Monthly Archives: July 2014

  1. Mr. PQ is pregnant, I'm not.

    Mr. PQ is pregnant, I'm not.

    “I’m pregnant”

     

    No, not me, Mrs. PQ, it’s Mr. PQ who’s expecting.  He mentioned he has been working on some new things, but him not being the science-y type, male fertilization never crossed my mind.  The man who runs to the emergency room for morphine with a little back pain ought to handle the whole transition labor quite well, I’m certain.  I caught him crying as he sang along with Disney’s Frozen soundtrack the other day, so the hormones must have kicked in by now.  He watched the movie with our oldest, while the second daughter and I were backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains (UP-Michigan) over the weekend.  We hiked the trails with a much- anticipated glimpse of black bears as the state park brochures promised.  In spite of being in the most remote portion of the park, we encountered nary a bear, print or slightest indication that bears were local inhabitants.  I travel prepared for bear encounters, daypack slung with safety whistle, mace/pepper spray, sidearm, and hiking poles that double as spears a la The Edge.  On my last trek north with the oldest, all armament proved unnecessary as the one encounter we had with a bear resulted in me emitting a “mom” scream that sent the poor creature scampering to the next county, as the kid stood in utter contempt and disbelief that I’d ruined her wilderness photo op.  Given her propensity for selfies, I’m not so sure my scaring the bear was a bad thing.  This is the kid who, on day 2 of a 3 day canoe trip, exclaimed, “Mom, I don’t get it, do you mean AM or PM?”  This inquisition was in reaction to me directing, for the prior 48 hours, with the 12-hour clock that aviators, military personnel and outdoorsmen in general use to indicate direction.  No wonder the canoe was seldom pointed along the right bearing.

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  2. iPhone 6 round up

    Well it's that time of year again.  As you can imagine Mrs PQ and I are quite busy getting ready for the arrival of iPhone 6 in September.  We do have a couple surprises coming prior to September though.  Keep an eye on Instagram and our newsletter as we announce some beautiful products coming in a few weeks.

     

    Regarding the iPhone 6, we have been following all the various tech news sites to glean as much information as possible and incorporate that into our new designs.  The BIG news is that Apple is clearly going to launch a larger iPhone. Most sources agree that two sizes are likely, a 4.7 inch screen and a large 'phablet' like 5.5 inch. These new iPhone's will be impossibly thinner, faster and have even better camera improvements. Here's series of quotes from a few key sites we follow and some take aways about Apple's upcoming iPhone 6.  Rumors for sure, but quite interesting.

    [caption id="attachment_2050" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Rumored Shell pieces of iPhone 6 4.7 from production Rumored Shell pieces of iPhone 6 4.7 from production (via 9to5mac.com)[/caption]

    From 9to5mac

    Apple May release a larger 4.7 and 5.5 inch screen iPhone at same time or...maybe not?

    "There have indeed been rumors that yield issues with the larger screen of the 5.5-inch model iPhone 6 may result in it being launched after the 4.7-inch model. But even there, we’re hearing

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  3. Important things

    I popped into my “other” job at the YMCA Tuesday, only to be met by a coworker informing me that “Crazy” Patrick had died.  While his demise is sad, sadder still in my mind is that he died alone in his house only to be discovered by his sister, his body already beginning to seep into the threads of a battered easy chair.  I suppose Patrick suffered the euphemism “crazy” attached to his name because he was quite possibly the only person I know who owned a different monochromatic outfit for every day of the week.  From headband down to matching sneakers it might be a blue day or a red day for Patrick, as he’d corner you into a conversation littered with adventurous tales which, when strung together, wove a story to rival that of Forrest Gump.

     

    Waiting eagerly for iPhone 6 to release, Mr. PQ and I have traveled to the north shore to work on a new project aimed at introducing a notable piece of the north woods to our product line.  Anyone who believes American manufacturing has gone the way of the clam shell phone, only need travel the side roads and byways where you’ll discover the heart of the country in the small businesses where employees cut, stitch and rivet each product by hand.  Our new bags for your Macbook, Air and other tech gadgets are going to be phenomenal!

     

    It’s essential for us to tour our vendor’s factories, meet the people and understand each craftsman's process.  The sheer volume of this factory lead me to think that heavy mechanization was being utilized, so it was rather mesmerizing to to hear the cacophony of sewing machines, the ring of hand hammered rivets and the rasping of shears as each piece is individually cut by hand. The integrity of the entire bag is ensured by the passion of each craftsman.  Guaranteed for life.

     

    Even when life takes a precarious turn.  Nothing underscored the vibe

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