Starbucks Fail

I haven’t written anything for two months. I’m surprised that I was prompted to write by a FAIL… courtesy of Starbucks’ new Rewards program. Here is how it was laid out, in an email earlier this week… Dear Dan, We have exciting news to share. This April, My Starbucks Rewards becomes Starbucks Rewards, a new program that…

Beer Taps

Walk into any neighbourhood pub and you’ll come across a number of colourful, sometimes oddly shaped beer taps. Finding a seat, the first thing you ask, when the bartender comes around, is; “What’s on tap?” It’s this subtle dance you get into with the bartender, testing his ability to speak on brewing topics such as: hops,…

Apple Watch – First Impressions

We are an Apple House… from iPods to iPads (several generations) to iPhones (several generations) to Mac computers and most recently… the Apple Watch. Just to set the record straight, the watch belongs to my son Josh. See his post Day 1 with the Apple Watch. He thought I’d like to give it a try….

Harry’s Review

I came across Harry’s completely by accident while searching for something, don’t remember what that something was but it had nothing to do with shaving. What initially caught my attention was the orange shaver. I have a thing for orange… And… the fact that there is an available re-supply service. See Harry’s Shave Plans. What a…

Bridgehead Review

I first heard of Bridgehead from a friend back home… I’ll be honest, I had never seen or heard of the place during my frequent travels. The origins of Bridgehead go way back to 1981. Possibly making this the best kept secret in my ‘coffee’ world. Some excerpts from their History page below. Two United…

Apple EarPods

Forgot my standard iPhone EarPods at home today. No problem… had another set in my glovebox. The legacy EarBuds were a mess. All tied up in knots and kind of dirty. So why did I keep them? There are many hundreds, maybe thousands of headphones available for our phones these days. I’ve tried some of…

Pool Design 101

Day One of our Summer Vacation was mostly spent in the company of Ashton Pools in Kitchener, Ontario. We had an appointment with their designer to see what a pool might look like in our backyard. I figured an hour or so… We had such a good time working with Melissa and Jim to design…

Google Restaurant Reviews

Once in a while, when out of town, after a hard days work, we get together to decide on a good place to eat… something a little out of the ordinary maybe. Out came the phones and Google apps. Yesterday, we rolled the dice and agreed on Indian… There are many good restaurants to choose…

Change is Good

Change is good, in fact, change is necessary… for me at least. I love change, get quite excited when I see updates to APPs on any of my iOS devices or to web services. Sometimes the changes are subtle but every now and then you get a big one. The look and feel changes, new…

The Weekender

There’s luggage and there’s Pelican luggage… I came across these while looking for something else… an accident really. The Pelican ProGear Elite Luggage line is quite unique and worth looking into. Watertight, crushproof and lightweight, according to their web page. On impulse, a friend and I purchased the EL27 Elite Weekender model. Larger than a carry-on,…