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Moving

written by: Elisha BenNet

In my socks on a cloud of an island in my mind. I was in some godforsaken town outside of Philadelphia. Reading and eating dinner by myself across from an extended table of contemporaries who think they’re all friends despite the fact that they only seem to talk about work. Stuck out past Manayunk—where business sends hope to die—there seems to be a few towns that serve as truck stops. Imagine a destitute Jersey City: lavish with trendy chain eateries that are inexplicably always adjacent to hotels sporting ballrooms. The town planners knew exactly what they were doing when they put a Dave & Busters across the street.

So why am I here? For a job. A job that was a means to an end; relocation. Relocation to Philadelphia. In my head, that's where I want to be. I specify in my head because in reality, why am I moving? Is it because there are concerts there every night, or because girls there seem to think I’m cuter than the girls at home? If I had to sell it to someone, I would say it's because I fit in. 

“Utopia is on the horizon. I move two steps closer; it moves two steps further away. I walk another ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps further away. As much as I may walk, I'll never reach it. So what's the point of utopia? The point is this: to keep walking.” - Eduardo Galeano

I suffer from a certain strain of the disease of more. The disease of desire, and it never seems to end. I’m not out shopping every day. Instead, my symptoms manifest in an existential itchiness as if what I need is somewhere else. Change things up, live somewhere new, go into grad school undeclared, it all makes sense. The confusion is the worst part, and not knowing if it’s irrational or not. But, doing nothing is a choice, the worst choice.

So what if I were to leave? I can’t really leave. My friends & family are here. My life is here. I would be a tourist. Besides; I really love where I live, my friends, and my life. I’m not miserable, why would I be? I live by the water, it’s sick. New Jersey is sick. The world is so alluring, though. Why couldn’t I run some diner in the Gilmore Girls town? Living out my life with my asshole nephew where we share sexual tension with the same family? But there's stuff to do, and it’s not here.

It seems that I won’t be happy anywhere. I mean, you can’t have everything you want. Going through a door closes others. We’re in an opt-out, not opt-in system, and the opt-out path is an ugly way. If somebody told you that the reality of our situation is preconception, would you really subscribe?

So, I’ll keep walking. It’s all I can do here. I’m here. I might as well participate, make the most of it, and try to figure out what’s up.


 

What Are The Best Rolling Papers?

If you walk into a gas station or smoke shop you’ll likely find a large selection of rolling papers for sale. You might see brands like Elements, Rizla, Raw, EZ Widers, and Zig Zag. Most people are pretty loyal to whichever brand they choose to use, so read below to see where our loyalty lies.

written by: Forrest Bloom

OCB

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We are discussing OCB papers to show you a failed attempt at creating a rolling paper. Frankly, these papers are trash. I never experienced a joint “not work” until I used OCB papers. I sprinkled my herb in, held the filter in place, and continued to roll up like normal. The freshly rolled joint looked impeccable; like something out of a damn magazine or movie. I proceed to light up, excited to smoke this beautiful piece of art, and to my surprise it failed to light or pull correctly. It wasn’t too tight or too loose, and I’m not sure if this was a dud batch of papers, but we won’t be using these OCB’s anymore. Why did we even purchase them you ask? We were swindled by a new worker at our local smoke shop who insisted that these were “the employee favorite” and “better than RAW.” Blasphemy...

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Bambú

Apparently, Bambú began in 1764 as a company that manufactured Bible pages. In perhaps the greatest business pivot in the universe they began manufacturing cigarette papers in Europe! Now, they make awesome rolling papers. These guys have a pretty cool aesthetic and a well-designed instagram page to back it up. We like these because they are easy to roll, decently sized (bigger than normal but not as big as king size), and aren’t too harsh. These are easily our favorite papers that aren’t RAW. 

RAW

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Praised for their smoothness and ease of rolling, RAW papers are indeed the best. They are not overhyped. They are made with unbleached fibers so they exhibit a light brown natural color. They are easy to roll, extremely smooth, and burn slow and even. The supreme ones, because they are creaseless, are perhaps the most even-burning papers of all. If you’ve never smoked RAW papers before, then you truly are missing out on a great joint experience. No, we aren't sponsored or endorsed by RAW. If we were then we'd have strangelooks x RAW papers by now, trust me.

