Monday, January 30, 2012

The "Modern" Man?

So my wife and I both had the morning off and I happened upon a “news” show that did a segment on the “modern man”.

The segment included the following;
-The “man purse”
-Capri pants for men
-A “bikini” for men
-Pedicures & facials in a spa (think of a man getting a facial treatment applied via a paint brush in a Zen style setting)
-Spray tanning at a Tanning “Salon”
I offer a rebuttal to all of this non-sense.
But First I concede the following;
I wear “Capri” style tights when I ride my mountain bike, while some dudes would deduct points from my man-card for the tights they are in fact task specific and make sense for riding, so I would tell all of the naysayers to turn off the NFL reruns and go do something active in the woods. (By the way, Football players wear tights)
I write what some would consider poetry, another activity that some men would consider “feminine”. My response to this is read up on Bushido and the idea of the “Warrior Poet”. (The Samurai were NOT girly men)…   
I am fascinated by sunrises & sunsets, as evident by some of the photography I post, this doesn’t translate into me weeping frequently or reading romance novels with Fabio on the cover.  
Notwithstanding the aforementioned ranting here are a few observations from an “enlightened pseudo-redneck hybrid” kind of guy;
Women like real men.  
Women dig guys who take care of themselves both physically and mentally.
A man should be able to take his woman’s feelings into account while simultaneously being able to defend her, and I’m talking about real threats, not bar fights.
Men don’t spray tan, we get tan from being outdoors in the sun riding, running, fishing, using a *chain saw ,or building things like trails.
*(Don’t just walk around with a running chainsaw in a sub-division, another man may ask you why at gun point)
Real women do NOT like men who wear make-up; Boys with the skinny jeans and mascara are not appealing to women, maybe girls but not women.
TV personalities are almost never real men.   
Men don’t carry purses; you want to carry a bag? Get a backpack…then put your latte down & go for a hike, in the woods.
Real men build fires… (Controlled fires, don’t be a pyro)
Personal grooming does not include “Mani”-or “Pedi”-cures, got a hang nail? Tear it off and be on your way…
Men fish, and if they hunt they eat what they kill. (Standing on the side of the road in blaze orange waiting for a hunting dog that is suffering from malnutrition to “scare up a deer” so that you can ambush it does not rise to the level of making you a hunter.
Maybe this will be part one of a multi-part series, my small contribution to off-set the BS info being disseminated about modern men if you will.
Do real men blog?
Insight is yet another trait of the real man.   





Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mother Nature has left the building

So, where is the snow?

Mid January and none of the white stuff in Central VA, as I’m sure people are now saying “Be careful  what you wish for”…I don’t think my well wishing will have but so much impact on global weather patterns…
For the time being here are some old photos from winter weather of the past.

A March squall in the Highlands with 18 degree temps. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Enter the Car-Salesman

A quick “top ten” List on how NOT to sell a car, {as told from the perspective of a guy who is trying to buy a car, also known as the "Consumer”}.

Car salesman dudes take note;
1.       Don’t be full of S**t, the internet is everywhere, and the wise consumer has done their research and will call BS on your spiel.
2.       Take a look around, the economy is not so good, so telling me that “you don’t need to sell the vehicle” is probably not the best sales tactic.
3.       Be professional; A 40 something salesperson that looks like they just recovered from an all night bender does not weigh favorably on your dealership.
4.        The fact that you are from Detroit has no bearing on my decision to buy the car you are selling. (The vehicle I want is built in Texas)
5.       Know your subject matter; an ignorant salesperson is a death blow to selling a car. 

6.        Don’t try and “warm up to me” by telling me that you lost your cell phone in a toilet after having too much to drink. (True Story)
7.       Come and talk to me, while I realize it’s a bit brisk outside you actually have to come out of your dealership if you want to make a sale.
8.       The vehicles that you advertise online should be on your lot, I mean really guys, 5 cars listed NONE of which were physically at the dealership. 

9.       Don’t tell me that the reason “Northern Virginia” vehicles cost less is because the dealerships get their inventory from “up north” and that the cars are “Yankee vehicles” What does that mean anyway?  
10.   Don’t ask me why I would want “someone else’s vehicle” when I inquire about a used car; I don’t normally become emotionally attached to trucks.     


Thursday, January 5, 2012

One Year Anniversary!

January 5, 2012 marks my one year anniversary of having ankle arthroscopy.

I was going back reading some of my post about the surgery & the process of recovery; it’s pretty wild to have all of those memories recorded on the blog.
While I am still trying to strengthen my ankle a year after the fact, my quality of life (physically speaking) has improved considerably.
So I’m having a beer to commemorate the event!
Imagine that.


Sunday, January 1, 2012

12 Beers of Christmas; Number 1

The final beer’s name on my “12 Beers of Christmas & Beyond” List hints at what’s to come in 2012 while celebrating the ghost that was 2011, I probably don’t reflect as much as I should because I’m all about forward motion, that being said I can’t help but think that around this very same time last year I was gearing up for ankle arthroscopy and everything that came with that adventure, 3 months down, and a year of recovery, and the beat goes on…

While I avoid “New Year’s resolutions" there are some things that I want to do in 2012;
-Enter a race in the woods, be it on a mountain bike, trail run or adventure race.
- Expand the home garage gym with more options and creativity
- Travel more
-Backpack more
-Live more
Beer # 1 on my “12 Beers of Christmas & beyond” list is;
Old Jubilation Ale

English Strong Ale
Avery Brewing Company, Boulder Colorado
8.3 ABV
 A gorgeous rust/copper color, with an aroma of raisins, roasted malts, and a mild sweetness, tastes of spice and roasted malts with that intoxicating sweetness again, with a slight alcohol finish, very drinkable for such a high ABV.
Paired with homemade Barbecue chicken pizza

Here’s to 2012.
A little daily reminder in the Kitchen


12 Beers of Christmas; Number 2

 12 Beers of Christmas; Number 2

I sampled beer #2 on my “12 Beers of Christmas & Beyond” List on New Year’s Eve, as I’m not really a champagne kind of guy.
I’m definitely not into large crowds, and New Years Eve has never been much of a big deal to either of us, so our celebration is typically a low key affair.   
Wreck the Halls
India Pale Ale (IPA)
6.5 % ABV
A muted amber in color with a tan head, aroma of citrus, heavy hops, and spices, taste was very bold & hoppy with a hint of sweetness and a mellow bitterness, finishes very clean for an IPA.
Our New Years Eve dinner was a Seafood extravaganza which started with an appetizer of “not so fried”, fried green tomatoes with basil & balsamic mayo, sautéed calamari in olive oil, white wine, & garlic, and a main course of grilled scallops; shrimp smoked & grilled, and grilled grouper, which paired very well with the Wreck the Halls IPA, as the bitterness of the beer complimented the sweetness of the scallops.

All in all a very good IPA