Shinnai\'s Product Guide

The online guide to shopping

All this and John Cameron Swaze, too!

Young people have no idea what they’re missing (their loss is actually ours, since they’re not aware of it). Not only have LP’s and CD’s gone out of style (replaced by downloaded MP3 files) but watches as well (replaced by the digital read-outs on cellular phones and iPods). I’m sorry, but the only thing that keeps me functional in our overly-digitized, gadget-driven world is a plain-old, plain-spoken, fashion-resistant watch like this Timex with a bland analog face that even a mother wouldn’t love–only a great grandmother or someone with as long a memory as mine.But this piece is redolent with its own memories–of the special telecasts of all-star live jazz spectaculars sponsored by Timex and hosted by former newsman, John Cameron Swaze. Amid the flurries of fringe-reception snow, you might catch momentary sight of Benny or Louis or Ella and even hear a few notes of “Perdido” or “When the Saints Come Marching In.” But most memorable of all were the commercials: Timex watches being subjected in “real time” to fire and ice, poundings and shakings, high-dives into pools of water, followed by Swayze’s invariably reassuring and authoritative commentary on the outcome: “The watch that takes a licking and keeps on ticking.”Hate to admit that none of my Timexes purchased in the ’50′s are still ticking, but this one, which boasts a “ten-year battery,” is thus far showing promise of a good, strong heart. And unlike the ’50′s version, this new and improved (can that be possible?) Timex lends extra support to those of us who have lost all but our long-term memories: it even offers a reminder of the date and day of the week as well as hands that light up without the radium coating. Best of all, it’s no less affordable than its 1950′s counterpart. If anything, it’s kept behind the pace of inflation! (Thank you, China, for making possible the continuance of an American tradition).

Tips to find the perfect push up bikini

Consumers who want to buy a push up bikini over the Internet then this guide should help them make an informed decision. The first step is to make a list of all the merchants that are selling push up bikinis over the Internet. Now that you know the names of these retailers you can begin reviewing the prices that each of these vendors are quoting for the bikinis. Write down the prices being listed until you identify the vendor with the lowest prices overall.

Once you have established which of these vendors has the most competitive pricing you have to visit their Facebook page and review the testimonials that were made by former clients who dealt with the vendor. After you have read over all of the comments that were posted on the Internet you will have the information you need to make an informed buying decision so now would be a great time to start doing your research on which string bikini is perfect for you.

Finding the perfect bikini can be quite a challenge especially if you have to gauge which one to purchase based on pictures online, that is one of the major disadvantages of buying swimwear online. Buying any type of clothing online actually, not being able to feel and see it in person is a major problem sometimes because you really have no way of knowing how it is actually going to fit when you put it on after you have already bought it. That being said you can truly find a great deal online when shopping for a bikini.

Excellent shirt, though fit may vary

Whenever I read reviews for Carhartt clothing, there’s sure to be quite a few discussing how they don’t fit right. Many complain that the clothing is at least a size or two too big. I won’t argue that the clothes may not have fit people the way they like, but the problem isn’t that Carhartt has their measurements off– it’s just they don’t exactly cater to slender men, and their clothes isn’t fitted. Naturally, if you are slender and/or tend to purchase/prefer fitted clothing, this clothing isn’t going to fit the way you want. If you fall into this category, you may want to go down a size or look somewhere else.The shirt I received was also a bit big, but again, it isn’t the manufacturer’s fault. I have rather broad shoulders and a wide chest with a somewhat slim waist, so I purchased a large, and while the shirt fits well around my arms, shoulders and chest, I have quite a bit of room around the belly. This makes it difficult for me to find clothing that fits well without being excessively tight. This problem tends to be compounded by the fact that I work out, so I need to buy larger sizes to be able to actually fit into the clothes without having my circulation cut off. That being said, if you like clothes that has a relaxed fit, you should be okay.Now let’s get into aesthetics and construction. The shirt looks great, and the construction is great. The material itself feels durable, but is soft enough so that it isn’t abrasive and feels pleasant against the skin. It also appears to breathe well as the cotton isn’t excessively thick. The stitching is also superb. All along the midaxis the shirt is double stitched. On areas of stress like the shoulders and shoulder joints there’s extra material and stitching. It’s built to be worn and last. Kinda like your favorite pair of old worn in 501′s. I think bearing construction and style in mind, this is a shirt you can wear almost anywhere, any time of year.Again, this shirt is beautifully crafted and feels every bit as good as it looks (not to mention the price is right!). If you can, find a retailer that carries Carhartt so you can try it on ahead of time and avoid the woe of having such a nice bit of clothing without being able to wear it. I’d like to remind you once again that if you are slender or like fitted clothing to perhaps order a size smaller than you usually do. Otherwise, you should be fine. All things considered, I’d highly recommend this article of clothing.

