The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

NFL Split Jerseys

rgiii jersey Ugh, please don’t tell me this is going to become a thing. Split jerseys? For real?

The first time I saw this kind of atrociousness was a few years back when Brady Quinn’s sister wore an awful amalgamation of a Notre Dame and Ohio State jersey to a bowl game. Now they’re actually being sold by Nike?

I haven’t supported the NFL via souvenir purchases in more than two years, and I certainly don’t plan on breaking that habit with this ugly POS. Who would even want something like this???

iPod Touch camera problem

I have the latest generation iPod Touch, and I’ve noticed that the photos I take with this thing appear very blurry when uploaded to my computer. They look great on the iPod screen, but terrible when viewed in full size. And I know this is not due to shaky hands or a dirty lens or any of the usual problems. Sure, sometimes I whip my iPod out for a quick snap and don’t take my time to frame things properly or to let the Autofocus do its thing. I expect those photos to be blurry.

But even when I take my time and set up a posed shot, I get bad results.

After a bit of research, I learned that this is a problem for a lot of iPod Touch and iPhone 5 users. Apparently, there’s a known problem with the Autofocus on the camera. I’m supposed to take it in to an Apple store for repair or replacement, but honestly, I just can’t be bothered right now.

It really sucks that I have to be saddled with a crap camera until I carve out time to make the 1hr drive to the nearest Apple store. Oh, well…Apple has never been known for great customer service anyway.

Tigers T-Shirts

As part of my preparation for the upcoming college football season, I treated myself to some new Missouri Tigers gear. I used Fans Edge this time instead of the usual Football Fanatics or Amazon, but am not really happy with the quality of the merchandise. The shopping experience was fine, but the t-shirts I got were crap.

The first one was this arch t-shirt. It’s an officially licensed product made by New Agenda, but the material is very thin and flimsy. The description says that it’s 100% cotton and is “lightweight rib knit”. Is that code for being practically see-through? (Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. A little.) The screen printing seems kind of sketchy too, like it will peel off before going through five wash and dry cycles. We’ll see how long this lasts. Oh, and the sizing runs a bit small, but this is mentioned right in the product description, so I’m not complaining about that.

The second shirt I bought was this Mizzou Alumni model. It’s also made by New Agenda and carries the same 100% cotton, “lightweight rib knit” labels. Not surprisingly, I have the same problems with this shirt that I have with the other one. It’s thin as hell and feels incredibly cheap. The screen printing quality is also about the same, so I have my doubts about the longevity of this product as well.

If there’s a plus side, I guess it’s that the arch tee only cost $12.99 and the alumni tee cost $14.99. Yeah, I could have gotten a higher quality Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour t-shirt for $28, but at least I have two shirts at my disposal (for the time being) instead of just one.

In the future, though, I’m going to be very careful about buying any sports apparel made by New Agenda.

Trader Joe’s Organic Strawberry Lemonade

I grabbed a bottle of Organic Strawberry Lemonade from Trader Joe’s one day without even reading the label. I didn’t realize it was organic (that’s not something I look for on labels); I was just hoping for a refreshing drink.

Well, I didn’t find it in that bottle! That Joe Tea Strawberry Lemonade was the nastiest stuff I’ve ever tasted! It had a distinct medicinal quality about it that was simply disgusting. I passed it off to my son, who actually liked it.

Yeah, perhaps this isn’t the most complete or articulate review I’ve posted. Nevertheless, I just wanted to get it on record that I hated this crap!!

Alpinestars Stuck T-Shirt

I am starting to purchase some new t-shirts for the summer, and as much as I like gear featuring my favorite sports teams, I’m kind of getting tired of always wearing the same things. So this time around I decided to buy the Alpinestars t-shirt pictured here.

Alpinestars is a brand that’s big in the motorcycle world. I’ve always thought their logo was pretty cool, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually bought something from the company. Anyway, this t-shirt is called “Stuck,” and is illustrated by some parts of the logo that look like someone has tried to peel it away. You know, like when a sticker is stuck on but you try to peel it off?

So…this is your basic 100% pre-shrunk cotton tee with a screenprinted logo and a tiny logo tag on the left sleeve. It seems durable enough for now, but I fear that after several more times through the washer and dryer, the graphic will start to fade and/or peel.

All in all, I’m happy with this Alpinestars Stuck t-shirt for now. Twenty dollars wasn’t a bad price, and if it lasts for 6 months, I’ll be happy!

Edited 4/1 to add: Well, that didn’t take long. While the basic shirt itself seems to be made of quality cotton, the screenprinted logo is absolute crap. After fewer than 5 times through the wash (not even the dryer, as I wanted to preserve the shirt as much as possible), the left side of the logo is flaking off really badly. The shirt looks awful now, and is not suitable to wear outside the house. I guess I can keep it for yard work or sleeping, but it won’t be good for much else. SAVE YOUR MONEY and don’t buy this garbage!!!!!

CampusOne Mizzou Tee

I usually don’t complain much in my posts because most of the products I buy turn out to be better than what I expected. But that wasn’t the case with this CampusOne Mizzou t-shirt that I bought a short time ago.

It’s a white t-shirt with black screen-printed lettering edged in gold. The shirt looks absolutely fantastic when it’s brand new because all the colors really pop. But after just a single trip through the dryer, the lettering faded so much that the shirt looked like it had aged a few years! I know the dryer can wreak havoc on screen-printing, so I try not to judge the effects too harshly. But in this case, the wear factor is just way too much.

I wouldn’t recommend buying this one!

Peekaru

OMG, I was just looking through one of those “worst Christmas gifts ever” lists that always pop up at this time of year, and came across this horrifying thing called a “Peekaru”. It’s some kind of stupid snuggie that allows moms to carry their babies while presumably keeping them warm outdoors. I understand the concept, but seriously, the picture of that baby’s face just sticking out like that looks scary as hell! I would NEVER wear one of these things if I had a baby!!!!

Hot Pockets Side Shots

I love Hot Pockets. In fact, there was a period of time when I ate Hot Pockets for lunch every.single. day. For like a year. So when I started seeing these Side Shots at the grocery store, I was a bit intrigued. I finally got around to trying a package of the Mini Cheeseburger flavor the other day — and have to say I was less than impressed.

First of all, I should have known better than to expect any kind of bun/bread to come out right in the microwave. Past experience with frozen food should have taught me that much. But I was at least hoping for the filling to be nice and tasty, which is where the disappointment comes in. I don’t know quite how to explain it, but this simply wasn’t as flavorful as you’d think. There was a faint taste of meat and a faint taste of cheese, yet the overall impression was not that of a cheeseburger. Does that make sense?

At any rate, though I still love my Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets, I don’t think I’ll be buying Side Shots again anytime soon.