Friday, November 30, 2012

Old Man: RIP Cordies

You may have noticed that I haven't made many posts about Cordies lately. You also may have noticed  that the Cordies web store is blank.

Unfortunately, Cordies has gone under. Nothing dramatic. It was really the opposite problem. At the quantity I working with, there wasn't a whole lot in it. Also, even at the small quantity, with school and the amount of work that goes into that, I was having a hard time getting stuff out to people quickly. I always liked to try and get them out within a day or two, and I wasn't able to do that, which bothered me.

I was also very confused with the tax process. That in and of itself was annoying enough to cool my enthusiasm.

Anyhow, now I have an extreme surplus of solid color Cordies, as well as a bunch of loose paracord. I'd like to get rid of it somehow. So in recognition of the people who helped me out with this, if anyone who bought Cordies from me (or the Cordial Churchman) will send me a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope), I will send them some free Cordies.

If anyone who didn't buy from me (or the Cordial Churchman) wants some, send me a SASE and something to trade. Like a pocket square, bow-tie, watch strap, or something of similar value (I like handmade things too - notebooks, bracelets, etc.) I also need some new guitar strings.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, send me an email and I'll let you know where to send it.

Thanks again to everyone who helped me out, especially Andy and Ellie at The Cordial Churchman.


Young Man: WIWT

Today I wore this:

With this bowtie (notice the Swanson "Pyramid of Greatness" in the background)

(another Hanauer, by the way)

And these shoes (LL Bean Sig)

This is probably my favorite and most comfortable sweater.

This was a status update inspired by a wicked basketball game after lunch today.

Totally true.


Thursday, November 29, 2012


This video is amazing. It truly shows how amazing and creative God is in the world. It is awe inspiring and humbling to think that we are called to be co-creators with the Being who made these animals.

Cheetahs running in slow motion



[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Botanical Gardens, Clemson, SC[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3711"] More clothing stuff. I've started posting regularly again over there.[/caption]

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Young Man: WIWT

I figure these might be interesting to do, since I wear lots of ties these days. You will have to be content with iPhone pics and short descriptions though.

This is the bow I bought yesterday. It is quite awesome, though it ties a hefty knot. All my other bows are cinched down to the smallest size (13 or 14) since I like a small bow, but I had to pull this one out a little.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I found this post on The Gospel Coalition via a facebook friend. It is a great examination of "hipsters." Not just what's wrong with the worldview, but what contributes to it, how it has affected us all, and how to start correcting that worldview, through the Spirit. I highly recommend it.

The Hipster in All of Us

If you haven't read it yet, I'm not surprised. It's pretty obscure....

Young Man: New Stuff

This is the first new tie I've bought in a long time. I think it was a good decision. Hanauer wool from the good folks at MH Frank's.

What do you think?

Messes of Men

I drank a thimbleful of fire,
and I'm not ever coming back.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Young Man: Good Stuff for a Good Cause

A couple of weeks ago, on our adoption blog, I wrote about the KIN campaign by the folks at Remnant. They are a couple who live in North Carolina. In addition to making cool bags for the likes of Old Try, they are also going through the adoption process.

Now, my wife and I are adopting through DSS this first time (cheap as free), but we went through the early part of the process for international adoption, and saw all the predicted costs, and let me tell ya, it is expensive. Lots of people try to raise funds by being creative. The folks at Remnant decided to make and sell double wrap leather bracelets, using natural, veg tanned leather, and put the proceeds directly to their adoption.

The coolest part about this campaign? Once their adoption is funded, they are going to continue to sell these bracelets, and donate the proceeds to Bethany Christian Services, a Christian adoption agency.

It goes without saying (if you've been reading the other blog) that this kind of thing really gets me and my wife excited. So we decided to buy one for each other for our Christmas presents. They are awesome.

I've wanted one of these kinds of bracelets for a while, and this was the perfect opportunity.

My only complaint is that it only comes in one size. Initially my bracelet was a little tight on my wrist, but with a little stretching, and a little oiling, it is now the perfect size. Other than that, the bracelet is awesome.

