Monthly Archives: January 2014

Gustin Japan Classics – 1 Month

I’ve had these around 30 days. 2 soaks just to experiment. I wear scrubs or suits to work so these don’t get worn full time. But I’m in them most of my down-time. 2 car washes. 1 memorial service. Picking up dog poop. Cleaning the garage. Chores.

Gustin Japan Classic – approximately 30 days. 2 soaks


Full jeans.


Belt scuff. You can see the beautiful blue into which they'll fade


Slight ropes


More infant roping


Whiskers setting in


More whiskers. Vertical grain showing.


Young combs. You can also see the vertical grain coming out.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka – Austin, TX

Sorry no beer. Ran out last night and I don’t count the Coors light a well-intentioned but misguided guest brought.

Tito’s makes a damn fine bloody Mary. One of the first modern craft distillers in the U.S. Like Gustin, I consider their prices reasonable in the face of the competition, and their quality outstanding. Zero idea on customer service.


Struck a cord

Yes. I know it’s a typo. More like struck a bargain. I was at TJ Maxx when I came upon these Rag & Bone RB15X-C slim cords. These are styled like 5-pocket jeans.

I know these aren’t denim but I still respect the American craftsmanship and modern twist on an old style that goes into these.

And they’re Made in USA. Los Angeles to be specific.


Made in USA

I’d like to believe these have a small carbon footprint but I suspect they’ve made a pretty circuitous route through various retail warehouses around the country until they found their way to San Diego. Nonetheless I’m happy to own American quality at Target prices.

More about the fit. These are great slims. I have an athletic build and some slim cut trousers really fit/feel like skinny jeans. These have a mid-rise 4-button fly and straight legs, so they still fit comfortably.


In blue

I mentioned the 5 pocket style. I appreciate the classic rivets where a small amount of fabric shows through. This is similar to the LVC MADE IN USA 505s.


Reinforced pockets

Nice touches like the handsewn logo.


Rag & Bone




Inside patch


Pants: Rag & Bone Cords
Material: 100% cotton. 8 oz.
Cost: $185. $29 at TJ Maxx.

Since I bought two pair, the slim legs could be shotgun barrels, and one pair is colored “Wine” by Rag & Bone, I’ll go with one of my favorite ales.

Firestone Walker “Double Barrel Ale”

I don’t know what it is I like do much about this modern take on British Pale Ale. A portion of beer is fermented in oak barrels then blended with beer fermented in stainless steel. The result is a very rich, full ale with a strong, caramel & oak flavor in the middle.

At only 30 IBUs the full flavor of the ale comes through, unhidden by the voluminous hops normally present in coastal California ales. Instead of plagiarizing their own description, I encourage you to read the tasting notes at Firestone Walker Brewing Company‘s own page.

Beer: Firestone Walker “Double Barrel Ale”
IBUs: 30
ABV: 5%

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