Love the style, Great Fit, Good Quality, Fast Shipping

I knew right away the X-Large (US-Large) would fit very nicely. Its not too tight and not too lose. The arms are not tight either. The shoulder length and chest is perfect and the sleeve length is perfect. Main reason why I knew this was going to fit? TheLees has an official webpage with a sizing chart that has the jacket chest, shoulder, sleeve, and total length measurements. So take out that measuring tape, measure yourself, hit up their website and take a gander at their measuring chart. Better to look at objective data with these things.The XX-Large (US-Xlarge) still fits me. I ordered this size because I plan on layering with it. The shoulders length still fits. Didn’t think I could pull off a 19.3 inch shoulder length without layers but it works. The sleeves/arms are wider and longer, and the waist is not as snug but overall the jacket still fits good not perfect. Just LOOSE, but not BAGGY. After layering a long sleeve shirt and t-shirt under it fits great. Again, look at their official website with measurements. And for you taller guys out there, I will have my 6’1 185lb brother in law try on the US-XLarge and update.Costumer service was great. I gave them my measurements and they recommended a size Large (US-Medium) but I went with the reviews and ordered 1-2 sizes up and I’m very happy that I did. They responded to my questions fast.I love the quality. Thought it would be thinner but it its actually thicker than what I had expected. AND I LOVE IT! The hoodie is big, but not gigantic as people claim it to be. Not sure how to measure hoodies, but the opening circumference of the hoodie, starting from the zipper when the jacket is all zipped up is 31inches and the height starting from the pointy tip of the hoodie to where it is attached to the back of the neck is 12 inches.Shipping was very fast especially coming from South Korea. Ordered on a Thursday, items were shipped on Friday and got it on Monday. This was all during the holidays!Great product and I will order more.

Perfect right out of the box

These are the most comfortable shoes, ever. Perfect right out of the box! I wear clogs almost exclusively, but for outdoor activities clogs don’t cut it. I’ve been fiddling around with all sorts of sports shoes for decades. Running shoes, walking shoes, climbing shoes, hiking boots, cycling shoes, you name it. They all have their place, but I needed one pair of ‘go to’ shoes for just about everything else. These are it!Fit: true to size. I wear a size 39 in European clogs and these size 9 Skechers are true 39′s. The width, an M(B) is also perfect. The toe box is generous with no pinching at all. I have no foot deformities or orthotics and these fit as expected. I ordered my normal size and width, and the fit is good.These shoes are light weight, super cushioned and completely stable with their wide, skid resistant soles and leather uppers. They are so comfortable that I ordered 3 more pair because things like this have a habit of being discontinued, unlike the Sanita clogs that I love. Take a look at some more really great shoes!It’s rilly great that these Skechers are all black without all the crazy colors, racing stripes or gigantic brand logos. Well, there’s a pink plastic logo at the bottom of the laces that is easily snipped off and a teeny, inconspicuous logo sewn on the side. Thank you, Skechers. If you want to check out more info on these great shoes, all you have to do is click here!

The Chaos Cycle – Book Review

The Chaos Cycle by John Kerchack is destined for the best sellers list! I couldnít put it down and was quite frustrated when my life kept interrupting my reading sessions during the review process of this book. Honestly, my husband would talk to me and I wouldnít even know it. He even made and served supper and I was scarcely aware of what had happened. I heard some banging of a pot lid being taken out of a drawer and then all of a sudden there was this steaming plate of food in front of me and the amused face of my husband beaming back at me. The author uses excellent writer skills that provide a steady flow of suspense. His characters are full, realistic ñ you really feel like you are right there. Not like watching a movie, but rather, right THERE. This is a rare talent indeed, and as a writer myself I can only envy it. John has incredible insight into the thought process of his characters – from those of the small abused children to the brutal killer.Here we are taken on a chaotic ride while Harris and his team of talented detectives track down those responsible for a relentless murder spree in the state of Maryland, USA. I would classify The Chaos Cycle as a murder-thriller fiction novel with moments of brutal violence. The cover is absolutely a work of art. The first thing my husband said when he saw it on my desk was “Wow! Check out this cover!” Iíve reviewed nearly 100 books to date and this is the first time anyone in my family reacted this way to a book cover. The book itself is of very good quality and is a nice size ñ at 288 pages. Time will slip away for the reader who opens THIS book!

Figuring out What Body Chain to Wear with Bikini

There are so many different types of body chains these days that findind the one that suits not only your body type but also your needs when it comes to day time and night time use it can be quite a complicated choice. One main factor is if you are planning to find a body chain to wear with bikini or with your night time going out clothes. If it is for a bikini then you will want to find one that is water proof and rust proof, as well as has a high tolerance to salt and chlorinated water. This is key if you are planning to wear your body chain to the pool.

There are many different choices when it comes to body chain for bikini choices. You can choose from not only a vast number of different styles of these body chains, double cross, diamond cross, behind the back cross. But also from many different types of materials. They come in many colors as well. Some of the more popular colors are rose gold and gold.

