In the days when a real shave meant a trip to the barbershop and offering your neck up to the straight-edge razor, Bay Rum is the stuff they slapped you across the face with afterwards. Sure, it helped stop the bleeding a bit but, more importantly it soothed and cooled a freshly shorn face. If you’re a man who appreciates that zesty snap in an aftershave, rejoice, this old stuff is still available in its original formula. Slap yourself with it.
So you thought Carhartt only made workwear? Think again. Their list of accessories continues to expand. Now they’ve made a spiffy stainless steel portable grill that packs up flat for portable partying. Pull this 4-burger sized beauty out of its carrying case, fold the origami-style panels up and pour in the charcoal. Avoid burns: let it cool off before folding up and putting it away.
From the makers of Clif Bar comes another great idea. For years, Europeans have embraced (literally) wine in a bag and finally someone is doing it here in the states. Everyday table wine is fresh, it doesn’t need a cork or a cellar, but just needs to be drunk. Or is it drank? Drunken? Whatever, the idea here is that soft-sided packaging means you can take it anywhere (like the movies). It also means a lot less waste and a very reduced carbon footprint compared to wine in a bottle. Salúd!
How about period drama? No, we mean movies. 18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a tribe of Brazilian natives in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. Robert De Niro lives by the sword and actor Jeremy Irons is the man of god. Sweeping cinematics and dark imagery bring the classic battle between good and evil into savage territory.
If you’re the type who takes only the occasional toke, in the throes of a holiday drunk or on vacation, you better watch out for the edibles. Unlike a doobie which you can puff-puff pass, chowing down a space cake can take you on a trip to another universe. If that sounds good to you, check out this cookbook. It has recipes for cakes, cookies, brownies, everything you’ll need for you and your journeys into space.
We all know that egghead Bill Gates, but what about Microsoft’s other hero, Paul Allen? When it comes to advancing technology, there’s a reason Allen has twice been included in Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In his autobiography, Allen tells it all. From building the world’s biggest technology company to the first privately funded spacecraft to his breakthrough work in neuroscience, Allen’s ideas resound.
Nobody cares what you write in your journal. That means freedom. So write whatever you want, whenever you want. Write a song. Write a list. Write a confession. It will all be recorded for posterity between the vegetable-tanned leather covers of this 7.5 X 5-inch journal. Made in the U.S.A.
Ever heard the term “non-representational art”? If not, watch this movie for the definition. It’s a futuristic nightmare comedy, a dystopian satire. It was so bizarre in fact, director Terry Gilliam almost never saw its release. As the story goes, Universal Pictures felt the movie was too weird and delayed its release. So, Gilliam screened it for the LA Film Critics Assoc. They named it Picture Of The Year for 1985 and basically embarrassed Universal into releasing it.
So you like your nuts a little cheesy, do you? But, maybe your girl likes them sweet. Either way, piquant peanut pervert Lord Nut Levington makes a variety of flavored nuts for you to munch on: cheddar cheese & jalapeño, Bloody Mary & cinnamon are just a few of his specialties.
Isn’t it cute? Use this darling little corkscrew to open your reds, your whites, even your pinks (admit it). Just remember, if you mix and match, you’ll wake up the next morning feeling like you got sucker-punched with the business end of these Bourgeois Brass Knuckles.