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Jacob Hollenbeck

A software engineer who does far too much research for every decision he makes.
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AmazonBasics Shredder
It feels a bit odd to recommend a generic brand shredder, but this thing has incredible value for the price! Gone are the days of ever-growing mail pile that has to be ripped up and recycled. It's so easy to just take care of all those unwanted documents that inevitably build up over time. Haven't had it jam once, and it takes care of old credit cards without issue. I recommend keeping it unplugged if you aren't using it, out of an abundance of safety.
Brooklinen Sheets
Switched to this brand several years ago when trying to find sateen sheets that do not pill. Our sheets have never pilled after dozens of washes. These sheets really hold up and are absolutely worth the money.
Casper Original Hybrid Mattress
I purchased an Original Hybrid mattress from Casper a few months ago. I originally had a Tempurpedic mattress, but the memory foam does not hold up well and it turned into a saggy sponge with little contouring for my body. I had pressure point problems on my shoulder and had to get a super firm pillow to prop up my neck. All those problems are gone with my Casper mattress. No more pressure point problems in the shoulder or the hips. Plush but supportive and the pocket coils I know will last far longer than memory foam. Overall quite happy thus far.
Coway Air Purifier
Air Purifier
Where to even begin? These are so amazing I own 4 of them! We have one in every room! We use to suffer from unrelenting allergy problems (we lived in Texas) and these made a world of difference in an apartment that didn't have central air or high quality air filtration. Now that we live in the PNW these are still valuable for the seasonal smoke! We barely noticed the smoke having these in our apartment. You have to regularly clean the filters of dust/hair (especially if you own pets) but if you do that you'll have no issues with reliability. We've been running these for nearly 5 years and have had zero problems. Convenient filter replacement packs may seem expensive but given how much they improve personal health.. is a very small price to pay. Unless you have central air with good quality filters... you should be using air purifiers! Get these!
Global Knives
I've been using Global Knives for years! They are beautiful in their bamboo block on the counter and they grip quite well. I have sharpened them a few times (using my own sharpening block) and they become razor sharp once more. Great longevity! I have cooked well over a thousand meals with these and am still pleased.
Herman Miller Embody
Office Chair
How often do you sit in a chair? For any office worker it's as much as you sleeping in a bed. Not having an ergonomic chair can do serious damage to your body over the long term. I was having problems with circulation in my legs and hunching. I was using a standard office chair (few hundred bucks). I learned about Herman Miller and decided to go all-in for the sake of my health. I am so glad I made the choice to upgrade! The price may be steep for the Embody, but it is unlike any office chair you'll encounter. The active support matrix back contours to your body and moves with you. The bottom cushion is gentle on my legs and doesn't restrict circulation. The recline is perfect (and adjustable) and gets me past the dreaded 90 degree hip angle. With a 10 year warranty and the massive upside to your personal health... this is such a critical investment in personal wellness and you'll reap the benefits every day.
Lodge Cast Iron Grill Press
Love mine! Wonderful for sausage and bacon.
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless Headphones
I've owned a ton of headphones in my years, and these are by far the best I've ever had. It's rare to find the right mix of comfort, performance, and reliability in a headphone. The noise cancellation is excellent on these, so much so that my wife often gets angry that I can't hear her. I've owned them for nearly 2 years now and their wireless charge is still phenomenal and there is minimal wear and tear despite significant usage. A real testament to the build quality! If you're in the market I can't recommend these enough!
Shark ION Vacuum Cleaner
Vacuum Cleaner
Previously we used to own a Dyson... but they are so crazy expensive and not exceptionally better than the competition based on price. After some exhaustive research we decided to pick one of these up... man we had been missing out! The super high suction coupled with an excellent battery life has made it... enjoyable... to vacuum! We had started to loathe it! Included are all the normal attachments you might need and the hybrid suction head makes it work very well on both hardwood and carpet. We've even used the handheld mode to vacuum the car!
Silicone Bags
Food Container
We have been moving away from single-use plastic like ziplock bags. Got these for Christmas and so far they are awesome! Started storing meats in the freezer with them. They are pretty heavy duty and have a nice seal.
Zojirushi Rice Cooker
Rice Cooker
For years I cooked my rice in a pot (or worse, got microwaveable rice) and it never came out right (was never sticky, or often overcooked). I eventually heard about Zojirushi and the infamous 1-button perfect rice. I decided to take the plunge. I can tell you after many years of delicious rice that no kitchen should be without one of these. You put the rice in (after washing it of course), fill water to the corresponding line, set the rice type, and press the button. Some time in the future you have delicious perfectly-cooked rice. Very easy to clean, and even after 6 years my Zojirushi is still going strong.


