Wednesday, August 28, 2013


About 2 years ago, I had to remove my long-time peach tree from my backyard.  It had been there for years, but unfortunately I had to remove it because it had a nasty disease (leaf curl).  After I removed it I decided to buy another peach tree and hope for the best.  Unfortunately this new tree never produced any fruit last year.   So today, finally after almost 3 years without any peaches I am now enjoying the fruits of my labour.  This new tree has given me buckets full of peaches that are juicy and sweet.  While I do enjoying peaches as a snack, my favorite way to consume them is as smoothies.  The recipe is very easy, all you need is a mixer (I use the magic bullet):

1. Ripe peaches (peel the skin, cut the peach in pieces, and freeze them in bags)
2. Orange Juice
3. Yogurt
4.  Sugar or honey

Fill the mixing cup or bowl full of frozen peaches, and then add to taste some orange juice, yogurt and sugar.  The end result is something so delicious it will make you look forward to the end of summer every year.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Congratulations Randy Orton

Congratulations Randy Orton on winning the WWE Championship at Summerslam 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

Nike SB Purple Pigeon Dunks

The Nike SB Purple Pigeons were nicknamed after the colorway resemblance of the NYC Pigeon SB dunks.  The NYC Pigeons released in 2005 and were limited to only 150 pairs worldwide.  A year later the Purple Pigeons released as a general release.  This made them easier to obtain and to afford because they weren’t highly thought after.  This was perfect for me because I actually preferred the Purple Pigeons over the NYC Pigeons.
What I like about this sneaker is the purple and grey colorway.  The mild purple and graphite grey work together perfectly in creating a sneaker that is colorful and pretty.  I like this because it’s the type of sneaker that doesn’t catch someone’s attention when you walk in the room, but rather is most impressive when you look at it up close.  They released in a black/purple box; an era I believe Nike SB came out with the best color combination.  The colorways were colorful, and were still pleasing to the eye.   Another wonderful feature about this sneaker is the material used; mostly suede.  The suede was buttery and smooth to the touch.  This is truly a sneaker worth having in my collection.
Brand: Nike SB
Name: Purple Pigeon Dunks
Year: 2006
Product Code: 304292 051
Additional:  Black/Purple Box, Colors by James Keoni Arizumi
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Brett Lawrie Bobblehead Day

This is the bobblehead I have been waiting for all year; it’s true.  I had been creating hype over this team since last winter when I first heard about the trades we had made.  At that point I even pictured us winning the World Series.  Unfortunately that dream never came true, but I still cheered for the Jays.  My renewed faith in the team actually started a few years ago when Brett Lawrie was added to the team half way through the season.  Lawrie along with Bautista had created a foundation of talent and excitement on which to carry this team in the future.
Thanks to his skills and fan popularity, Lawrie has now been honoured with his own bobblehead.  20,000 bobbleheads were given away by the Blue Jays on Sunday, August 11th, 2013.  It features him sliding into a base.  A unique feature about this bobblehead is that Lawrie is wearing a red jersey.  I think this jersey is appropriate because Lawrie is Canadian, and it’s something to be proud of.  Another thing I like about this bobblehead is that it comes with tattoos, and he’s wearing Nike gloves and cleats.  This is a wonderful bobblehead that was worth waiting for despite a lackluster season.
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Kangol Hat

I’ve been wearing flat caps for more than 20 years now.  They became popular for kids to wear in the early 90’s.  Of course you had to wear it backwards.  My first flat cap was a Canadian brand called Roots.  It had a dark navy blue color made out of corduroy, and had roots stitched on the back.  I loved it and wore it everywhere because it was resistant and strong against wear.  Unfortunately I also received a lot of hostility towards it because people didn’t like the way it looked; often referring to me as the paper boy.  I didn’t care because I still found it stylish.
Over the years I did move on to other brands, and eventually settled on Kangol to be my most favorite brand.  In fact I often refer to flat caps as Kangol hats instead.  My most recent Kangol hat is the 507 wool hat.  Besides it being grey in colour with a white Kangol logo on the back, and made out of wool, there’s really nothing more I can say; and that’s what I like about it, it’s clean and simple.
Brand: Kangol
Style: Seamless Wool 507
Additional:  55% Wool, 45% Acrylic, Headband 100% Nylon, Made in China


Friday, August 2, 2013

Adidas Scottie Pippen Jersey

Just like retro sneakers, I have now started collecting jerseys that were popular when I was a kid.  Unlike the Champion brand jerseys that were in style back in the 90’s, these new retro jerseys are from Adidas.  They’re called Soul Swingman jerseys and retail around a hundred dollars.  The quality is pretty good for the price, but I would have preferred a little more stitching, such as double stitched numbers and letters.  They’re still better than Champion jerseys, and will definitely last you longer.
Another complaint I can mention about this jersey is the sizing.  The front is okay, but the back is too long (length +2).  I assume it’s because they’re trying to make them as accurate to the originals that the professionals play in, but honestly I think it’s a mass market product that should look better with a pair of jeans than tucked into shorts.  For sizing I recommend you either try a size on before you buy, or go down a size but keep in mind it will also feel slimmer.  This is important for any guy that has a beer belly.
Overall I welcome these retro jerseys from Adidas with open arms because it gives me a chance to collect jerseys from the players I grew up watching.  This is actually funny because once I start thinking about all the jerseys I want, I start to lose count on how many players I want.  The variety can range from decades (80’s to present), to teams, to home and away, and even jersey designs from year to year (Chicago in cursive, Chicago Bulls).  My only recommendation for Adidas would be to keep the prices affordable, and to please include double stitching on letters and numbers.