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4 Essential Long Distance Relationship Tips

Essential Long Distance Relationship Tips

To say I've been in a few long distance relationships is an understatement. My very first relationship was long distance because my girlfriend lived in Canada. I met her during my first semester at college and we were apart during the Summers. However, that relationship fell apart when I found out she had been lying to me and was dating other people. Fortunately, it's now easy to do a phone number search and find out if someone is lying about who they are.

After that, a lot of my relationships became long distance at some point, whether it was because we lived in different cities or had to travel for work. The only way I got through them all (and still had a happy, healthy relationship) was by following these long distance relationship tips.


Tech Meets Fashion: Levi’s Commuter X Jacquard By Google

Levi's Commuter X Jacquard

It’s not surprising that technology is becoming incorporated into today's fashion. The latest collaboration of tech and fashion is Levi's Commuter X Jacquard By Google. With Levi’s and Google involved, you automatically know this jacket is top-notch and will upgrade your everyday look. It was designed to be the ultimate commuter jacket for getting around the city, whether biking or taking the train.


What The Levi's Commuter X Jacquard Can Do

Play Music

While on the go, you can listen to your favorite music with this Levi’s jacket. Play, pause, skip, and see what song is playing with a simple brush. The jacket has a Bose Aware Mode which allows the user to connect to their Bose wireless headphones. These noise-canceling headphones can be purchased separately. From experience, listening to music while commuting is essential to keep you awake, entertained, and block out annoying noises.   


Easily navigate the city with this smart jacket. Similarly to other mobile GPS apps, you can find out your arrival time and hear your next direction. In the city, you can easily get lost if you don't have directions (I know from experience.)

Mark New Places And Your Favorite Spots

If you see places along your commute you want to check out later like a cafe or bar, you can save it for later using a customized hand gesture. Also, you can input your favorite spots on the Jacquard app for easy access when navigating.

Request An Uber Or Lyft Ride

It’s common when commuting to request an Uber or Lyft ride. With the Levi’s Commuter X Jacquard, you get a snap tag light notification when your ride has come. You do need to have the Uber or Lyft app on your phone and request a ride through it. What would be even better is if you didn’t need your phone to request a ride at all!

Find Your Phone

At some point, we've all experienced misplacing our cell phone whether in the office or car. With just a gesture, you can sound your phone buzzer (even when it’s on silent) and locate your lost phone. No more fuss, hassle, or panic looking for your smartphone.

Call & Text Notifications

While on the go, commuters need to have easy access to their calls and texts. The snap tag lights up and buzzes when you’re receiving a call or text, and you can answer it with just a brush. How amazing it that?

These are the most notable features of the Levi’s Commuter X Jacquard. Feature customization can be done in the Jacquard By Google app. Watch the video below to see this fashionable smart jacket in action.


The Fashion Behind The Tech

  • Functional And Fashionable

Just like all of Levi’s clothing, this jacket is both functional and fashionable. It has the tech and pockets needed for the daily commute and can go with any outfit. The Levi’s brand is all about creating pieces for the everyday person.

  • Commuter Trucker Jacket

This smart jacket is actually Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with the Jacquard By Google technology woven into it. The jacket is 100% cotton with non-stretch denim. It has a ventilated back and hand & chest pockets. Women sizes range from XS-XL and men sizes from S-2XL. All of this is what the typical commuter needs to be stylish and comfortable.

  • The Snap Tag

The snap tag is what enables the user to use the Jacquard By Google technology features. Its placement on the jacket cuff doesn't compromise the piece's style and is easily accessible by users. The tag looks similar to a jacket sleeve metal snap button.  


Levi’s high-tech jacket demonstrates how technology can be incorporated into everyday fashion.  demonstrates how technology can be incorporated into everyday fashion. The only downfall to this amazing jacket is that it costs $350. Well, I guess that’s the price of having advanced tech in a high-quality jacket. To learn more about the Levi’s Commuter X Jacquard, click here.

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The Pros And Cons Of Aging

Pros and cons of aging

I like being old. Now, I know, 50-something isn’t “old,” per se. Age is, after all, a matter of perspective. But kids and teens will consider me old. I know I would if I was their age. People older than me will say that I’m young—and I get that. I’m that way with the young’uns. You tell me you're 39? Come on! That’s nothing. Your hitting your quarter century? My god, you’re just a baby. And yet, I get where you’re coming from. I’ve been there! That’s why I’m using all of my wiseness to tell you about 3 of the top pros and cons of aging.


The Top 3 Negatives of Aging

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With aging, comes pains and aches throughout the body.

