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Traveling for business always sounds glamorous to everyone who is not actually doing it. After a while it all becomes a monotonous blur of packing, unpacking, laundry ... and repeat. Forgetting what city you are in, or the time zone, is the norm. Celebrating obscenely high frequent flyer miles and Marriott points is a sick game only played by hardened business travelers in airport lounges. But if you keep your eyes open and never stop looking for one thing each day that excites you it can be glorious.

Holy Intervention Before Takeoff

in The Sights

The drenching rains covered the Earth for what seemed like weeks. The people ran for cover and shelter where they could find it.

Would the onslaught ever stop? Or would the world be covered by the endless seas? With no end in sight hope was quickly fading.

And then suddenly the clouds parted, as if touched by an unseen hand above, and the sun burst through….

Is that you Oprah? Tom Cruise? Kanye? You all are more powerful than God so it must be one of you guys!

Is that you God?

The 4th of July is all about the party.

in The Eats

No one cares about who’s birthday it is. They really care about the party. The cook out-pool party-sparkler-drink-a-thon-firework bonanza is all that matters.

So from our house to yours:  Happy 4th of July.

Drink up friends and let the gin flow like fine wine!

Heavy, Brass, And Totally Awesome

in The Gear

I am not sure I could be happier with a custom designed piece of art. I met The Noble Woodsman (@noblewoodsman on Instagram) at The Man Expo in Raleigh (@manexponc ) a few weeks ago. On top of being an incredibly talented artist, Shane was just a super cool guy to meet in person. And as I quickly found out at his booth he creates some pretty amazing custom metal and wood pieces (including many EDC items).

One item he had on display were these really heavy thick solid brass hand hammered engraved coins. I thought one would be an awesome addition in my home office. We spoke and few times and I asked he if he could make one with my custom logo of my initials. He happily said yes.

What I received is spectacular.

It is 2 inches wide and almost 1/2 an inch thick. It weighs almost 202 grams! The patina color and texture of the brass is fantastic. It is totally unique and just looks amazing on my desk.

A unique and special addition to my home office.

You can check out The Noble Woodsman’s work on his website or Etsy shop. Definitely discuss custom options with him if you want something unique and different! Thank you again to The Noble Woodsman!

$20 Retro Typewriter Style Computer Keyboard For The Win

in Featured/The Gear

I woke up last week and decided I must have a retro “typewriter-style” keyboard for my computer.  I just had to have one. Requirements were simple:

  • Retro typewriter design with round keys.
  • Retro typewriter “action/feel” and clicking sound when pressing the keys.
  • Full size keyboard with numbers pad.
  • Wireless with keyboard combo (if possible).

Bottom line, the new keyboard had to have the look, feel, and sound of an old-school typewriter.  I thought the search would be easy. But as I quickly discovered there are many many  options available and at wildly different price points between $20 to $200+.

In my opinion the best one by far was the $200 Azio Luxury Vintage Keyboard on Indiegogo.  I love EVERYTHING about this keyboard and how it looks, functions, and sounds. It is full size, wireless, and beautiful. But the $200 price tag was way too much for my budget. Again, I love this keyboard, but just too much $$ at this time. Hopefully the price will come down when the “newness” of this keyboard wears off in the coming months.

The Azio Retro Keyboard is AWESOME

Another interesting option was the Rymek Retro Bluetooth Mechanical Keyboard which is also available on Indiegogo. While this one is also TOTALLY cool and operates like an old school typewriter look, it is also more than I was hoping to spend. Additionally it is not a full sized keyboard design which was one of my initial requirements.

The Rymek Keyboard

The next interesting option I found is from a company called Lofree. This one I was able to see in person as a good friend already owned one.  The Lofree Retro Mechanical Keyboard is incredibly stylish, already available, and there are multiple color options.  It’s design is inspired by a classical typewriter with a modern feel.  I was able to test it out and see how it performed in person and it displayed great key action, sound, and design. As much as I like the Lofree spending $149 was again just too steep for my comfort level for a non full size keyboard.

The Lofree Keyboard

I just kept searching. There had to be an affordable, wireless, round key, typewriter-like, full size, retro feel, loud clicking, keyboard out there. Of course Amazon was the solution.

As it turned out Amazon had a bunch of keyboards with the old school typewriter look and feel. None of them were high end like the ones above (but they do sell those also) with metal keys and fancy wood finishes, but there were a ton of great options. After checking out all of the specs I decided to try one out that only cost $25. $25!! This was a LOT less then the other keyboards above and if I did not like it I had not broken the bank on an impulse purchase.

The Xunian full size retro style round key wireless keyboard was perfect! Available in black or white I chose the white version which also included a wireless quality mouse. The round keys are comfortable and the louder than normal clicking sound gives it a typewriter feel. Sure it is not comparable to the other options described above but for now, and for only $25, it was perfect! Worth checking out if you are looking for a fun keyboard.

The XUNIAN Wireless Round Key Keyboard and Mouse Combo

 

Wendy’s Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad Fail

in Featured/The Eats

What a massive #fail Wendy’s . Traveling today I was looking forward to trying the new highly advertised Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad. The pictures looked appetizing so I ordered one for lunch while waiting for my plane. Here are some images of the salad from the Internet:

Initially I had high hopes as Wendy’s has always been one of my favorite fast food restaurants.

The sign at Wendy’s advertising the salad.

As you can see what I received is not even remotely close to what it advertised on the sign at the store or online on the Wendy’s website. The bacon was stuck together and chewy and the entire presentation just completely lacked everything shown in the advertisements.

Actual picture of the Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad I received.

But the biggest disappointment was the guacamole. It was a mushy mess that did not seem fresh or even served in the portions promoted in the images. You can do better Wendy’s!

Advertised versus Reality

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The Soup Is Really Good

in The Eats

I will admit that I had 4 or 5 orders of the “soup”….

Thirty Seconds To Mars Burns Down Charlotte NC

in Featured/The Sights

On Wednesday 6/27/18 Thirty Seconds To Mars put on a live concert in Charlotte NC that literally (OK .. figuratively) burned the PNC Music Arena to the ground. Game over!

The Monolith Tour was better than expected and all the bands that performed rocked! (Totally worth standing in the 90 degree heat for 5 hours!)

Pictures below and videos to be posted soon!

Jared Leto from 6/27:18 in Charlotte NC. All rights owned by On The Road Again Dad and it’s creators.
Jared Leto from 6/27:18 in Charlotte NC. All rights owned by On The Road Again Dad and it’s creators.
Jared Leto from 6/27:18 in Charlotte NC. All rights owned by On The Road Again Dad and it’s creators.

Why Can’t I Be Number One?

in Travel Rant

JUST ONCE I would like to be the first to get on a plane. 5+ years of traveling almost every week and I still can’t get the highly desired #1 position in line.

#2 is close, but still feels like a virtual slap in the face.

GIVE ME #1 Southwest Airlines. Just one … please 🙂

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