Monthly Archives: September 2015

What To Do If You Witness a Wreck

what to do if you witness a wreckWe have all seen them in our lives.  Sometimes we are cruising down the road and all of a sudden get into a traffic jam only to find a wreck was the reason.  Sometimes we see them happen right in front of us.  As men we should be able to help, if we want to.  We should, at the least, be able to call in a wreck to 911 without acting like a fool.  There are certain things that I have learned over a career that can be used as useful knowledge to gentlemen like us.  Understand that if you do not want to stop for the wreck, you do not have to.  This is always an option.  Or if you want to just call 911 you can.  The idea is that you should not put yourself into danger just trying to help someone during a wreck.

Today is a short show.  I know I usually get on a talk for a while about the subject on hand but I am literately coming up short on time.  Sometimes there are things that I can do to adjust my schedule to give the show exactly what it needs, but today, and for the next two weeks, is not that time.  Sorry, but this is how things work.

what do you do if you witness a wreck?

  • how do you do so
  • how do you prepare yourself
  • what should you know
  • what should you have with you
  • how to crowd control

Resources for today’s show

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Surviving The Winter Vortex- A Throwback

I am rehashing a show today.  I have just now been able to sit down behind the computer and work on this.  Sorry for the delay.  I decided to pick this show topic because it is relevant for the upcoming winter season.  Enjoy the throwback to January 6 2015.

preparing for the winter vortexWinter Vortex is a fear mongering term that I got from my daily news show around here.  I do not believe that it is going to be a winter vortex as much as it will be cold air that gets us down below freezing here in North Carolina.  Now up towards Canada it may be “vortexing” but here it is a little over done… But that is besides the topic of today which is being prepared for this up coming winter.  It is getting toward the time of year when we are going to see more colder temperatures and we need to talk about being prepared to care for your family in case of the emergency of lost power or iced roads or anything else that could happen.  Before you hear the closing music you will have all the knowledge that you need to survive the upcoming WINTER VORTEX!!!!

how do we keep our family warm during a winter vortex?

Today we are going to cover:

  • Why this is a topic that a skilled gentleman needs to know
  • Why you need to be ready to deal with upcoming issues
  • How many people have died so that you can get this information (hows that for hyped!)
  • Your 5 survival needs, again
  • Some miscellaneous items that you should think about having
  • A quick talk about keeping your vehicle ready
  • A lot of Pro tips and life hacks in today’s show! (I say that tongue-in-cheek)

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Communications During A Disaster

communications during an emergency

Disasters happen all the time.  It seems like they happen more in the winter time versus the summer but the do happen during the summer.  We all need to be able to communicate with our family no matter what the cause.  From a turned ankle in the back yard to getting in touch with family from the office, we have the communications technology and all we have to do is implement it.  That is the topic of the show today.  Establishing communications before and during a disaster.  I consider communications being any type of information that can be obtained.  This includes weather alert, emergency personnel radio traffic, and also communicating with your family.  Some of these techniques have the capability of talking to the other side of the world and some just along the back yard.  Some of these can cost a small fortune and some can be free.  It all depends on what you are looking for and what you need.  I should not have to justify why we need this type of equipment because we feel like we need to communicate with our friends and family all the time, why would this change during a disaster?  The fact is that it wouldn’t, but in fact it would increase significantly.

How do we establish communications during a disaster

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Ending Relationships Like A Gentleman

ending relationships like a gentlemanRelationships come and go during life like the breeze.  Some are beneficial and last longer than others and some are parasitic and should be dropped as soon as the show is over.  Some takes us years to get over and some are easy to do so with.  Between family, employers, and friends we live complicate lives that go through certain cycles and we have certain times in life where we have to let people go because we either disagree or we just do not have time to spend time together.  We end those relationships with dignity and curtacy instead of with text messages or like during high school, a note.  We sit down and talk to them like they are people and not just sponges through our lives.  Today, as gentlemen, we should consider changing the ways we end our relationships and decide to do them the right way.  Instead of ending relationships that leave questions in the air and assumptions between both parties relationships should end with an agreement and all questions answered.  Along the same lines, we discuss relationships ending between employee and employer and how to do this without wanting to “burn the place down”.

How do gentlemen end relationships

  • we end relationships with
    • best friends
    • regular friends
    • employers
    • family
  • why all this matters to a gentleman

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What I Wish I Knew In High School

what i wish i knew in high schoolHigh School, for many people, was one of the hardest things to get through.  For me personally, it was just a major annoyance and I just wanted out with the least amount of damage possible.  People are mean and hateful and try to put you down just so they can feel better about themselves.  Everyone believes that this is the best time in their life and that the problems that they encounter now will be worse than the ones that are to come.  Most of this is nonsense, however we do not speak about this to our children and our young community.  Usually they are the ones that get pushed around and ignored, left to come up with their own views on how reality actually works in the real world.  Hopefully today I will have challenged you to take matters into your own hands and speak with your children about what you wish you knew in high school.  Along with that, take some time to think about what you wish you knew in high school and comment on the Facebook page what you think.

what do you wish you knew in high school?

Join me today as we talk about

  • my top 17 things that I wish I knew in high school
  • why this topic really matters to a gentleman
  • why we should talk to our children about high school stress

Remember that September is Suicide Awareness Month and we all should see the warning signs of this.  We may not like to think about this but it is not like a gentleman to shy away from things that we dont like to think about.  Learn the signs to help prevent a possible issue in your or your families lives.

