20 December 2011

Branded

As I walked out the door for my run this morning, I took stock of my outfit:
  • Merrell Barefoot Sonic Gloves (trail running shoes)
  • Injinji toe socks
  • Under Armour Cold Gear tights and long-sleeve shirt
  • Aasics running shorts
  • GoLite Wildwoods t-shirt
  • Nike 3/4 zip fleece
  • Mountain Hardwear gloves
  • The North Face beanie
A lot of brands represented there. A lot of expensive stuff.

My dad has a sign in the barn: "Pay cash. Buy the best. Make it work. Rebuild it. Recycle it. Hand it down."

I buy stuff that has multiple purposes. Like my Sonic Gloves, which are great for running, hiking, shooting, playing ultimate, whatever. Or my Cold Gear tights, which have a hole from motorcycle crash but often serve as a baselayer for skiing. And which need to be rebuilt. Or my gloves, which also worked for motorcycling and skiing.

When I tell people I shop at REI, they always say, "Oh... that's expensive." Yeah, it might be. But it's good gear that will last. And if it doesn't last, REI will take it back, no matter when, no matter what. 

And it's pretty easy to find stuff on sale. In my experience, good gear is worth the cost. It lasts a long time, and it works a lot better. 

Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without.

07 December 2011

Livin' the Dream

It's 2315, and I have a few more hours' worth of work I could do tonight.

But I flew for 1.5 hours today, performing 14 landings. One of which was "frickin' beautiful," according to my IP, and all of which were safe. I was staying ahead of the aircraft, aware of the other planes in the pattern, seeing things I hadn't seen before.

Last week, I had a beer with my fiance and we sat and talked for hours about theology, love, and life. Next week, we're going shopping for wedding rings. In less than six months, I'll be a married Air Force Officer, on my way to pilot training... or the Dominican Republic.

Long days and late nights? Worth it.