Archive for July, 2017

Stop being so sexy

Today I wrote Urbanears support because I lost the little plastic casing that went over my earbud. While the verdict is out on whether they’ll send me a free replacement, I had completely missed that the company started making speakers. I loved my custom color Jawbone, but after it got stolen and the company went belly up, I was hesitant about buying something without support. I had done a little research into compact Bluetooth speakers, but everything out there looked kinda ugly. Until now. I know dropping a few hundred on this speaker isn’t the best financial decision, but I can’t promise I won’t still do it. Extra points for being able to set up your favorite playlists as presets and the satisfaction that comes with twisting and turning real knobs. After all, we’re human.

It’s not just retail therapy, it’s blanket therapy

A good blanket is essential for park hangs, picnics, music festivals, and wherever else you need to rest your weary bum. And while I love my $15 find from a thrift store out in Sebastopol, these collections from Nipomo are next level. But you want know what’s even better? This operation comes from a mother-daughter team that works with skilled artisans in their native country of Mexico. Wanna make America great for the first time? Support good people running small businesses, no matter where they come from.

Our July mixtape

It only seemed right to start this summer mixtape with some Spanish flavor before progressing into hip hop, RnB, indie, and sealing the deal with a track from a real renaissance woman. Whether you’re clicking or tapping, it’s time to get your tunes.

Listen on: Spotify | Apple Music

Second chance doesn’t mean second rate

The other week at Creative Mornings Oakland, I learned about Big House Beans, a coffee roaster based out of Antioch, Calif. While there are a crapload of roasteries in every city, I’m a fan of their story. Started by a former San Quentin prison inmate John Krause, Big House hires, mentors, and teaches skills to people with challenging pasts. Landing a job can be difficult for those that have everything going for us, so I can only imagine how difficult it would be for someone with a record. It’s a nice reminder to stop judging and telling people they’ve brought things upon themselves. We don’t know what people have had to deal with in their past and we all deserve second chances. Big House takes pride in helping the “least desirable” yet hard working men and women because why not? I think we need more of that “why not?” attitude in this world.

12 floaties to get your swim on

It’s hot AF outside. But don’t complain — just get to the beach or pool and enjoy an afternoon you’d have killed for in January. To help you relax and induce FOMO on your Instagram followers, I’ve put together a list of some of the best pool floaties out there and given them all names because it’s fun. The best tan lines may be no tan lines, but don’t go too crazy, leather is best left to saddles. So without further ado, meet your new summer friends.

Ice Cream Sandy – So much sweeter than that awful Hurricane. Unless you like dilapidated beachfront property and flooded subway stations.

Pretzel Pete – He has enough to go around for the three of ya.

Pamela the Pineapple – Some people stand in the darkness, afraid to step into the light.
Some people need to have somebody with the edge of surrender in sight. Don’t you worry, it’s gonna be alright ’cause Pam is always ready, she won’t let you out of her sight.

Don Donut – I’m just going to start naming more stuff Don in hopes that someday we won’t associate it with our embarrassing excuse for a president.

Whoopee Cushion Goldberg – Bless us, oh Lord, for these Thy gifts which we are about to receive. And yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of no pools, I will fear no heat exhaustion. It’s the 25th anniversary of Sister Act, y’all!

Pedro the Pizza – If you vote for pizza, all your wildest dreams will come true.

Annie Avocado – I could be making morning toast, eating a late night burrito, or treating myself to a smoothie. I’m always thinking of Annie.

Paloma P. Popsicle – She’s as much of a staple as the girl next door.

Cactus Carl – “I bought a cactus. A week later it died. And I got depressed, because I thought, damn, I am less nurturing than a desert.” – Demetri Martin

 

Toilet Tommy – If you really want to creep out your friends, this exists.

Popcorn Paige – We’re Holiday Matinee. How could we leave out this classic part of the movie experience?

Bruce Bacon – Bruce is probably the reason you’re not a vegetarian.

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