Friday, January 30, 2015

To vape or not to vape! What was the question?

Everyone knows what an E-cig is. The little battery powered metal cigarette looking gadgets that some people use to help them quit smoking.

I would assume that almost everyone has even seen the vapor pens that produce a ton of vapor and are usually used more recreationally than as a “stop smoking” aid.

There are many options for batteries.
 There have been a lot of states looking to regulate the electronic cigarette and vape (Short for vapor) industry lately.

I cannot help but laugh that the states with the most liberal marijuana laws are the states most actively seeking to outlaw e-cigs.

Obviously, they are not good for you, but people who choose to use them are smart enough to know that. Just like alcohol or tobacco, nobody is pretending that it’s carrots and apples. We are adults and weigh the dangers and either decide to use a product or not.

The industry already self-regulates to keep products out of the hands of kids and often provides warning labels akin to “This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes!”

I’m going to avoid as much politics as possible and just be blunt about it, I don’t want the government regulating any more of my life than they already do.

Not unlike cigars and Pipe Tobacco, I LOVE the flavors of vape juice available. Most are sweet and fruity, but I have a few tobacco twins that are very enjoyable once you realize they are not going to taste just like a real cigar.

"Cleartonomizers" are cheap and ready to use.

If you are confused about the whole vape scene, I’m gonna give you a very quick primer.

You need a tank, a battery and juice. That’s it.

You can keep things very simple and spend less than $30 to get going, or go as complex as you’d like and spend hundreds of dollars. I started with an adjustable battery and a few “Cleartonomizers” The tanks and cartonomizers all do the same thing. They hold your juice and feed it to a heating coil with a wick. They are not as complex as you would think, and most of them come assembled and ready to use. There is an exception!

You will hear the term “Sub Ohm” or “Cloud Chasing” on some of the sites. This is simply feeding a LOT of electricity to a huge heating coil in a tank called an RDA (Rebuildable Drip Atomizer) to produce an enormous cloud of vapor. It looks cool, but these devices can be finicky, difficult to maintain and usually require a little bit of craftsmanship on your part to put them together. Something I’m not very good at, therefore don’t usually mess with it.

"Tanks' and "RDA" units are more expensive.
Simply fill your tank, allow the wick a few minutes to soak up the juice and attach it to a charged battery. Boom! Your vape is ready to use.

I will reiterate, nobody is saying this is a good idea, but neither is doing shots or adding fruit to your beer. I profess it is at least marginally better than cigarettes.

Vapor Chef is 100% Kahuna Approved!
I will warn that skin contact with nicotine juice can be very dangerous. I had one break in my pocket and I ended up so loopy that Kahuna’s Chick thought I was drunk. Use Your Brain People! Keep this stuff off your furniture, away from your kids and pets, and enjoy it like an adult.

IF you decide to give “Vaping” a try, I will make but one recommendation. It is worth your time to try a juice or two from The Vapor Chef. No, they are not paying me for this, and no, I’m not friends with the guy. It’s just the best product out there and they provide customer service like few companies you will deal with.

Enjoy whatever it is you do, and do it responsibly.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Why do we love beer?

We have all heard the term “beer people are good people.”

I’d like to think that this is one of the reasons that we may grow particular attachments to a certain brew.

Some of my favorite beers on the planet are not the best beers I’ve ever had, but rather bring back memories that will hopefully last the rest of my life.

Mostly, I don’t like BMC type beers, but there are three that always bring a smile to my face.

Coors Light.

Growing up in Colorado, Coors Light has been the beer in the fridge for my entire life. My older siblings drank it, my friends drank it and we had LOTS of parties where it was what was in the keg.
But every time I drink a Coors Light, I remember the one that I shared with my wife on our wedding day.

After the ceremony where we got married in a small country church (where my parents were married) we stopped by the house to grab a few things for the reception, and we took a minute to breathe and drank a Coors Light right from the bottle. It was the best beer I’ve ever had.

Red Stripe. 

Yup, That's Red Stripe in my hand!
When I was about 13 years old, we went to Jamaica for the first time. At dinner on our first night, I was allowed to order a beer and it came in a stubby brown bottle with a logo that I will never forget. 
I drank nearly 3/4 of that beer as we dined on Pumpkin Soup and curried goat. It was absolutely delicious!

For the next 20 years, I couldn’t find Red Stripe anywhere! It simply wasn’t available in Colorado or anywhere else we went.

When I finally did start seeing it in the stores, I grabbed up a few and told my wife the story, which didn’t really impress her too much. Then in 2007, we ditched the kids and headed back to Jamaica.

Anyone who has been to that island, you know that your “Transportation” is going to stop at a bar just outside of the airport where you can buy some beers from their friends. Again, Kahuna’s Chick and I shared a beer, a Red Stripe beer, and it was great!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Positive Humping Day!

We are feeling lots of positive energy these days! There are great things on the horizon!
As Bob Marley sings, "Why not help each other along the way, make it much easier?"

We hope you have a great hump day and ride the positive vibrations right into the weekend like a wave out of the South Pacific!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Old Friends!

Photo albums are great! Noting brings back memories of good times, or gets you excited about new plans like an old photo!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pot, sunshine and the jailer

Get your high from the sunshine and beaches!

Many of us love the Caribbean Islands. We travel to them whenever possible, and take in the unbelievable sights, sounds and flavors of the islands.

