alone and 4500$ for the combo…. Another note worthy option would be a replica. There are two that i’ve found that high enough reviews to consider. One is sold by an NYC based company manhattanhomedesign and it lists at 999$ (in any finish combo) plus assembly plus shipping, ugh its adds up to about 1300$. Sadly that’s quite a bit for a chair i cant try out first.(heres the MHD option: right)

2. The Ikea Arvika Swivel Chair and Ottoman in Grann brown leather. This chair is based on the Karlstad version that was offered in various fabric options a year or so ago. Now I know some may think “Ikea, Really” the answer is yes this isnt the standard Ikea M.O. was press wood and cheaper materials. When sitting in this chair you forget where you are very quickly.. Plus i really dig the coloring of this leather the SS base and ottoman alone is very attractive, hue is similar to saddle brown in high end luxury sports cars. The combo rings in just under $750 for pair with NC sales tax.  (seen below)

3. The Drake Barrel Back from Restoration Hardware. What’s up man throne!? modeled after traditional English fireside chairs. features: Kiln-dried hardwood frame, Curved back and deep wings, Thick seat cushion is button-tufted, Antique brass nailhead trim, Tobacco-hued hardwood legs. This pairing is stunning and has a large of testosterone injected awesomeness but is that worth a blind $2890? (seen below)

4. Ashbury bonded leather chair, sold Costco.  made by D’oro (which they call it the soho) Modern styling naturally displays confidence with suave style. Deep seating and form fitting tailoring show off  as expertly crafted and richly detailed. Also has a loose box-style seat cushion with the no-sag sinuous spring seating system, double needle stitched seams, sleek contoured arms, 100% finished solid wood exposed feet, and a durable frame that’s constructed with a combination of select hardwood solids. This gem is sold for a measly 399$ and 599$ (plus tax) if bought in pairs!! That being said it’s bumped to a front runner for myself theres a fair chance to locate one locally and test sit. Plus we all know Costco has a great return policy. (seen below)

  • side note ~ theres not ottoman
  • there is a reclining version as well but ive not located a dealer..
  • its bonded leather 🙁

5. Juno Recliner from R&B. “Created exclusively for R&B by renowned modernist Vladimir Kagan, our Juno recliner captures his signature style with its organic shape and sculptural design.” This chair has a classic look that I love, almost Mid-Cent-Mod. I love that its US made (Texas) and uses bison leather. It comes in a variety of hue options as well. However to be honest it’s not a top contender for me personally as I’m 6’4″ and it only measures 62″d when reclined. Also a huge risk sight unseen at just under 2500$ But its deserves to be on my list because i dig it. (below)

6. Manhattan Club Chair, sold by Pottery Barn. This is a heavy favorite for myself, I’m sure the photography has something to do with it. The leather will “wear-in” as it ages, acquiring a rich and beautiful patina that has its own special character. Because no artificial finishes are applied to our leather, any distinctive marks and nuances in texture and color are not masked, and are the signature of top-quality leather. Generously padded with a thick layer of cushioning on the arms and back for extra comfort. Frame is constructed using only kiln-dried hardwood, and is reinforced with double doweling and corner blocking for structural integrity. Eight-gauge sinuous steel springs provide exceptional support. Expertly built by master craftsmen in the heart of North Carolina. Coming in at a very reasonable price point $1450 after tax and shipping, ottoman & recliner  are also available. (below)

  • was able to test out this chair at the local pottery barn. to be honest the chair was comfy but the arms were very large and the back angle was a bit extreme.

7. Ian, sold by R&B. nothing too out of the ordinary here, its a little more modern most. high arms and deep, i personally like that its deeper than most given my height. Made with top-grain leather  available in a variety of tones. ottoman also avail. NC made!

Decision Made! I went with my gut on this one and my first choice. 1. the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman from MHD. arrives tomorrow!


WINSTON-SALEM  – The inaugural Twin City Taps craft beer festival will be held at BB&T Ballpark on Saturday, August 13, 2011 from noon to 6 p.m.  The festival will feature sampling from North Carolina craft breweries and will benefit the North Carolina Brewers Guild.

Tickets to Twin City Taps go on sale June 15. General admission tickets are $35 and include beer samples and a commemorative cup.  VIP tickets are $55 and include food and beverage in BB&T Ballpark’s Womble Carlyle Club.

“Twin City Taps is another example of the high-caliber events that we like to host at BB&T Ballpark,” Geoff Lassiter, president of the Winston-Salem Dash said.  “We look forward to working closely with the Brewers Guild, the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership and other local groups to make the first Twin City Taps a highly successful event for the entire community.”


beer bourbon bbq 2011

Vintage Industrial Furniture @ shop.retro

custom made and incredible quality, i cant wait to add one to my collection.
please stop in a check this place out!!


legit carbon filled retro bulbs.

Authentically detailed exactly like the originals invented byThomas Alva Edison, these bulbs are authentic right down to their looped filaments and hand-exhausted tips. Ferrowatt’shistoric lamps are just the right finishing touch of authenticity to Victorian and Art Nouveau fixtures