Monthly Archives: August 2015

Being a Volunteer Firefighter

being a volunteer firefighterBeing a volunteer firefighter is a job that not many are willing to do, but all can sign up for.  It is a job that does not pay in monetary value but is payment in social value.  The training that can be taken through the fire department can be done so without any money out of your pocket.  Best of all it will thrust you into a brotherhood where friendships are forged in the crucible of the fire ground.  No matter if you are young or old, trained or not trained all are welcome to the fire service.  Beware though, being a firefighter is more of a lifestyle than it is a job!

How do we become a volunteer firefighter?

    • who can be a volly firefighter?
    • what age can you be a volly firefighter?
    • what kind of pre training is required
    • why is it important for gentlemen to try this?
    • how long should it take to get all my certifications?
      • before you go into a burning building
    • what is the unwritten fire code for a firefighter?
    • what are some extra resources to find for a firefighter?
    • what is a day in the fire house like?
    • how to be a proper rookie.

Resources that were mentioned:

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Being Your Own Medic

being your own medicSome day in your life you will need a medic be it just to help you off the floor or to start working a CPR for you.  Coming from a medic myself, when we walk in the door we are already behind the ball.  There are things that we have to do that require a lot of work and information that we need to have and really have no time or way to obtain that information.  Things that could help determine the outcome of the call.  What if I could convince you that with 10 minutes of your time, you can greatly increase the outcome of the call.  Or convince you that we could skip the call all together!  Today I am going to do just that by teaching you how to be your own medic.

So how do we become our own medic?

    • What should you prepare in advance
      • how to find your baseline vitals
    • What training should you get
    • How to teach others
      • approach victim
      • check pulse
      • check breathing
    • Bleeding 101
      • arterial bleed vs venus
      • tourniquet procedures
    • get in shape
      • functional fitness
        • bug out situation
          • gridlock and walk

Resources in todays show:

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Preparing for a fall garden

preparing for a fall gardenWhen we step out of the house in the morning we all feel how winter is winning back the day.  Fall is in our soon future and we should think about preparing for a fall garden.Fall gardening is a wonderful way to up your gardening game.  You can plant the things that just dont make it during the summer months.  This also gives you a last ditch chance to get some money out of the ground before everything goes to sleep for the winter.   There are many things that we can plant and many ways to keep our pants safe when old man frost hits our gardens from erecting a greenhouse to cutting apart milk jugs and placing them over the plants plus many more ways to “hack” your garden (lol).  So break out your garden trough and get ready to dig up a garden and plant some awesome tasting vegetables.

So what should I look forward to hearing about having a fall garden?

  • how do we figure out when to plant what
  • does it really matter if we stay 100% in line with that date
  • what should be planted in gardens now
  • what are some recipes that will blow minds
  • ideas to expand our grow season beyond first frost
  • When should we plant trees
  • How do we plant trees
  • why do gentlemen care about this stuff

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Getting Started At The Gym

machines-91849_640The gym is a place where sweat and determination come together to create men.  Getting started at the gym may be one of the hardest tasks to accomplish just behind staying at the gym.  But before we go to the gym we have to find one, or do we?  There are plenty of options to choose from when you are trying to find a way to do some strength training.  From finding the traditional gym to creating your own we discuss what to look for and how to build what you need.  Just like with everything else we talk about on Skilled Gentlemen Podcast, everything fits together and cannot be separated out so easy.  If you want to fit into your old jeans or to look good at the beach you need to hit the trifecta.  You have to get in the gym, which is covered today.  You have to get in the kitchen, which you can find all about in the health tag.  Lastly you need sleep which will be covered soon enough.

So how do we get started in the gym?