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Protecting Your Family with Alex Haddox

protecting your family with alex haddoxAs men, we are all trying to figure out better ways to protect not only our family but our homes.  I can go on and on with research and trial and error around the home or I can go to a source that knows what he is talking about.  Personally I have listened to Alex Haddox’s Practical Defense Podcast since it was in its beginning stages and now a subscriber to Security Professionals Podcast.  Alex Haddox has a bio that is very impressive and filled with self protection accrediation and certification that I didnt even know existed.  I spent this afternoon speaking with Mr. Haddox about a lot of different ideas based on protecting the castle and protecting our family while we are out in public.

How do we protect our family?

    • Why should we be concerned with guarding our castles?
    • Why can we not just rely on our alarm system?
    • What would you suggest purchasing to better defend our homes?
    • Is there anything that we can do for free to better defend our homes?
    • What kind tricks do burglars use to get us to open our doors?
    • Is it possible to completely keep our homes from being invaded?
    • What are some ways that we can keep our family safe when in public?
    • Are there any kind of special training we can obtain to better protect our family in public?

Resources:

 

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How To Keep A Fish Tank

how to keep a fish tankWhat is the common factor in many different men related movies?  What can both relax you and frustrate you at the same time?  What can make or break a manly room?  Fish tanks can!  Fish tanks are great to have running in the back ground and bring a room together in the foreground.  We can do amazing things with fish tanks from making then look like themes from video games and make them look like they are straight out of nature.  The options are pretty much endless.  The only common factors that are involved in fish tank is their set up and their care.  By looking at them we are usually taken back by their seemingly complex design and their complex ecosystems.  Fish tank design and ecosystems will be discussed today in full.  I will eventually set up a video on how to set them up, when I build my fish tank in my office, to accompany this podcast.  Not only are they amazing to look at but the seemingly innocent hobby can lead to businesses and also teaching moments for children.

How do we keep a fish tank?

  • build a fish tank
  • discuss the nitrogen cycle
  • how to start a fish tank
  • why these numbers have a lot of swag in them
  • how to do fish math
  • filtration needs
  • cleaning fish tanks
  • introduction to aquaponics
  • business opportunity available with this

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A guide to men’s fashion

a guide to mens fashionEvery man, in some point in their life, wants to look good.  This can be for a wedding, going on a date, or even to upgrade your look in general.  I brought on a guest to help cover this topic.  His name is Anu and he is the host of the blog The Vestiary.  Anu is very knowledgeable of the subject that is men’s fashion and that is why I wanted to sit down and pick his brain about it.  There are a lot of different people trying to sell you things but really lacking on concepts related to men’s fashion.  The basis of todays show was to make sure that we could cover this problem.  If you are looking for a way to upgrade your wardrobe without taking a loan out and present yourself in a better way, you have found the right podcast.  Anu is a very intellegent and well spoken individual that knows the in’s and out’s of men’s fashion and is willing to enlighten us on the topic.


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What does a gentleman need to know about men’s fashion?

  • What is The Vestiary
  • Why should gentlemen be concerned with men’s fashion?
  • What is men’s fashion like today?
  • Where to look for inspiration in fashion
  • What kind of accessories should men wear
  • Skin care as it relates to a gentleman

Resources mentioned in todays show:

Check out Anu on his social media outlets:

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What 9-11 Means To A Firefighter

what 9-11 means to a firefighterToday a few years ago we were thrust into a war that no one wanted to be apart of.  It all stemmed from a group of people that had hate in their hearts and decided to attack the United States of America.  Everyone remembers where they were at the time they heard that we were under attack.  Some of us were getting ready for work, some of us were at school getting our day started, 343 firefighters that day were getting their day started having no idea how their day would end.  We all have heard stories of how everyone felt and what firefighters did to help the victims of the attacks, but a story that is not told very often is how the fire service changed in response to the 9-11 attacks.  Today as you go about your day, please take the time to stop by a fire station and thank the firefighters there or if you see a police officer at a coffee shop buy their cup of coffee.  No it is not necessary, but a kind gesture is always welcome.  Also take a moment to remember the families that were effected by the 9-11 attacks.

What does 9-11 mean to a firefighter?

      • what happened to the service
      • how we changed
      • how we adapted to the changing world

Resources used in today’s show

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How To Use Fear As Motivation

how to use fear as motivationFear can be a debilitating obstacle that most hide from.  Most will avoid fear at all cost keeping them from stretching and making themselves better as gentlemen.  Under no circumstance should fear be avoided.  Under no circumstance should fear not be used for positive.  Today I will be discussing how to control most of your fears and turn them into very powerful motivation to better yourself and better your life.  Some fears cannot be motivation in the way described in today’s show and that is why I will direct you to the other show I did about fear being Overcoming Fear.  Think about it, if we were to take everything that makes us nervous or makes us worry and analyze it in a rational way we can be a very powerful person.  Your worries are just made up, they are not real, we play them up to be some horrible thing but how often do they actually come true like we think they will?  By using this process of thinking we can make our worries a powerful motivator.  Im not saying we will rule the world as much as I am saying we will rule our minds.

How do we use fear as a powerful motivation?

  • Write down your fear
  • Figure out the parts that make you afraid of it
  • Write down those individual parts
  • Overcome those parts

Resources mentioned in todays show:

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