Out of the blue, friends were sending me a few requests every month for my opinions or help with their purchases.  This went on for well over a year, and after receiving the feedback that I should either start a blog or do it professionally, I’m now doing just that.  I realized I got (almost as much) satisfaction by doing the research and helping others make the best decision available.  I say almost because I don’t get to enjoy the fruits every day.  I’ve helped a few different people purchase their car, purchased a car for my wife, have purchased a few watches for friends, and selected, setup, and taught numerous friends how to use coffee equipment. 


My name is Colin and I research everything.  I've been told I possess a level of meticulousness that others are unwilling to provide.  I have had an appreciation for the good things my whole life, certainly well before I even understood value and costs.  I’ve just always appreciated the well-made, well designed, and the truly exceptional.  I had a normal, middle-class, Midwestern upbringing, so it’s not like I was born into it, but my Dad bestowed upon me the values of research, patience, and diligence.  I’ve been described as being intense.  As in, when I get into something, I go all in; this goes hand in hand with the research thing.  It’s the well thought out that makes life that much more enjoyable.  From underwear so comfortable it disappears, to my daily coffee, to the perfect international vacation itinerary, I do the research and filter all the information so you don’t have to.


My hobbies (obsessions) include coffee (especially espresso), cycling (road and mountain), watches (specifically vintage mechanical, even more specifically manual wind vintage mechanical chronographs), traveling, great food, wine, and beer, camping, and anything outdoors.  This isn’t about opulence or grandeur, but rather making the best buying decision given the set of circumstances and the options available.  I like to think I have an aptitude for finding the happy medium – something to leave you truly satisfied without excess.  Underwear, blenders, denim, and international travel; I like to dive in the deep end and come up satisfied. 


I am currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.


When helping friends make a major purchasing decision I discovered that I have a knack for understanding their needs, their tastes, and their wants, in helping find what it is that will make them truly satisfied.  I use the same approach as when I am making my own purchasing decisions; gather and lay out as much information as possible, and make the best decision from the options found.  For me this means hours of research and tons of reading.  For you it means I do all the work for you and give you the options and what you need to know.  If you would like further explanation, lets geek out, I’d love to share my passions with you discuss what makes things great.


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