Inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere. Carry a notebook.

– Victor Hugo

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Coffee Mug of the Month: Pie-eyed

The little pie shop with the obnoxious-sounding name is one of the reasons I go to Pasadena as often as I do. While there is no shortage of great eateries in town, it is tough to find a good savory pie just about anywhere on the North American continent. Pie Hole satisfies that craving with appropriate breakfast and lunch offerings, both hand pies and pot pies.

Oh, and the coffee is pretty damned good as well.

Coffee Mug of the Month: Steeley-Eyed Missile-Man Go-Juice

Perhaps it is a consequence of being a (late) Baby Boomer, but I will always have a very soft spot in my heart for NASA. The agency has had its troubles, and the initiative for space seems to have been taken from NASA by a nation that seems to have lost its appetite for space exploration. But Mars looms, and I reckon that the agency has one more blockbuster mission left in it.

Coffee Mug of the Month: The Cherry of Seattle

Not far from Pioneer Square in Seattle is the Cherry Street Coffee House, a hidden oasisĀ of superb coffee and healthy eats.

Sure, there are plenty of little joints scattered around Seattle, but I keep finding myself going back to this one. Cherry Street also boasts one of those bohemian dining areas that beg you to sit down, pull out your laptop or your Moleskine, and start creating.

That it’s a block from my company’s Seattle office, a block from my preferred hotel, and a block from the LINK light rail line to Sea-Tac make it one of the best-located writer’s nooks on my list anywhere.

I think it’s time to cook up a reason for a deductible junket…

My GeekWatch

Of all of the watches that I can afford, this one remains my favorite. I’m now on my third Casio ProTrek. No, they’re not legacy watches. They only last about ten years or so. But the last one I owned I literally wore everywhere, including some shallow scuba dives, and it only needed service when I took it below 20 meters too many times.

Don’t tell my wife this, but I’ve never been a Swiss luxury watch kind of guy, and the Apple Watch just seems like overkill. Between my Casio ProTrek and my Garmin Fenix3, I’ve got all of the timepieces I’ll ever need, geek watches for the outdoors inclined.