8 things Tony Gorga can’t live without

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car key

Audi A4 car key

Although I grew up outside of Detroit, I was never a “car fanatic.” However, in the last few years, I have been particular about form, function and design. I found a great deal on a very low mileage Audi A4 for 2020 and had to move on to it. It’s functional, comfortable, and the turbo gives it plenty of power for back roads. I don’t get a lot of snow where I live, but I highly recommend Audi’s Quattro system.

You’ll also notice that the only other thing on my key ring is my house key. No secret grocery club membership, no jelly club tag of the month. I want to keep the contents of the pocket as small as possible.

wallet

Shell cordovan card case wallet

my father is huge Purse — It was so large that I needed a rubber band to hold it together after the velcro had worn off. Very Costanza. So I decided to carry around a card case and put only what I needed. And I’ve seen a lot of people have to replace his every two years or so, so I wanted to build something that would last.

So, I made a shell cordovan card case. I found this on Etsy. Crafted in Horween’s classic color #8, it’s particularly handsome with blue contrast stitching. I’ve had this for about a year now and it’s been great. It’s starting to get a little patina and holds tight to what I’m holding there: two credit cards, driver’s license, and insurance card.

wedding ring

Wedding rings are one of those very personal things that have a story behind them.

When I first got married, I had a 6mm tungsten band. However, after having a rather substantial breakfast, we were sized up around 11am in mid-August. In short, I was not the right size and it became very difficult to keep going.The tungsten band cannot be resized, so I bought a new one for the first time in 3 years.

My band is slightly domed with rounded edges. His size was 6.75 instead of 6.5 or 7. It’s 5mm wide — neither 4 nor 6, but fiveI may have said it before, but I’m a bit obsessive and this width was chosen not only because it’s unique, but to my eye, it’s the right proportions for my fingers. Because there is. It’s also 14k, not 18k.

The lesson, though, is to choose something unique to you, not just because it’s a current trend.

clock

Hamilton Jazzmaster Watch

While I can fully appreciate the intricate design of watches and these fascinating machines, I’m probably not the most “watchmaker” of the contributors to this site. , But my favorite is this Hamilton Viewmatic Jazzmaster Automatic (ref.H32515555).The 40mm case size is perfect for my wrist, and the dial and strap go with everything from T-shirts to double-breasted suits.

I knew I was going to be a father and had been thinking about buying one, but a surprise job bonus allowed me to buy it a little earlier. I’ve had it for over 4 years and don’t expect it to disappear from my collection anytime soon.

phone

I’m not one for the “latest and greatest” of the next high-tech gadget. However, I currently carry an iPhone 12 Pro. The 12MP camera system is certainly good, but what I really appreciate about many of the previous models is the return to squarer edges. We also recommend Peel’s minimalist case.

sunglasses

Tony Gorga in a casual outfit with Persol 714 sunglasses

I’m far from Bono, but my eyes are pretty sensitive and I wear sunglasses outdoors most of the time. had. And for me, there is no better pair than the Persol 714s.

I chose the smaller 52mm model, which is perfect for my noggin size. The “Havana” tortoiseshell and brown (polarized) lenses also complement most of what I wear.

The 714 is a folding model, but I don’t really fold it often unless I have to put it in my carry-on bag.

golf practice fobs

golf course key fobs

Golf has become a big part of my life in 2020, as many of us do. Luckily, I have a club right next to my house with great practice facilities so I can be outside several times a week during my lunch break or after my daughter goes to bed to hit the ball. Try to reach a single digit handicap.

summary

Of course my EDC depends on where I’m going that day. But I’ve been consciously and intentionally working on what I carry and why.

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