Nobody’s having the same experience in reality, so it’s totally fair to have your own feeling be specific to you and not the same as someone else’s experience.

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20 Twenties Tweaks: #13 - Find Two Uses
When you live in 350 square feet with another person (4 years going on 5!) you don’t always get to have extra storage space (or even one closet).
Thus you need to get creative. Limiting yourself to the essentials makes it possible to find dual uses in what you do have. For instance, we don’t really have room for a wine decanter, but our Chemex Coffee brewer serves double duty in housing a bottle of just opened wine, and easy to pour from! Plus, the cover to the Clever Coffee Pot fits perfectly over the Chemex.
Look for these dual uses everywhere, but they’re especially easy to find in the kitchen (and if you’re trying to justify having LOTS of coffee brew methods around). The plastic funnel that comes with the Aeropress coffee system fits so exactly in the expresso portafilter that it seems like it was made for getting the fine grounds into the cup this way.
Also pictured: the Misto is a pump spray Olive oil device that is now completely essential to our cooking. Get it. And a wine “aerator” which aerates the wine through it, as you pour into a decanter. It makes a difference.
Put the less frequently used stuff above the cabinets or under the bed until you realize you don’t look for it anymore and get rid of it.
Purge often and pare down. Never stop looking for double uses.
*I’m posting daily one hack/tweak I’ve discovered and integrated into my life during the last decade as I lead up to my 30th birthday on the 28th. Here’s all of the #20sTweaks so far.

20 Twenties Tweaks: #13 - Find Two Uses

When you live in 350 square feet with another person (4 years going on 5!) you don’t always get to have extra storage space (or even one closet).

Thus you need to get creative. Limiting yourself to the essentials makes it possible to find dual uses in what you do have. For instance, we don’t really have room for a wine decanter, but our Chemex Coffee brewer serves double duty in housing a bottle of just opened wine, and easy to pour from! Plus, the cover to the Clever Coffee Pot fits perfectly over the Chemex.

Look for these dual uses everywhere, but they’re especially easy to find in the kitchen (and if you’re trying to justify having LOTS of coffee brew methods around). The plastic funnel that comes with the Aeropress coffee system fits so exactly in the expresso portafilter that it seems like it was made for getting the fine grounds into the cup this way.

Also pictured: the Misto is a pump spray Olive oil device that is now completely essential to our cooking. Get it. And a wine “aerator” which aerates the wine through it, as you pour into a decanter. It makes a difference.

Put the less frequently used stuff above the cabinets or under the bed until you realize you don’t look for it anymore and get rid of it.

Purge often and pare down. Never stop looking for double uses.

*I’m posting daily one hack/tweak I’ve discovered and integrated into my life during the last decade as I lead up to my 30th birthday on the 28th. Here’s all of the #20sTweaks so far.

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Brewing beer is a process, taking several hours and stressing the use of my Brooklyn kitchen, but it’s fun to do as an afternoon activity and waiting a month to drink it builds anticipation. If you’re interested, I like Brooklyn Brew Shop has the best prices & kits plus their class makes it seems easy and doable. I’ll let you know how my first IPA turns out!

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One of my favorite places in Brooklyn, Maybelle’s Cafe (at Maybelle’s Cafe)

One of my favorite places in Brooklyn, Maybelle’s Cafe (at Maybelle’s Cafe)

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New York Red Bulls host San Jose Earthquakes | July 19 2014, @newyorkredbulls #rbny @mls  (at Red Bull Arena)

New York Red Bulls host San Jose Earthquakes | July 19 2014, @newyorkredbulls #rbny @mls (at Red Bull Arena)

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20 Twenties Tweaks: #12 - See It Live
I firmly believe that’s there’s two ways to really appreciate how difficult and beautiful art and sport can both be: try it yourself and/or go see it live in person.
I was lucky to have opportunities to participate in team sports like Baseball and Tennis and Soccer, and unorganized pick up games of Football and more. I also go to be on stage in musicals and dramas and behind stage as stage manager. I played Alto Saxophone in concert and marching band, sang in choir and in musicals, and tried bass guitar for a few years.
Of course growing up I was fortunate to have parents and friends that appreciated going to live events. I’d save up money for tickets and organize groups to see concerts and games. We would see local theater and make trips into Philadelphia and New York to see plays.
But none of this has prepared me for the opportunities afforded to me these last eight years of my twenties in New York. When all of a sudden you have disposable income, no dependents, and public transportation you should try to go to everything you can, and say yes to every invite that comes your way.
That’s how I’ve spent these last years going to see: Yankees, Mets, Red Bulls, USMNT, Nets, Knicks, Rangers, Devils, Eagles, and US Open matches. It’s how I’ve ended up seeing concerts in the park, arenas, dive bars, intimate venues, and Madison Square Garden. It’s how I’ve seen broadway musicals, off broadway dramas, and black box theater experiments alike. Heck, even seeing the NFL Draft live was exciting.
Then throw in readings, performances, dance, and everything else New York is doing and I’ve found myself in awe of every athlete, author, musician, singer, dancer, actor, filmmaker, and creator I’ve found in front of me.
And almost every event has that holy shit moment where you’re wowed, meant to feel some emotion you couldn’t control. Seek those out when you’re most able.
Say Yes, I’ll take those tickets and go tonight.
*I’m posting daily one hack/tweak I’ve discovered and integrated into my life during the last decade as I lead up to my 30th birthday on the 28th. Here’s all of the #20sTweaks so far.