  • How to find a gym
  • What to look for in a gym
  • Payment considerations
  • How to do your own gym
  • What a HIT program looks like

Resources:

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  • There are multiple options to choose from and I am always willing to negotiate with you and your company

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How To Be A Thief

how to be a thiefThief live among us just waiting on us to slip up and fall prey to their sticky fingers.  As gentlemen we should know our enemy and be able to ward against their tactics.  The only way to do this is be learn how to be a thief ourselves.  This tactic is not used just in this situation but used all around the world as tactics to find escaped prisoners and even to fight fire.  Learning how to be a thief starts from being able to do a correct home evaluation.  This consist of walking around your home and checking out your vulnerabilities.  But today we are going to take it further than that and really dive into how to be a thief.

So How do you become a thief?

  • Why do people resort to being a thief
  • Why should we even care to do a home evaluation
  • Where else can we ward ourselves against a thief
  • What can you change about yourself to keep you from pickpockets

I mentioned today:

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Extending Your Life

extending your lifeExtending Your Life is something that has to be taken seriously.  Some of us gentlemen take life for granted everyday because we feel like we are always going to wake up, we are not going to get into a wreck, and we are not going to have a heart attack.  What if I can teach you how to make yourself even less likely to have a heart attack, develop diabetes, or suffer from Alzheimer’s disease?  What if I told you there are people living in other countries that have life spans well beyond 100 years old without major health issues?  Would you be interested?  What if I sweetened the deal by saying you can still drink wine and have fun?  I am not talking about any fad diet or any kind of pill that you can take.  I am talking about making a lifestyle change to extend your life.

How Do We Extend our Life?

  • Why we should be worried about having a long life
  • What is a blue zone
  • What is the life expediency of blue zone residents
  • What can we do to increase our life
  • How can we be useful in our old age to justify a long life

Resources today include:

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The Ultimate Guide to Buying an Engagement Ring

the ultimate guide to buying and engagement ringAt some point in a mans life he will want to get married.  The first thing that men worry about is the engagement ring.  There are millions of choices out there with huge price tags and people more than willing to put us in debt real quick.  Along with that, what about a warranty or cleaning services?  This is todays topic.  I have bought one engagement ring in my life but spent months looking and researching engagement online and in stores all around the city.  I sat down and learned everything there is to know about engagement rings and had to decipher the difference between media and market hype and figure out what to buy.  Today I bestow this information to you!

  • The history of engagement rings
  • Why the diamond is rare… not really
  • What are the friends going to think
  • Where do I begin shopping
  • How much should I spend
  • What are the 4 Cs

References include:

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Developing a Healthy Lifestyle

peaceful-442070_640As men we are the protectors of our families.  We are the sheep dogs that stand guard against anyone that can and wants to harm our flock.  What if I told you that there could be attacks coming from more than just from your front door?  A lifestyle change can end up saving not only your life but of the life of your family.  Heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer all lurk in the foods we eat and the chemicals that we use to clean our self and homes.  A lifestyle change to healthier eating and healthier homes could end up being what we need to continue our lives unabated by illness.  All this may sound like “hippy” talk but maybe just consider what you could be injesting and putting into your bodies.  There are easier ways to be healthier and ways that will not break your bank.

Join me today as I attempt to convince you that:

  • Americans are dying from obesity
  • what we can do to help prevent this
  • how a lifestyle change can make us healthier
  • How we can make our own chemicals to clean our homes
  • How to excersize our minds and bodies

Resources today include:

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Preparing for a Backpacking Trip

hiking-691738_640Most men want to test their grit and the best way to do so is by backpacking.  Backpacking can be a family trip or a self directed test of endurance, but regardless the reason backpacking is something that has to be prepared for.  There are certain things about backpacking that can be done preventive that can make your backpacking trip better and more enjoyable instead of a blister induced sweat fest.  Learning from past trips through the different mountain ranges throughout North Carolina, I have pretty much made as many mistakes as humanly possible.  The topics that need to be covered today regarding backpacking are:

  • Why anyone would want to do this
  • What part of your person does backpacking effect
  • How to choose your time of year for a good trip
  • How to prepare for a long backpacking trip
  • How to mentally prepare
  • What are some things that you need to bring
  • Why someone should know your whereabouts

Today I did use a few resources for research:

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