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For the life of me, I can’t believe tomorrow is “magazine time” again. Already?

I can’t even tell you how great it was to see the fellas from the magazine go the last time. I mean, sure, I like these guys and all, but let’s get down to brass tacks: The cage match we call “building the magazine” is tough, and mean, and violent, and brings out the absolute worst in us, both professionally and spiritually. So yeah, there was no “love lost” when we parted ways in January after the last mag was off to the printer. Things like, “Get the hell out of my house!” and “Never again…” and, “I hate you…” and even the dreaded, “You are a horrible person…” were heard as the last PDF was being uploaded.

Larry, Jeff and Basher are showing up tomorrow, and I’ll just warn them right here and now: This is war, fellas. “Surgical Focus” is the theme for the weekend.

Great “business acumen” here, eh? Not our finest moment. This is how we handle these guys. Facts are stubborn things.

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JUST THE WAY IT OUGHTA BE: A small but insanely beautiful set of “Old Shaving Blades” on Flickr. So good.

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THINGS MADE FAR AWAY: Here’s a site that shows you ton of clothing labels from far away places. Interesting. Me, I like the labels that say, “Made in the U.S.A.” the best, but those are more and more remnants of a completely different time. The t-shirt I have on right now is from Bangladesh. These shorts were built in China. My boxers were made in Thailand. My socks were made here, which is pretty cool. Just something to think about. (More on the socks later. Believe me.)

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REST, BREATHE AND WRITE EASY: Field Notes are proudly made in the U.S.A.!

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NOT MESSING AROUND, WHATSOEVER: Ohio’s answers to the Highway 127 Yard Sale. 28 days out and man, when I get to thinking about how bad-ass this thing is going to be, I get a little hot in the pants and kinda freak out. Dale contacted me yesterday via “email” and said, “Just read a blog about a lady who spent seven hours on the first 18 of the thing.”

This shit is serious, people. Real serious. Real good.

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YOU JUST NEVER KNOW: The Shit Box. Another kick-ass idea from the United Kingdom. What a world.

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