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Chairman Recommended: Flip-Flops (Updated)

Added on by C. Maoxian.

I wore Teva Mush flip-flops for many years and loved them, but they had one big problem: they stained the soles of my feet black. (I wear them all day every day from June to September.) The girl in my local shoe shop, disgusted by the look of my soles, suggested I switch to OluKai flip-flops instead. These ‘Ohana are the bottom of the line for OluKai and cost $65 (well over two times what I paid for Teva Mush), but they’re comfortable (nice footbed) and water-resistant.

If you had trouble with stained feet with the Teva Mush, I recommend you check out these OluKais instead.


Chairman Recommended: Digital Kitchen Scale

Added on by C. Maoxian.

Been awhile since I’ve done a Chairman Recommended post … this is the kitchen scale (“Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale, White“) that I use. It has a nice big surface and a tare button and shows ounces, grams, milliliters, etc. It shuts itself off. Can’t go wrong for $13. No, that isn’t an “affiliate” link … I don’t need pennies from my dozen loyal followers … I send these recos from the heart (or stomach).

Chairman Recommended: Cherry & Olive Pitter

Added on by C. Maoxian.

I eat a lot of olives and did a big study on whether it was better to buy pitted or unpitted olives. My conclusion after exhaustive research eating thousands of olives was you should always buy unpitted olives and pit them yourself.

I had been using this cherry pitter to pit my olives, but of course it didn't work very well. Then my wife bought this Cherry & Olive Pitter from Oxo and it is the bomb; it works beautifully! No splatter, easy to clean, and consistently smooth pitting.

I eat $13 worth of unpitted olives a week, so this thing is a steal at $13.

UPDATE (Jan. 2018): I'm on my third one of these as the previous two broke, so expect to replace it every quarter if you pit a lot of olives like I do. 

Chairman Recommended: Slippers

Added on by C. Maoxian.

I am almost completely housebound during the winter here in Appalachia and only leave to:

  1. Take the kids somewhere (school, swimming, art lessons, etc.),
  2. Buy groceries,
  3. Play poker. 

So my indoor footwear is very important and I use LL Bean's aptly named Wicked Good Scuffs III. I love them because they:

  1. Have rubber soles,
  2. Are made from soft sheepskin and are shearling-lined (Australian sheep),
  3. Are scuffs ("a flat-soled slipper without quarter or heel strap").

I'm at the advanced stage of laziness where all my footwear must be easily slipped on and off, so I slip out of these moccasins and into my slip-on boots when I go outside (to get the paper or put out the trash) and then back in again when I come inside. I wear them all day every day -- highly recommended by the Chairman! 

(See this post for my recommended summertime footwear.)

Chairman Recommended -- Water Flosser

Added on by C. Maoxian.

I had my semi-annual teeth cleaning yesterday and the hygienist spent the entire time oohing and aahing over my pearly whites. Of course I've had a dozen root canals done and an equal number of crowns put in over the years, so it's more like pearly off-whites.

Anyway, it's doubly important that you keep things clean if you have a lot of fake teeth, and I highly recommend the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser ($60) for this purpose. Used together with the floss picks that I recommended earlier, you should be able to deny your dentist the many Mercedes payments that you'd otherwise be making for him.  

Chairman Recommended: Deodorant

Added on by C. Maoxian.

The Chairman's body odor has been described by his friends as "incredible" and that's even before I have consumed any dairy products (which kicks my B.O. up to B.B.O (an old Seinfeld joke)). Nevertheless I don't like using deodorant in general and would never ever smear any aluminum compound "anti-perspirant" in my armpits. But this spray deodorant from Burt's Bees is quite pleasant, masks the Chairman's natural manly scent fairly well, and has the added benefit of acting as a mosquito repellent. 

I don't think Clorox has added any bleach to the original formula since buying out old Burt. I pay $7 for a 4 fluid ounce bottle, which lasts several months.

Chairman Recommended: Floss Picks

Added on by C. Maoxian.

I used to use Glide floss, which was the best floss around, even after Procter & Gamble bought it from W.L. Gore and changed the product a bit (I suspect). For some reason somewhere along the line I stopped using floss and started using these floss picks, even though they're not friendly to Mother (Earth).

I can imagine millions of them gathering together in some mile-wide flotsam in the ocean, or scattering the beaches of Polynesian islands ... Paul Gauguin's famous Tahitian landscape littered with used floss picks.  I pay $2 for a pack of 75, which lasts a couple of months. 

Chairman Recommended: Butter Dish

Added on by C. Maoxian.

I use Kerrygold butter which comes in a big block, basically a double stick, and in the past I used to cut it in two and put one stick in a conventional butter dish and one stick in the fridge, which was a pain in the ass, but then I found Guzzini's butter dish -- it's designed to hold something two sticks wide. Although it's not made out of glass but some specialty plastic, it still looks good and is two-stick functional. A bargain at $20. Chairman recommended! 

Chairman Recommended: Hand Cream

Added on by C. Maoxian.

It's all about the shea butter content, baby (20%!). This is the stuff I use from L'Occitane.  $28 a pop but worth every penny. Baby isn't thrilled with the fragrance, but I don't mind it, and I'm a manly man.  This product is Chairman recommended! 

Chairman Recommended: Bar Soap

Added on by C. Maoxian.

My Twitter buddy @imagethief turned me on to Kirk's ... I had been using Mrs. Meyers before but Kirk's is better, a lot better. It lathers nicely, rinses cleanly, doesn't dry out your skin and isn't perfumed in any way. It's great soap. I pay $3.29 for a three pack. Chairman recommended! 

Chairman Recommended: Flip-Flops

Added on by C. Maoxian.

Many have wondered what semi-retired Appalachians wear on their feet, and the answer in my case is flip-flops by Teva, specifically the Mush II Canvas model. I have a pair for indoors and a pair for outdoors. Actually, I have a couple of pairs for each in different colors since I'm such a fashion maven. Like the old Birkenstocks, the soles of these things conform to your feet exactly, making them super comfortable, but they don't have the ugly tops like Birkenstocks have. A steal at $25 a pair. 

Chairman Recommended: Underwear

Added on by C. Maoxian.

I only wear one kind of underwear in one color, and this has been the case for the last 20 years. I was reminded of this fact after watching Jerry Seinfeld query the President of the United States about his underwear wearing habits. 

These beauties have a bubble butt cut, which was important for me once upon a time. Sadly after being married for so long, my wife has chewed my ass off and I've lost my once magnificent bottom.

Recently while sitting down, my Falstaffian gut blew the double buttons off a pair, which has encouraged me to lose some weight -- you have to be able to read the signs.  Poor people are screwed in most ways, including wearing uncomfortable underwear, but this is an area where no matter what your means are, you should always open your wallet (as you should when buying a mattress). A steal at $45 a pair. Chairman recommended!