Full of Aces

May 08, 2017

For Better or For Worse? We Choose Better.

For Better or Worse? We choose better.

For most people in their 20s, at least a couple Saturdays a year, or even a season, will be blocked out for a friend or relative's wedding. The piled up save the dates, magnets pinning the folded invite to your refrigerator. After your first few weddings, you may think you can look and see who will throw the best party, which one will be a  snoozefest and which one is bound to have a horrible DJ or a cash bar.  You may question: How do I make this fun? Well, lucky for you, we’ve done our research. And, yeah, that goes beyond watching Wedding Crashers on repeat.

We’ve concluded after intense research, there are 3 kinds of weddings:  those we love, those don’t, and those we love to hate. The secret is to move all three into the first category.

Congrats, someone cares about you enough to invite you to the most important day of their life! This free party for you, cost them a ton- so you are there to make them feel great.  So, if the DJ’s nickname is Mark the Shark or the signature wedding cocktail has no tequila in it and only Koolaid-  suck it up and make the best of it with these tips.

  • Put a Name on It
  • Personalized gifts tend to be the most memorable. Yes, cash is always amazing. Or something off the registry. But want to stand out in a world full of Bed Bath & Beyond white and purple wrapped gift boxes? Make them something. We’ve got you covered here.

  • Mind the Gap
  • Most weddings have at least a couple hours between the ceremony and the reception (Also: Don’t be the jerk who skips the ceremony and goes only to the reception without a legitimate non-alcohol-related reason for doing so). This is your opportunity to have fun.

    Do some Internet detective work before getting to the church for a watering hole near the reception venue. If you’re not rolling with a crew, use the ceremony to identify the fun guests. Spoiler: It’s not the idiots with the laser pointer. When you get to the bar, pace yourself. Don’t show up to the reception a) drunk or b) full. You may want to pass on the pulled pork nachos since you’re about to eat an entire meal, and you’re wearing tight pants.

  • Belly Up
  • Chances are you know the person who invited you to this wedding. Think about them. Do they like to drink? More importantly, does their family like to drink? If so, you just hopped aboard the good ship Open Bar enroute to Good Times Island. If not, you'll want to bring that little silver lifeboat, the flask. Lucky for you, ByJack has you covered here.

    There are two kinds of people at dry weddings. One kind is the swaggering, often sweaty person who swills from their flask with misplaced showmanship. This person is a blossoming alcoholic. The others discreetly add the contents of their flask to fizzy non-alcoholic drinks. Be one of these people. Whiskey goes with ginger ale, gin goes with club soda and lime, vodka goes with lemonade.

  • Jump Around
  • Lucky for you, at a wedding it becomes very apparent, that no one knows how to dance. Those ballroom dancing classes are useless once the Cha Cha Slide comes on. So, you’re in good company. Combine boozy confidence with dance moves you’ve picked up at other weddings and you’ve got a perfect recipe for some top of the line wedding dance skills.

    After college there is a sharp decline in acceptable dancing places and lucky for you, weddings are the time to dance. So swallow your pride and lean into that song. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough at a wedding of a different religion than yours to experience some other dance moves. My favorite wedding to this day was getting to do the Hava Nagila at a friends wedding, spinning around the dance floor with my whisky spilling everywhere, surrounded by happy, smiling people hammering the floorboards and having a great time.

    Early in the evening, make friends with the DJ. Tell him what a great job he’s doing, that the dinner interlude complemented the prime rib and steamed vegetables perfectly. He will remember you when, two hours later, you push a damp cocktail napkin with the words “YOU ROCK! HOUSE OF PAIN – JUMP AROUND?” into his hand.

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    November 07, 2016

    Music Monday

    ByJack Music: Brass Tax

    When your entire week feels like it’s just full of Mondays, this is the playlist for you. You can’t help but move, in fact, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” dares you to not move.


    From our favorite hits to songs sourced by people with much better music taste than us, here’s what we’re listening to right now.


    Now that we've 'fessed up, what are yours?



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    For the Record

    October 19, 2016

    For the Record

    When we take vinyl as a audio media, there is something about it that appeals to all of the senses and not just our hearing. The feel of the vinyl in our hands, the smell of the piles of cardboard sleeves, the sight of the artwork and how that holds a memory for years and years to come.

    Enjoyment is a component of a life well lived. Or so we like to think at ByJack. We’re not philosophers but we do believe in working hard to create something, and a life you enjoy. We rid ourselves of things that we don’t enjoy or strive to make them, or ourselves better in the process.  There is the eternal question; what makes something fun versus meaningful? How can we spend more time where these two things cross?

    A simple answer is community. A community we create for ourselves. At ByJack, our small community has strong ties to music. A bad metaphor for sure, but one that holds true. Time spent with others and good music and maybe even a good drink is a sure answer to a life well lived.

    Before Steve Jobs revolutionized our worlds in his black turtleneck, with our music at our fingertips, in a tiny box we kept in our pocket, there was a better way to listen to music. A way without edits, or losses to the work.The way these artists intended to be heard.  There’s something magical about holding a vinyl in your hands, reading the back of the cardboard holder, the breathy pause at the anticipation of the needle hitting the vinyl and it begins to play.

    Vintage albums seem to hold a story. The worn edges of the cardboard holder, the stains on the back, the quality of the sound that can still bring goosebumps. Overplayed vinyls are filled with faded white lines on the well loved track.

    We think vinyl is here to stay. Not a passing fad but a timeless classic.  Steve Jobs, who owned the ability to compress digital files and offer them to the masses, didn’t plug into his Ipod, but instead listened to vinyl. We’re here to seek a balance between the two: the old world and the new.

    Our studio is filled with sounds of Foo Fighters and  The Carnaby’s off of one of our many Spotify playlists and drinks and serious work meetings held near jukeboxes and local musicians. Our studio, our community, is never silent. We’re surrounded by sound. And that, is a life well lived.

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    March 03, 2016

    Show Us Your Social

    One of our favorite things is when followers post pictures on social media wearing or using our products.  We would love to see your experience while sporting a ByJack  product.  How do you show what you love?  Be sure to tag us and tell where the picture was taken.

    Take a moment and share your picture by tagging us on any social media platform that you use.  We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pintrest.






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    February 29, 2016

    Must Love Dogs

    Jack knew dogs were companions for life.  As dog lovers ourselves, we know how much the true companionship of an animal can make all the difference. No matter what breed of dog you have, we are sure you love them and want to let everyone know what sort of dog life you lead.  As we celebrate the launch of our new line of clothes, we wanted to do something special for our four legged friends. We’ve committed to donate $10 from every ‘Dog Life’ T that is sold to the ASPCA.

    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Their organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. With programs that extend their anti-cruelty mission across the country, they are recognized as a national animal welfare organization.

    Our hope is that supporting the ASPCA will draw attention to those future sidekicks, man's best friend, and lifelong buddies, to help them find their forever homes with loving families. Join By Jack and show lots of love to those furry companions we can’t live without.

    Visit the ASPCA® site Here

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