20 Twenties Tweaks: #12 - See It Live

I firmly believe that’s there’s two ways to really appreciate how difficult and beautiful art and sport can both be: try it yourself and/or go see it live in person.

I was lucky to have opportunities to participate in team sports like Baseball and Tennis and Soccer, and unorganized pick up games of Football and more. I also go to be on stage in musicals and dramas and behind stage as stage manager. I played Alto Saxophone in concert and marching band, sang in choir and in musicals, and tried bass guitar for a few years.

Of course growing up I was fortunate to have parents and friends that appreciated going to live events. I’d save up money for tickets and organize groups to see concerts and games. We would see local theater and make trips into Philadelphia and New York to see plays.

But none of this has prepared me for the opportunities afforded to me these last eight years of my twenties in New York. When all of a sudden you have disposable income, no dependents, and public transportation you should try to go to everything you can, and say yes to every invite that comes your way.

That’s how I’ve spent these last years going to see: Yankees, Mets, Red Bulls, USMNT, Nets, Knicks, Rangers, Devils, Eagles, and US Open matches. It’s how I’ve ended up seeing concerts in the park, arenas, dive bars, intimate venues, and Madison Square Garden. It’s how I’ve seen broadway musicals, off broadway dramas, and black box theater experiments alike. Heck, even seeing the NFL Draft live was exciting.

Then throw in readings, performances, dance, and everything else New York is doing and I’ve found myself in awe of every athlete, author, musician, singer, dancer, actor, filmmaker, and creator I’ve found in front of me.

And almost every event has that holy shit moment where you’re wowed, meant to feel some emotion you couldn’t control. Seek those out when you’re most able.

Say Yes, I’ll take those tickets and go tonight.

*I’m posting daily one hack/tweak I’ve discovered and integrated into my life during the last decade as I lead up to my 30th birthday on the 28th. Here’s all of the #20sTweaks so far.

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Beer making day thanks to @brooklynbrewshop #20stweaks

Beer making day thanks to @brooklynbrewshop #20stweaks

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While my early adventures on social sites were exciting and novel, increasingly, my time spent on these services is starting to feel like a lot of wasted time. Like a virus slowly invading its victim, social media has methodically started to consume every hour of my day. Morning coffees, lunchtime breaks, time before bed, was once cordoned off for books, or even just quiet moments of reflection.

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Originally Posted By bostonpoetryslam

Write. Find a way to keep alive and write. There is nothing else to say. If you are going to be a writer there is nothing I can say to stop you; if you’re not going to be a writer nothing I can say will help you. What you really need at the beginning is somebody to let you know that the effort is real.

James Baldwin’s advice to young writers, from The Art of Fiction No. 78 (via bostonpoetryslam)

It’s real. We promise.

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20 Twenties Tweaks: #11 -  Coffee Break at the Water Cooler
Since coffee is such a cultural and communal force at any company I wouldn’t be surprised that potential coffee lovers, like me, are being introduced to coffee through their first 9-5 professional jobs in their Twenties.
Of course I like a cup of (Clever) coffee when I’m getting ready in the morning, sometimes on the subway ride in, and definitely when I’m starting my day at my desk. It’s actually a good thing my company doesn’t do free coffee at work or I’d drink that (bad) coffee all day long, and at conferences that do serve free joe I actually do.
But when you’re not making a run with coworkers (a highly enjoyable conversational break in the grind), I don’t want to have to always pay for my pick me up. That’s when I make my own on the break counter at work.
This is where the Areopress Coffee Method shines in it’s portability, quickness, deliciousness, and ease of use/clean up. Grind up some beans at work (10 grams) and bring it to work fresh in a baggie. As a bonus this makes my messenger bag smell amazing.
Use the hot water (many offices have this), heat up a cup in the microwave, or get a cheap electric kettle. Pour in the water over your ground up beans, stir, and wait a minute for it to brew.
Put the Aeropress over a mug and press the plunger through the press, filtering the coffee through the circle paper filter and into the mug. Unscrew the plastic end holding in the filter and push the plunger through, knocking the grinds and paper into the trash.
Put everything away (fits in a small box) and I transfer the coffee to my thermos (Contigo has a spill proof thermos I use daily that keeps it warm for 2 hours) and drink. You’re done!
*For ice coffee you can brew a stronger cup with less water and just add ice.
It’s even faster than going down to the cafeteria. I beat coworkers back to our desks and I’m drinking better single cup fresh coffee before they’re back. And there’s no cleanup beyond replacing my box back in its spot in my drawer.
You may get strange looks of envy at your process but you’re too happy drinking coffee to care. Make work work for you and for me that means coffee options. Aeropress is that option.
*I’m posting daily one hack/tweak I’ve discovered and integrated into my life during the last decade as I lead up to my 30th birthday on the 28th. Here’s all of the #20sTweaks so far.

