for fall: new balance crt300

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summer is winding down (or at least i hope it is.  it’s way too damn hot outside).  i’m ready for the fall.  i like everything about the fall i.e. football, european football, baseball playoffs, cooler weather, whiskey, tailgates, jackets (i was a fat kid growing up), more football.  you get the picture.  one thing you’re going to need for all this fall goodness is a pair of transition kicks.  enter the new balance crt300.  it’s a suede and mesh retro looking tennis shoe featuring new balance’s revlite soul technology (it means they’re super light, ya dingus).  i’m a big fan of this weird looking blue, but if you’re not digging it, more colorways are available at newbalance.com.

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the last of the ramones

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i woke up this morning with an alert on my phone that tommy ramone, the first drummer for the ramones, passed away last night.  he was 65.  it’s hard to believe that all four original members of the ramones are now gone.

i discovered the ramones in 1995 after ¡adios amigos! came out.  i ordered it from the columbia house record club not knowing a thing about these guys.  i was hooked instantly.  from there, i bought ramones mania (a greatest hits compilation) and followed that up with the ramones, leave home and rocket to russia.  tommy only played on the first three records which are also their best.

the ramones created a sound and a style that will forever be imitated by kids in garages that like to play their music loud and fast.  thank you for contribution to rock and roll and to my life.  you will be missed.

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vans for j. crew sk8-hi reissue sneakers

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oh no.  not another j. crew shoe post.  i’m tired of these too, but i can’t help it.  they keep coming with heat.  on this collaboration with vans, they went through the archives and pulled a design straight from the dogtown days.  i’d say they nailed it.  these look pretty f’ing dope.  they also come in “boardwalk” blue.  you can pre-order them on j.crew.com.  i believe i will do just that (unless j. crew wants to send me a test pair).

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they’re baaaaaaack

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i don’t know how it happened.  i don’t know why it happened, but it happened.  birkenstocks are back.  they crept their way onto the runway 2 years ago and i laughed in the face of fashion designers all over the world (not true – more like i laughed at my computer screen in the face of no one).  (please note: i do not follow fashion designers or runway shows; however, i do occasionally follow some trends.)

i don’t like sandals.  feet gross me out.  i will wear flip-flops at the beach, but that’s out of necessity.  from the looks of those around me, i believe i am in the minority.  flip-flops are a staple in the everyman warm weather wardrobe.  i’ve learned to accept it.  i just don’t look down when the temperature is above 65.

a couple of months ago, esquire tweeted a link to an article called “four steps to getting birkenstocks right.”  i had a small panic attack.  is this really happening?  i thought for sure the trend would remain on runways like skirts for men.  and now here i am 3 months later considering buying a pair of birkenstocks (not the sandal kind).

i had a pair of bostons like the ones you see above.  i bought them in high school, wore them in college, and then retired them to the same place i put my old phish bootlegs (hint: the trash).  if – and that’s a big if – i were actually going to purchase a pair of birkenstocks and wear them in public, i would make sure they were the boston model.  i would also tell everyone i bought them for comfort and didn’t care how they looked (total lie).  and if you’re considering buying a pair, you can get them at unionmade which is where i stole this picture (thanks, guys!).

the perfect summer shirt

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i’m not a big polo shirt kind of guy.  i used to be.  that was until i realized that lacoste was french for man boobs.  (the last sentence is not factual.  their polos seems to amplify my man boobs, so i had to break away from them.  i don’t think their business has suffered.)  for the last 5 years, i’ve only worn polo shirts on the golf course.  i haven’t missed them a bit.  in fact, i’ve pretty much avoided them until yesterday when i stumbled upon this polo shirt at j. crew.  i’m into this magnum p.i. hawaiian shirt thing that’s in right now, so i thought i’d give it a shot.  i didn’t expect much.  i was wrong.  the shirt fit like it was made for my body – not too slim and not too big.  it’s extremely soft and light-weight i.e. perfect for the summer time.  i look nothing like the gentleman in the picture above, but that’s ok, because when i tried it on for my old lady (brit speak for girlfriend), she said, “dayum!”  that’s a direct quote.  you can buy your very own here.  please wear responsibly.

air jordan 1 retro high “barons”

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much to the chagrin of (some) friends and family and various readers of to take the train, i am a big fan of air jordans.  the 1’s and the 3’s are my favorites.  i bought a pair of air jordan 3 retro “infrareds” a couple of months back and took some pretty harsh criticism from those around me.  i ended up returning them (frowny face).

i get it.  they’re not necessarily “me” or my particular style – which is one reason i like them so much.  the other reason i’m into air jordans is because they remind me of my childhood.  i remember wearing the 1’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 6’s.  i skipped the 2’s.  i still don’t care for them.

after jabari parker was drafted by the bucks last week, he threw out the first pitch at a milwaukee brewers game and was wearing a pair of air jordan 1 retro high “barons.”  the color motif is a nod to jordan’s minor league baseball days with the birmingham barons.  right now these are at the top of my “to cop” list.  i’m a sucker for grey sneakers.  i was in las vegas when they dropped and slept through my phone alarm (damn it!).  the next time i have an extra $200 lying around i know where it’s going.  in the meantime, i can admire these through various pictures on the internet.  oh, and i wish jabari parker a long and successful career in the nba (not that he reads this blog, but i figured i might as well throw that in there.  i liked watching him at duke).

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jack nicholson at home in 1969

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these photos resurfaced a year or so ago.  i remember seeing them on life.com or another blog.  i rediscovered them yesterday when i was looking for an old photo of jack to post on tumblr.  i’m a big jack nicholson fan.  i have been since tim burton’s batman.  it’s hard to argue that anyone in hollywood is as cool or will ever be as cool as jack.  photographer arthur schatz took these photos of jack right after easy rider came out which is the film that started his journey to becoming a hollywood legend.  i love these photos of him wearing his giant headphones.  i wonder what the hell he was listening to (probably the beatles backwards).  you can see all of arthur schatz’s photos on life.com.  here are a few of my favorites:

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