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Peak Performance Camping Pop Up Trash Can - Spring Loaded Collapsible Container
Peak Performance Camping Pop Up Trash Can - Spring Loaded Collapsible Container

5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the stripper who pops out of the birthday cake (she doesn't stay around to clean up the post-party mess), May 5, 2016
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I didn't even know these existed until ordering one. I was complaining about too few waste baskets while my wife was complaining about too much junk, including waste baskets. These thin hoops answered both needs. They pop up to a size bigger than any of our waste baskets and, if reused, they collapse to a nearly invisible size. They even come with an attached cover.

[Yikes! The price for this handy device doubled overnight! I still like it, but a lot less--it's no longer "disposable."]


Soft Black Silicone Watch Band Strap Retaining Hoop Loop Retainer Buckle Holder 18mm
Soft Black Silicone Watch Band Strap Retaining Hoop Loop Retainer Buckle Holder 18mm
Offered by FDS (Factory Direct Sales)
Price: $4.49

4.0 out of 5 stars It's faster and cheaper to buy a new watch--but then you learn nothing., May 4, 2016
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What you're seeing is an extreme close-up and therefore magnified (even "glorified") photograph of a single tiny piece of elastic rubber. I bought it to replace the two "free loops" (the correct descriptive title) that are placed on the "12:00 leather strap" (a single leather watch strap actually two straps--one connected at the 12 o'clock position and the other at 6 o'clock). The two free loops are wrapped around the 12:00 strap, just behind the clasp holding the tiny "pin" which is inserted into the closest hole on the opposing 12:00 o'clock strap. Or (in shorter, plainer terms) once you insert the pointed end of the 6:00 strap into the clasp at the end of the 12:00 strap, you will instinctively "cinch" (tighten) the connected straps until they hug (or, if you prefer, "embrace") your wrist much like a single "bracelet." At this point you will insert the pin in the middle of the clasp into the closest hole on the opposing strap--an unavoidably sexual image, but without achieving the right fit, any reference to "good time" certainly must exclue the "misfit" whose stylish new wristwatch now resides in his front pants pocket.

Not to make matters more complex, but it's not until this point--at the juncture when the pin on the 12:00 strap finds its designated, complementary hole on the 6:00 strap--that the free loop (usually two of them, unless it's a single rubber replacement loop like the pictured one) becomes absolutely critical. After the clasp pin has been properly aligned and inserted into the hole, the next challenge is to keep it there, to make certain the pin stays IN the hole. Notice that once the pin is in the hole, there is an excess amount of "left-over" leather requiring the wearer's attention. In fact, unless that leftover leather of 6:00 strap is "tucked-in," the band is in continual peril of coming loose (or "unclasped").

These two "free loops"--so crucial to securing the left-over leather of an already "clasped strap"--are usually the first thing to go wrong with any wrist watch that uses a leather band (real or synthetic). Reasons vary from weak staples to off-center staples to sudden, irregular stress placed on the loops by an overly hasty dresser who impatiently pulls against the loops.

Fortunately, this breakage is the easiest to repair--and, if you have soft-rubber replacements like the pictured one handy--it's also a quick and convenient fix. If you have time on your hands (no pun), you might try to restaple the loop(s). I wouldn't, however, recommend some of the DIY solutions shown on Youtube--e.g. one recommending SuperGlue (it just isn't); another one showing how to cut and make a loop with paper or any similar material at hand (if it's effective, it looks like cr*p). Unless you decide to purchase a new strap or watch (often the more economical course), the most ecologically responsible method is simply to purchase "replacement loops"--either leather, like the ones you lost, or the popular rubber ones coming in the all-purpose color of black.

The rubber replacement loops come in soft and hard rubber ("silicone"). If you're sure about loop size (as measured across the strap's width), and if you have the "spring-bar removal tool" for detaching the 6:00 strap from the watch, "hard" is preferred as the more "permanent" solution. If you're unsure about size, or if you'd rather not remove the 6:00 strap from the watch, then soft-rubber is the better bet, since it can usually be stretched enough to be pulled over a large clasp that would never pass through a hard loop.