Finding the right choice when it comes to body chain for swimsuit wear can be hampered by the fact that there are so many different ones to choose from. In order to help yourself decide you should not base it only on price but what you are planning to wear the body chain for. Day time and night time body chains are completely different. So perhaps choosing one of each type, one for day and one for night may help with the choice.

Top Gas Grills Compared

All too often consumers seeking a high end stainless steel gas grill are won over by a manufacturer’s reputation, the look of the grill or other factors such as recommendations from friends or family. Now, this is a fairly large investment, as appliances go, and consulting an expert in the field could help in making an informed decision. A reliable gas grill specialist can help you evaluate the various features found in these high end grills and quide you to the best choice for the features you prefer.The simplest way to compare the manufacturers objectively, of course, is with a chart! Our chart compares Fire Magic, Alfresco, Kenmore Elite, Viking, DCS, Dacor, Lynx, Vintage, Weber Summit Gold D, Wolf, Altima, Turbo, ProFire, Phoenix, Tec, Solaire Infrared, Vieluxe, Lazy Man, Jenn Air, Holland, FrontGate, Capitol, Crown Verity, Ducane and Dynasty. Some of the features on the chart are:<b>*BTU Output:</b> How many burners, and how many BTUs are standard?You’ll need to do some math to determine the actual heat your food will receive. Ideally, you want to have over 95 BTU’s per square inch of cooking surface. How will you know? Take your total BTU’s and divide it by the primary cooking surface. So…. if your cooking surface is 660 square inches and the total BTU’s are 104,000 then 104,000 BTU’s divided by 660 square inches = 157 BTU’s per square inch. That would be a winner!!!<b>*Temperature Range:</b> This is a very important characteristic if you like to do a variety of cooking. You’ll be able to do everything from searing steaks to baking pizza with a large temperature range.<b>*Burner material</b> can consist of cast stainless steel, stainless steel sheet metal, cast iron, infra-red and even cast brass, which is used in commercial settings. Dual burners allow for indirect cooking and better heat control. Cast brass or cast stainless burners are your best bet. They will last longer and are more durable. Grease tends to burn through sheet metal easily. <b>*Infra-Red Burners</b> are an option for those who demand a well seared steak. Thinking of an infra-red cooking system? Temperatures on an infra-red cooking system can reach up to 1600 degrees on some grills. Infra-red cooking allows for quick, high temperatures, which cuts cooking time and helps seal in juices — perfect for searing a steak. If blackened food or steaks are your taste preference ñ infra-red cooking is the way to go. If you plan on conventional cooking — go with a hybrid that offers infra-red and standard burners. Tip ñ make sure you can convert infra-red burners back to standard for large parties.

Sturdy Outdoor Set! has a brand new outdoor furniture set, Strathwood, and they are just now launching it to their customers. If you are going to put your name behind it, it better be good right? In this case, they did basically get it right, minus a few glitches.This set is supposed to come with 2 chairs, 1 love seat, one table, cushions for bottom and back, and 4 throw pillows. My set came without the throw pillows.The table is the ONLY item you must put together yourself and that was easy (I did not do it, my Husband did while I watched) The kit was missing the screw covers shown in directions. I suppose they are there to be aesthetically pleasing, I am glad they were not needed to actually put it together. Regardless its a nice table. Take a look at more patio furniture sets that went on sale here!The set is the go-to brown and black for outdoor sets these days, flecked with bronze though so that is different. Very smooth surfaces for arm rests, with a beautiful curve at the ends. The real test is…are they comfortable? …and they are. The cushions are cushy, not the thin mangy cushions cheap sets have. They are easy to attach to the chairs as well, with velcro straps.It fit right in with separate pieces we already had like our Fire Pit and the Strathwood Cast Iron Bench.We are pretty happy with this set, even with the missing items. Click here for more info on this awesome set!

If you have bunions…

Unfortunately bunions run in my family…as luck would have it, I “inherited” mine at the tender age of 24 :( I bought these shoes for this reason. I got them here. These shoes are wide enough at the metatarsal joints (both big toe and pinky toe) that they don’t aggravate my sad bunions. I also like that in both of those spots the material is very flexible, as it is just covered with the mesh and not with the stiffer leather thats used on the other parts of the shoe.If you suffer with me than you know finding a wide toe box is already a hard task…finding a toe box with the perfect angles and perfect material to accommodate our sad little toe joints is like finding gold!I bought these at DSW because I needed them fast…but they are cheaper on amazon.I have always been a size 7 in just about every brand/every type of shoe… but for this shoe a 7 1/2 was perfect. Order 1/2 a size up!Unlike some reviewers, I have found the heel width to be just right.I have very, very high arches-but like the heels, I have no complaints.So far its the best sneaker I’ve owned but only time and miles will tell if its really true love. I promise to update.For reference…its more comfortable than any Keens I’ve owned/tried on and as roomy as my Altras (but not as woah-bam-wide-toe-box-ugly… if you own Altras you know what I mean.) Click here for more info on these really just incredible shoes!