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Bombay Sapphire IS better than good enough!

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Jun 11, 2021Liked by David Coggins

I still have 2 original German manufactured Braun alarm clocks, black with the white face. They are over 35 years old. One bedside, and one on my desk. Simple, and perfect. I have tried many, many alarm clocks; none were satisfactory, and in the end I kept using my Braun alarm clocks. So while innovation is important, necessary and good; sometimes the original and simple design work best. If you like the Braun coffee maker, then keep using it. Be open to new ideas, etc. but if good enough is good enough and you like what you have, then it's a victory to start every day, burnt coffee or not.

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Jun 11, 2021Liked by David Coggins

The rightfully-canceled comedian Louie C.K. had a bit on one of the early episodes of his television show where he argued, who are any of us to demand the best of things? I won't do the joke justice, but he riffed on people's need to search Amazon for say the best DVD player. A DVD player has one primary function; almost any selection will be fine.

On one hand, it's true. Yet on the other hand, like you pointed out, ketchup! I haven't tried Sir Kensington's but, living on the west coast, I have tried Portland Ketchup and it is amazing - thicker than Heinz, and with a hint of spice to give it just a little kick. Delicious. It's nice to have things that are just slightly better. That's also why I'm willing to pay for an Alden shoe or Drake's shirt.

Knowing when things are good enough versus being willing to search or pay more for something just a little better is a tricky balancing act.

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Jun 12, 2021Liked by David Coggins

I heard Christopher Hitchens speak years ago, and at a reception afterward he opined on scotch - no single malts for him. He said it was smarter to nurture a taste for Johnny Walker Black than than any connoisseurship. He called his chosen spirit “the best scotch you can get anywhere in the world,” if you can’t enjoy anything beside the rare and “better” you’ll be constantly disappointed.

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Jun 11, 2021Liked by David Coggins

I'd honestly never heard of Sir Kensington's ketchup. Now I'll have to look for it next time in Whole Foods. I use ketchup maybe a handful of times a year and only on fries, but if it's truly better than Heinz, well, it's worth a try. But if there's a better modern gin than No.3, I haven't found it yet, which is a perfectly good reason to keep looking.

I have a one-button coffee maker. I grind about a third of a cup of beans every morning, I fill the reservoir with water, push the button and consume all of the resulting brew within about 30 minutes. Done. I do not drink coffee again until the following morning. It does the job, I don't need anything else. But I love gadgets and I love upgrading but the impulse has become much more selective as I've gotten older.

The very best gin? Gordon's from the 1950s. Worth every exorbitant penny.

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Nothing makes me happier than an ice cold Gordon's martini.

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I'm from New York, but live in PIttsburgh now (where my wife is originally from.) Heinz is also from here. I was feeling fancy one day at the grocery store and bought a bottle of Sir Kensington's ketchup. I thought it was great! What I failed to consider, however is how tied into the local culture Heinz ketchup is. Let's just say it did not go over well with anyone else. Lesson learned.

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Ha! People are very attached to their condiments!

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Duke’s Mayonnaise. Just say’n…

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Jun 11, 2021Liked by David Coggins

Well said.

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Jun 11, 2021Liked by David Coggins

So good!

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