Additional considerations:

1. Be prepared for some disappointment ("Rip-off!") when you open an Amazon or Hong Kong package and, only after careful searching, locate an all but negligible piece of rubber in exchange for your 5 bucks. In fact, I paid three dollars for the watch! I would have saved money--for this or any other repair or replacement--if I simply discard the whole watch and ordered another one for three bucks (Amazon Prime has some amazing values). But it's just not in me to toss a perfectly good watch because of a broken free loop. Moreover, I wanted to learn how to fix straps (including the ones that come loose when the "spring-bar" simply pops out of its indented round spaces on the 3:00 and 9:00 sides of the watch). I also ordered a bunch of batteries and the special tool for removing the watch back prior to battery replacement.

2. Measure very carefully (see manufacturer's instructions about where to measure for the precise millimeter). When in doubt, order the size that's smaller--especially if the loop is made of soft rubber (silicone), like this one. At first, I was certain this replacement was way too large (a previous one fell over the clasp and straight to the ground, no help from me). My strap size is 20mm, but 18mm has proven workable (though I possibly might have done a little better with 17 or even 16mm).

3. Finally, if time permits (no pun), shop a little for a seller who offers a selection of 5-6 loops for the same price as a single loop. That deal would be more reasonable, more sensible, more proportionate to the value of the bargain watches that are "Hong Kong specials" available through Amazon. But there's no need to order quartz and fuss over dead batteries, The watch I'm most pleased with is a five-dollar manual winder. I wind it 20-30 times every morning, and it hasn't lost a minute in the two weeks I've been wearing it. And it's renewable energy--no worries about replacing the battery or finding the equipment to remove the back cover. Which leaves open the question: which watch is the more impressive example of technological "progress."


Mens Mechanical Skeleton Watch Hand Wind up Gold Dial BrownLeather Strap
Mens Mechanical Skeleton Watch Hand Wind up Gold Dial BrownLeather Strap

5.0 out of 5 stars You could do a lot worse for your money. The best renewable energy--batteries not needed (what will they think of next?), May 1, 2016
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Amazon's bottom line is so affordable I've begun to try a watch at just about every price level (that is, at less than $10, with a couple of exceptions that were under $20). I had gone through a fleet of faux fancy quartz watches (all with leather bands) as well as two automatic winders when the thought suddenly hit me: why not select a manual watch (which is all I knew during high school, thanks to affordable Timex watches gifted to me by my generous parents).

Don't be deceived by this watch. It may be cluttered with gold-like rococo metallic metal-work (which competes so strongly against the time-keeping hands as to make them virtually unreadable). But appearances can be deceiving--to the easily impressed as well as to the jaded, skeptical, even cynical enemy of loudly faked-up tributes to antiquity such as the pictured gaudy-approaching-garish example. I wound the watch up yesterday afternoon, put it on, took it off at bed-time, and just now remembered to return it to my wrist. It had been running unattended for over 30 hours! And it's still exactly on time--to the precise minute!

If I sound too easily impressed, it's because I've recently encountered several five-dollar watches that were a predictable waste of postage--strap loops breaking upon the first attempt to wear the instrument, stop-and-go movement that barely responded to my encouragement whether or subtle or physically and rhetorically violent, and automatic watches that failed to keep time even when operated manually.

Over time (quite a bit of it), the experiment--besides forcing me to learn how to install batteries and to fix every type of inevitable problem with the straps, clasps and loops--has been highly positive, convincing me that for my hard-earned $20, I no longer need to look for the cheapest Timex but can do equally well picking up several of these Hong Kong exports for the same outlay of principal.

There's one thing that I've come to miss--but only one: Timex's Indigo. I have yet to find a watch in the below $50 range that comes with some form of illumination and, once it's found, it can't compete with Indiglo in terms of ease of operation or effectiveness.


