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Too Early To Think About Ski Season? Nope! The 2011 MSP Trailer Is Out!

Chances are you are currently sunburned and stuffed full of hot dogs and Budweisser after celebrating our glorious country this past weekend, but just because summer is in full swing doesn’t mean you can’t start to dream about steep lines and bottomless powder.  If you love skiing as much as I do, it’s a subject that is top of mind for most of the year.  Nothing, however gets you more fired up for ski season than the fall movie tours put on by the prominent ski film houses like MSP and Teton Gravity Research.  The first trailer of the season from the fellas over at Match Stick Productions is out and their film for 2011 titled ‘Attack of La Nina: The bitch is back’ looks good, real good.  The quality of the filming and the lines these athletes are hitting keep improving with every season so i’m excited to see the full feature.  Although it’s not quite time to scrape the storage wax off your pow boards quite yet, it certainly isn’t too early to sneak a peak at this flick and start to get excited for winter 2011-12.  Don’t forget to check the MSP movie tour to see if they are heading to a town near you this fall.

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See You Later Hammock, Meet Nestrest

Hammocks are great for lounging on a sunny day, but where do you lounge when you want to get a little more cozy?  Introducing the Nestrest, a nest/den for humans.  With the option of having it suspended or planted on a base, this lounger is super unique and plush.  One look at the pictures and you can imagine how comfy it would be to curl up in one.

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Chromeo Releases New Single: Album Dropping In August

Get ready for a Chromeo filled summer as the duo hits the road on a big tour with their third album set to drop August 17th.  The album which is sounding like it will be just as slick and amazing as the first two will be called Business Casual.  It looks like Chromeo has joined the big leagues now, signing on with Atlantic Records for this one.  Last week they released one of the singles off of it called “Don’t Turn The Lights On”.  If this isn’t the definition of smooth, I don’t know what is.  Check their summer tour schedule to see if they are heading to a venue near you.  See you at Outside Lands in SF!

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Drink WAT-AAH!!

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgBeing in the start-up world has exposed me to many new companies and ideas.  Everyday there are new companies forming to meet the needs of people and improve upon various methods and products.  Although I am usually scouring the latest tech start-ups, I have come across a new bottled water start-up based in New York City called WAT-AAH.  Not only is it super fun to say out loud, it is a company with a great mission.  WAT-AAH was formed to help reverse the dependency on sugary drinks among Americas children.  We all know that children like sweets, but we also know how bad they are for growing kids.  The rate of childhood obesidy in America is alarming and I applaud new companies like WAT-AAH, that are aimed at making it cool for kids to eat and stay healthy from an early age.  Although water seems pretty basic and there are dozens of bottled water companies out there, none of them appeal to kids.  WAT-AAH has combined some clever graphics and branding along with pure, non sodium or sugar filled water to appeal to parents and kids.  They offer 4 kinds of WA-AAH, one that is just pure water and the others that have beneficial additives like electrolytes, magnesium and oxygen.

Although I am well past my kid years and I am not yet a parent, WAT-AAH is still very appealing to an active 26 year old like myself.  Because there are so many bottled waters out there, I have started to be picky when buying a bottle.  I hadn’t realized until recently that many waters had sodium in them, and obviously the popular flavored waters like Vitamin Water have a ton of sugar in them.  This defeats the purpose of drinking water so its good to see a new brand out there that is offering pure water with some added, natural boosters without the sugar.

As a skier, the Energy WAT-AAH is my pick.  Living in Aspen, CO for 2 years and skiing at elevations above 12,000 feet where there is less oxygen in the air, you need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.  People at the summit would often joke that they needed an oxygen tank along with their bottle of water and although WAT-AAH is not an oxygen tank, it does provide an added boost of oxygen that will further help you adjust to the altitude.  If someone at 12,000 feet saw a bottle of generic water next to WAT-AAH with Oxygen, i’m pretty sure they would spring for the oxygenated WAT-AAH.

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To further prove that WAT-AAH is not just for kids, I brought some into my office last week and not surprisingly, the crew loved it.  Not only did the green from the label match our walls perfectly as you can see in the picture, it was satisfying and everyone thought the graphics and concept was clever.  From one start-up to another, WAT-AAH is supaah!

To buy WAT-AAH near you, check out the retailers map on their website at: http://drinkwataah.com/

If you live in a state like California where WAT-AAH is not yet available, head on over to Amazon to buy a 12 pack.

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Happy New Year!

Not much to say today other than Happy New Year.  Here’s to a great 2010!

Here is a new jam for you to ring in the new year…….

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British Man Driving Around The World……In An MG Midget?

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Every once in a while you hear of someone embarking on a round the world adventure. Many have done it in a car or truck, but i’m pretty sure that Roy Locock will be the first to drive across the world in a 1977 MG Midget 1500. Roy is a retired software company founder from England who restored a ‘77 Midget (named Bridget) and decided that he needed to take a very long road trip. Although he is driving solo and has no mechanical knowledge, his year+ journey has been a great success so far. On top of the adventure he is experiencing, he is doing it for a good cause, raising money for UNICEF.

