My Blanket Has Arrived!

Remember how I mentioned a couple of weeks ago I was pulling the trigger on a weighted blanket? Well it’s arrived!

Well there it is. Cool pattern huh? Matches my four pairs of space themed meggings beautifully.

Anyway, I’ll report back in a couple of weeks after I’ve slept under it for awhile but man, I crawled under it a few minutes ago and man it was instantly calming – my heart rate and BP dropped considerably as soon as I crawled under it.

So far I am impressed but the sleep test still remains. Hopefully it works as intended!

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(Aside): Just A Hipster Boy Living in a Redneck World…

…I took my stick shift car going anywhere.

Seriously. Space meggings, manual transmission and a fancy ass vape mod (because I can’t smoke my cigars at the track so I reach for the next best thing). Total hipster I know it, maybe with some Bohemian thrown in.

Anyway, off to the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy Cup Series race on this rare frigid Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. See you all soon!

My Ever-Growing Collection of Meggings

Have I gone just crazy with them? Maybe I have, but to say I’ve been having a blast rocking meggings this winter has been an understatement. They’re bold, they’re fun and they’re super comfortable, plus there are dozens of prints and styles to choose from to suit your own personal decor.

Alas, my collection has grown to the point I have had to dedicate an entire closet section to them. I currently have 7 (yes, SEVEN) pairs of meggings. Some I’ve bought myself, a couple have been bought for me as gifts. Whatever the case, I’ve been having a great time with them.

Here’s what I’ve got right now:

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Of course, I’m sure there’s more to come soon.

Now, I know, I know what you all must be thinking – what about my photoshoot? We did that last November but as you know life gets in the way for many of us, and as my photographers have lives outside of taking pictures of pretty little me, they’ve not been developed yet. As soon as they are you’ll be the first to see. I just hope they’re in time to go up sometime this winter as in a couple of months (at least here in Texas) it’ll be too hot for the meggings and I’ll be having to ditch them! Hell, this past Friday had a high of 77F/25C and I had to ditch them then and go back to my old classic look of “Davy” Dukes.

Of course, these are not counting the few plain black fleece pairs I have as well. When it gets really cold and the wind just whips, I find the printed leggings don’t have quite enough insulation. For those days, I throw on a pair of cheapy black fleece ones as a “base layer” and put my printed ones over them – that extra insulation keeps my chiseled runner’s legs warm in even the coldest of temperatures.

Dear men: be bold, be brave. Rock meggings. I love them, and I’m sure you will too!

Photo Teasers – Meggings

So here are some little teasers of what is to come. I’ve been playing around doing some “mirror selfies” of my all-new for 2018 winter wardrobe, featuring not only the ever infamous “Davy” Dukes but some wild and crazy “meggings!”

These were just snapshots taken in my bathroom mirror with my iPhone SE, but you still get the idea. These are some random outfits I just slapped together to do some selfie “modeling” prior to doing a full photoshoot next week with an actual photographer and a real camera.

So let’s take a look at what we’ve got here. From the Lotus men’s collection we have both of these galactic/space themed pairs – one more reddish and one with more of a blue tint. These are both size 2XL and the fit on me was absolutely perfect from the waist size (I have about a 36 to 37 inch waist) and I wear about a 34″ inseam. I had some leg left over but not much so the length was perfect for someone of an average height (I stand 5′-11″).

And from Kapow we have this lightning pattern pair from their original collection and this tartan pair from their “performance” collection. In both versions I opted for a size L. For the original meggings, the fit was perfect though the leg was a bit long (not a big deal – I can roll them up or fold them down at the ankle) however I found the performance meggings to fit a fair bit more snug on the waist and on the leg; perhaps I should suggest adding an XL size in their performance range? It was still comfortable but I didn’t find it quite as comfortable as the original edition.

Anyway, more to come hopefully in about a week. Stay tuned, you don’t want to miss this!

EDIT: Jordan, one of the founders of Kapow, sent me an email today asking to link to their site. No problem! If any of my followers wish, use code TIA10 for 10% off your order! Hope some of you take advantage of it.

New Ink: Race Day Double Header!!!

I have been dying for some new ink lately. It’s been entirely too long – almost 6 months. I longed to feel the sweet sting and the rush that goes with it.

