Arnold Palmer

Today we are going to honor the King.  Arnie.  Not only did the world of golf suffer a great loss yesterday, but we all did as human beings.  Arnold Palmer exemplified hard work, a competitive nature, and a shining example of how to be a gentleman.

He will be missed.

Jay - September 26, 2016 - 10:04 AM

A “next level” guy and an icon. RIP. This year, the reaper is collecting with a vengeance.

JRS - September 26, 2016 - 2:57 PM

I totally agree, Jay. It’s been a rough year.

Lust: Raleigh Denim Canvas Pants

The ‘Just In’ sections of online retailers is on fire right now.  Tons of Fall merchandise is hitting the Internet, and it can’t come soon enough.  I was looking through East Dane’s section, and came across these Raleigh Denim Jones Slim Canvas Pants:

Does anyone have any experience with these?  I love the colors, and the fit seems pretty spot on, but I wanted to get some feedback before pulling the trigger.  I see either of these with suede boots and sweaters.  Thanks in advance…

Mark McCoy - September 23, 2016 - 9:32 PM

I have not tried these, but have 2 different pair of Raleigh and both fit great and are well made. I would pull the trigger. I have a pair of Jones for and Alexander Work fit which are not denim but a cotton fabric.

WGU - September 26, 2016 - 4:33 PM


I have had a pair of the darker khaki colored canvas pants for almost a year now, and they’re some of my favorites. They are actually almost a golden color brand new, and are a heavier canvas, much like the Filson tin cloth. I have several pairs of their jeans, and these feel and fit just like their raw denim does. It takes a lot of love and wear for them to break in, but once you do, the fit and feel is hard to beat. The Jones fit is a lot like the fit of the 501’s. They may be a little slimmer at first, but treat them like jeans and they should stretch out some to fit you specifically. I have nothing but good things to say about Raleigh as a company and they’ve definitely earned a lifetime customer in myself. They may be a little pricey, but I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Keep us all posted if you decide to pull the trigger!



(Video) Grateful Dead: The Making of “A Touch Of Grey” (1987)

One of the most iconic music videos ever made was the Grateful Dead’s “Touch of Grey”.  It was how quite a few of us were introduced to the band.  This video has been making the rounds, and I knew I had to get it on blog immediately.

Here is your Friday Jam, folks: Sit back and relax.  This is outstanding:

Orvis Fly Fishing 201

A couple Sunday’s ago, Mrs. RCS and I doubled down on our venture into the wonderful world of fly fishing.  We had taken the Orvis 101 class out of the Buckhead store, which completely wet our appetite.  The next step was the fly fishing 201 class with familiar faces Andy, Aaron, and Matt at Murphy Candler Park in Atlanta.

We were very excited to get to the water…but first, breakfast:

We made our way over to Murphy Candler park, where the Orvis folks had all congregated along the coast.  Including instructors, there were about ten of us, so not only did everyone get a good piece of shore to practice, we all got quite a bit of personalized instruction.  The guys were great and they really took quite a bit of time to ensure that each of us had a grasp of what’s going on.

All in all, the 201 class is EXACTLY what we wanted.  After the 101 class, which was a lot of basic instruction, 201 was on the water.  We learned a very important fly fishing skill: the roll cast.  The roll cast is what you use when there isn’t a lot of room behind you to get your fly into the water.  The technique is tricky, but with some patience, we were all comfortable getting down to business.  The class was free, but required completion of the 101 class.  The class was a good two and a half hours long, which was plenty of casting.

Aaron showing us how it’s done:

Mrs. RCS picked it up like a champ:

As for me?  Well, the sea was angry that day, my friends.  I know the monster is out there…waiting…watching…but he won’t outsmart this beginning fly fisherman.  He has haunted my dreams.  After becoming one with the water, I knew that he would be mine.

There’s no use trying to hide…

After reeling in this monster, I’m confident that I’m qualified to write the follow up to the Herman Melville classic.  I’ll call it ‘Moby Dick, Part Deux’.

I pick up the mounted trophy next week.  I don’t know if the space above our fireplace can handle such a monster.

In all seriousness, this was the first fish I’ve ever caught on a fly rod.  While it wasn’t anything more than a little bluegill, the experience of seeing the fish, putting the fly in front of him, and watching it take the fly is like nothing I’ve experienced.  The fish took the fly, but I am completely hooked.  Hopefully my next catch will provide an acceptable protein portion for supper.

Next up: the 301 class.  Mrs. RCS and I are excited for this one…which is a guided day trip on the water.  We’ll be fishing, using what we learned in our 101 and 201 classes.  At this point, we are both ready to get some of our own equipment so we can start practicing, building our casting strength, and some serious fishing.

