To quote Madonna (something I’m not particularly fond of), “We are living in a material world.” To help you figure out which of the millions of material goods swirling around us is worth spending your hard-earned cash on, we have put together The Want List, consisting of the items we really love this week.
PEOPLE PEOPLE TRANSPARENT SPEAKER
While we are ever dependent on our tech devices, we don’t often can get to peek inside their inner workings. Doing so can be fascinating, even if we have no idea what we’re looking at. Such is the case with People People’s small transparent speaker. The case is framed in a beautiful white aluminum with glass sides. From the front, the drivers themselves appear to be floating. The speaker has built-in sensors that send an alert when parts need to repaired or replaced so the whole thing doesn’t end up in a landfill.
ROGUE HAZELUTELY CHOCTABULOUS
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Longtime fans of Rogue are well-versed in the brewery’s Chocolate Stout and Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Lesser known is the fact that some people combine the two beers to create something that tastes similar to a chocolate bar. Now Rogue has done the mixing for you. Hazelutely Choctabulous is not easy to pronounce but it is the epitome of a dessert beer.
PORSCHE 911 R STEVE MCQUEEN TRIBUTE
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There is just something about driving stick. Sure, modern technology has made shift times on automatics faster and more efficient, but it can’t beat the connection that a driver feels to the car with a manual transmission. So when Porsche unveiled its 911 GT3 RS, the loss of the manual option was bemoaned by diehard fans. Luckily, Porsche listened and created the 911 R, which maintains the GT3 RS’s drivetrain but incorporates a stick shift. Less than a thousand were produced and this one that is going to auction was created as a tribute to the legendary Steve McQueen, with his quote “Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting,” inscribed on the illuminated door sills.
THE WALDORF ASTORIA BAR BOOK
There are no shortage of incredible cocktails or cocktail bars today. But the originals are still tough to beat. Frank Caiafa is the bar manager of the Peacock Alley bar at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, and this book features a collection of recipes for some of the bar’s most famous drinks. Alongside instructions for the original Manhattan and an Ernest Hemingway-approved daiquiri are modern interpretations of cocktails like the whiskey sour.
DMOS ALPHA SHOVEL
Shoveling snow sucks. There really isn’t any other way to put it. So any tool that makes it easier and just so happens to look cool is a must. The Alpha shovel’s blade is made from aircraft-quality aluminum so it won’t disintegrate when the snow gets heavy. The serrated edge allows you to break up ice so you can truly clear your driveway and the telescoping handle has a Native American-inspired design that will be the envy of your snowbound neighbors.