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Stevenson Overall Co. - Buck Jones Shirt in Red Plaid
IH 666-XHS - Day one of breaking in.  Stiff but not nearly as bad as I was expecting
Red Wing Iron Ranger 8111

Just got a bottle of Laphroaig Select.  Anybody ever try it?  I have yet to crack open the bottle.

I've got two bottles of Laphroaig Select.  Had the privilege of meeting their master distiller awhile back when he was doing a US tour.  For me its a bit more harsh than the 10 year or quarter cask.  It's basically a blend of three of their scotches (I believe 10 year, quarter cask, and triple wood but don't quote me on that).  Huge fan of Laphroaig and I enjoy all their makings.  Select is an interesting blend because you get some of the strong peat character but with more of a woody flavor (which makes sense based on the blend).  I typically don't put any water in my scotch but a few drops in Select smooths it out a bit.  I also really like it in a Rob Roy cocktail.

When it comes to scotch nothing beats Ardbeg Uigeadahl for me.  On the rye side Colonel E.H. Taylor is probably my favorite.  Always wanted to try Pappy Van Winkle but haven't been willing to pay $40+ for a glass here in Seattle (let alone buy a whole bottle).

Accessories / Re: Pocketknives/Kitchen Knives/Fixed Blades
« on: May 30, 2015, 08:13:13 pm »
Not sure if anyone has mentioned the Blood Creek Knife Co. but Jason Robson makes some really great knives.  Currently using the Flatlander boot knife as my everyday carry.


Yep.  Washington State.

The Resource Centre / Re: Denim and Jeans Videos
« on: May 29, 2015, 11:34:40 pm »
Daniel posted an Edwin (?) one on the DC4 blog that was great as it used Balam Acab as the music, i'll try and find it...


they have a few videos on their channel.

Man this Edwin video bummed me out.  I couldn't decide if it was a brand promotion video or a spy showing the world the harm they are doing to perfectly good denim.

Bottoms / Re: IH-666 25oz Super Slim Indigo Selvedge
« on: May 29, 2015, 08:35:51 pm »
Finally!  After two weeks of staring at the XHS's hanging in my closet I was able to get them hemmed.  Jay at Blue Owl here in Seattle did a pristine job as always.  He brought out the hammer when working on the hem which is a rare occurrence.  It's in the high 70's here so I expect to be quite warm wearing these around.  Gotta sacrifice the ride for the look, although I'll probably hold off on combining with the IHxVS-T1-DD I'm picking up today from UPS. 

Sport / Re: Runners
« on: May 29, 2015, 03:15:29 pm »
Thanks, @den1mhead.  It's definitely one of the most common runner 'mistakes', which I have definitely been guilty of as well.  If you look on the bright side, a chest infection is a much better/more manageable result of an increase in mileage than something like a stress fracture.

This may be more of a dream list than something feasible on production and retail level but....

(Some of these may have even happened before I was educated on the Brand)

- Blanket Lined 1946 Rider's Jacket in Indigo/Indigo denim or the Heavy Indigo Duck

- Waffle work shirt overdyed (green, blue, black)

- Ultra Heavy Flannel in Crimson and Gray (western and/or work)

- Work shirt in sashiko

- Visible or hidden button-down collar on non-western shirt(s)

- IH belt buckle

Sport / Re: Runners
« on: May 28, 2015, 10:31:52 pm »
This is something that plagues even the best runners in the world.  Galen Rupp (London Olympics 10K Silver Medalist) has a serious pollen allergy and has scratched from races because the pollen counts were abnormally high on race day.  Obviously the more intense the effort the more impact the allergy will have on performance.   

In my opinion your chest infection could definitely be caused by the increase in mileage, even if there has been no increase in intensity.  If you jumped from 35 miles to 50 miles in one week you basically asked your body to do 40% more work/week than it had been doing for the past number of months or years.  If you kept running at a similar intensity at 50 miles/week as what you were doing at 35 miles/week there is a good chance your immune system was weakend for a period of time before adapting to your new 'normal'.

I still train at a fairly high intensity (70-80 MPW with 2 workouts and 1 long run), but it doesn't compare to what I was doing when I was running in college.  The more intensity you add the farther out on the razor's edge you go.  It's very counter-intuitive, but when you look at an endurance athlete in peak condition you are also most likely looking at them at their weakest immune system wise.  I'm almost 29 and easily the worst periods of sickness I have experienced were when I was my most fit (extremely frustrating).

A great example are Tour cyclists.  All unbelievably fit during the Tour de France and all as far out on the edge as they can get.  They hit elevator buttons with their elbows instead of their hands, partially out of superstition and paranoia, but also because it doesn't take nearly as much for them to get sick during the tour as it would during a base training phase.

My advice would be to run through the sickness at a lower volume (15-20 mpw) and build back up to 50 from 35 mpw over the course of a 3-4 week span (i.e. about a 4 mile increase per week).

USA / Re: Seattle, WA (USA)
« on: May 27, 2015, 10:54:07 pm »
Definitely go to Blue Owl Workshop.  Getting my 666XHS hemmed there on Friday.  Owner/Curator Jay and his staff are all very friendly and super knowledgeable. 

If you make it over to the east side of Lake Washington Asher Goods is also a good spot to check out. 

Freeman On Capitol Hill is a pretty good little shop as well.  A good selection of Left Field denim. 

If you are purely looking for a denim place then nothing can touch Blue Owl.  It's closest competitor would be Self Edge Portland.

Past Seasons Collections / Re: 2015 Fall/Winter Pipeline
« on: May 27, 2015, 10:19:15 pm »
OK people.

This is what Haraki and I have decided......

Worldwide Release (inc Japan)
UHF Buffalo Western - Green/Black, Red/Black and Grey/Black
UHF Hombre Works Shirt - Blue and Red
HF Indigo Selvedge Flannel Work Shirt - Navy and Petrol

For International release only:
UHF Buffalo Work Shirt - Grey/Black
UHF Hombre Western - Blue and Red
HF Indigo Selvedge Flannel Western Shirt - Navy and Petrol

For International release only:
UHF Buffalo Western - Turquoise/Grey - Face constructional stitching will be grey not black
UHF Buffalo Work Shirt - Turquoise/Grey - Face constructional stitching will be grey not black

For International release only
UHF Buffalo Western - Maroon/Cream
UHF Buffalo Work Shirt - Maroon/Cream

Golden.  I've got 3 months to break in a Grey/Black Buffalo shirt before I have to start sharing time with a Maroon/Cream Buffalo shirt.  Perfect.

Mister Freedom - Sportsman Shirt (Indigo Popeline)
Eternal - 883 denim
Red Wing - Iron Rangers

No Jacket.  Weather is really heating up in Seattle

General Chat / Re: What's your favorite Beer?
« on: May 27, 2015, 06:14:09 pm »
Tripel van De Garre.  Nearly impossible to find in the U.S.

I would do horrible things for a few bottles of this elixir of the gods.

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