One thing that may seem alluring to the uninitiated traveler is the unmistakable smell of the herbs floating on the breeze.

Can you smell that? Cruz Bay.
Yes, I’m talking about marijuana... Weed... Pot.... Yup, that stuff.

We’ve all seen the movies like Club Paradise, where the two dorks spend the entire movie trying to score some weed and get the attention of the ladies, and I suppose that movies and books, mixed with a heavy hit of reality can lead people to think that the Caribbean is a good place to soak in some rays and smoke a spliff with the locals.

While weed is very popular in parts of the Caribbean, it is NOT legal, and is more of a detriment to certain areas than it has potential to benefit. There are a few islands where you may not go to jail for smoking weed, but a big’ol fine and wasting part of your vacation talking to the local cops seems like a poor way to go about getting high.

Most of us who travel the lower latitudes have seen plenty of this stuff, and it provides some level of entertainment. There is an obvious difference between the grey bearded Jamaican pumping some smooth reggae with his guitar toking a little ganja and sipping a Red Stripe on the beach and the two frat boys in the corner giggling like Bill and Ted while stuffing a bag of Doritos down their throat.

image courtesy of
Being from Colorado, we see many the benefits as well as the problems associated with the marijuana industry becoming legal. But at least here, it really is legal, and as long as you follow a few simple rules, you’re not going to get a fine or harassment by law enforcement.

Colorado has mounted a $5million education campaign for helping people to understand the basics of the new laws. Basically: possession of 1 oz or less, buying limit is 1/4 oz (7 Grams) for non residents, DO NOT try to take it out of the state, and don’t smoke it in public.

Heck, there are even tour companies providing everything from transportation to room accommodations for your weed tour of the green state. This may be a benefit to keeping you legal while your common sense goes up in smoke.

But if you are headed to the Caribbean, or any vacation destination for that matter, I’d certainly recommend sticking to legal activities. I’m not sure about you, but even as an avid and eager traveler, two things that I’m NOT interested in seeing is the inside of an Island Hospital, or a Mexican jail!

I’m not sure that any of the “Rastas” would have any reason to try and hurt an American traveler by selling them bad weed, but you know darn good and well it’s not going to be pure blend of bodacious buds you see on TV.

We know some people who began the year on a cruise, and one of the people on their boat got taken to jail in Jamaica for trying to bring her little bag of Kush back on the boat. What a waste!
Vacations are expensive, and you want to make the most of them.

If you want my advise, I’d say that if you find yourself in the Caribbean and need something other than a rum punch, or a Caribbean lager, Look for a nice hand-rolled cigar. Skip the Purple Skunk Berry and the Super Tsunami... At least until summer time when you can plan your escape from reality and hit Colorado for some Colorado Green Bud or Sour Diesel.

A friend of ours admittedly beat us to the bong on the subject, and you should read his article HERE

~Cheers everyone, stay safe!

Friday, January 9, 2015

So, You’ve decided to stop being a girl and grow a beard?

No disrespect intended to the ladies with beards.... But if you’re a guy, you should have some whiskers... At least on occasion.

For those who choose to grow (And are genetically able to grow) the “Epic” beards, we salute you!
Growing up, I went to a high school that didn’t allow any facial hair... PERIOD! It seems like I was sent home to shave about once per week during my entire Junior and Senior years. Since I graduated high school (Yes... I did graduate) I’ve been “clean shaven” exactly TWICE! That’s an average of once every 10 years... And it only lasted for a day before the regrowth began.

 I don’t always sport a huge mess of whiskers sprouting from my chin, but I am certainly a goatee type of guy. I’ve let the cheeks go a few times, but with my German-Irish breeding, I tend to grow whiskers nearly to my eye sockets and trimming ends up being the death of my full beard.

For those that are still with me here, we can all be honest and admit that whiskers can get out of hand relatively quickly, and that’s why I want to talk about beard oil.

I was introduced to the Bearded Bastard on Instagram by complete accident, yet I am glad that it happened!

Years of my life have been spend shopping the shelves at Walgreens looking for conditioners and ways to keep the whiskers in check. I have found that products intended for afro hair work best on my chin, and I’ve discovered a deep appreciation for Shea Butter... But noting compares to a real live beard oil.

The Bearded Bastard has a complete line of products for the beardsman that range from beard oil to mustache wax and even a few lines of cologne.... We avoid the term “Aftershave” around here!
Mustache wax was a tough leap for me, as I grew up with a bunch of old cowboys that always had waxy nasty looking whiskers curled up to each side. They often looked stiff enough to poke a hole in their can of Copenhagen.

Unless you have a jar of R.E. Byrd or Woodsman beard oil, you don’t really know the scent of manhood.

The oils from The Bearded Bastard leave your chin-mop feeling soft and healthy, and make stray hairs a thing of the past. The scent will keep the ladies on your good side and every beardsman you meet will nod in approval as you walk down the street.

In my tradition of no Bull Shit, I will say that I paid for these products, and was not offered any concessions for my endorsement of The Bearded Bastard. I simply found a great product and as usual, wanted to share it with you.

Should you dare, post a pick of your whiskers and tag us on Facebook or Instagram. We would love to see whats growing!

The adventure never stops

The adventure never stops
with the Buck Reilly series