Everyday Carries Are For The Sentimental Type

I got into Reddit’s Everyday Carry sub, r/EDC, a little while ago. It’s one of the things that encouraged me to start writing hand-written notes again, and also made me want to start carrying one of my favorite knives again (instead of a folding utility blade) on a daily basis.

There’s just something about the items you carry with you every day… Taking them along adds some sentimental value that you may be able to pass on to your kids. I’ve never been the sentimental type, but I’m finding myself more and more so as I step deeper into fatherhood (read: only almost two years).

That said, I thought I’d share a bit about what’s typically hitching a ride on my person every day.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. — “Walden” by H.D. Thoreau

— “Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport

I just like that quote. Don’t read into it too much; it’s not super relevant.

Alright. Here we go.

Watch: Skagen Theodor. This watch is nice and simple; the lack of a second hand says, “don’t sweat the small stuff.” It has a thin, lightweight profile, and goes with just about anything, save a black suit and tie (I have a similar Skagen that was gifted to me for such special occasions). Unfortunately this Theodor model was discontinued, so when the original strap busted on me, I had to replace it with the strap from an old Fossil watch I had lying around.

Wallet: TGT Nightcall 2.0. This wallet is a great solution for anyone trying to limit the number of items they’re carrying around every day. It’s made of heavy-duty elastic and leather, and comfortably holds 5-10 cards and some folded cash. It’s way more comfortable to sit on and carry than any leather bi-fold or tri-fold wallet I’ve ever owned.

Knife: Boker Plus Hyper. This knife ended my childhood “knife collecting” interest. I did my research to make sure that it had steel that would last a long time, was the right size and shape, and would fit comfortably in my side or back pocket (deep pocket clip). Like the watch, this little guy has also been discontinued, but there are a lot of very similar models from Boker and other quality companies (from what I’ve seen online).

Pen: Pilot G-2 0.38. These pens have been my go-to for the past six or seven years. You can buy them in bulk from Amazon at a rate that comes out at just over a buck a piece. I like the ultra-fine gel pens because they create really clean lines and use much less ink. This means that dry-time is a little shorter, and the pens are a little more versatile. I like doodling and sketching, so it’s nice to have something that checks the box for both of those use cases.

Notebook: Moleskine Cahier (Dotted). Fantastic for weekly planners, notes, to-do lists, and journaling. Fits in my pocket. I never leave home without it. (And did I mention the dot-grid!?) You can read more about how I use mine here!

Not Pictured: Smartphone (an unfortunate essential), Kindle (depending on the day), Yeti 10/20oz Rambler (coffee, water, whiskey… what can’t you use a Yeti for?).

What items go everywhere with you? Why? I’m curious to hear about it… Comments are open!

Spatial Recall

For a long time I considered myself well-versed in the art of memorization.

Growing up I participated in these church events called “Bible quizzing.” In this C&MA-run extra-curricular, you memorized entire books of the Bible, and had to be the first answer questions with as little context as possible in order to score points for your team. It took a lot of work, a lot of practice, and a lot of time to commit all of those verses to memory. Unfortunately, today I can recall only a few of those verses, and virtually none of them by reference alone. Memorization was possible—and there was a path forward for it—but it wasn’t easy.

How about dates? I’m terrible at memorizing dates. You may have a birthday that comes around every year, but without some kind of reminder on a calendar, or having you tell me that today is your birthday, chances are I’ll never remember it. I have a hard enough time keeping our family’s anniversaries and birthdays in order.

Names can be tough, too. I’ve learned that in order to memorize these, I either have to have the person tell me their name on more than one occasion, or write their name down after the first time I meet them. It feels terrible when you really hit it off with someone the first time you meet, and then you can’t remember their name five minutes later.

Some things do come naturally. Song lyrics. Movie quotes. Spaces I’ve been in. These all seem to take almost no effort to recall—I can usually rattle off quotes or draw you a picture of a room after being exposed to a song or space between one and three times. For instance, I’m pretty confident I could draw you the layout of the beautiful Flagler College visitor center foyer and courtyard (structurally, and without the incredible art that actually exists in that space), though I’ve only been there a few times. Same deal with a lot of homes, public establishments and parks I’ve visited.

Some types of memorization comes more easily to some people than it does to others.

What do you find comes naturally for you? What do you have to really work at?

Dad Habits

I love my son. Without a doubt, he is one of the few best things that ever happened to me. The smiles he brings into our home and the giggles and laughter (and even sometimes the fits he throws) all ultimately bring loads of joy into our home.

20 mos. old and practically a toddler, he’s running around the house and repeating words and short phrases. By the time he’s in bed and we’ve wrapped up dinner, its usually only a few hours until we need to hit the hay ourselves.

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How I Make My Cold Brew

You know how sometimes you’re searching for a recipe, and you find what you’re looking for… but first the author has to tell you a 850 word story about the last time they made the recipe, and how much everyone liked it?

Well, this isn’t that. You’re welcome.

I like my cold brew concentrate a little stronger, over ice, so if that’s what you’re looking for, read on!

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How I Use My Everything Notebook(s)

I recently found inspiration in Reddit, of all places. I stumbled back into the social network mostly out of necessity, as it’s the only real community where solid support for some applications I use exists (Niagara Launcher, Notion).

In my perusing, I found some fantastic ‘subreddits’, including, but not limited to, r/ProductManagement, r/EDC, and the ‘sub’ where I got some inspiration for my new organizational method, r/bulletjournal.

You might have read the title for this post and thought to yourself, “Everything Notebooks? If it’s used for everything, then why do you need more than one?”

Valid question.

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