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Friday, April 29, 2016

Swiss Legend Women's 20032DSM-02 South Beach Analog Display Swiss Quartz Black Watch



This watch actually looks better than the photo.  It is stylish and not crazy big.   It has a traditional band that does NOT need a manual or diagram to put on your arm.  The weird bands a lot of watches are using are simply complex for the sake of complexity.  This watch is easy to set and easy to read.  Overall impression is a job well done.


From the vendor:
Date window at 3:00
White mother of pearl dial with silver tone and white hands and silver tone roman numerals; luminous; stainless steel bezel encrusted with 12 white diamonds; sapphitek crystal; stainless steel case; black silicone strap
Swiss-quartz Movement
Case Diameter: 35mm
Water Resistant To 330 Feet

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Armitron Sport Men's 20/4942BLK Sport Watch



My name is Bill and I have a problem!  I have become hooked on watches.  While the younger generation is looking at their smart phones (I have one) for the time, I still glance at my wrist.  The plus side of this watch is that it has a traditional watch band, not weird clasps that mimic traditional bands, no expansion band just a "traditional" plastic band.   I chose this watch out of those offered due to that fact and that it has a light.  Rather than dig my phone out in a rock concert (classic rock like the WHO)  I like just pushing a button and having my dial light up.   That's the good news.  

Here is the bad, I have 20/20 vision with my bifocals.  The instructions for the watch may have well been printed on the head of a pin.  The font appears to be smaller than 4pts.   I am not at home and don't carry a magnifying glass with me while I travel.   It would have helped with the instructions.   It is possible due to the nearly impossible to read instructions that I am not able to set the date.  I did set the digital time but frankly am not sure how that happen.  The analog time is plain old, plain old, you pull the stem and turn the hands.  I will wear the watch  due to the analog time and the light.   All the other features including date, digital time, 2nd travel zone, stop watch etc may work just fine if I could read the blanketity blank instructions. Considering the fact that senior citizens appear to be the only age category that consistently wears a watch, I would suggest instructions in a legible font size would be a major selling factor.


·                        Round watch with two-zone dial featuring reverse LCD display and checkerboard pattern on center link of resin band
·                        Japanese quartz movement with analog and digital displays
·                        Protective acrylic crystal dial window
·                        Features buckle closure, day, date, time, and seconds functions, luminous-filled hands, sweeping second hand, backlight with 3-second fade, and military time function
·                        Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not divingIf reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Maple Rye TAP 357


I am a maple fan.   I love maple donuts and maple syrup on many things.  I now have another favorite maple product.   Maple Rye, TAP 357 is three bearish.   Not too sweet, not under sweet, just right!  I have tried Crown Royal Maple which made me crave waffles, too, too sweet.  I tried Knob Creek Smokey Maple and it is good.  Not TAP 357 good but good.   Watkins Select Maple Bourbon which had an amazing nose but not a memorable taste.   TAP 357 brings maple to the table without a pancake craving but with the spirit I was seeking.  
The quote from: http://dailyfoodandwine.com/tap-357-maple-rye-whisky/  pretty much sums it up. 
"Produced at the oldest distillery in Western Canada, the blended rye whisky used in TAP 357 is distilled four times before being matured in a combination of new, second- and third-use bourbon barrels. Once this fine product has been aged, Master Blender Michel Marcil expertly blends the whiskies that have been selected, prior to combining it with pure “Canada 1 Light” maple syrup from Quebec. In a proprietary finishing process, the maple-flavored rye whisky is then left to rest for an additional period until deemed ready for release.
Let’s say this… The results are spectacular and quite simply my favorite new liquor in years. Exuding aromas of smoldering coals, pine cones and a maple syrupy sweetness that will quite simply blow you away, it’s got an epic finish that will keep you coming back for more and more. In my opinion TAP 357 is best consumed neat, but this begs for mixologist-inspired experimentation—so have at it!"

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Lenox Butterfly Meadow Trellis Dessert Mug, White


These are very pretty coffee mugs.   I like the design.  They are really coffee cup size and not mug size, regardless of the name.  I was disappointed that the pattern is so muted.  You will be able to note in the picture that there is only one butterfly, a Monarch I think, with bright colors.   I thought the colors would be brighter.  They are ok, smaller than I expected even though I saw that they were 12 oz, I guess I didn't realize my daily coffee mugs were several ounces larger. At $29.00 price on Amazon, that is more than $7 per cup, I don't think that was what I would call a good deal. 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

K'NEX 100 Model Imagine Building Set



This set provided a sufficient number of pieces to construct a wide variety of projects.  I  particularly like K'nex as they are headquartered in Pennsylvania and the product is made in the USA.   K'nex has committed to being a manufacturer whose product is all American.  In a world awash in global economy products, it is refreshing to see a home ground company doing well.   The products are well made and I have gotten more sets for my grand kids.   $50 at Amazon. 

From the vendor:
·                        Building ideas for 100 creations!
·                        863 K'NEX Pieces including classic rods and connectors!
·                        Convenient storage box
·                        Made in the USA
·                        Recommended for builders ages 7 and up



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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Swarovski Purple Ombre Butterfly Pendant Necklace, 18"




This is a pretty piece of jewelry.  It will compliment the collection of practically every butterfly fan.  It seems well made and she liked it. $26 at Amazon.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sterling Silver Platinum-Plated Swarovski Zirconia Halo Ring


This is a very pretty ring.  It certainly looks far more valuable than it's very reasonable price of $53.00 at Amazon.  It is suitable for a gift and comes in a nice ring box.  

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