Scott 1000 Sheets Per Roll Toilet Paper, Bath Tissue, 27 Rolls
Scott 1000 Sheets Per Roll Toilet Paper, Bath Tissue, 27 Rolls
Price: $19.78
35 used & new from $17.71

2.0 out of 5 stars Lesson learned (just limbs lost), May 1, 2016
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I recently made an ill-advised complaint to my wife that the toilet paper was so thin I couldn't find find an open end to pull. She reminded me that I was the one who ordered it, adding that it was no problem for her because she simply refused to use it. Feeling bad about requiring her to carry her own roll, I removed the one I had installed and gathered up the remaining 26.

While trying to decide what to do with the unwelcome TP (it certainly is thin--almost a diaphanous "film"), I reflected on the summers when, as a kid, I would visit my uncle's farm, before it had acquired luxuries like running water and toilets. The challenge was to make my way to the loo and, if after dark, to grasp a piece of the Sears Roebuck catalog (which was on either end of the two holes or, if not, in between). It was just the nostalgia I needed to appreciate the superior advantages of this Scott TP, however micro-thin it is.

Normally, if something's not good enough for my wife, my male pride is apt to take the opposite position. But in this instance, I had fired first. But no problem. I think I've found a place for my unloved TP--one which will certainly test its strength. There's got to be at least one fraternity left on my former campus that celebrates April Fool's by decorating every tall and familiar tree with a pristine-white uniform drawing attention not only to the significance of the day and to the grandeur of nature but to the foolhardy daredevil who climbed straight up a narrow bending pine tree for the sake of encircling it with old glory.

If everything goes well, I'll post a picture of the state of this tissue post-use.
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Perman Men's Analog Quartz Black PU Leather Watch
Perman Men's Analog Quartz Black PU Leather Watch
Offered by Gotoole
Price: $4.55
3 used & new from $4.55

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Actually, a stylish and sound watch providing you can remain strapped (and not stripped), April 29, 2016
You can save up to $2 on this already bottom-barrel price by ordering the same mass-distributed, generic watch from other sellers. It keeps good time and is genuine Quartz (battery) movement. it looks pretty cool unless you have pesky friends who insist on examining your wrist-bearing "black-thingy" up close. It may be thin and light-weight, but no watch connoisseur will mistake it for the precision movement and meticulously machine-honed metal of a wafer-thin Skagen.

But, most importantly, this is not the watch for someone who takes every small problem with the watch band to a jeweler. First, most jewelers are too knowledgable to "nick" you for a high-priced cleaning or repair of the internal clock-work. Second, most jewelers will insist on selling you a band costing five times the price of the watch in addition to installing it with a strong spring-pin for a total of 15-20 bucks.

In sum, this is a watch for someone who can deal with problems with the strap at either end. If it's the strap at the 6:00 end, the only problem that will develop--within months or just a few days--is with the strap coming loose at the bottom of the watch. You can pop the existing string bar back in place (it helps to have a spring-bar removal tool--often included with some of the replacement straps and repair kits shown on Amazon). If it's the top 12:00 strap, you're faced with two potential (or rather inevitable) problems: first, the spring-pin could pop loose at the upper end of the watch. (Have extra "spring bars," on hand--they're cheap, and one can be lost in a split second); second, the clasp on these watches is made of thin metal, along with the little center pin that must fit into one of the holes in the upper, joining band. I've had Timex clasps that simply bent out of shape like a soft licorice stick. The only satisfactory solution was purchasing a new band (consisting of 2 straps) and replacing the old one.

But there's a second, even more common problem, with the upper 12 o'clock strap. It's just a matter of time (usually very little of it) before the two loose loops, wrapped around the upper band and placed just behind the clasp (where these two loops act to "tuck in" the left-over leather of the opposing strap), let go. (If you cinch your watch tightly, and flex your wrist quite a bit, give it less than a week before these loops fall off, leaving you with an insecure upper band that can fit tightly in the clasp but can't be "tucked in" anywhere on the lower band. The result is a tenuous meeting of band and wrist, making the wearer aware that his watch could fall off at any instant.