Physical Therapist
Dr. Sittler is amazing at what he does. Very compassionate, empathetic, and understanding. He helped me strengthen up from chronic tendinitis which was not simple to diagnose nor treat. Even follows up with you via text to see how you are doing.
Family First Chiropractic and Wellness
Been going here for a few months. Very practical and forthcoming, with a focus on me as the patient.
First Impressions Dental Care
My crown (from a different dentist) broke in half while eating breakfast and these guys got me in the same day to get a temporary crown fitted. Fits like a glove too. It was a stressful day but their ability to have a fast turnaround on getting my tooth fixed was incredible. Very courteous staff and a very clean facility.
Lake Austin Smiles
A small office, but with very courteous staff and doctor. Dr Peterson is very nice and direct. Always nice having a pleasant experience at the dentist!
Premier Family Physicians - Southwest Medical Village
I personally see Dr. Brimberry, but this place is the capital of medical services in Austin. From imaging, to physicals, to lab work, and more. Never had an issue to date, but sometimes the wait can be a bit high.
Smile 360
Exceptionally good dentist. Quick, friendly, and attentive to detail.
Texas State Optical
Eye Doctor
Dr. Janzen may be getting old.. but he's easily the best optometrist in Austin. Very nice man and very good at assessing your vision.





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Liz Pearce
2 days ago • Capitol Hill
What do you do about the aches and pains you get from running? One of my knees has been bugging me on runs for a month or so. I’ve been stretching ...
Jacob Hollenbeck
15 days ago • Delridge
With the push to be more conscious of the environment I was wondering if anyone has successfully migrated over to using a bidet? It has always seem...
Augustina Liu
15 days ago • South Lake Union
My cat develops diarrhea and vomiting over 2 days so I desperately want to take him to see a vet ASAP. I searched online and I found most of them o...
Maile Bohlmann
about 1 month ago • Ballard
Our pup has some sort of blemish on the inside of his lips and also frightfully bad breath. We've been treating him via our regular vet, but I'm no...
Jacob Hollenbeck
about 1 month ago • Delridge
Does anyone know of a rug cleaning service that would clean my shag rug? It's about 7x10. Presumably they can just pick it up/drop it off?
Ajay Waghray
over 1 year ago • Crestview
Does anyone have a great accountant that they use in Austin? Want one that I pay on a rate basis, NOT one that makes a commission from products or ...
Jacob Hollenbeck
3 months ago • Delridge
Does anyone know of a good chiropractor in the Renton area? Preferably old-fashioned (don't need x-rays) and not trying to up-sell me on a "treatme...
Zaris Shen
6 months ago • Woodinville
Hi Everyone 👋, Today is my first day at FreshChalk! So excited 😁 . I just graduated from UW in Summer 2020🎓 and just (August 2020) bought my first...
Jacob Hollenbeck
8 months ago • Delridge
Wondering what everyone thinks of adding air filtration to their central air, and if the allergens in Seattle are worth the investment? Curious to ...
Lawrence Lerner
9 months ago • Queen Anne
Hopefully not off-topic. I've just upgraded to the Galaxy S20 (thank you T-Mobile!). There's no 3.5mm jack for a wired headset. It requires a dongl...
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