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March 15, 2014
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Got any great products or retailers you know about that aren't mainstream, but improve your quality of life?

Long ago, in a thread similar to this, greeney recommended clothing from Duluth Trading Co.

Greeney, I never forgot that, and I finally placed my first order last night! I can't wait to try the stuff on! Thanks.

My recommendation? SPOTIFY. If you are a music lover, you need to get on Spotify. I'm using a free account and have discovered some great music I had no idea existed. Major quality of life improvement for me. Much better than Pandora in my opinion.

Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man. - Albert Einstein

March 16, 2014
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Soundhound. Free app you can download on your phone for when you hear a song at a bar, or a restaurant, or on a commercial, whatever. Just hold your phone up and Soundhound will usually pick it up and tell you the song name, the artist, and the album. I've expanded my music library time and again with this thing, and I would've never found a lot of bands I love listening to if I hadn't of had Soundhound.

War is an extension of economics and diplomacy through other means.

Economics and diplomacy are methods of securing resources used by humans.

Securing resources is the one necessary behavior for all living things.

War = Life

March 17, 2014
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Wow, I'm glad you liked my recommendation about Duluth. Being out in California, in the 6 years I have retired from working full time, I have worn shorts everyday. Something I didn't buy from Duluth because they were $40-50 a pair were the shorts made from the fire hose material, so I splurged bought 2 slightly different styles not long ago. I had usually just bought shorts that were less expensive. Those shorts are well worth the extra money, they are very durable, and I was afraid they would be very stiff, material, but they are not. Definitely will buy them again.

I also bought one of the fire hose material shirt/jackets. Only complaint is the brown color shows lint when it gets on it. Duluth is the only place I buy tee shirts, as all the double X sizes are cut very full, and have 3 inches more length, again very durable material.

Bass Pro shops are also a good source for me, especially shirts, because they sell the larger double X sizes. Shirts are nice but only complaint I have is many are from Bangladesh or Shi Lanka.

March 18, 2014
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"Wing-Zero" wrote: Soundhound. Free app you can download on your phone for when you hear a song at a bar, or a restaurant, or on a commercial, whatever. Just hold your phone up and Soundhound will usually pick it up and tell you the song name, the artist, and the album. I've expanded my music library time and again with this thing, and I would've never found a lot of bands I love listening to if I hadn't of had Soundhound.

I heard about that but never knew the name of it! Cool! I'll be checking into it immediately.

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March 18, 2014
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"greeney2" wrote: Bass Pro shops are also a good source for me, especially shirts, because they sell the larger double X sizes. Shirts are nice but only complaint I have is many are from Bangladesh or Shi Lanka.

I live right down the road from Bass Pro drive. So named because of the HUGE Bass Pro Shop it gives access to. Interesting recommendation, I've never set foot in that store. Not much of an outdoorsman. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka? No problem with me. I think the cotton indigenous to that part of the world is supposed to be the best available. Turkish bath towels robes cost a ton in the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog. 😎

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March 18, 2014
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Most of the Bass Pro Shops are really an experience to go into. PETA doesn't exactly love them, as they are full of outdoor scenes with many taxidermy wild game animals, which I believe are real but they could be imitation. Very real looking if they are. They have waterfalls, big aquariums with trout and other wild fish. Most have elaborate wood, fireplaces, rocks and boulder scenes, and some really elaborate iron railings, like a National Park lodge. They are amazing stores to go into.

As far as that material, the shirts are nice, but I have had them wear out in places that seemed like the material just was rotten, the way it pulled apart. They lasted quite a while, but I was surprised how they tore apart, a little prematurely. I chalked it up to inferior material coming from those countries, but I still got reasonable wear out of them, and still buy them from Bass Pro.

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