Here are a few of my favorite things…
1) Roku 3 – This is as geeky as my list will get. I’m not a tech nerd like Tim (his list is coming Friday), but I do love my Roku. It can stream over 1000 channels on your HDTV. Supports Netflix, Hulu, etc. We bought a Roku because it supports Amazon Prime (which I also highly recommend). Set-up and navigation is simple, plus you can plug headphones into the remote. This is handy for late-night viewing or if you don’t want people to hear what you’re watching.
2) Dollar Shave Club – Until now, there were three things that you could always count on: death, taxes, and über-expensive razors. The Dollar Shave Club can’t help with the first two, but they knock the third one out of the park. I signed up for the 6 dollar razors and, so far, I’ve been very pleased. I also have my razors delivered every other month, which is perfect for me (Stubble: one of the many perks of working from home).
3) Books written by Lawrence Block – I don’t read a lot of fiction, but I love this guy. If you fancy a good mystery, I recommend a trip to the dark, edgy world of reformed alcoholic P.I. Matthew Scudder or the rib-tickling realm of gentleman thief, Bernie Rhodenbarr (the latest Burglar book will be released on December 25th. Merry Christmas to me!). All in all, Lawrence Block has penned over 100 novels and short stories. A film adaptation of his novel A Walk Among The Tombstones will be released Fall 2014 starring Liam Neeson as Matthew Scudder, so get a head start on Lawrence Block before everyone else does.
4) Carrie Waller Art – Carrie Waller is one of the finest watercolorists in the world. Full disclosure: she’s my cousin. Still, she really IS one of the world’s best. Carrie’s work has won numerous awards and has been published in fancy-schmancy art magazines that I’m not cultured enough to read. Her painting, “Celebration” (pictured below), recently won the Grand Prize in the 11th Annual Daniel Smith Customer Art Contest So, yeah, she’s kind of a big deal. Purchase prints or, better yet, get your hands on a Carrie Waller original (Now, if we could just get her to take a break long enough to write another post for The Daily Blur.)
5) M*A*S*H – In my humble opinion, M*A*S*H is the greatest TV show of all time. If you don’t agree, get your own blog. But while most TV shows are available for instant viewing on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, M*A*S*H is not. The entire series, however, is available on DVD I highly recommend M*A*S*H on DVD for two main reasons: All episodes are unedited so you can watch them as they originally aired (before they were sliced up for syndication) and you can TURN OFF THE LAUGH TRACK! This is probably the greatest feature in the history of DVD features. Fellow M*A*S*H nerds will also enjoy this book and this podcast (ahem, check out the guest host on episode 63).
These are only a few of my favorite things. For the record, I also enjoy, in no particular order:
- Russell Stover Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cups
- Dave Brubeck
- Words with Friends (my username is ryanpatrickWOA. Bring it on.)
- Old-time radio (especially this guy)
- An afternoon at Busch Stadium
- Coke Zero
- A Charlie Brown Christmas (and the soundtrack, too)
- This painting
- My Bible app
- The Grand Ole Opry
By the way, I’m not getting paid to plug any of these items. But if you work for any of these companies, I’m not above bribery.