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100 Days of Ties: Day 80 and the best is yet to come.

Break out the ice scrapers, we're going to town.

Finally, Denver got hit hard by some snow and brutally cold temperatures. I got the chance to head to the hills for some snowshoeing, which was ideal, save for the patch of ice I hit afterwards while running out for dinner supplies ending in me and my car in a ditch. No one was hurt. We’re all good. What a way to see out 2010.

With 2011 here and as cliched and hackneyed as it sounds, I’m embracing this fresh start and aim to live everyday to the fullest. I try to already, but there’s no harm in trying harder, and trying to do a bit of good everyday.

Cheers, all, and let’s make this year one for the books.

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Revisiting a classic based on recent compliments: The Modern Amusement Icon

I couldn’t tell you why, but lately, and it’s becoming a common occurance everywhere I go, people are all about the Modern Amusement Icon watch I don on the daily. The checkout girl at J. Crew Park Meadows, the dude at Target, coworkers, extended family memebers (in town for the older brother’s wedding this past weekend), and the list goes on and on. Not that I mind in the least, as a good compliment goes a long way, even when regarding something as simple as a watch.

It’s not that I was having a bad day by any stretch of the term when these nice words were uttered, but that little reaffirmation just made my living on this Earth a tiny bit better. So much so that I’ve taken to paying it forward whenever I see the chance to. On the way into work this morning, I stopped off for a coffee at one of my favorite local haunts. I ordered my usual, added the milk and sugar was about to leave when I thought, “Sure, she’s just a barista and may not own the place but whatever….” Turned around before exiting, thanked her again for the coffee and gave her a nice few words on how great I think the shop is. It made her feel good, I hope, and it made me feel good. As sappy as it may sound, it’s the little things like this that add up to something bigger and better.

If you get a chance, say something nice to someone today. Small or big. Don’t matter. Someone in my office is wearing a Rush T-shirt today, and you’re sure as heck he’s going to get a few accolades from me.

One last thought: If there is anything I feel bad about when getting these compliments, is when I tell them that finding an Icon of their own is next to impossible. What happened to Modern amusement, by the way? Their site is just a picture, their online store is gone, all their gear on other sites is marked down drastically…Did they go belly-up? Anyone know anything about this?

My doppelganger is alive and well in Chicago wearing Modern Amusement and boat shoes.

ModernAmusement“Dude, Will. I am totally standing next to you on the platform right now,” the text from Ben read as I sat at my desk in my office. “Oh yeah?” I replied. “The kid’s got on salmon-colored pants, Sperrys, and a Modern Amusement woven. Hahaha. If my phone had a camera, I would take a picture.” “Wait,” I sent back in puzzled alarm, “Your phone doesn’t have a camera?” Then a lengthy explanation on how, even without a camera, his phone was exponentially better than my Storm ensued. I took a picture of me not caring. Yes.

manavyBen does know, though, I am an avid (rabid) fan of Modern Amusement and it was no less than a perfect start to the day to see an email from The Crow announcing their Fall 2009 line. If you feel so inclined, feast your eyes on the outerwear. My fave? The Eminent Jacket and Seaweed Puffer Vest. The only reason I am telling you this is so I can have doppelgangers all over this great nation and, one day, the world.

Will (@MomentumFailure)

The Great American Watch Swap

mynewmawatchIn what is hopefully the first of many Watch Swaps, my friend in Silicon Valley (@mwolpin) just sent me this Modern Amusement Stepside watch in exchange for my Ammon El Cash. He sent it Saturday and it got here yesterday (Monday). USPS, ftw. Only having worn the Stepside for less than, heck, 12 hours (I didn’t sleep in it as I know I would end up with a watch indentation on my forehead or something) I am already lovin it. Even as I write this little post, I can’t stop looking at my wrist and thinking, “Yay! I have a new MA watch!” We’ll see if Matt like the Ammon. Fingers crossed. Detailed picture after this…. Continue reading

Worship Your False Idols, Dude: Owning the Modern Amusement Icon

maiconIt’s like this and like that and like this and, uh. Last night was a messy one. I lost all concept of time around 7:30 or so. I watched three movies, one of which was Without a Paddle. Yeah, that’s the cinematic masterpiece starring the likes of Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, and Dax Shepard. Tremendous, tremendous performances. Really. A troupe of three BFFs that go searching for gold and end up finding themselves in sticky situation after sticky situation. Didn’t see that coming, no sir. I thought it was going to be a nature documentary. And I thought Al Gore’s movie was going to be a ribald comedy of errors. Wait, wasn’t it? Burn. Anywho, I tried to watch some other stunningly amazing masterpiece after that but ended up taking pictures of my favorite watch instead. The Modern Amusement Icon has been in my family for years (Editor’s note: It’s been about one year and only I’ve owned it). It’s heavy (not too heavy), big (not too big) and in my eyes, the perfect timepiece. Without fail, I get comments on it each and everytime it’s on my frail wrist. Frail? I meant MANLY! Where’s my chainsaw? I took more pictures…. Continue reading

New at the Garage Sale: Modern Amusement for Sperry: Topsiders

sperryI know what you’re thinking: “But, Will. Modern Amusement is one of your favorite companies. As is Sperry. Why would you add these beauties to the Garage Sale?” Well I will tell you. It’s not easy. But time has come to spread the joy onto someone else’s peds. Simple as that, really.

Love the Crow: Modern Amusement 51’s Sunglasses

51s_ambSo a few weeks ago I stumbled upon some Super Future’s on Karmaloop that were on sale. I got them when I got home from vacation, and I have to say, I’m not that big a fan of them. So, they are now in the mail back to KL. Bummer. Trial and error, I guess. Win some, lose some. Should I give it another go with Modern Amusement’s 51s ($175)? I do have a refund coming my way. Hmmm. We’ll see. MA has yet to disappoint me.