When the two small loops let go and fall off, don't despair--there's no need to bother your jeweler. The solution is fairly clear-cut and simple. Actually, there are two ways to go: 1. you can purchase a whole new strap; or 2. you can buy replacement loops--or substitutes for them--on Amazon. They come in a variety of colors (black is your best, all-purpose bet), and they're usually made of soft or hard rubber. Be sure to measure the exact width of your old watch band (it must be the exact millimeter--(but better to error on the side of "smaller" than "bigger"), and if they're hard-rubber or leather loops, be sure to have a spring-bar removal tool, as you'll probably need it to remove the strap for installation of the loops on the end opposite to the clasp. Soft rubber, or "stretch loops," can usually be slipped on the band over the clasp, no removal of the band required.

Here's one dealer--a multi-colored but pricey fix. http://www.amazon.com/Rubber-Watch-Retaining
StrapWidth/dp/B0167X1RXC/ref=sr_1_1s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1461950063&sr=11&nodeID=7147441011&keywords=loose+loops+for+watch+band

You can probably do better in finding lower-priced loops (I try to pay no more than three bucks, on average, per loop).

The above "strap talk" sounds more complicated than it really is. If you take the time to keep your watch band in good shape, even the cheapest Quartz should keep ticking for a year or more. And if you learn how to install a battery, maybe as long as five years.


Xeno Shinzi Katoh Monpeluche, 0.38mm, Slim Ballpoint Pen, Blue (Pack of 3)
Xeno Shinzi Katoh Monpeluche, 0.38mm, Slim Ballpoint Pen, Blue (Pack of 3)
Offered by ScribeSupplies
Price: $6.96
3 used & new from $6.96

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good blue pen should make you sing the blues (like James Baldwin's did in writing "Sonny's Blues"), April 28, 2016
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[Mea culpa: I got Blind Lemon's last name wrong. for which I probably deserve the reader's dismissive treatment. But I reserve the "right" to be less than enthusiastic about a pen that doesn't help me to "write.." I've made no unprovable claims and, moreover, have qualified my own judgments by acknowledging that other writers--with different hands, different groups, different styles--may have an experience very different from mine. All I can do is add that, ever since high school I've taken ball point pens very seriously. In fact, I never wrote anything (until "getting comfortable" with word-processing some 20 years after grad school) that had not first been composed as a first draft--not by pencil, not by typewriter--but by a ball-point, necessarily one that was free-flowing and consistent in my hand. Moreover, I only rarely found a consistent relation between either price or brand name and a pen's effectiveness. Reading the over-the-top hype for this "precision-engineered" pen that would never fail on any paper surface and would give me professional yet personal cachet (thanks to that inimitable bunny rabbit, white on one side; black on the other), while offering assurance that my writing would be better than ever--all of that was simply too much to resist. Simply put, the memory of filling one yellow pad after another with dependably flowing 1960s' Papermate re-tractables (that ever since have fallen on their face), led me to hope that this unfamiliar brand might recaptured the glory days of a free-flowing Papermate).

But that was long ago. PaperMate pens have been owned and renowned by different conglomerates with manufacturing shipped out from the U.S. to Asia and then Mexico--and today's versions seem to melt in the hand without leaving ink on the paper except sporadically. (I've sent a couple back to the company after they had bent into a U-shape under my heavy hand. In short, the conventional ball point has been, and continues to be, neglected -- and the results of all the current Papermates and Pilots and Bics that I've tested discourage any sort of composing other than what fast fingers and a word processor can throw up on the screen.

This Xeno Shinzi pen reminds me of the complimentary pens that are freely distributed to enrollees at a college parents' conference for prospective freshman. All that's lacking is a sponsor's name (the college or business) and a cap (retractability is admittedly the feature than moves these into the competitive sphere with other pens costing $1 to $2. Writing is challenging enough without the obstacle of a recalcitrant, obstinate, or halting pen.

