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Happy Thanksgiving 2010!

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Mr. Eisenhower, again, knows his turkeys.

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November 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm

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Happy New Year 2010

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Be safe everyone.  Make sure you go through the motions and watch the Rose Parade and pop a beer back during the “Grandaddy of them All”.  Enjoy.

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December 31, 2009 at 5:05 pm

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Merry Christmas 2009

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I’m back in the States, and back with the family.  I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Be safe and have fun.

via LIFE Google Archive

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December 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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Goodbye, my Edinburgh

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From the awe of my first glimpse of the Royal Mile, I knew I was in for something.  That something I didn’t quite understand at the time, but man did I learn.  The sounds of bag pipes along Princes Street, the underground clubs on Cowgate, the Ceilidh band in McEwan Hall.  Hundreds of students in a monolith hundreds of years old dancing to hundreds of songs.  It was beautiful and freeing.

There’s a charm about walking into Meadow Bar, taking in a Guinness or Deuchars if you’re feeling for a light ale.  There’s also a charm to a good Ardbeg to end the night strong.  There’s a charm when you walk outside a pub with your coat and gloves in hand, and not a bit of cold hits you until your 5th step, when the cold, definitely, hits you. Or you can just do it the easy way with some White Lightning and a flat mate of Scots.

Nothing quite like ending the night at a friend’s flat and talking about endless things, or starting the day climbing Arthur’s Seat and reveling at the sight.  Or marching off to Waverley to catch the next plane to wherever.  There’s nothing quite like the constant wind, screwing up your night of sleep.

There’s nothing like the friend’s you make on the biggest 4 months of your life.  It’s tough to walk back to normality when everyday is bubbling with abnormality.  Words are jumbled but memories don’t need to be.

Edinburgh is quite a place, and I’ll miss you.

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December 17, 2009 at 9:00 am

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SExDBxS09 Contest Jeans Month 7

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Figured I’d give an update on the progress of these.  One of the beauties of raw denim is the fact that it’s so dramatically different from the jeans on the next guy.  It’s a piece that is truly yours, something that you can claim as your own.  We can do so for few things these days.  8th month update will hopefully will come soon, pending how busy I get.

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November 24, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Note to Readers

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I’ve gotten some positive feedback about the blog lately and it’s been pretty encouraging.  It’s nice seeing your daily views just gradually creeping up as the weeks go bye.  Granted, I doubt I will ever be at the level where my favorite bloggers are in terms of pure readability and content, but I don’t aim for it anyway.  It’s been really difficult finding a niche and to be honest I still haven’t.  Fashion bloggers?  There’s tons of them.  Culture?  Design? Photography?  I mean the web really does cover the entire spectrum of life, making it tough to weasel my way into it with something completely fresh.  But maybe I’m not aiming for that either.  There are things that really pique my interests and there are things that pique my interest enough that I can’t help but share.  Hopefully it does the same to you.

Future? I really don’t know, but just keep reading and following, I hope you enjoy this with me.  Cheers.

Steelworker with well-drunk mug of beer and cigar.  July 1936.

(image from LIFE Google Archives, photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt)


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November 17, 2009 at 5:42 pm

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My Dream Day || Manchester

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I might not have ever filed one post under 4 different categorizes.  This certainly qualifies.

Last Tuesday, I had the blessing to go to Manchester for the day on a leisurely mid-week trip.  The train from Edinburgh to Manchester was an extremely pleasant one.  I saw some of the most beautiful countryside I’ve ever laid eyes on.  Can you imagine being blasted by scenes of rolling grass hills, sheep, cows, Scottish men playing golf, and then more sheep, and a few more cows?  It’s therapeutic, even when there’s nothing to soothe.  I roamed around Manchester a bit and thoroughly enjoyed the vibe the great city gave me.  I visited one of my favorite shops in the world and got acquainted with the central area, but that wasn’t why I went.

The trip was focused on one thing, and that was to see Manchester United play.  It’s always been a dream of mine, one of those things you put on your “things to do before you die” list.  There’s a lot of history to why I appreciate Manchester United, and some of it gets pretty personal.  I’ll tell you, walking into Old Trafford that rainy evening gave me the chills that I previously only thought a young child could experience.  I sat there in 40 degree weather, probably the happiest I’ve been in a while.  Here’s some photographs of the trip I took with my weapon of choice (an iPhone) that I would love to share.


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Written by Victor

November 8, 2009 at 5:31 pm