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December 23, 2011

If you’ve been following me long enough you know that this site can be a big ball of random. So it should come as no surprise that my Christmas lists are totally eccentric as well.

My Dear Santa  post last year was so popular that it convinced me to make this an annual thing. So here goes, the old boy’s way to make my Christmas merry and bright.

Happy Holidays friendo’s.

I need more Pinup in my life, and every girl deserves to be treated to at least one quality session. Baltimore-based Atomic Cheesecake Studios rocks them out with class.

Moonshine – a gentlemen’s cologne. Because anything is better than smelling like sweat and aviation fuel.

I want to step back into the 1950s, walk into a diner, plop down at the counter, and have a soda jerk make me a real float.

I want a house. A mid-century modern house to be precise – smack dab in the middle of Hollin Hills. Photo via CMC Portrait Photography.

A fully stocked man’cade with at least one Tempest machine.

Motorized bicycling has increased in popularity, and there are a number of websites dedicated to the hobby. I’ve been toying around with the idea of custom building a boardtrack racer replica, because I can’t be satisfied with doing anything normal.

Melissa DIY was featured on Retro Renovation after she reupholstered her 1950s formica dinette set and Cosco high chair. I refinished a Cosco step stool a few years ago, and Melissa’s post has inspired me to try and tackle my own mis-matched dinette set. Orange, please.

Balsa Wood Airplanes (Squadron of 12)
Because I used to hoard quarters in order to buy these things as a kid.

I want a new Black Moth Super Rainbow album (on vinyl) to drop in 2012. I need my fix.


Red Wing Boots. Nuff said.

Dear Santa, isn’t it funny how we both like red? Except this 1953 Ford F100 I found on eBay would kick your sleigh’s ass anyday. Kindly deposit it down the chimney fat boy. Thanks.


GQ Magazine introduced me to this dope little chair by French modernist designer Jean Prouvé. Now I’m hooked.

The iPhone Lens Dial – three lens optical system. Just in case you want to look like Brundle-fly while snapping panoramic photos of your friends.

Vintage Swiss Army Flashlight. ‘Cuz you never know when you’ll find yourself trapped in the Alps and need to rely on the real Swiss Army to pull your sorry ass to safety.


I got all steamed up over the Chinese Chang Jiang 750cc motorcycle after seeing it at a bike show early in the year. The CJ750 is based on the 1956 Soviet IMZ, which was derived from the 1938 BMW R71. The bike is rad, and the side car makes for a merry way to escort your girl out to a nice Sunday brunch.

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