If you're looking for a gift for someone who is into leather bracelets, particularly natural leather, consider picking one of these up.

Good stuff is good.

Good stuff for a good cause is great.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Young Man: Sunday Night Style

Swap pants for jeans and lose the tie/jacket, for night church.

Old Man: Sunday Style

Long time, no see. I guess I finally stopped being bored of taking pictures of myself. No promises this time, but I will try.

Congratulations to all those SEC teams.



[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] More stuff from my clothing blog. Check it out if you like that stuff.
Click the picture to go there.
I learned a lot about color from this stuff.[/caption]


Thursday, November 22, 2012


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Clemson, SC[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3108"] Clemson, SC[/caption]

Scuffed Soles

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3447"] More clothes pictures.
More here:[/caption]

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hartwell (Purple)

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1936"] Lake Hartwell, Clemson, SC
Same evening as previous post.[/caption]

Hartwell (Clear)

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1549"] Lake Hartwell, Clemson, SC[/caption]

Monday, November 19, 2012


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="852"] This is from MH Frank, a men's clothing store in Clemson. If you like men's clothing, or rather, my pictures and words about men's clothing, check out my main, but seldom updated blog,[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] My sister, Molly, beveling an edge.[/caption]

One if by land...

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3837"] SC Botanical Gardens, Clemson, SC[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Botanical Gardens, Clemson, SC[/caption]

Sunday, November 18, 2012


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] I had this idea to combine poetry and photography, by taking pictures of my notebook. I'm still not sure how I like the result for either one, but it still interests me. So here's an old one. Perhaps I'll update with some more recent ones.[/caption]


This is our niece, Jemma.
SC Botanical Gardens, Clemson

Friday, November 16, 2012

Messes of Men

And if ever You come near
I'll hold up high a mirror:

Lord, I could never show You
anything as beautiful as You!




The road goes ever on...


Mandolin Making


Going through some old phone pics.

High Light

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3378"] Outside my house.
Small aperture, long exposure, borrowed tripod.[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Outside my house, Clemson, SC
Small aperture, long exposure.[/caption]

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Natural High

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2516"] This is Miles. His dad is Carson. He has taught me everything I know about photography (and is still teaching me). I never would have gotten this great shot of his son without his guidance.
He's also a professional photographer. Check out his website here:[/caption]

The Dock

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3882"] Clemson, SC[/caption]

Berries, pt. 2

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Rensing Center, Pickens, SC[/caption]

Berries, pt. 1

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Rensing Center, Pickens, SC[/caption]


Writing is work.
When you hunch at a desk
for what seems like hours,
and gain nothing but a headache
and a handful of halfhearted lines,

You are punching your timecard.


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3353"] Rensing Center, Pickens, SC
LL Bean Signature Blucher Mocs
Can I have my money now, LL Bean?[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Rensing Center, Pickens, SC[/caption]

Autumn Road

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1600"] South Carolina Botanical Gardens
Shot by my wife, Carling, with iPhone 4
Sorry it's sideways. Couldn't figure out how to rotate with WP[/caption]

Sunday, November 11, 2012


My sister, Molly Aubry, is a great artist. She just made a website that has a bunch of her recent stuff.

Check it out.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sunset (Orange)

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3882"] Greenville Zoo, Greenville, SC[/caption]

Sunset (Red)

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Greenville Zoo, Greenville, SC[/caption]

Thursday, November 8, 2012


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3443"] Rensing Center, Pickens, SC[/caption]

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3878"] Denver Downs Farm, Anderson, SC[/caption]

Fertile Fields

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Denver Downs, Anderson, SC[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Denver Downs Farm, Anderson, SC[/caption]

Saturday, November 3, 2012


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] My sister Molly's hair.
I guess redheads are OK. At least in good pictures.[/caption]

"I Can See The Pines Are Dancing"

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2592"] Rensing Center, Pickens, SC
Title from an AA Bondy song.[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Rensing Center, Pickens, SC[/caption]