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Wilson Footballs.

Wilson Footballs.

It’s nearly Superbowl Sunday, and it’s downright chilly in much of the country. When I grew up in Washington, winter was a time when the soil was damp, with the smell of rotting leaves, and often with the perma-damp texture of mud that freezes at night and thaws during the...
Tellason Jeans

Tellason Jeans

It’s hard to throw a good pair of jeans away.  How many other articles of clothing do we wear with gaping holes in them?  Shoes?  No.  Shirts?  Not likely.  Jackets?  Certainly not.  Most of my jeans are older than my children.  When you spend this much time with an article...
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Tillamook Cheese.

I’ll just start by saying that I haven’t spent enough time in Oregon. I’ve passed though (and over) many times, but have always been in a hurry. One day, I’m going to take my sweet time with you, Oregon. Let me tell you about the Tillamook company, arguably the best widely available cheese the west...
Dr. Bronner Soaps.

Dr. Bronner Soaps.

It was the early 90s and love was in the air. I found myself near Vantage on the sandy banks of the Columbia River. I was camping with a circle of hippies, making our way to a show at the Gorge. It was a balmy evening, and several of us decided to bathe in the...
American Apparel.

American Apparel.

It’s offcially summertime! That means it’s time to grab your cut-offs, an inner tube, hop in the Mustang II and head on down to the lake. I’ve already got cold Shastas on ice! Who’s with me? Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell...
Uncle Goose.

Uncle Goose.

We all had blocks, didn’t we? Well, if we did, we can count ourselves lucky. My Grandmother once told me that when she was a kid in Montana, they played with chicken bones. Really? Were there no sticks? But I digress… Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the...
Fire Wire.

Fire Wire.

Since the dawn of time, mankind has cooked food on sticks over a fire. There are few things that taste better than good barbecue, and fewer things more satisfying than eating a meal off a stick. Ask any child. The problem is, we have a round grill, and there always seems to be underutilized space....
Suncast Hose Reels.

Suncast Hose Reels.

I was poking around the internet looking for American-made products, as I am wont to do, and I stumbled across this company. I initially saw it as Suncast Reels and thought that it must be fishing equipment. Not so. We’re talking hose reels today, my friends. Let’s see… Now how do I make this interesting?...
Barbasol.

Barbasol.

It must be great to be a chemist at MIT or CalTech. So many of these companies seem to originate with loveable eccentrics having a problem and using their powers of science to solve it. These are the kind of stories we love, so much so that they have become a bit of an archetype...
Smartwool Socks.

Smartwool Socks.

Here’s another Father’s Day post, and today I am going to talk to you about something that every dad can appreciate: A good pair of socks. It’s true. Yes, you are likely to see a flash of disappointment across his face the first time he opens a gift of Smartwool socks. It’s not a new...
Pendleton Woolen Mills.

Pendleton Woolen Mills.

With Father’s Day quickly approaching, I have been looking for some products that any dad can use. It didn’t take long before I found Pendleton Woolen Mills. As I started looking into the company, something seemed familiar. I went to the site to see clothes, but I kept finding myself drawn to the blankets. Were...
Weber Charcoal Grills.

Weber Charcoal Grills.

As spring comes to an uneventful close, I once again find that it is time to bone up on the summer rituals: Geocaching, forestry, bird study, wind sprints in the yard, the kids timing me as I put up and take down the tent, and getting out and cleaning up the grill. I guess that...
Craftsman Tools.

Craftsman Tools.

I’m not terribly handy. I wish that I were. I like to think of myself as a do-it-yourselfer. Too often though, I find that I am a start-it-yourselfer and then realize that I am in over my head and call a professional. Give me time. I’m coming to terms with this. Digg this post Recommend...
Wiffle Ball.

Wiffle Ball.

It’s almost summer. And with summer comes sunshine, cookouts, beach parties, and the heart of the baseball season. What’s more American than baseball?  And what’s more American than taking baseball and scaling it down so that it can be played with friends and family in a backyard? Don’t let your lack of athleticism prevent you...