  • Things hurt— No joke. You’ve heard from “old people” your whole life: “My back hurts.” “My shoulder hurts.” “My knee hurts.” Guess what? All of those things are hurting me at this very moment. Why? Because I woke up. Okay, that’s only partially true. I’m actually hurting because I played softball—but that was a month ago! It’s ridiculous. Even though I’m in pretty good shape for my age, I’m not a kid anymore. I love to run around and play sports, but I recover like an old guy—because I am an old guy. You can’t argue with me on this. There’s a reason why most professional athletes retire before the age of 40: physical activity takes its toll.
  • Hair sucks— I’m not just talking about the crop up top, but also the grow down below (look out Dr. Seuss!). I know it’s gross to talk about ear, nose, and body hair, but it’s a horrible fact of life. Yes, I’m blessed with a relatively full head of hair (which is gaining more grays every year), but I’ve also been cursed with an increasing amount of hair in places I have no wish to grow them. And I’m not ashamed to admit I manscape. Someone’s gotta keep those weeds at bay. I swear though, it’s a never-ending battle that I know I won’t be able to win.
  • Blindness blows— I had perfect eyesight my entire life—that is up until my early 40s. My early 40s! I always thought that yeah sure, I would probably need some type of optical assistance someday, but I never thought it would be that early in life. Let me just say, I have no problem with wearing eyeglasses. Spectacles have come a long way since I was teen (and since they were first called spectacles) and they can really enhance a person’s appearance. My problem is having to put them on so that I can read something—and then take them off in order to see everything else that isn’t right in front of me! It can be so maddening at times—especially in this day and age of cell phones where I’m trying to view tiny words and emojis.


The Top 3 Positives of Aging

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    Don't Be Afraid Of Aging, Embrace It.
  • Feeling angstless in Seattle (and everywhere else)— Other than the fears of disease and death, there isn’t much I worry about. Seriously, I’ve lived long enough to know that shit happens. I’ve had my fair share of bad things happen to me, my family, friends, and co-workers. I know that life is hard. I’ve learned to roll with the punches—and believe me, I’ve been punched a lot. Yes, I have concerns. I try to be practical regarding each one of them. But I don’t let them build up to where I can’t sleep at night. Life is just too short. I fill my day with things that make me happy (like hanging out in my man cave) and keep me from overthinking the small stuff.
  • Being comfy in my own skin— That’s one of the big differences between young people and oldies like me. I no longer have those moments of feeling like I’m not attractive or good enough or that I don’t belong here. I’ve been through a lot and I know there’s more ahead of me—similar to experiences I’ve had time and time again. Life, after all, is cyclical. And because I know how to act in like situations, I know that I’ll be okay. I know who I am. And I believe that wherever I go, I’ve earned the right to be there.
  • Living 'la vida sencilla'— Honestly, having all that experience behind me has made it easier to put my life in perspective. It has allowed me to realize what's most important to me. It’s not how much money I have or how much stuff I can attain (although having cash and things are both great.) It’s the people in my life that really count. Not the people themselves, but the little moments with them. The interactions. The conversations. The smiles. The looks. The nothing-really-happeneds. All that matters is that I’m here and that they’re here with me. They make me feel complete. What’s also important to me is how I make them feel. Not just my family, but everyone I come in contact with. I want them all to think well of me. To say, “Oh Wayne? He’s a good egg.” That means so much to me nowadays.


The Wayne Truth of the Matter

I often wonder how much time I have left on this Earth. I hope it’s a lot. You never know. That’s why I remind myself every morning when I wake (no matter how much pain my aging, crickity-crackity body is in) that I’m lucky—because I’ve just gotten another chance to do something good and to be with somebody great. That’s something that everyone, young or old, should keep in mind. The pros and cons of aging are unavoidable, but you should still live life to the fullest. 

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The Top 20 Infinity War Memes On The Internet

The Top 20 Infinity War Memes On The Internet

Right now, Avengers: Infinity War is the number one movie in America, and it doesn't seem like another blockbuster will be stealing that crown anytime soon. So of course the internet's had a field day with it. People were posting memes months before the movie even came out on April 27th, which you can read more about here. So to celebrate one of the best-selling films of 2018, we're sharing the most hilarious and creative Infinity War memes on the internet.

Warning: spoilers ahead!


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Summer is just around the corner. Yay for beach days and frozen drinks! Boo for 104 days of bored children. Our go-to for long summer days filled with whining kids is often a road trip. Be it a day, or a week, road trips with your kids can be fun. A successful road trip with your kids is 88% distraction, 10% refereeing, and 2% good music.