Review: Harry’s Razors

Being bald is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it takes me practically no time to get ready in the morning and a curse because I have spent a lot of money on razors over the years.

If I think about it, I’ve been bald for just over 11 years. Since I shave my head approximately once a week, which isn’t that much compared to other bald guys that shave every day, then that means I’ve shaved my head 572 times, give or take. For most of those shaves I’ve used something like the Shick Xtreme3 disposable razor.  It’s got 3 blades and works for about 2 full head shaves before it goes dull. If I buy them in a pack of 8 (about $10), I end up spending $10 every 4 months on razors. Not too bad for a decent shave.

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Review: 2015 Lincoln Navigator

A few weeks ago I was asked to review the 2015 Lincoln Navigator. Never having driven a Lincoln, and knowing that I had a couple road trips coming up, I thought it would be fitting to do the review while seeing how many kilometers I could put on this brand new vehicle. I got it with just over 1,200kms….

Initial thoughts

I jumped into the driver seat, looked back and immediately started laughing. This vehicle is not only huge but provides a whole new level of luxury that I’m not used to seeing in an SUV. Which one should expect for a vehicle that costs $86,760.

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Review: MVMT Watches

I’ve always loved minimalist watches so when I found MVMT watches, I knew I would eventually have to buy one. With a beautifully minimalist design and the idea of supporting a startup, I decided I would spend the $95 USD and order myself the classic white face with black leather strap (shown above). And then, I waited… and waited… and waited…

Truth be told, I received my watch in the mail exactly one month after placing the order. That may not sound like a long time to some of you, or something I should be bitching about in a blog post, but I’ve been buying online for quite some time and standard shipping to Canada for almost any product is 5-7 business days. One month is not okay. Not even for a startup that was funded on Indiegogo. If anything, they should have the best shipping options available so that their customers get their product right away.

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Review: Sullivans Cove Whisky

A few months ago the Mrs and I got married and threw a big party with 125 of our closest friends and family. An important part of the post-wedding celebrations, at least to me anyways, was that I have a scotch and cigar bar for anyone that wanted to enjoy a whisky from my personal collection. Needless to say, it was a complete hit. We drank my entire collection (9 bottles) and enjoyed more than 40 cigars (cuban and other).

The reason behind the scotch and cigar bar was because I love scotch and cigars. I love the entire experience of enjoying a well balanced and smooth single malt, or peaty and smoky single malt (depending on the occasion and cigar of choice), with a few close friends. However, once the wedding was over and my collection completely gone, I had nothing left to enjoy with those few special people who stood up for me at the wedding.

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Review: 2014 Kia Soul

Last week, the Mrs and I got into a bumper to bumper accident during rush hour traffic. We were hit from behind and then pushed into the vehicle in front of us. Thankfully everyone in the incident was alright but the damage to our vehicle deemed it un-drivable due to the hood no longer being able to be shut properly.

Before this incident I was fairly unfamiliar with what happens when you’re in an accident and you have to go through insurance. Now that I’ve been through it, or am still currently going through it, I have to give kudos to AMA Insurance and the Village Bodyworks Company for being so great to deal with. After submitting our claim and dropping the car off at Village Bodyworks, I was driven over to Enterprise to pick up the rental vehicle we get while the car is assessed and fixed.

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On becoming a husband

On August 15, 2014 I married my best friend and the love of my life.

The wedding was held in my aunts backyard where 125 of our closest family and friends gathered to celebrate with us. That night, we became husband and wife. Something the Mrs and I had been looking forward to becoming since our first date. After the ceremony the night itself was a whirl wind of food, drinks, dancing and laughter. It was perfect and I couldn’t have imagined it any other way.

Looking back before the wedding, I imagined being a husband was going to be very similar to what being a boyfriend or fiancee was like. I imagined that life didn’t really change all that much and that being married was only a public declaration of our love for each other. Our relationship itself wasn’t really going to change all that much.

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Get yourself some Nice Laundry

These days, it seems like you can buy so many things to customize your look so that you feel more unique. From phone cases to watches and now socks. Fun and colourful socks have been around for a while, and while they are usually expensive, ranging from $12/pair to $30/pair, I’ve been wearing them for the better part of two years.

Sadly, the average fun dress sock life span is pretty short. I usually have a hole in the toe or the heel within a few months. Not exactly the best $12-$30 investment. Until now…

I’ve finally found a company that makes great socks at a reasonable price.

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Google Maps Improvement Idea

I use Google maps almost every day. I use it to find places in the city, draw out a quick route and most of all see if there are any options for me to avoid traffic jams.

When Google introduced the ‘Show Traffic’ feature in maps I was pumped! When I realized that route travel times were affected by the live traffic data I was even more excited! However, Google maps should take their live traffic data and go one step further to be even more useful…

Average traffic / travel times based on time of day

If I was running the genius team of dev’s at Google Maps, I’d have them work on coming up with an option to select a route (no different than now) and then develop an advanced option where people can choose the time and day of the week they will be traveling, because unless you’re on your mobile and traveling you’re most likely traveling later on, and have it re-adjust the travel times based on historical traffic data averages. Let me explain with a situation.

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Does money make you mean?

I’m learning to love research and any kind of analytical style of thinking. Statistics and analytics provide you with insight into people, problems and even the future. In the Ted Talk video above, Paul Piff presents his research findings on if having more money, or being ‘privileged’, can actually make you mean.

In my experience, this research is fairly accurate if you’re going to look at it on the average. I say on the average because I know many wealthy people that are just as humble, thoughtful and kind as those without money and I know many less privileged people that are cruel, spiteful and just generally terrible people.

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The Eastern Promises Czech Pilsner

Last night, I picked up a six pack of Russell Brewing Companies Eastern Promises Czech Pilsner. I’ve never had this particular Pilsner but I had heard great things so I figured why not give it a try.

The Eastern Promises Czech Pilsner is super easy to drink beer with tastes of golden malts, a hint of crispy spice, all of which comes together nicely for a smooth and clean finish. We paired this beer with a few pizza’s from Panago and I have to say it was a great match. With a low IBU of only 35, even the Mrs enjoyed this smooth and easy drinking Pilsner. The Czech pilsner is delicious and refreshing and definitely one I’ll remember and purchase again. 

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