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Roy and Bridget started their journey on June 22, 2008 from just outside London and as of today September 15, 2009, they are on their last leg in Canada, somewhere around Ottawa. It’s hard enough to imagine driving in any vehicle for over a year, but the fact that this guy is doing it in a small and quirky British sports car makes this story that much better.

As far as what he brought with him…..not a whole lot because as you can imagine, there is not a ton of trunk space. Talk about packing light for a year+ long trip…..here is what he said about his challenge before leaving:

Bridget has just 3.5″ ground clearance under her engine sump. She has enough fuel to drive a maximum of 450 miles, this includes two 20 litre jerry cans. I have a compass and will purchase a map when I enter the the different countries, I have also secured 5 days emergency rations should I need to abandon Bridget somewhere in the middle of the wilderness. The only other thing I need is a good psychiatrist.

So hats off to Roy and Bridget who seem to be nearing the end of their incredible journey. Although most people retire and want to relax on the beach or golf all day, Roy has shown that retirement doesn’t have to be boring. We also have to give some kudos to Bridget the Midget who seems to be holding up quite well for a 32 year old sports car! You can read about the adventures of Roy and Bridget on his website which he has been updating from the road; http://bridgetthemidget.co.uk.

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2009 Honda Ruckus = Major Scooter Envy

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Last summer, I made an impulse buy…..I bought a cheap, used scooter out of the classifieds in the Aspen Times. Looking back, it was probably one the best purchases I have ever made. Yes, I have a truck and 2 bikes to get me around but a scooter is the ultimate short distance commuter. Sure I may look like a nerd zipping around on it but it gets almost 100 MPG, cruises to around 40 MPH, can be parked anywhere and I don’t need a motorcycle license or insurance to drive it.

With the cost of gas these days and the congestion problem that is affecting many of our cities, I expect scooters to rise in popularity here in the U.S. We might not get quite as scooter crazy as Europe or Asia, but if you live in a small town or a city, a scooter may be the answer to your commuting problems.

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Here she is...my 200? Qianjang 49cc

Although I love my beat up old Qianjang 49cc, the gas gauge is broken, the kick start doesn’t work, the blinkers are shot and it has some body damage. On top of that, the ol’ Qianjang hates to start up in the morning and sometimes runs out of gas without warning. As a replacement down the road, there is one very clear choice; the Honda Ruckus.

Most Scooters are not too masculine but the Ruckus is a bare-bones, beefy little 49cc scooter that you won’t feel too embarrassed to be on. Forget all the cheap plastic and cheesy styling, the Ruckus is solid and utilitarian. It still has the small 49cc engine, giving you great gas mileage while allowing you to drive it without a motorcycle license or insurance.  Add to that a 4 stroke engine which is liquid cooled and you have a great little package.  This small engine is still powerful enough to get you around town at 40 mph+ and its built by Honda so you know its gonna last. The Ruckus has gained so much popularity that it was voted as the #1 scooter out of 110 models in 2009 by Motorcycle.com.  Best of all, the price tag is not nearly as high as most of its competition.  Don’t waste $3,200+ on a 50cc Vespa when you can get the Ruckus for $2,149 MSRP.

To find out more about this little urban machine check out the Honda Powersports Website

On a final note, it looks like the celebrity crowd is down with Ruckus as well……here is Shia Labeouf crusin around on one in July….

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Courtesy of Celebrity Cars Blog

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A Cheap & Easy Way To Send Packages To Our Troops Overseas

Thanks to The US Postal Service, sending packages to military personnel serving overseas has become a lot easier and cheaper. They are now offering priority mail flat rate boxes measuring 12” x 12” x 5-1/2” that can be sent to any APO/FPO for one low rate of $11.95. Since they are flat rate boxes, you can pack ‘em chock full of goodies and no matter how much it weighs its still just $11.95. The boxes are free as well, so if you have a friend serving our country overseas, now is your chance to send them a little something to make their lives over there a little easier.

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Last week I sent a package to my good friend 1st Lt. Edward J. Hubbard USMC, who is on his second tour, this time over in Afghanistan. This was his list of things that his men needed over there as an example of what to send:

Hygiene Gear: toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, foot powder, gold bond, chapstick, baby wipes, q-tips, disposable razors, shaving cream, sunscreen.
Food/Drink: Powerbars (anything that won’t melt too much), small packets of drink mixes (gatorade, propel etc.), dried fruit and nut mixes.

Entertainment: Magazines (think 18-25 year old military men and you can figure out what will work), books (same category), playing cards – He also mentioned tobacco products so I threw in some Marlboro Reds and some Dip….

If you don’t know anyone serving, but still want to send a package to some troops over there, check out AnySoldier.com. Here is a description of how their service works:

“We have volunteer Soldier “contacts” on the “Where To Send” page. Click through the names and select the one(s) you wish to support. They list what the folks they represent want and need. We even have a search capability so you can easily identify what the troops need most. All the Soldiers involved in this effort are military volunteers stationed in areas that are in harm’s way. You send your support(letters and/or packages) addressed to them and when they see the “Attn: Any Soldier” line in their address they put you letters and packages into the hands of Soldiers who don’t get much or any mail first. Everything is shared.”
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