In short, I don't see anything special about the pen, though personal testimonies on behalf of favorite ballpoints are as variable as the pens themselves. This pen might be all that it claims to be and more in smaller, lighter, more fleet hands than mine. (When I use the pen, the thin point plus my admittedly excessive pressure merely drives the point "through" or "into" the paper instead of moving it "on" the paper, leading even to the desired sensation of writing "over" the paper. Order the smallest number of Bics, Pilots, Papermates, Xeno Shinzis--about six brands altogether. Audition each for about 15 minutes before deciding which if any inspires you the most or, that failing, which irritates you the least. You'll notice that Amazon carries some extra-heavy pens at the opposite end of this extra light, thin pen--so there's no one utensil to satisfy all grips and appetites. Also, bear in mind that ballpoint pen makers' have different successes with different ink dyes. Black appears to be the most consistent, uniformly flowing. Blue is more challenging. The pen that's a keeper is obviously the one that doesn't make you feel blue: it's the one that makes you "sing" the blues--like B.B.King or, better yet, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Big Bill Bronzy, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters or the legendary Robert Johnson.


Yamaha PKBX2 Double X Portable Keyboard Stand
Yamaha PKBX2 Double X Portable Keyboard Stand
Price: $32.95
23 used & new from $26.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best value in a rugged piano keyboard stand (at the present moment)--but act quickly., April 26, 2016
I can hardly believe the price I see that Amazon Prime is getting for this double, reinforced X stand (look to the right and down). Probably less than the cost of postage alone (another benefit of Prime). I've used these for 40 years, and none has failed to hold up under the heaviest keyboards (you probably don't remember the "analog" Fender-Rhodes 88-key hernia- and back-busting monster). Later, it worked well for adding a second tier (which held my analog Yamaha snyth with passable B3 sounds).

For beginners (and for fifteen bucks) you'd be foolish not to start with this stand. Later you can trade it in on something else. (I soon became fonder of the light (under 20 pounds) non-reinforced X stands---especially for doing successive one-nighters in different locations). Recently, I've abandoned X stands completely in favor of Z stands (which leave open space for sustain, sostenuto, volume, MIDI, special effects, etc. pedals). Z stands also present a more satisfying image of an actual piano player from the viewing audience's persepctive. Yamaha, On Stage, Stage-Line, and Quik Lok all make solid, foldable Z stands (I'm currently using the fastest and quickest set-up of them all--not to mention the strongest--which is the Quik Lok M-91BK Keyboard stand Quik Lok M91).

But the five times the price of this stand, which is equally strong and effective--and it folds flat--no need for assembly and disassembly or for tools (though the bolts do loosen up and should be tightened every couple of months). Besides attending to the bolts, take care not to lose (as you evenutally will) the rubber feet (4) and the rubber cushioning, gripping cylinders (4) upon which your board will be placed (a total of 8 slide-on rubber pieces). If you can find them, throw some extras in your gig bag. At least it's much simpler than the old days (the 1970s), when players of Wurlitzer and Fender Rhodes analog electrics had to make a habit of carrying an extra repair kit comprising extra metal "tines," a wire cutter, the right wrench (or screw driver), a paper measuring chart (to cut the new tine to the length required to replace the broken one and the frequency it produced), and finally a handful of the tiny springs that would slide onto the tyne, allowing the player to move it up or down until the key was in tune (better bring a tuning meter as well).

After some practice, I could replace a tine within 10 minutes (though I was exhausted from pressing hard enough on the wire cutter handle to cut the tine to the exact size required by the pitch it was being asked to produce), the low tynes offering the greatest challenge because of their larger diameter.

The days of the Fender Rhodes are rapidly disappearing into the "period piece" music of the '70s, when the Rhodes was ubiquitous, often dressed up with psychedelic sounds produced by "phase shifters." I won't say "Thank G*d" because digital pianos bring even greater challenges with their "infinite possibilites" (dozens of different grand pianos, various keyboards and accordions, even human voices--along with layering possibilities and effects). I don't find it all that surprising that most players end up with only 2-3 sounds on the job, often settling for just one (the Fender Rhodes is the most popular, especially with the pro's, who refuse to condescend to playing a "synthetic" Steinway or Bosendorfer.

