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Watches...I Love 'em!

Tommy Engstrom

Watches. I love me a good watch. Do you have certain things in life that you use or wear so often that it almost feels as though it has become a part of you? Many people say they feel lost without their phone. If they don't have their favorite baseball cap, their day suddenly becomes all but complete. For me? It's my watch. If I walk out of my apartment without a watch on my wrist, I feel completely naked. It's almost debilitating. I realize that the iPhone in my back pocket can tell me the time just as easily, but it's not the same. There is something about having that accessory constantly around my wrist.

I have a few go-to watches that I use on a regular basis, but that doesn't mean that my collection is limited. I like options. I recently became a brand ambassador for JORD Watches and have quickly fallen smitten with their gorgeous selection of wooden watches. 

Be sure to browse their site - the holidays are coming up...these make great presents! Just saying.



Tommy Engstrom

Dogs. Siberian Huskies. Bulldogs. Labrador Retreivers. Shar-Pei's. Rottweilers. Growing up, my siblings and I begged to get a dog. It never happened. So here I am, 29-years old, and the urge to own a dog is still as great as it was when I was 10-years old. 

The older I get, however, I notice my perspective changing ever so slightly. Now, I start thinking about both the pros and the cons of being a dog owner.


  1. I would have a loyal companion.
  2. I could take my dog hiking and camping.
  3. It would hopefully get my family momentarily off my back about getting married and having a family. 
  4. Dogs are adorable.


  1. Vet bills.
  2. Paying for dog food.
  3. Dog hair. Everywhere. I am anal retentive and like a clean apartment. This is a big factor.
  4. Flexibility.

Until I allow myself to make that decision, I will just have to enjoy friends' dogs. Or perhaps the random dogs that my brother and I find while walking around camps in Minnesota.


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Tommy Engstrom

When I was in college I would call home and talk to my parents on a fairly frequent basis. To be truthful, I spoke to them everyday. It wasn't necessarily because I was homesick or didn't have friends at school, I have just always been very close to my family. 

I remember vividly on numerous occasions calling home to listen to my mom freaking out about my little brother who had recently picked up parkouring. If you are not familiar, just watch this video. The year was somewhere between 2006 and 2010, so Facebook had already spread to the high school age group, meaning my brother had an account. Not so intelligently, he and his friend would go around our home town taking pictures of each other climbing up walls, running across roofs, etc, etc, etc. My parents caught wind and were not too thrilled with this newfound pastime. Me? Well, I just thought Erik was stupid. 

Fast-forward six years and here I am, about to turn 29-years old and I am running around the roof of my Lincoln Park apartment. Funny how roles can reverse, right? Needless to say, I think I understand why Erik was so into it - there is an incredible rush as you stand on the edge and peer down at the ground below. 


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