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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Panasonic WINGS Wireless Bluetooth Sport Clips with Mic+ Controller RP-BTS30-R (Metallic White) with Travel Pouch, Water Resistant

These were ok.  They connected easily.  The design does not work well with those of us who wear glasses.  I had difficulty getting them on and off.   The sound is ok, not great.  I have the Panasonic RP-HXS400M-A on ear headphones and the sound is better on those and the price is roughly 1/5 of these.  Of course that also tethers you to your device so the Bluetooth is very convenient.   Overall, these are OK, not great but certainly not bad.  $99.00 at Amazon  at time of posting. 

·   WINGS Wireless Bluetooth Sport Clip Headphones with a modern, sleek active-fitness design and 4 vivid sports color options. Comes with travel pouch, ultra-soft S/M/L earpads and USB cord for charging.
·   Smartphone compatible with integrated microphone and remote for Apple (iPhone / iPod / iPad) and Android devices. Deep, clear sound with powerful bass (9 mm driver).
· Rugged, water resistant to rain and sweat. Use rain or shine (IPX4).
·  3D flex sport clip design molds to your ear. Stays in place for high impact activity with Quick-Fit adjuster.
· Rechargeable battery with up to 6 hours of playback and a 15 minute quick charge for an extra 70 minutes. Wireless Bluetooth connects to your Bluetooth-enabled device up to 33 feet away.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Cuisinart CSG-466 Digital Folding Probe Thermometer, Black

This is the nicest digital thermometer I have owned.   I like the silicon cover which give both a good grip and protection against heat.   The folding probe makes for safer storage than my  other unit.  Instant temperature readings means less hair burned off my knuckles when grilling.  All in all, this is a nice unit for cooking and grilling 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

100% Egyptian Cotton, 300 Thread Count; Deep-fitting pocket, Soft & Smooth 4-Piece King Sheet Set, Solid Lilac

The sheets feel very soft and smooth.   I was a little apprehensive about the sateen finish but luckily that is not like satin sheets which I don't care for one whit.  The lilac color though is almost indiscernible.  It isn't bad it just isn't very "lilacky?".  They fit well. If there is any wear issues, I will report back here.   $63.00 at Amazon

From the vendor:
SUBTLE SOFTNESS: Made of the finest 100% Egyptian Cotton for softness and easy care
PERFECT FIT, this 4 Piece King Sheet Set Includes: One Flat Sheet 108" x 102", One Fitted Sheet 78" x 80", and Two Pillowcases 20" x 40" each
DEEP POCKET, fully elasticized fitted sheet pocket measures 15" deep, and fits mattresses 6-18" thick
CLASSIC STYLE: The variety of vibrant colors are available in various sizes, featuring a lustrous sheen from the sateen finish. Complete your bedroom d├ęcor with the coordinating Duvet Cover and extra Pillowcases for a plush, put together look
EASE OF CARE: These beautiful sheets are colorfast and machine washable. For drying, tumble dry low and remove them promptly from dryer. Always follow care label 

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ruger Pepper Gel Dorm/Apartment Kit

Ruger Pepper Gel Dorm/Apartment Kit - Police Strength Keychain Pepper Gel (Max Protection - 25 Bursts) and 120 dB Door Stop Alarm (1,000 Foot Range)

This is an interesting product.  I'm not sure I like the dorm room suggestion as that seems like that should be a safe haven but then I'm not on college campuses on a regular basis.   The door stop alarm is LOUD!  I warned my wife I was going to test it and she still said it scared the bejabbers out of her.   It seems like it would be a pretty good deterrent.   

The Pepper Gel seems like a good idea, the gel aspect.   I was once hit peripherally with tear gas in the late 60's and I didn't like it one bit.   My cop buddies tell me pepper spray is worse so the idea of a gel that is avoiding overspray and the consequent innocent bystanders makes sense.   This is my first look at a pepper spray.   I am not overly confident in the release valve.   It has a snap down lid to avoid accidental release but it seems like it could still be accidentally released.   Hanging on a woman's handbag or in any one's pocket, an accidental release seems highly problematic.  Then there are the grandkids and their ability to get into everything.   A lockbox for a hand gun or a trigger lock keeps kids out but pepper spray and kids seems like it could be an issue.   On the other hand, spraying some miscreant seem less prone to law suits than shooting them.  It strikes me that pulling a pin such as one on a fire extinguisher seems safer but that may reduce the speed of response that might be needed in a danger fraught situation.  So I'm torn here, it seems like a good idea but I'm some what concerned about the delivery system.

As an aside, the packaging was great, no razor knife needed to get into it.  Kudos for that.

From the Vendor:
Ruger has teamed up with the world's number one selling pepper spray. The #1 brand chosen by both law enforcement agencies and consumers, and backs the most effective pepper spray with education and training to maximize personal safety. Ruger's Pepper Gel was developed to prevent wind blowback, offers greater containment of the spray which means only the target will experience the effects, and it is safe to use indoors. This makes pepper gel ideal to be used in crowded areas. Our door stop alarm, in addition to sounding a piercing alarm, helps prevent entry through the doorway as it's wedge design stops the door from opening inward.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Black Cubic Zirconia 12x8mm and White Cubic Zirconia Teardrop Pendant Necklace, 18"

This is another piece that is prettier than it's photo.  The contrast between the large black stone and the small sparkly  ones is very attractive.   The key, as always is,  "ooh, that is pretty!" , if that is the reaction then it is a good purchase.   $28.00 at Amazon.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Banana Boat Sunscreen Kids Tear-Free Sting-Free Broad Spectrum Sun Care Sunscreen Lotion - SPF 50, 8 Ounce

This product appears to be perfect for kids.   I can  not testify to the lack of tears as I didn't rub any in my eyes for obvious self serving reasons.   It should remain  on the kids as it took serious hand washing to get it off my hands after I applied it.   If it can hold up to vigorous rubbing with soap and water, it should be great for swimming children. 

About the Product
·                       Available in light/medium and deep dark color
·                       Water resistant (80 minutes)
·                       Tear-free and sting-free
·                       Hypoallergenic formula
·                       Pediatrician-tested and recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

DII Cleaning, Washing, Drying, Ultra Absorbent, Lattice Microfiber Dishcloth 12x12

This dishcloth reminded me of the cloth I purchased to dry my car.  That is not a bad thing, it just means that the terry cloth type fuzz on one side and a more smooth side on the other seems to wick up moisture nicely.  The product works and the price is reasonable.  After some use I actually liked these better.  Their absorbency is astounding.   

·                        80% polyester/20% polyamide
·                        Imported
·                        Microfiber cleaning cloths eliminate lint, streaks and the need for harsh cleaning chemicals
·                        Microfiber has a special blend of microscopic fibers woven into hooks & loops, creating tiny scoops which attract, absorb and wipe out grime for lint free cleaning
·                        Ultra absorbent, holds up to 7 times in weight in liquid, dirt or grime - Microfiber has a capillary effect between the fibers creating suction, enabling it to clean and polish at the same time
·                        When dry, microfiber is positively charged and naturally attracts negatively charged grease, dirt and dust
·                        Microfiber has a lot of great uses and is NOT just for the kitchen, use it to clean bathroom, cars, windows, and more

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