Even though I grew up outside of Detroit, I was never a ‘car guy’. However, in recent years, I have come to understand a little more about form, function, and design. I found a great deal for a very low mileage Audi A4 in 2020 and have to move on. Although this is not a ‘family car’, it has been a great ride. It’s efficient, comfortable, and the turbo gives it plenty of advantages to take on the back road. Even though I don’t have a lot of snow where I live, I highly recommend Audi’s Quattro system.
You’ll also notice the only other thing on my key ring is the house key. No secret grocery club membership, no jelly club card of the month – no such thing. I want the bulk in the bag as little as possible.
My father brought a great wallet – so big, he used to need a rubber band to hold it together after the Velcro ran out. Very Costanza. That’s when I decided to carry a card case and keep only the essentials in it. And, because I see so many guys having to replace theirs every two years or so, I knew I wanted something made to last.
So I decided to choose a shell cordovan card case. I found this on Etsy, all over the place. It’s made from Horween’s classic #8 Color, and the blue contrast stitching looks especially handsome. I’ve had it for about a year, and it’s amazing. It’s starting to get a little rusty and has held onto what I kept in there. Honestly, not much: two credit cards, my driver’s license and an insurance card.
Wedding bands are one of those deeply personal things with a story behind them. Here, I like to think that there is a lesson to be learned.
When I was first married, I had a 6mm tungsten strip. I chose it because so many other people already had them – and they were accessible to what we could reasonably afford at the time. But, I was sized for it at around 11am, mid-August, after a fairly filling breakfast. In short, I was sizing incorrectly and it was very difficult to proceed. Because the tungsten strips cannot be resized, I need to buy a new one after three years.
My strap is slightly domed with a rounded edge. That way, it slides over my knuckles but stays firmly on my fingers. I also have a size of 6.75 – not 6.5 or 7. That’s as small as I can while still comfortably turning it on and off. It’s 5mm wide – not 4, not 6, but five. I may have mentioned earlier that I’m a bit obsessive and this width was chosen not only because it’s unique, but to my eyes it’s the correct proportions for my fingers. It’s 14k instead of 18k, because I want it to be a bit harder.
The lesson, however, is to choose something unique to you, not because it’s trending right now.
While I can fully appreciate the timepieces and the intricate designs of these fascinating mechanical objects, I am perhaps the least “watch-player” of the contributors to this page. this web. I have quite a collection, but my favorite is this Viewmatic Jazzmaster Automatic by Hamilton (ref.H32515555). The 40mm case size is a great fit for my wrist, this dial and strap fits anything from t-shirts to two-piece tops.
I had my eye on buying it when I knew I was about to become a father, but an unexpected job bonus allowed me to do it a little earlier. I’ve had it for over four years now and don’t think it’ll be out of the collection any time soon.
I’m not one to line up for the ‘latest and best’ of whatever tech device comes out next. However, I currently carry an iPhone 12 Pro, and I’m glad I did. The 12MP camera system is great, for sure, but what I really appreciate more than many previous models is the return to more squared edges. To my eyes, it creates a cleaner design. I also went looking for a minimalist case from Peel.
I’m a far cry from Bono, but my eyes are quite sensitive and I usually wear sunglasses outdoors. Because I get so much benefit from them, a quality pair is well worth the investment. And for me, there is no better pair than the Persol 714s.
I opted for the smaller 52mm model and it worked best for my noggin’s size. “Havana” tortoiseshell lenses and brown (polarized) lenses complement most of what I wear.
Even though the 714s are folding style, I don’t really fold them very often unless I need to pack them in a carry-on bag.
Golf practice room
Like many people, golf has become an important part of my life in 2020. The course is a place for release and the game is a way to constantly challenge myself physically and mentally. I’m lucky enough to have a club with great gym equipment just down the street from my house, so I can go out a few times a week on my lunch break or after my daughter is asleep. to hit some balls, and try to hit a single-digit handicap.
My EDC, of course, will change depending on where I’m going that day. But, I was conscious and intentional about what I brought and why. It’s one of the less variables I have to consider and makes me much more efficient.