Thanks Jack Black, You’ve Changed My Morning!

If you know me, I’m the kind of guy that has a 5-o’clock shadow at 10 AM.  I’ve tried all kinds of products in search of the elusive “perfect shave”.

I started shaving in the shower years ago & it definitely makes a difference and it actually shortens the morning routine, as well as eliminates the need to clean out the sink all the time.  I’ve tried a lot of different pre-shave oils,  various razor configurations and shave creams/lotions/foams.  In the end pretty much thought my routine produced the best shave I could achieve.jack-black-school-of-rock

Then I see the ad in one of my magazines for a product called “Jack Black Beard Lube“.  My first thought was, “here’s another crappy product with a celebrity name slapped on the front in the hope that it will sell a few more units”.  Seriously, that’s what I thought…

After a little on-line research I discovered the name of the product was just a coincidence and Jack Black is actually a well known manufacturer of quality grooming products.

jack_black_beard_lube_conditioning_shave_with_jojoba_and_eucalyptus_177mlAvailable on-line and in high-end department stores, Jack Black beard Lube comes in a 3 oz or 6 oz tube.  It’s not your typical shaving product as it is extremely slippery and goes on practically clear.  It’s mild menthol scent is refreshing first thing in the morning and it rinses cleanly off the skin.  You only need a quarter sized amount to cover the average sized face so a 6 oz tube should last you 5-6 weeks.

At $17.oo for the 6 oz size, it’s certainly more expensive than the $0.99 stuff in the can but, in my opinion, it’s worth every penny.  I get a shave that’s so close the 5-o’clock shadow actually shows up at 5-o’clock!

If you have a heavy beard or you’re wanting to know what a perfect shave really feels like, I encourage you to try this product out.  Next to my C.O. Bigelow Bay Rum cologne Jack Black Beard Lube is my favorite tool in my personal grooming kit!

The Leatherman Super Tool – Multi-Tool

Leatherman Super Tool
Leatherman Super Tool

I’m a guy & guys like to fix stuff.  I’ve had a Leatherman Super Tool for as long as I can remember.  It’s the original version with the tools on the outside when you use the pliers (ouch!).  You can use this tool for just about any task around the house and it’s built like a tank.

The Super Tool has the following features:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Hard wire cutters
  • Regular knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Wood/bone saws
  • Small screwdriver
  • Medium screwdriver
  • Large screwdriver
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Electrical crimper
  • Awl/punch
  • Wire stripper
  • Ruler – inch/metric

The Leatherman Super Tool is another one of my Daily Carry items that help me get things done at work ad at home.  The newer models have fixed the problem of the tools digging into your hand when you use the pliers. They fixed this by moving the tools to the other side of the handle.  This also has the added benefit of not having to open the tool to get to the various blades.

If my original model ever gets lost/damaged I’m definitely going to invest in the new model.  Until then I’ll keep using what I have.  If you’re looking for a tool you can use around the house for a variety of tasks, do yourself a favor & check out the Leatherman line of products.

The Surefire 6Z – Flashlight

Surefire 6Z and (larger) 9Z

Time for another “Daily Carry” post!

I’m pretty mobile & like to carry as many of the tools I might need as I can (Lift my Timbuk2 messenger bag & you’ll find out!).

A flashlight is one of those tools that you don’t really think about until you need it.  I use my Surefire 6Z several times a week.  It’s small enough to carry in your pocket yet it puts out an incredibly bright 65 lumins.  That’s brighter than a 4-D flashlight!

I purchased my The 6Z several years ago and after years of abuse it still works like a charm!  Unfortunately the 6Z has been discontinued but it’s been replaced by the (very similar) Z2.  It’s machined out of aircraft grade aluminum and weighs 4.5 oz.

The 6Z is considered a tactical flashlight because it is designed to be used as not only a source of illumination but as a weapon to disrupt the vision of a would-be attacker.  It’s also designed to be used with a firearm (held with your secondary grip hand and lined up with the barrel).  The 6Z has a large rubber button on the tail cap that’s used to turn it on/off  (you have to hold the button to keep the light on).  You can also screw down the tail cap to keep the light on.

Surefire LED Conversion Kit

I recently purchased the Surefire LED conversion kit that boosts the light output to 80 lumins and increases the battery life from 1.5 hours to 10+.  Not only is this going to save on the cost of batteries its also keeps the flashlight from getting hot during extended use.

With both lamps you get a really tight (non-adjustable) beam of light.  The LED lamp produces a super bright white (slightly bluish) light that can travel a great distance.  It’s great for inspecting plenum spaces at jobsites and for scaring off racoons in the backyard.

If you’re in the market fo a well built, reliable, and super bright flashlight check out the Surefire line of lights.

The Chubby Trout – Elkhart, Indiana

I have a few clients in Northern Indiana so I’m up there every couple of weeks.  About a year ago while heading back to my hotel room I had a craving for Sushi.  Crossing my fingers I hit up Google Maps and found a place right down the road from where I would be bedding down for the night.

The Chubby Trout is located just east of State Road 19 on County Road 6 in Elkhart, Indiana.  They offer a very complete menu with everything from steaks to seafood to pasta and the specialty item I was looking for; Sushi…

I’ve been visiting this establishment for some time now & the place seems to be a hangout for a lot of regulars, as most of the patrons appear to know one another, especially at the bar.  Most of the four-tops throughout the restaurant area are filled with couples enjoying their evenings with friends.

Being a lone diner I usually grab a seat at the bar, with the other lone diners, and order up a cold one.  Continue reading “The Chubby Trout – Elkhart, Indiana”

Moleskine: The Perfect Notebook?

I’ve been using a Moleskine notebook for several years.  I was introduced to them through the GTD program by David Allen.  What makes the Moleskine line of notebooks special is their solid construction & unique history

Currently there are 9 different types of notebooks so you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.  I’m partial to the Pocket Size with grid paper, although I’m thinking about changing to blank paper to help foster some creativity (think outside the lines).

I’m planning on picking up a City Notebook for Chicago before my next trip up there.  If it’s as functional as I hope I’ll be picking up city Notebooks for my planned trips to New York & Washington DC next spring.

I like to keep everything stored electronically but there are times when the laptop & PDA just won’t do…  One of my favorite brainstorming tricks is to hit up the local coffee shop with some new tunes on the iPod, my Moleskine & my favorite pen.  Tune out the world, consume some quality caffeine & capture all of the ideas that come pouring out.

Do you have a favorite tool that helps you get the job done?  Leave us a comment & tell us about it!