Preach!: Sheets and Comics

(Preach! will be an occasional Sunday feature with personal endorsements of products, stores and services. I plan to do one Chicago recommendation and one anywhere-in-the-world recommendation.)

Pinzon Flannel Sheets

Persuaded by their near-flawless rating, I ordered these sheets from Amazon at the beginning of winter.  They’re perfect.  Our bedroom is the coldest room in the apartment – last year we used a space heater and we haven’t needed it once since buying these sheets, even with the thermostat set to 50 degrees at night.  They’re super soft and smooth, and they wash beautifully – nothing like the rough, pilled flannel sheets I remember having as a kid.

Amazon Pinzon Velvet Flannel Sheet Set

Pinzon Signature 190-Gram Velvet Flannel Sheet Set

I was surprised to learn from the packaging that the sheets are actually manufactured by Amazon – turns out that Pinzon is one of their private labels.

Amazon Pinzon

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Challengers Unlimited Comics Rental

Challengers is a comics shop at Western Ave. & Milwaukee, just south of the Blue Line stop.  Jarrod signed up for their rental service recently, which offers a large selection of graphic novels for $10/month.  It’s a great way to explore different series and the collection is much more current than what’s on the shelf at your public library.

Challengers Comics

The shop owners are friendly and approachable – I think a rental membership would be a great gift for the comics newbie in your life.  Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day!” like Saga Volume One.


Budget Marti vs. Amazon

Three days after I ordered our TV, Amazon dropped the price by $20.  Normal Marti would have thought “eh” but Budget Marti thought “Maybe they do price adjustments!”  I used their “Call Me” service (which is genius) and the conversation went like this:

M: Do you offer price adjustments?

A: No, I’m sorry, the price you paid was the price Amazon offered at that time.  There is really no way for us to credit or refund the difference because the purchase has already been processed and you have received the item.  Amazon cannot adjust closed orders.

M: Yeah, but maybe?

A: OK.

Twenty bucks for two minutes work.  I’ll take it.

oh man oh man oh man

Oh man oh man oh man: I bought this today!  The low price and the free shipping and the “Only 1 left in stock – order soon” was too much for me to resist!  Plus, it was 4:30 and I was really bored at work.

We used this sander in my woodworking class and I have wanted it ever since.  Two years is a long time to want something!  I don’t know why I didn’t buy it earlier.

I have a Black & Decker Mouse that I will continue to use for detail sanding, but its surface area isn’t great enough for larger jobs, it requires special-made (and expensive) sanding sheets and it vibrates big instead of fast, which leads to visible marks on the sanded surface and totally numb hands after five minutes of use.  Oh, and now I see that it’s been discontinued, which means I better stock up on those special-made (and expensive) sanding sheets.

I will put the Porter-Cable 330 Speed-Bloc to work on my new dresser. It’s not in great shape – I will need to:

#1: Fill in the crack in the top drawer front with wood filler.

#2. Sand everything, especially the top.

#3. Attach a simple guide thing to the bottom drawer so that it stays on the runner.

#4: Paint and stain!

I think the curves and squatness of this dresser will add something new and much-needed to our next apartment.  It’s been getting pretty boxy & leggy.  I can count 24 brown legs in this photo alone!