Wednesday, September 9

10E2659: LLBEAN | Head to Tote...

 Called bird's eye or sometimes bird's footprint... but always "Norwegian" pattern.  Can't specifically find why... anyone?  

UPDATE from 10E reader: "The LL Bean Sweater pattern is called "Norwegian" because it's based on the body pattern of traditional Norwegian "Lusekofte."  These sweaters use a simple two-color pattern (usually white/cream on black) for the body, and more complex stranded colorwork for the yoke. Interestingly, "lusekofte" literally means "lice jacket."  Evidently the single stitches reminded people of lice in bedding."   NICE! haha  LOVE this sort of background info... 


Friday, August 28

10E2658: Magne Viking | No Well Dressed Man Should Be Without One

Magne Viking is designed for subarctic operations and harsh weather... is furthermore equipped with de-icing systems, fire-fighting, oil recovery, large accommodation and safe deck handling for use in anchor handling, towing, stand-by and rescue services, passenger movement and iceberg management.  

Ice-class: Ice-1A
Length: 85 m
Beam: 22 m
Draught: 8 m

From Viking Supply Ships

Time travel inversion not included....

Chin-up bar now standard equipment...  watch the new ad here;

Friday, August 14

10E2657: US Postal Service is amazing...

I love the USPS... Constantly amazed by it.  One stamp to send a letter across the country in a day or days? Amazing.  All you eBayers out there! You love the USPS... those sweet sweet priority mail boxes arriving with vintage goodness inside... mmmmm  Child of the 90s... can you see that hat and not think House of Pain and hip hip/workwear?  Just me?? Neat little history of letter carrier uniforms by the USPS here.

Unless you have been under a rock you know our current administration is trying to undermine the USPS via intentional slowdowns (the President said it plainly already) - paving the way for a heartless privatization that will hurt rural addresses and increase costs to all.  Not to mention a complete kick in the teeth to these essential workers at this pandemic time - and a way to try and ratf*ck mail-in voting... Totally unacceptable behavior.

What can we do?  

1) Sign the petition to SAVE THE USPS.  

2) Buy stamps now to use later.  Hey Cooks Illustrated fans... Rob Papp has a set just released!  Or dig sculptor Ruth Asawa.  Or how 'bout you just say THANK YOU to someone...  You have a stack of thank you notes ready to go right??? Essential kit...

3)  Contact Congress today.  By Phone: call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to reach your senators and representative. By Mail: write to your senators: [Name], U.S. Senate, Washington DC 20510. Write to your representative: [Name], U.S. House of Representatives, Washington DC 20515

"Ask your senators and representative to support legislation that addresses the cause of the Postal Service’s manufactured fi nancial crisis. Ask them to: Repeal the unfair mandate to pre-fund health benefits;  Protect service standards to keep post offi ces and mail sorting centers open, and allow USPS to offer new services to consumers and businesses."


In raking around interviews for The Last Black Man in San Francisco we heard how Danny Glover's parents were postal workers in the 'Bay area and the role of the USPS as an equal opportunity employer nationwide that allowed upward mobility for many. Hear Glover below expand on that theme via


Finally. If you thought perhaps the Postal Service (and it is a service) was maybe not as hip and with it as other shipments carriers - do you have the INFORMED DELIVERY app? This not only handles all tracking of packages (yawn...) but pre-alerts you with an image scan of your incoming mail so you can see what is arriving in the mail.  Lots of deep options.

OMG dood... almost fo'got this guy...

Friday, July 31

10E2656: Mountain Man | Look at Me Don't Look at Me

10E fave Mountain Man back together after several solo projects. Listen and buy Look at Me (Don't look at Me)

If you want a copy for your car you can even buy it on cassette. Yup.

Further listening;
Sylvan Esso - vocalist Amelia Meath of folk trio Mountain Man and producer Nick Sanborn, bassist from Megafaun
Ăšlfur -  vocals by Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man
Daughter of Swords -  Alexandra Sauser-Monnig

10E2655: A Movie, A Resource, And Knits

The Last Black Man in San Francisco.  I missed this last year when it came out - fantastic slow burn.  Directed by Joe Talbot and starring Jimmie Fails (from his own story), Jonathan Majors (seen recently in Da 5 Bloods), Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold, and Danny Glover (with a great supply of knits... more on that later..) The score is a showstopper too along with inventive camerawork, and a mediation on race and gentrification, and masculinity; 

"Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind."

If you live in San Fran (or anywhere with a great public library that supports the Kanopy movie player) you can watch it right here. Kanopy is an essential resource for the toolkit...

A24 are killing it with the movie merch (see The Lighthouse) and in this case printed an "Insiders Guide to SF" from the filmmakers

Danny Glover (San Fran native - also seen in Sorry To Bother You - again touching on San Francisco gentrification, and race relations) plays supportive father to Mort, Jimmy's friend and playwright.  Great knits!

Friday, April 17

10E2654: In Praise Of Knit Ties - Fridays Are Tie Days

 Photo by Alan Clarke via Esquire.

Above from 2010 article on the archetypes of menswear (link) - The Trad (as opposed to The Sport, The Rake, The Outsdoorsman, etc) still one of the best done bits.  The angry, about to explode New England academic. Hello pot this is the kettle haha...
Signature accessory: Knit tie.
Bragging rights:
Wearing the same pair of khakis for fifteen years.
As knit ties are - you guessed it - 'knit' rather than cut from cloth - they have a straight profile down the front so are generally slim. They end almost universally in a straight edge rather than a point (grenadine ties are a different tightly woven type of tie that often end in a point - also great). Why the love? The crumbly, rough texture of the knit takes the wearer into high/lo territory - dressed up but not as 'the defendant'...    Signals you have so many ties you even have KNIT ties...

