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For several years, I attempted to become a front pocket wallet kind of guy. I had gotten tired of the discomfort of sitting on my old billfold, and thought a change was in order. Consequently, I tried out a couple different variations of front pocket wallets.

In switching to a front pocket wallet, I did find an advantage in no longer having a billfold stuck under my rear. But I discovered these wallets could be a different kind of pain in the butt. 

First, most front pocket wallets don’t do a very good job of carrying cash. Often there isn’t even a place in them for it. If they do offer cash storage, it’s usually in the form of a money clip, but those are pretty annoying to use. Thanks to the lack of cash storage in the front pocket wallets I tried, I often found myself out and about without any greenbacks. This would be a problem when I’d go somewhere for a special event and needed to pay cash for parking in the improvised lots that had arisen. The following conversation would ensue between Kate and me:

Kate: Why don’t you have cash? Didn’t you write an article about why every man should still carry cash?

Brett: My front pocket wallet doesn’t really have a place to stash cash, so I don’t keep any on me.

Kate: You should probably get a new wallet. 

I’d then have to find an ATM to withdraw cash so I could park the car. That was annoying.

The second downside to the front pocket wallet was that getting to my cards was difficult — particularly with the Ridge wallet I tried out. It had one compartment for all my cards, and when I needed one in the middle of the stack, it was impossible to pull it out without pulling out all the other cards as well. When my kids saw me fumbling around pulling all the cards out and putting them all back in, they said, “Gee, Dad, that seems like a really dumb wallet!” Man, I was getting wallet critiques from all sides! But they were right, folks, they were right. 

A few months ago, I decided to end my experiment with being a front pocket wallet man, and return to the back pocket variety. 

I used this as an opportunity to revisit the traditional billfold wallet. I figured that perhaps the discomfort issue I had had with my previous one wasn’t a function of it being a back pocket wallet, but it being too bulky of a back pocket wallet.  

So as I began my search for a new billfold, my main criteria was that it had to be slim, even when packed with several cards. I didn’t want a George Costanza wallet that would give me scoliosis from sitting on it all day. 

One wallet kept coming up in my search again and again: The Bellroy Hide & Seek. (

Huckberry carried it (natch), so I bought myself one. 

Dear reader, after several months of use, I’m happy to report that this is the best wallet I’ve ever owned.  

Why I Recommend the Bellroy Hide & Seek

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It’s slim and lightweight (even with a bunch of cards in it). I don’t know how the geniuses at Bellroy did it, but they’ve somehow designed the Hide & Seek so it can carry over a dozen cards while maintaining a very slim profile. It’s like a Mary Poppins’ bag but in manlier wallet form. 

Even after months of use, I’m still surprised by how slim my Hide & Seek is whenever I pick it up to put it in my back pocket. 

Thanks to its slim profile, the Hide & Seek doesn’t cause me any discomfort while sitting on it. 

If you’re looking for a slim wallet, you can’t beat the Hide & Seek.

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Omega Swatch Moonswatch Saturn Review

Many reviews have already been published across the web about each and every one of the Omega MoonSwatch watches. However, having recently started building my collection of these unique timepieces, I still wanted to cover the ones I’ve purchased here on Bespoke Unit.

Accordingly, in this article, I’ll be covering the MoonSwatch Mission To Saturn relatively briefly and will allow the images I’ve taken to do most of the talking.

Below, I’ll also show the latest aftermarket band that I’ve purchased for this Mission To Saturn MoonSwatch. It’s made wearing the watch a lot more comfortable, and I am very satisfied with the comfort that this strap provides.

Before that, let’s take a look at the specifications of the Mission to Saturn, which are exactly the same as the Mission On Earth I recently covered except for the obvious differences in the color scheme and strap tone.

Omega Swatch Moonswatch Saturn Review

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MoonSwatch Mission To Saturn Specs

Reference: SO33T100Case Diameter: 42mmCase Material: BioceramicCrystal: PlasticWater Resistance: 30m / 3 bayDial Color: BeigeBracelet: Brown VelcroMovement: ETA G10. 212>Quartz, Battery-PoweredChronograph FunctionRetail Price: $270 [Shop on eBay]

Swatch describes the tone of the MoonSwatch Mission To Saturn bioceramic case as beige. However, I think it is a bit more grey than beige.

The dial is marked by brown subregisters and a depiction of Saturn & its rings. The bezel insert is presented in the same brown tone, which I find is an excellent pairing for the beige/gray bioceramic.

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Podcast #981: The Power of Everyday Rituals to Shape and Enhance Our Lives

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We tend to associate rituals with large, inherited ceremonies that are more frequent, such as church services, holidays and weddings. As my guest pointed out, we also have small, self made, everyday rituals which help us transform the mundane moments of life into meaningful ones.

In The Ritual effect: From habit to ritual, harness the surprising power of everyday actions, Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton examines how our DIY rituals enhance and shape our lives. On today’s episode, we take a look at the results of that survey. Michael explains how to distinguish between a habit or a ritual, and how families and individuals can create their own “rituals signatures”, even in more traditional rituals such as holidays. We talk about the many different aspects of our lives where rituals are present and what they can do for us. They help us deal with uncertainty, enjoy life and reconnect to the past. We discuss the role DIY rituals play in romantic relationships. From deepening intimacy to facilitating a breakup, we also explore the role “kinkeepers,” who keep families together.

Podcast Resources

AoM Series on Ritual PowerAoM Article: A Man’s Need for RitualAoM podcast #505 : A man’s need for ritualAoM podcast #835 : The power of ritual”Deja Vu”, by Olivia Rodrigo

Michael Norton: Connect with him

Michael’s Website — includes the “Habit or Ritual?” Quiz

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The Japanese 3X3 Interval Walking Workout

High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has the principle that the harder an exercise is performed, the greater the physiological benefits. By incorporating higher intensity intervals into your workouts you can achieve more fitness in less time.

When we think of HIIT, our minds tend to go berserk on a fan-bike or do sprints.

As Dr. Martin Gibala explained in the AoM Podcast, high-intensity exercise does not require you to reach your maximum heart rate nor is it restricted to a specific type of exercise.

It is possible to do interval training without pedaling as hard on your bike.

Enter Interval Walking Training, which was developed in Japan.

The 3X3 walking exercise is easy: You do 3 minutes low-intensity (40 percent of your peak aerobic capacity — just a bit faster than strolling), then 3 minutes high-intensity (70%+) walking. Repeat these interval sets at the very least five times and perform this 30-minute exercise four times per week.

The heart rate you experience during high-intensity periods will depend on your age and fitness level. A 68-year old participant in an IWT study saw his heart rate increase to 130 beats per minutes during the fast intervals. You’re definitely moving quickly.

IWT has been shown to have significant health benefits, despite its accessibility. Interval Walking Training was performed 4 times a week over a period of 3 months. This resulted in measurable improvements to blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and leg strength.

Interval Walking Training was developed by Hiroshi NOSE. He reports that IWT participants’ “physical fitness — maximum aerobic power and thigh muscles strength — increased by around 20 percent, which will make you feel 10 years younger, [and] symptoms related to lifestyle diseases (hypertension and hyperglycemia) decreased by 20 percent.” IWT walking also improved mental health: depression scores fell by half.

IWT helps you to take walking’s benefits to the next level. Hiroshi used Interval Walking Training in order to get thousands elderly Japanese citizens in shape. It’s an excellent form of exercise for those who are older. It’s good for those who are just starting their fitness journey, and want to start getting more active. IWT can be a great way to spice up your regular neighborhood walks, even if you are already in excellent shape.

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