hair care: pomade or creme

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this has potential to be the worst photo i ever post on this blog.  it’s awful.  i used an app that i thought would make it look cool.  instead, it looks like one of those effects they use at theme parks to make you look old-timey.  and to top it off it’s blurry.  oh well.  let’s move on.

i don’t spend too much time on here talking about hair products, because i haven’t really used them until a year ago when i abandoned my frat-cut for a somewhat hipper cut (thanks mic at parlour & juke).  now depending on what i want my hair to look like i use one of two products: suavecito pomade or kevin murphy’s easy rider hold creme.  both smell amazing and both do different things.  if you want a slick, shiny look, then opt for the pomade (think don draper mad men).  if you want something that will hold it in place, but won’t look like you have crap in your hair, then go for the hold creme.  i choose based on my mood that morning.  just remember that a dab will do with both of these – unless you want to look like a 1950′s greaser.  if that’s the case, then load up.

you may have missed: the exploding hearts

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i remember the phone call like it was yesterday.  a friend of mine called me back in 2003 and said, “dude, you’ve gotta check out this band the exploding hearts.  you’re going to love them.  they’re right up your alley.”  he described them as sounding like the clash.  i f**king love the clash, so i drove to tower records during my lunch break and bought guitar romantic.  he wasn’t wrong.  i love everything about this album: the cover art, the attitude, the melodies, the jangling guitars.  it was the record i’d been waiting for since i first discovered punk rock in 8th grade.  the best part was that at this point in time they were my little secret.  the internet was in its infancy stages as far as discovering new music was concerned i.e. i still relied on word of mouth for new bands in the early 2000s.  i was going to spend the next several weeks telling everybody about the exploding hearts, but 3 months later their budding career came to an end when their bus ran off the road, flipped over and killed 3 out of 4 members of the band.  that was the end of the exploding hearts.  i go back to guitar romantic every couple of months.  it’s a short record – 10 songs that average about 2.5 minutes each.  you can listen to it over and over and hear things you missed on the last listen.  it’s a classic and one you should have in your library.

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filson tin cloth cruiser jacket

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denim jackets are a fall staple, but if you don’t think you can pull one off, consider this short cruiser jacket from filson.  it’s the perfect alternative to a levi’s trucker jacket.  it’s made from filson’s tough tin cloth with an oil finish which means it’s going to be stiff for the first several wears, but don’t be discouraged.  it will break in nicely and become one of your favorites in no time.

1964 ford mustang convertible

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i’ve never been a car guy.  i have way too many other hobbies to be a “car guy.”  i couldn’t tell you the difference between this year’s model or that year’s model or this engine or whatever.  you get the point.  what i can tell you is when i like something and what i like is old cars i.e. american made badass indestructible machines of awesomeness.  i’m currently obsessed in love with 1964 ford mustang convertibles.  i grabbed these pics from mustang attitude.  look at this beauty.  i don’t know when i’ll get around to owning one of these whips, but a boy can dream, right?

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fall wish list: suede chelsea boots

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fall is just around the corner.  fall is just around the corner.  fall is just around the corner.  if i say it enough, then maybe it will get here sooner.  it’s been 98º this weekend in nashville.  i’ve had enough.  it’s time for fall.  first thing on my fall wish list is a pair of suede chelsea boots like these from sid mashburn.  these particular boots have been on my wish list for a couple of years now, but the time feels right to finally make the purchase.  the plan is to hit atlanta sometime in september (braves game anyone?).  these will be coming back with me.

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happy anniversary

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today is the 4 year anniversary of to take the train.  this photo of the beatles was one of the first things i posted.  i had this theory that if i posted (and tagged) pictures of things that would get traffic, then people would come.  it didn’t quite work out that way, but that’s ok because i had help from a couple of friends (thank you valetesquire, and every other site than linked or mentioned this blog).

it’s been such an amazing 4 years since i started to take the train.  i’ve gone through some major life changes, i’ve met some good friends (that i hope to meet in person one day), and i’ve had a place to write – which is something i love to do.  i realize i don’t write as much as i used to, but that’s about to change.  it’s a part of me i can’t deny.

all that to say…THANK YOU (first uppercase letters ever used on to take the train) to everyone who has ever read a post or clicked on this blog.  it means a lot to me that you would take the time to stop and read or view ramblings from a person that you don’t know.  i’m excited about the next 4 years.  i think they’re going to be some of my best.  let’s see how long i can keep this thing going.

i + w candle

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i have a dog.  she smells awful 35% of the time.  it’s not my fault.  i’m not the one that instructs her to roll around in dirt and s**t (literally – wtf is wrong with her) and pine needles.  a couple of weeks ago, my lady and i were entertaining another couple for dinner and she asked me get a candle for my stinky house.  i knew exactly what to buy.

if you’ve ever been to imogene + willie in nashville, then you know it’s one of the best smelling stores around.  and the best part is that they sell their scent in the form of one badass looking candle.  i’m not gonna lie, it’s pricey at $55, but it’s well worth it.  i burn that s**t every night.  in fact, it’s burning right now.  you can order one here.  just do it.  no chick likes a stinky house.

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