After spending many a night poring through the bad instruction manuals accompanying the digital keyboards (I've owned close to 20 by now), I frankly would take the extra weight and physical work involved with a good Fender Rhodes any day. But as with cars, all of these pianos--analog and digital--weaken and dry-out with time. My favorite Kurzweil had to be abandoned after I'd broken a number of the keys and knocked all of the counter-weights off the hammers.

All of which points to the importance of a stand that's a no-brainer--from setting up to tearing it down and transporting it in a trunk or back seat. (SUV's are too square for me--if I can't drive a 2-door Dodge Challenger to the job, I've acquired the wrong equipment.)


Orangesky Luxury Fashion Faux Leather Mens Blue Ray Glass Quartz Analog Watches (4)
Orangesky Luxury Fashion Faux Leather Mens Blue Ray Glass Quartz Analog Watches (4)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decorative and functional piece of "wrist gold" that will require some expert TLC on your part, April 26, 2016
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I've ordered several of these watches in different colors. About all of them it's safe to say that the spring pins will let go when the watch knocks into a hard object and the two free loops (on the 12 o'clock strap) will let loose within the first month.

It's a simple matter to replace the loops and to replace the spring pin. It's also good preparation for replacing the battery (especially since there's no reason to expect a fresh one in the watch you'll receive).

I received two of these in blue that were identical in every respect except one: the two pushers (above and below the crown) on one of the models could be depressed and would spring back--a nice "realistic" touch. That was not the case on the pictured gold replica.


DIRU Men's Long Sleeve Shirt Vertical Stripes Red Size XL
DIRU Men's Long Sleeve Shirt Vertical Stripes Red Size XL

4.0 out of 5 stars Fit for a Prince, but the correct spelling is D1EU, not DIRU, April 26, 2016
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My title follows from the shirt's actual name, or title, which is almost unsayable, unprintable, and inscrutable. The proper spelling, as the tag on the shirt makes abundantly clear, is "D1'RU®--that's right, the sort of cool, unique inscription preferred by the late artist Prince. The 2nd letter isn't a letter but a number. Moreover, that number (1) has a forward slash just above it, like the French accent called "aigu" or "acute." And viewed up close, that accent (') looks more like a bird's feather than a proper diacritic. (I've already spent too much time trying to type a "1" with the French aigu accent above it. Making it come out looking more like a bird's feather would be extending my losses--but it's a challenge that someone else may enjoy. The feather might even remind us of the extraordinary pop artist who seemed capable of anything until, like Icarus, he flew too close to the sun and suffered an abrupt landing or two or three (the Moline airport for the first emergency stop, then back in the air for the Minneapolis airport, less than an hour of flight time, finally in the elevator where he was discovered in his own home. Or as America's foremost poet put it:

The same old tingle that I feel inside
And then that elevator starts its ride
And down and down I go, round and round I go
Like a leaf that's caught in the tide . . .

Darling, down and down I go, round and round I go
In a spin, loving the spin that I'm in
Under that old black magic called love.

First, buy the shirt before it gets away. (If you're a medium, order it in large.) As for the above poetry, if you don't recognize it, you're in for a trip! It's a song by Harold Arlen ("Over the Rainbow," etc.) with words by the best--Johnny Mercer. (At least Clint Eastwood and I rate him as #1 among America's great lyricists) The words are about "obsession"--about being possessed by visions of beauty, about having giant-sized dreams and being granted the opportunity to act upon them. Shakespeare had his 14-line sonnet, which was all he needed to express the power and complexity of love. Four centuries later Americans would have the 32-bar song to express the vision of a democratic nation along with the dreams of its everyday people. One of them was a skinny kid from Hoboken, New Jersey, who sang, again and again, about his loves, his losses, his consolations. The Voice (aka The Master Storyteller aka The Chairman of the Board aka "Ole Blue") made it his mission to select and hence create a musical library that's call "The Great American Songbook."