Well, I got a little more than what I bargained for today – not only one, but TWO new tattoos in one sitting. It took some mental focus to get through it but at the end of the day I came out with a matched set of tattoos that show my love of racing – one NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series stock car and one Verizon IndyCar Series open wheel car – each dedicated to my favorite drivers in their respective series – Martin Truex Jr. and James Hinchcliffe.

This was the first time I’ve ever done two tattoos in one day. I must say Jade was a real trouper too, staying focused to the very end. I can’t imagine how hard it was on her too. Needless to say she got a very generous tip.

What will I get next? Who knows, but you know I’m already bouncing ideas in my head. It’s a never ending cycle.

And Now for Some More Awesome “Meggings”

Well this story just got more interesting!

As a quick follow-up to my previous post in which I went total space cadet, Benjamin (one of the founders of Kapow) left me a comment offering me my own personal coupon code to try some of their stuff. Am I going to say no to that? No way. Some people might consider it pushy, and to be honest I thought it was a total joke (like really?) but I punched it in their website and it took! I was shocked.

OK, well, if you’re going to do this I’m gonna look like a bit of an ass if I don’t take advantage of it, plus there was a particular pair on their site I was dying to try, so I got it and one other pair to mix up what I already had. Here’s what I made out with:

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Note that for security purposes I blanked out the code because I don’t want anyone who it was not intended for to use it (unless, of course, the company does give me permission to offer it to my followers – I’m trying not to step on any toes here). Anyway, the electroshock is just plain cool and The Highlanders? Well, let’s just say those will be perfect for those cold weather bagpipe gigs as they match my kilt, not to mention they’re just plain awesome.

Who ever knew I would actually get paid to blog? Well, this isn’t exactly getting paid, but the savings are like I was anyway right? Thanks Benjamin! I really do appreciate it.

So what say my readers? Think I’ve got a good line-up now?

In Which I Go TOTAL Space Cadet…

With fall arriving soon, of course the temperatures start to cool off. Well, relatively speaking anyway – it’s still topping out around 85F/29C here in West Texas, so still plenty warm to rock my ever-infamous and oh-so passe “Davy” Dukes (check out my “how-to” guide if my fellow dudes ever get the inclination to experiment with something other than those ridiculous cargo “shorts”) completely bare-legged (as in my profile picture). Of course, there are plenty of warm-ish days even in the depths of winter here that I can still shout and let it all out, but there are those days where even hot-blooded me can’t take it.

Alas, I’m sick and tired of being plain and boring. If it is one part of my appearance I do take pride in it’s my legs – I consider them my best physical feature. Maybe a little odd for a guy to claim that, but whatever. That and I just love the feeling of having “nothing” on them – it’s probably a sensory processing thing related to my autism.

So to try something totally new out, last April when I went to NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway (in which it was absolutely frigid – unseasonably cold) I decided to try leggings underneath my signature DD’s. Nothing outrageous just to try it out – just cheap, plain, black leggings. I absolutely LOVED it. I was warm but still had a degree of freedom that you just can’t get with jeans or other long pants.

So this winter I’m gonna step it up a notch. Let’s face it -plain black is boring. With all the fun patterns of leggings, why not just go all out? Alas, finding some leggings that were so me was a challenge, and without breaking the bank. Not to mention, not many companies actually make men’s leggings, but two companies are notable for it – Kapow (which exclusively does men’s leggings) and Lotus (which does both). Alas, neither company is cheap by any stretch of the imagination, so I was waiting for a coupon code or something to pounce, and Lotus is offering a code “1HOUR” right now, applicable to both men’s and women’s styles so I decided to jump over it.

And I went total space cadet!

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I’ve always loved space-themed stuff so I figured these would be right up my alley. As for size I’m going into it blind but I just kind of guessed based on their size charts. I’m somewhere between a 34 and 36 so if I split the difference that should work, but if not I can always exchange for the next size up if need be (I highly doubt I’ll need to exchange for a size down). Further, being men’s leggings specifically (note the male models!) they should be a bit roomier in the places where they need to be so I think I should be just fine.

As an extra nice little touch, the company actually took the time to give my little thank-you note a “thumbs up” on the old FB:

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Of course, I’ll report back when I actually receive them and try them, but for now, let’s just say I’m excited to try something totally new. You only live once, and life is mostly misery punctuated by short bouts of fun, so might as well do something wild and crazy when you can right?

Yeah, I’m a total space cadet, hence these leggings I think are a perfect match for my soul.

Would any of my fellow guy bloggers ever rock leggings? If you have, what did you think?