This has been a great experience thus far; we can’t wait for what’s next…

Townes - September 21, 2016 - 9:57 AM

Congrats. Fly fishing is great! Post all the fly fishing gear you can on here. Big fan.

Mike - September 23, 2016 - 9:37 AM

Great post. I know you’ll enjoy the next outing…my first flyfishing experience was a half day guided trip with Arrick’s fly shop in West Yellowstone, MT. I learned more in a half day with our guide than I could have in 5 years going it alone. Also, good call on Waffle House – now I’m craving an all star breakfast.

MSM - September 23, 2016 - 3:41 PM

Heading to a 101 class tomorrow to learn some basics before a guided trip next year. Hopefully I’ll be able to work in a 201 class before then.

Thanks for sharing. I’ve been wanting to get started but YouTube tutorials only take you so far.

An Amazing Goodwill Find

As you all know, I like to frequent Goodwill stores.  You never know what you’ll find.  Yes, I’ve had some great luck through the years, and ever once in a while, there is a find worth sharing.  Today I found something that is worthy of a post.  In fact, I couldn’t wait to get these on the blog.

Patagonia Stand Up Shorts are my absolute favorite shorts.  I have been wearing them forever, and will continue to wear them.  I like the they are starting to add some vintage colors…  Anyway, I came across these today:

Sure, they look like your normal 5″ Stand Ups, and they are in surprisingly good shape.  Like the ‘never been dried’ good shape.  And the famous back pockets:

Ahh yes.  But wait – does that Patagonia tag look a little strange?  Humm…it doesn’t say ‘Organic Cotton’, like they have for the last 15 or so years

Oh that’s why – these are the ORIGINAL Stand Up Shorts, in impeccable shape.  Please and thank you.

The only problem?  They aren’t my size.  These are a size 32, so they are available…anyone interested?  Send me an email with serious offers…

Brett W - September 20, 2016 - 2:09 AM

Would you sell them to a fellow bulldawg? If you bring them to Athens next home game I’ll throw you cash and buy you a beer.

Bruno - September 20, 2016 - 9:19 AM

I’m exactly a 32. Can certainly Paypal you for the shorts! What a find, let me know. Bruno

Justin - September 20, 2016 - 9:22 PM

Darn, just got down to 34 but those would be excellent by next summer

Nem - September 26, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Those are rare indeed! The Original’s did not have the 3rd read “wallet” pocket on the right side that more recent versions have.

State Traditions X RCS “Three Weeks In” Giveaway

Well, as college football fans, Saturday was everything we’ve all been waiting for.  The games were incredible, and pre-season rankings have officially been thrown out the window.  I originally picked Bama, Clemson, LSU, and Oklahoma as my final four.  Throw that out the window…Clemson and Bama are still the most likely, but they have LONG roads to go.  I would pay a pretty penny to see the upcoming Clemson vs. Louisville game.  Action Jackson is the real deal.

So what do you think?  Where is your head these days?

We’ve teamed up with State Traditions for a really cool giveaway:  We want to know who you think are the final four teams after yesterday’s results.  We’re going to do this giveaway a little different, too: one winner for every 100 comments.  Yep – the more the merrier.   Each winner gets a Gameday Trucker hat of their choice, a t-shirt of their choice, and a belt of their choice:

Here are the details:  To get in, leave a comment with your picks for the final four College Football playoff teams to enter.

For additional entries:

  • +1 (2 Total) ‘Like’ State Traditions on Facebook
  • +1 (3 Total) ‘Like’ Red Clay Soul on Facebook
  • +1 (4 Total) ‘Follow’ State Traditions on Twitter
  • +1 (5 Total) ’Follow’ Red Clay Soul on Twitter
  • +1 (6 Total) Tweet the following about the giveaway ‘It’s 3 weeks in… I entered to win the @statetraditions X @redclaysoul College Football Giveaway. Go here to enter:’

Entries must be in by Sunday, September 25th at midnight ET.  I’ll announce the winners on Monday, September 26th around lunchtime, who gets the State Traditions trucker hat, t-shirt, and belt of their choice.

Special thanks to State Traditions for providing the goods for the giveaway…

John Lawton - September 19, 2016 - 8:23 AM

Bama, Ohio State, Clemson, Michigan

Myra Searles - September 19, 2016 - 8:29 AM

Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Louisville

Jordan - September 19, 2016 - 8:38 AM

Bama, Ohio State, Clemson, Stanford

BuzzKillington - September 19, 2016 - 8:51 AM

Bama, Ohio State, Louisville, Stanford.

James - September 19, 2016 - 9:05 AM

Bama, Michigan, Louisville, Clemson

Andrew - September 19, 2016 - 9:22 AM

Bama, Michigan, Louisville and Houston. The Pac 12 knocks themselves out like the Big 12 already has!