20 Twenties Tweaks: #11 -  Coffee Break at the Water Cooler

Since coffee is such a cultural and communal force at any company I wouldn’t be surprised that potential coffee lovers, like me, are being introduced to coffee through their first 9-5 professional jobs in their Twenties.

Of course I like a cup of (Clever) coffee when I’m getting ready in the morning, sometimes on the subway ride in, and definitely when I’m starting my day at my desk. It’s actually a good thing my company doesn’t do free coffee at work or I’d drink that (bad) coffee all day long, and at conferences that do serve free joe I actually do.

But when you’re not making a run with coworkers (a highly enjoyable conversational break in the grind), I don’t want to have to always pay for my pick me up. That’s when I make my own on the break counter at work.

This is where the Areopress Coffee Method shines in it’s portability, quickness, deliciousness, and ease of use/clean up. Grind up some beans at work (10 grams) and bring it to work fresh in a baggie. As a bonus this makes my messenger bag smell amazing.

Use the hot water (many offices have this), heat up a cup in the microwave, or get a cheap electric kettle. Pour in the water over your ground up beans, stir, and wait a minute for it to brew.

Put the Aeropress over a mug and press the plunger through the press, filtering the coffee through the circle paper filter and into the mug. Unscrew the plastic end holding in the filter and push the plunger through, knocking the grinds and paper into the trash.

Put everything away (fits in a small box) and I transfer the coffee to my thermos (Contigo has a spill proof thermos I use daily that keeps it warm for 2 hours) and drink. You’re done!

*For ice coffee you can brew a stronger cup with less water and just add ice.

It’s even faster than going down to the cafeteria. I beat coworkers back to our desks and I’m drinking better single cup fresh coffee before they’re back. And there’s no cleanup beyond replacing my box back in its spot in my drawer.

You may get strange looks of envy at your process but you’re too happy drinking coffee to care. Make work work for you and for me that means coffee options. Aeropress is that option.

*I’m posting daily one hack/tweak I’ve discovered and integrated into my life during the last decade as I lead up to my 30th birthday on the 28th. Here’s all of the #20sTweaks so far.

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Originally Posted By slaughterhouse90210

slaughterhouse90210:

“She was of the stuff of which great men’s mothers are made. She was indispensable to high generation, hated at tea parties, feared in shops, and loved at crises.”—Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

slaughterhouse90210:

“She was of the stuff of which great men’s mothers are made. She was indispensable to high generation, hated at tea parties, feared in shops, and loved at crises.”
—Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

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I’ve been reading Red or Dead by David Peace all week; currently on page 240 of 720. This is a typical paragraph of repetition, club names, attendance figures, match result, & league standings that occurs probably hundreds of times throughout this journey alongside Liverpool legend Bill Shankly.

I’ve been reading Red or Dead by David Peace all week; currently on page 240 of 720. This is a typical paragraph of repetition, club names, attendance figures, match result, & league standings that occurs probably hundreds of times throughout this journey alongside Liverpool legend Bill Shankly.

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Originally Posted By wordsaresinging

Part of being an adult is going, ‘Yes there are people prettier/smarter/more talented than me, but I’m good on my own’. You’re not oppressed by something just because it makes you feel insecure.

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Bros, Beers, Brooklyn, Ballet. This is how we get dance, son! *Also lots of parents/daughters. Beautiful outdoor free culture brings Brooklyn together.  (at Celebrate Brooklyn!)

Bros, Beers, Brooklyn, Ballet. This is how we get dance, son! *Also lots of parents/daughters. Beautiful outdoor free culture brings Brooklyn together. (at Celebrate Brooklyn!)

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I still contend that soccer is well worth all the hype. The beauty is in the details. The nuances are what make the long games with frequent low scores so fascinating and enthralling. The game is a constant battle of vastly different athletic abilities and skills. Technique, ingenuity, speed, strength, quickness, agility and stamina are on a constant sliding scale as teams compile their best mixture to match opponents. I constantly observe how team tactics can combat individual brilliance, which can come in so many forms, and vice versa. The sheer number of avenues to success breeds a sporting competition like no other.

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