Knit ties have a slimmer section round the neckband, that means you can successfully tie a knot without a lot of bulk. Four in hand (schoolboy knot) the only option due to the heft. Anyway... Windsor knots are characteristic of SMERSH.  David Muir over at ABC News wears navy, polka dot, shantung silk versions... Pretty unique choices for mainstream tv, nailing it.

Thursday, April 16

10E2653: Rent A Flat Above A Shop

It was April 16, 19NinteySomething... The 'New Town' Edinburgh (built in the late 1700s).  Shallow Grave territory (great intro - ends by that church at botom).  We lived top floor, no lift,  high above the shop Margiotas (a fancyish corner shop chain).  GoogleMaps tells me it is now a yoga studio.Also a sweet sweet Defender w camper roof parked by the Mini... check it!

PULP's Common People (release a few years before all this) is somehow an absolute earworm right now in the kitchen. You don't know this one?? Go on... big coffee and turn it up. "I'll see what I can do..."

Monday, April 6

10E2652: Kerchief


Etymology; Middle English kerchef, from Old French couvrechief, from couvrir (“to cover”) and chief/chef (“head”).


Wednesday, March 18

10E2651: Bow Tie...

A few years back now... Barman says to me, "You tie that yourself?" Long pour of Jameson and ginger ale follows. (The debate over which Irish whiskies are Catholic or Protestant may be BS but there was no Bushmills in sight...)

"I only wear bow ties" he says. "One day I was working late, almost alseep, and in comes Tom Johnson [Bruins coach and player, Hall of Famer 1970- ed.] and says 'I bet no one in this bar can tie a bow tie!' - So my friends wake me up sayin 'He can do it'.  I step forward and cross the ends over, longer end up - and he says 'You can stop there, I can tell you know how'. Then Tom comes in the next week and gives me a whole bag o' silk ties. Made by a lady in the North End. That was 1979."

The tv in the corner was playing the Penguins and Islanders game.

Photo: Dan Goshtigian for the Boston Globe
Tom Johnson served the Bruins as a player, coach and front office executive 
for over 30 years until his retirement in 1998.

Monday, March 9

10E2650: Waaa...Wachusett

EVEN THOUGH it is currently 65degrees out Boston... there is 3feet of base is all over Wachusett and lots of snow to be had. It was not quite as quiet as I make out in these pics, but weekday skiing or riding means easy parking and deals on tickets. Somervillens - WaWa is just 55 minutes on the nail from Davis Square by car...  Exit 25 off route 2.  

This mid-mountainside stop is new to me.  Bullock Lodge. Woodstove inside as well as cider donuts / coffee etc.  The Crowley family are longtime operators of the mountain, as well as part-owner of Polar Beverages, so all you NOW FIZZING members can go nuts tracking down glass bottled Polar here as well as Polar seltzer fountain drinks.  Count me in....  

Yard Sale!!! Off the lift. Iced in. See those in the spring.

I counted 3 fireplaces. Bark down...

Have to mention - the lunches are beyond reasonable.  Not just less expensive than lodge food in other ski areas... less expensive than resto-city places. Chicken and fries for $7.99 or soup and big sandwich for $10... just add a seltzer and you are set!!

Must add, Wachusett Mountain have extended a tool for our local Friends of the Acton Libraries to help you save on lift tickets while also donating funds. LINK.   $10 to the Friends each time the code DON-FAL is used online. How it works: Anyone using our code DON-FAL while purchasing lift tickets online will be tagged. Each use will result in $10 towards your organization. Ordering lift tickets online always gets you a discount - guaranteed a minimum of $5 off.  Be sure to click Update Cart so the use is tracked. Thank you!

Friday, February 7

10E2649: Blow The Man Down

"Welcome to Easter Cove, a salty fishing village on the far reaches of Maine’s rocky coast. Grieving the loss of their mother and facing an uncertain future, Mary Beth & Priscilla Connolly cover up a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man. To conceal their crime, the sisters must go deeper into Easter Cove’s underbelly and uncover the town matriarchs' darkest secrets."

Written and directed by Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy, starring Morgan Saylor, Sophie Lowe and Margo Martindale. Blow The Man Down on Amazon Prime Video March 20th, 2020.  Young cast looks great.

 I want to live in this store....

Watch the trailer.

Friday, January 31

10E2648: Force Majeure

From Magnolia Pictures;
"This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children—on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch."
This 2014 movie is directed by Ruben Ostlund - same director as The Square, another uncomfortable tensing commentary but that time on the art world.  Not sure if I find Force Majeure wickedly funny myself but taught as a wire observations on 'hope you dont recognize yourself' marriage and family life... You will never brush your teeth in silence again haha.    On that note the sound design of the whole movie really great.
If you have a forward thinking public library in your US town you can watch it right now on Kanopy streaming;

Force Majeure being re-released in an Americanized version on Valentines Day [O!!! -ed] with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell as the parents in question.  But watch the original first... if you can... in one sitting. I had to break to ease the tension haha. You thought The (British) Office was cringe?? Watch Force Majeure...  And look forward to Kristofer Hivju returning for a cameo in the US version....