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I'm never going back

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by downndirty, May 11, 2019.

  1. downndirty

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    For the longest time, like most dudes, I just had a series of simple gym shorts. Some below the knee (basketball), some above, none less than a 9" inseam. I wear long boxer briefs (7-9" inseam), because they don't rise up or bunch up.

    THEN I discovered rugby shorts.

    $44 a pair, but I am an immediate convert. For leg days, they are simply out of the fucking way. They stay where I put them. They don't bunch up. They don't force my junk into awkward lumps, don't cling to my ass and don't roll down. Heavenly perfection.

    I'm never going back.

    Focus: What converted you? What are some things that once you've tried them, are clearly superior?
     
  2. Juice

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    Back when I had to wear suits for work, I started that job with a suit off the rack at Macy’s. It was... ok, but not great. A year or so later I had some extra $$ so a I bought a bespoke suit from a tailor on a recommendation from a friend. That thing fit like a glove and was far more comfortable than anything I had before it. And it just looked better overall. I saved up a bit and bought a few and never went back. Now I don’t have to wear suits or even business casual, but they still fit perfectly.

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    This toothpaste. I don't care if they raise the price to $20 a tube. Hell, I'd probably go to $50. I've learned the hard way that it doesn't travel well. The airplane pressure can pop the top open and spluge all over everything so if I'm doing a quick trip I use a traditional travel toothpaste but if I'm going to be traveling for 3+ days, I'll buy a tube when I get to my destination.
     

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  4. Revengeofthenerds

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    My wife bought me a pair of lululemon shorts. I refused to wear them until I realized how much they cost. I begrudgingly decided to see what the big deal was.

    I now own several pair.
     
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    Anti focus- Safety razors. I caught the fad when it hit the internet. I still like a good hot wet shave but it really does take time and effort to do right and rushing in the morning always gets in the way. I tried my brothers 30 dollar norelco and if done when not too long it’s twice as fast with no prep time. I noticed the 360 degree movement can also leave a closer shave than shaving against the grain and blade buffing can accomplish. I’ve been looking into getting a nice one. I also received a electric Gillette razor from work just a few weeks ago and it cuts even closer than safety blades AND is much much more forgiving.
     
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    I like safety razors and won't go back to cartridge razor blades. I've used one for about 15 years. You have to love blades being about twenty cents a piece.

    It does take more time, but it's the closest shave I can get.
     
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    Kinda topical now, as I just got in a new trackball mouse. Amazon order history says I made the switch exactly 7 years and one month ago (bought a logiteck trackman) from regular wireless mice and I haven't looked back. Not as much of a learning curve as I thought -- it took maybe an hour or so and I got initial hang of it, maybe a day or two later and I didn't even have to think about it. I've gone through a few different makes and models of trackball mice since then, but my favorite I can already tell is the one I just received: the Kensington Orbit. First one since the trackman that isn't wireless. Not sure if that makes a difference, but it's worth noting.

    I don't do a lot of work on the computer like someone like @Nettdata, but even just for the hour or so a day I'm on it, the precise controls and ergonomics of trackball mice makes a huge quality of life difference (especially on the days I do pull 8-10 hours behind the screen writing and formatting). I'm sure someone can chime in with a crazy expensive trackball mouse that's completely worth it, but for my purposes, I don't think I've ever spent over $40 on one and if/when it breaks I immediately order a new one without thinking.

    If anyone is even considering a change, I recommend taking the $20 plunge in an instant.
     
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    To that end... there are a few things that I do to help with my work, and that includes:

    • Actively learning every possible keyboard shortcut I can. When I'm programming in my favourite IDE (Idea), I never have to touch the mouse. It's 100% keyboard driven. I probably know about 100 keyboard shortcuts to do what I need to do, and it makes me incredibly more efficient. I'm never going back to relying on a mouse. And even when I do, I have an uber-tweaked out mouse that has tons of customization to make it as useful as it can be.

    • I make my ass sitting on a chair and driving a keyboard, so I have zero qualms about buying high-end keyboards and mice.

    • I spend crazy money on my work chairs. I currently have a Herman Miller Aeron. Yeah yeah yeah, it's the old-school startup cliche, but I've had one for 20+ years and it is, hands down, the most comfortable chair I've ever tried. The first one I bought broke about 12 years in, and I called up for a spare part. They would not let me buy the part, as it was still under warranty... they sent a rep out to do the replacement at my home office, free of charge. Needless to say it finally broke down totally about 3 months ago, and I just bought a new one. It was delivered to my home office, and the guy set it up for me, and took away all the garbage. Never looking back.

    • Orvis fly fishing rods. Not only are they phenomenal rods, but they have a lifetime replacement guarantee. My buddy snapped the tip off of one in the back of the pickup (closed the tailgate), and all they asked for was a pic of the pieces parts, and then said, "well, your rod is no longer made, so here are 3 higher quality options that you can chose from". Made my pick, and it was FedEx'd and at my door in 2 days.
     
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    Also, because she came yesterday, a cleaning lady. Having a kid ensures my house is a mess. Having a cleaning lady every other week is the only thing keeping us from ending up on hoarders. It’s money I never miss.
     
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    I identify sexually as a garbage person, I was just born this way(and my dad and grandpa flipping the fuck out being neat freaks just made it worse, no instilling of good cleaning habits). If I ever have the cash flow I’m having a maid for sure. In China you could have a live in maid/babysitter for as much as having a maid come twice a month here. We had a maid come 5 days a week. Way overkill for two dudes in an apartment.
     
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    Absolutely. Mine only comes once a month, but they clean the stove, bathrooms, showers, etc. Makes all the difference in the world. Especially on the large, all-glass walk in shower.
     
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    Get a Roomba to supplement the cleaning. Those things are amazing. I didn’t believe how effective they were until my wife wanted one after our first kiddo was born. Now if it breaks today, I’m buying a new one on amazon immediately.

    It’s paid for itself a thousand fold.
     
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    JetBrains IDEs can take every kb of RAM I own and then some. It's worth it.
     
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    Yep. I personally pay for every tool they have. (ToolBox subscription).

    Java, database, c/c++, .net dev and for Arduino.

    Like you say, worth every penny.