Stay elevated, my friends

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Three Easy Things to Help You Wake Up in the Morning

I am not a morning person. Even with a solid 8-9 hours of sleep it's not fun waking up early. Not much helps, but I have found a few things that make a significant difference.

written by: Forrest Bloom

Give yourself some extra time

Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier than you think you should. After your alarm goes off, lay in bed for an extra 10 minutes before you get up. This makes the transition from bed to life a smooth one. Think slow and steady. Use those 10 minutes for going over your plans for the day, or do what I do 90% of the time and check Twitter and IG.

Pick clothes out the night before

Picking out clothes the night before will save you time and mental energy. It can also help prevent decision fatigue. Yeah, decision fatigue is a real thing.

Combine coffee with l-theanine

Many of you probably start your day with a cup of coffee. I like to make a basic cup of coffee more effective by combining it with l-theanine, an amino acid typically found in teas. L-theanine is relaxing, but not sedating; it's responsible for the calm feeling you get while drinking green tea. Combining 150-200 mg of l-theanine with a cup of coffee gives me focused energy with no jitters. Caffeine + l-theanine is a game changer.

Sleep is essential.

2 Drinks Guaranteed to Make You as Lit as Your Christmas Tree

Here, we give to you two delicious drinks to keep you toasty and tipsy this holiday season.

written by: strangelooks

I present to you the Big Mookowski, a seasonal cocktail inspired by the Dude himself. It combines the classic White Russian with a delicious craft beer, Terrapin’s Moo-Hoo, which can easily be substituted with your favorite chocolate/milk stout. With the wide viscosity range of these ingredients, it is key that this drink is shaken, not stirred. Like an Irish car bomb, it is best to drink this quick. Cheers!

THE BIG MOOKOWSKI

Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS

2 shots vodka

1 shot Kahlúa or coffee liqueur 

Splash heavy cream

1/2 can Terrapin's Moo-Hoo

Mix in a shaker with ice, strain, and enjoy!


For those of you who like maple, here is the Cabin in the Woods.

CABIN IN THE WOODS

Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS

1 shot maple liqueur

1 shot Irish cream

1 shot coffee liqueur

2 shots vodka

Mix in a shaker and pour over ice ball.

 

A Boozy Starbucks Hack for (Responsible) Day Drinking

written by: strangelooks

We were vacationing for a long weekend in Los Angeles and were looking for a subtle and inconspicuous way to day drink. No, we aren't alcoholics, we just wanted to have a little fun. We all enjoy a nice cup of coffee (hot or iced) and a couple of us were on a Bailey's kick. Bailey's is normally added to coffee, so we decided to kick it up a notch.

A DIY Starbucks secret item

We explored downtown LA for a couple of hours and eventually wandered into a Target for some odds and ends. The great thing about being in LA (and not NJ) is that alcohol can be purchased almost anywhere. Also, Targets have Starbucks built inside.

We purchased our odds and ends and hit the liquor aisle in search of Bailey's (and Honey Jack). We snagged the Bailey's and started brainstorming for a mixer. We almost opted for the pre-bottled Starbucks Frappuccinos, but spotted the built-in Starbucks while we were checking out. Alas, we hopped in line and one of us had the brilliant idea of combining our Bailey's with iced mocha coffeeThe final order was a tall iced coffee with dark mocha syrup added. No cream or extra sugar. 

BOOZY STARBUCKS

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 tall iced coffee

1-2 shots dark mocha syrup

Bailey's to taste

The rest is history. Simply drink some of the iced coffee and pour your desired serving size of Bailey's into the Starbucks cup. Be careful, don't drink it too fast. Indeed, it tastes like candy. Even our lone Bailey's hater enjoyed this drink. 

Caffeine + alcohol = Cosmo Kramer

The combination of caffeine and alcohol is definitely a classic. Red Bull + Vodka anyone? You'll be feeling tipsy, energized, and 100% ready for your vacation (or staycation). I think it's important to get iced coffee instead of cold brew because the extra caffeine in cold brew coffee might be a little much. But, whatever floats your boat, right?

Disclaimer: We only condone day drinking when done responsibly and ideally after you've tended to any responsibilities that you may have.