Kai - September 19, 2016 - 9:38 AM

Bama, Louisville, Ohio State, Houston.

Fritz - September 19, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Bama, Louisville, Ohio State, Houston

Fritz - September 19, 2016 - 9:56 AM

Bama, Ohio State, Louisville, Houston

Ross - September 19, 2016 - 9:59 AM

Bama, Houston, Clemson, Ohio State

Charlie - September 19, 2016 - 10:13 AM

Alabama,Michigan, Louisville, Ohio State

Sean - September 19, 2016 - 10:43 AM

Bama, Louisville, Ohio St, Houston

Jason - September 19, 2016 - 10:53 AM

Bama, Louisville, Houston, Ohio State

Jason - September 19, 2016 - 10:53 AM

Bama, L’ville, Ohio State, Houston

MRJ - September 19, 2016 - 11:14 AM

Alabama, Louisville, Ohio State, Houston

Pete - September 19, 2016 - 11:23 AM

Clemson, Michigan, UGA, OSU

Matt - September 19, 2016 - 11:29 AM

Bama, Ohio State, Clemson, Louisville

Joe - September 19, 2016 - 11:36 AM

Alabama, tOSU, Clemson, Stanford

Wes - September 19, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Alabama, Ohio State, Stanford, Clemson

Steven Bremer - September 19, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Houston, Louisville, Ohio State, Stanford. Louisville wins it all.

Grant - September 19, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Alabama, Ohio State, Louisville, Clemson

Cory Folds - September 19, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Stanford

Addison - September 19, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Bama, Ohio State, Clemson, Stanford

GLH - September 19, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Bama, Ohio State, Stanford, Louisville

Whit - September 19, 2016 - 2:14 PM

Clemson, Bama, OSU, Stanford

Brett Acayan - September 19, 2016 - 2:27 PM

Bama, Clemson, Louisville, OSU

John - September 19, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Bama, Louisville, Ohio State, Stanford

Ashtin - September 19, 2016 - 3:15 PM

THE Ohio State, Bama, Clemson, Houston

Chris - September 19, 2016 - 4:56 PM

Louisville, Bama, Clemson, OSU

John Davis - September 19, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Tennessee, Clemson, Michigan St, Alabama

Bobby - September 19, 2016 - 7:33 PM

Bama, (an) Ohio state, Clemson, Stanford

Mark Sayer - September 19, 2016 - 9:19 PM

Bama, Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson. Wow, times have changed if Clemson is my least hated of these. Go Dawgs!

Scott padjen - September 19, 2016 - 9:31 PM

Ohio state , Alabama , Louisville , Houston

Stw - September 19, 2016 - 10:24 PM

I got bama, clemson. Louisville and houston

MBB - September 20, 2016 - 7:18 AM

Alabama, Ohio State, Stanford, Clemson

Conor - September 20, 2016 - 8:58 AM

Ohio State

Chris - September 20, 2016 - 12:28 PM

Alabama, Louisville, Michigan, Stanford

scott - September 20, 2016 - 3:21 PM

Bama, Houston, Clemson, Louisville

Greg - September 20, 2016 - 8:58 PM

Alabama, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan

Adam Godfrey - September 21, 2016 - 1:41 PM

Alabama, Louisville, Miami, Ohio State

Parker - September 21, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Bama, Michigan, Houston and Washington

Chris - September 21, 2016 - 10:58 PM

Bama, Clemson, Mich St, Houston

Trip - September 22, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Bama, Clemson, Louisville, Houston

TAWalsh - September 23, 2016 - 11:22 AM

Ohio State, Louisville, Stanford, Bama

Caleb - September 23, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Alabama, Ohio State, Louisville and Houston

Ryan - September 25, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Clemson, Bama, Ohio State, Stanford

Ryan - September 25, 2016 - 12:30 AM


LTHR Supply T1.1 Watch

I’ve become a bit of a watch guy.  I have a couple really nice watches that were both bought as monuments to important milestones in my life, and I have a few others that I love for other reasons.  Don’t get too wrapped around the axle with living in a Hodinkee world.  Not every watch needs to cost $1K minimum.  Buy what you like.

From a design perspective, these LTHR Supply T1.1 watches are about as cool as it gets.  Available over at Huckberry, they have three rotating dials underneath a ‘time window’.  They feature Swiss movement, battery powered, and are a nice 40mm width, 9MM depth (so it will fit under a dress shirt cuff), and have a 20mm lug width.

I’m not a huge fan of this band, so some nylon straps or something a little more rustic may be in order.  This looks like a great conversation starter…and the price point is just right.

What do you think?