Friday, September 4, 2015

Visual Aid


Noting specific products on a shopping list for someone else to procure is often more trouble than it’s worth. After the last trip, I set out the usual products, photographed them, and sent a non-verbal list to the go-fer for his files.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Dump


I’ve been testing a travel tip designed to prevent forgetting key items in a grooming kit. The suggestion is to tip out the contents of the kit and replace things as they are used. The process has been working so well, I realized the oh so clever case I’d been using was redundant. I replaced it with a small zippered packing cube and shaved countless nanoseconds off the morning grooming routine. Psychologically, I prefer an incremental sense of accomplishment to staring numbly at an array of chores to finish.

Inspired by the cluttered simplicity of the packing cube, I emptied various kits into the small drawer that holds back-up grooming products. That should free a few more minutes of my future.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tape


The Original Sticky Tape Company has a cool line on the market. The Big Downtown Office Supply is offering three versions of a wide format. The white and shocking pink tapes are designed to support wipeable marker. The flat black tape is for chalk.

I try not to let the hardware determine the mission. In this case, I have to try harder than usual.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Form



I doubt that the fine old trees in the neighborhood appreciate the adversity that builds character any more than I do. Saturday’s storm put them through their paces. The wind loaded branches in full leaf, many beyond their ratings. The street was littered with widow-makers I’ve been worrying about for years.

I was delighted to have put off yard work as I turned the corner and saw the block littered with debris. Cleaning up will be an exercise in editing new developments rather than yet another boring pass at the usual. 

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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Summer Shake-out


This is a good time to contemplate which warm-weather clothing earned its keep over the last few months. The notion of a summer wardrobe has been fundamentally alien to Western Washington. Despite this year’s record heat, I still plan to choose as many four-season garments as I can lay my hands on.

The Great Big Hiking Co-op’s synthetic field trousers are unisex staples. A pair of running tights will take them through anything the winter is likely to throw our way. My partner realized a simple collection of white “wimp shirts”, as our kid calls polos, will do for his purposes.

Several seasons ago an insightful driver said “You need a protective layer” to a friend who was chatting wardrobe with him on a bus. The remark explained why some summer clothing makes it in town and other does not. This year tunic and trousers seem to have been my haiku go to. I can segue into autumn without a hiccup.

The fog of dawn lifts when I have a limited range of choices in the closet and photos of fortuitous combinations stored in the iDevice.

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