Five Things I'm Diggin' - Cinco de Mayo Edition
|1. GSI Personal Java Press - Now that I've mentally accepted that I won't be primitive camping with a backpack for awhile (until my kids are old enough to schlep a pack for a few miles), I've decided to embrace the relative opulence of car camping. And the most enjoyable luxury is the GSI press. After a fitful sleep on an uncomfortable camping mattress, fine pressed coffee is ambrosia. The GSI is a design marvel as well . It's insulated to keep the coffee warm and the filter is o-ring sealed to prevent you from sipping sludge. The mug, carafe, plunger, filter, lids, and coffee all nest together like a caffeine-injected Matryoshka doll for easy packing. If and when I do go primitive camping again, this will probably make the cut list of crap I'm willing to carry.
|2. Somebody Else Doing The Lawn - OK, I'm something of a perfectionist, I'm a DIYer, and I can be kinda cheap. All put together, I've always opted to mow my own lawn. But mowing your lawn in Houston with it's 100+ temperatures and 100% humidity is a whole other deal. It wears me out for the rest of the day. Plus, I hated having my precious weekend monopolized in terms of time. So I finally gave in this year and started paying somebody to do it. And boy, am I digging it. It's like having an extra free day added to every other week. I can always find a way to make more money, but this is as close as I can find to making more time.
3. General Finishes - After my brother completed the lion's share of it, I'm wrapping up finishing bookshelves and cabinetry for my wife's library. It's coming out great. I'm using a water-based stain and top coat to make it easier to clean up. This stuff is expensive, but it looks great, it's easy to work with, and it seems durable.
|4. Op-Tech straps - These aren't the fanciest camera straps available, but they are well-made, affordable, and extremely comfortable (the padding system is particularly excellent). But my favorite aspect is that they're part of an interchangeable system. You attach a set of quick release clips to your camera strap mounting posts, then you can easily attach it to a regular neck strap, a sling, or even to backpack shoulder straps. It's kind of complicated figuring out everything you need (and the web site ain't much help) but once you suss it out, it works wonderfully.
|5. V-neck T-shirts - I'm a T-shirt guy. I like to wear them under my dress shirts and I like to wear them by themselves. And I like to wear them in the rain. And in the dark. And on a train. And in a car. And in a tree. But I hate how the collar gets wrinkled and you have to iron it out if you want to look nice. Like, say, when you're going to a Dr. Suess convention. Enter the v-neck T-shirt. Problem solved. However, the deep v-necks with the plunging neckline – yeah, they look pretty douchey.