Listen to Sinatra sing the words quoted above from the '40s when he became the first American mass media pop star, attracting throngs of partying girls and guys:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DM2JVVC?ie=UTF8&keywords=frank%20sinatra%2C%20that%20old%20black%20magic&qid=1461889510&ref_=sr_1_cc_4&s=aps&sr=1-4-catcorr

Or, if you prefer, a version from the 1950s, when he changed from Columbia Records to Capitol Records, the label started by Jonny Mercer himself!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TE3KK4?ie=UTF8&keywords=sinatra%2C%20that%20old%20black%20magic&qid=1461889725&ref_=sr_1_cc_1&s=aps&sr=1-1-catcorr

There are numerous versions of the same song--"That Old Black Magic." If you don't like one, try another. It's the same voice and talent, but a different time and mood. And despite what you may have heard, Sinatra was never content until he "nailed" his obsession, until he got it right, until he had it under control and it was "his way."

Oh, the shirts--with the weird, unpronounceable name. These are high-quality, high-end shirts, the only qualifier being how well it survives a first wash (there's no mention of "wrinkle-proof" or "permanent press"). For the current price, I figure I can afford to toss it if my wife complains too much after washing it. (I know how others may think--but, no, I'm not about to toss HER!)

I'm finding, not only with this shirt, that ordering a size larger than normal is not a bad idea. I'm accustomed to ordering medium, but with D1'RU (the second letter is actually the number 1 with the diacritic directly above it) large is a good fit (and extra-large is not bad either, especially at the current price).

(I tried ordering 2 sizes larger--bad idea. More stomach room but the shoulders of the shirt aren't my shoulders. I'll do enough push-ups to make L size work. For 5 bucks, I don't mind donating the xtra-large to Salvation Army. Also, for what it's worth, my wife had to point out to me that despite my placing the X-Large one on a hanger, the shirt's deep, unmistakable wrinkles remained as conspicuous as ever.)


Men's Automatic Mechanical Red Dial Skeleton Analog Date Stainless Steel Business Leather Watch
Men's Automatic Mechanical Red Dial Skeleton Analog Date Stainless Steel Business Leather Watch
Offered by KSstore
Price: $54.29

2.0 out of 5 stars Threw it away after one weeked (salvaged the strong strap), April 24, 2016
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[The watch I received could not stay ticking over night, and it could not keep time after winding (40 turns) and vigorous activity (treadmill). Obviously, mine was a lemon. But I paid a lot less than the current price and was consoled by the strong band, which I saved for later use on a different watch. I did find an automatic winding watch for less than twenty that, even after a month, I'm happy with: AMPM24 Men's Steampunk Bronze Skeleton Self-Winding Auto Mechanical Leather Wrist Watch PMW198. It's not close to the quality of the thin Hamilton aultomatic winder that I received as a graduation gift from my parents 50 years ago, but it's strong and dependable. Just remember to give it 20 winds at bed-time and upon arising.]

Original review:

This watch still shows an aversion to inactivity greater than other automatic mechanical watches I've owned. But the "other" watches cost 10 to 20 times the price of this Winner (the actual brand name, showing on the watchface). Because the watch and its band are so solid (some of the five dollar watches fall apart first time I wrap them around my wrist), and because the seller is lucky to make a dime on the transaction, I've got to give it 4 stars. Just don't count on it for making your 13:32 flight or the 8 o'clock class you're teaching. Instead, consider it the perfect watch to use as a motivator for your daily runs or treadmill time. Or for keeping you on an even and forward pace while walking the full 18 holes (preferably carrying your own bag). Or for your gigs as a stunt double for Bruce Willis or Pee Wee Herman.

As long as you're moving, the watch will keep "good enough" time. And the rugged quality of the watch is assurance that it's capable of surviving several rounds of golf or sets of tennis. The strap, the heavy-metal clasp, the strong spring pin, and the 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock receptacles for the spring pin manifest a "build-quality" putting most of these inexpensive imports to shame. From the start, it's ten times better than all those "sophisticated" five-dollar impersonators of a stylish chronometer (some shown with a cool (or "hot") male model who, we are to believe, is endowed with genteel animal magnetism by virtue of his faux "high-end" wrist watch.

The two-part leather strap by itself is worth the price of the watch. And you can take the watch off and view its mechancial workings through its glass back.


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