Thursday, 26 December 2013

Friday 27/12/13 - Christmas Week, More Bond Stuff & This Week's Watches

Friday, 6:20pm AEST
Yes, it's been a slow one this week. And yet, it was a blur. Can't remember what wristwatch I was wearing last weekend. I think it was the Sinn 103. It's my go-to watch when I'm beginning to forget what day it is. This normally happens around the time of public holidays where the days begin to get slightly askew.
Still had the Sinn on my wrist;

I had a few errands to run. Don't ask me what they were because I can't remember. I found a great website about a year ago, called
Basically, people submit photos of the stuff that they, you guessed it, carry around every day. Some of the photos are fantastic. I'm surprised by how many folks carry a knife and torch on a regular basis.
Feeling a tad inspired, I set up a shot of what I had planned to carry that day. It ain't much, but it's all mine;

*Leather credit card holder
*Lamy Logo ballpoint pen
*Persol 2679-S sunglasses
*Moleskine pocket-sized notebook
*Sinn 103 St Sa automatic chronograph

Switched over to the Omega Seamaster AquaTerra Co-Axial on Christmas Day (Wednesday). Still had it on when I mixed up a gin & tonic to combat the heat here in Melbourne. And yes, I added a slice of lime instead of lemon.

Nipped out to do some banking this morning and stepped into a store called Big W to get a notepad. And I also found this Vintage 007 Collection boxed set.

I've flicked through a couple of these versions over the past six months, debating whether or not to buy them. I have at least three different cover-art versions of every Bond paperback. The thing about these editions was that they had an introduction in each of them written by a modern author.
These Vintage editions would cost me $12.oo each if I were to buy them individually. This set was in amongst a bunch of Tolkien Hobbit/Ring Trilogy and "Game of Thrones" boxed sets. The price above this display said $75.00.
"Hmm, not bad. Fourteen books for seventy-five bucks. What's that, about five bucks each, give or take? Maybe I can put it on lay-by (lay-away)", I thought to myself.
Just to be certain, I grabbed a box and took it over to a nearby price scanner. I waved the barcode underneath the scanner and the little screen lit up with;
SOLD!!! For fifty bucks, it worked out to approximately $3.57 per book. I grabbed it and got the hell out of there. Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus.
When I got home, I flipped the box over and next to the barcode, the original price sticker in British Pounds said 111.86. Ouch!
Being Friday, tonight is pizza night in our house. I just bought some mushrooms, rocket lettuce and salami.
Time to get started.
Have a great weekend, all!
Oh, and have a Happy New Year!!!


  1. Great bargain. On the Bond theme, I have a CD "The James Bond Songbook" by the James Bond Sextet (BGP records). It's a 1965 jazz album. The band leader's real name was James Bond - although he was better known to his friends as "Jimmy". Highlights on the album are the "James Bond Theme" as well as jazz versions of the theme music from Thunderball, Dr No, Goldfinger, and From Russia With Love - all the other tracks are original jazz compositions but very listenable. Interesting to note that the "Thunderball" theme is better known than "James Bond Theme". Happy New Year.

  2. Oh, I'm all stocked up with Bond tunes, writel. Although I can't seem to find "From Russia With Love" at the moment. Your Bond jazz CD sounds interesting. And a Happy New Year to you too!

  3. Bond box set! Niiiiiiiiice.
    And.... a Sinn? I really like that watch. I'm shopping for one very soon, so I think I might have to keep an eye out for something like that.

    Sorry we couldn't catch up on this visit. I'll be back soon though. Hope you have a very merry christmas!

    1. Christmas was nice and low-key this year, SK. Hope yours w good despite your getting sick.
      Can't go wrong with a Sinn. Let me know when you're ready to purchase. I'll make sure you make an informed decision without any sales pitches.
      Hey, have a great New Year too!

  4. Nice. Happy New Year to you and the family!