Monthly Archives: February 2016

Creating Your Oasis

creating your own oasis

Every gentleman has to have their own place to relax and call their Oasis.  Their own spot to sit down and forget about what stresses them out, even if only for a few moments in life.  Every gentleman has to be able to remember what really matters in their life and it can not be done by being unhealthy and stressed all the time.  This is why every gentleman needs to have their own oasis.  The idea of an oasis can be molded into whatever you want it to be, from being out in the woods to being downtown in a city.  There are a few elements that have to be established before we can call it “your oasis” but those are not hard to figure out.  Consider making or finding your oasis before you have your next stressful day at work where your blood pressure is sky rocketed and your about to murder someone.

How do you create your own oasis

  • Why having this matters
  • How to find your own
  • What are the elements that you have to establish before you call it your oasis
  • What an outdoor small lot oasis look like
  • What a large yard would look like
  • What an indoor would look like
  • What about if you live where you can not build one
    • where do you find one
  • Why posting this on the Facebook page could help others

If you liked the show today, consider checking out:

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How To Survive A Dog Attack

surviving a dog attackThere may never be a time in which you need this information.  You may never find yourself in a situation where a dog is going to attack you or your family.  As gentlemen we should not shy away from information just because we don’t think it could happen, but we are prepared if it does happen.  I debated on even doing this show.  The reason is because I do not want to shine a negative spotlight on dogs.  However, I do feel like this could save someone’s life or save someone from an emergency room one day.  Remember, dogs are not bad, people are bad and train dogs to be bad.  Most of the reasons why we are bitten is because we did something wrong.  It is up to us to make sure that we are able to spot their body language and understand what they are trying to tell us.  With this bit of information, we could save thousands of trips to the emergency room every year.  There are some situations that are unavoidable.  Some situations where you are going to be bit, this is the topic of the show today.

How do you survive a dog attack

    • what kind of signs should we notice before a bite
    • why do dogs bite
    • what situations are more likely to result in a bite
    • if you find youself in a situation you can’t get out of
      • how do you reduce your likelihood of needing medical attention

Shows that were mentioned in today’s podcast:

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Resources used in the show:

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Being A Leader

being a leaderRather you know it or not, you are a leader.  You are a leader in your home, workplace, and in your social circle.  There are people that are looking at you and trying to figure out what makes you such a great person.  People are looking at you and trying to analyze how they can be just like you.  The concern that has to be discussed is are you being a great leader or are you being a crappy leader?  Are you making decisions based on convenience or because they are the right thing to do.  Can you say that the people that you influence are going to be great themselves or are they going to be people that you loathe?  This is the topic of the day.  How to be an leader.  There are many schools of thought in which great leaders are picked apart and their decision scrutinized to make a list of attributes.  The best list that can be made is the list that you come up with.  Sit down one day and make your own list of attributes that make the best leaders.

What can be said about being a leader?

  • Great leaders of history and their bio
  • What makes great leaders
  • What makes terrible leaders
  • How can we teach or children to be leaders
  • How can we show our children to be leaders

Resources used in today’s show:

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A Gentleman’s Guide to the Martini

the gentlemans guide to the martini“Shaken not stirred” from James Bond in a lot of the movies the character played in.  “I have never tasted anything so cool or clean”, “They make me feel so civilized” from Earnest Hemingway’s novel Farewell to Arms.  These are just some of the quotes that show their appreciation for the martini.  The martini has lasted through the age of the sweet liquors and all of the energy drink mixtures to remain at the top of the gentlemans list of drinks to order.  There is a lot of mistery involved in the martini that will never be recovered but only wondered about adding to the alore of the drink.  With the simplistic way that the drink is made you are looking at a drink that has a very strict set of rules that people have put into play while making them.  Wreather you are a bartender extrodinare or a amature homemixer all can appriciate how easy these drinks are made and how wonderful and clean their taste is.  Go ahead and take on the challenge of learning this iconic drink and figure out if you like your shaken or stirred.

A Gentleman’s Guide to the Martini

  • know the history behind them
  • how to make martinis at home
  • how to order the martini without sounding like an idiot
  • what song should be playing when you drink them

If you liked this episode, you would love these:

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Resources used in The Gentleman’s Guide to Martinis:

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Grilling Basics

grilling basicsSpring is in the air.  You can feel it during the heat of the day when you walk outside.  You can smell it as you walk through your grass and stir up the smell.  Your need for a jacket becomes less needed.  Your starting to think about the summer and what involves with it.  Pool parties, camping, holiday parties, and excuses to get outside all lead to one thing.  When you think about men cooking you immediately think of the grill.  The man standing beside the grill with smoke and steam coming out with some amazing food sitting over that glorious flame.  This is the essence of spring.  Grilling out.  But what stands between a normal guy and a grilling master?  Grilling basics.  Today I am going to attempt to teach you about grilling.  If you are new to the concept, which a lot are, you will learn a lot and even if you are a master there is always room to grow.  Don’t be that guy that has a reputation for crappy food.  Gentlemen have the reputation of being able to master the grill!

What are the grilling basics

  • Differences between Gas and Charcoal
  • Burgers
  • Chicken
  • Steak
  • Vegetables
  • General Tips
  • The Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

If you like the show today, you may also want to listen to:

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Resources used in Grilling Basics:

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Homesteading Update Feburary 2016

IMG_0646Every once in a while I like to do a homestead update.  The show today might just be the most important show I have done about homesteading before.  At the end I spend a little bit of time to explain WHY this matters.  That nagging question of why.  You might be surprised about how important this topic is for Gentlemen to hear.

If you have not heard the homesteading podcasts that I have done in the past, I would suggest going back and listening to them.  They are super easy to find, just click on the homesteading link and it will take you to the page.  I talk about everything related to my homestead being updated and developed.

I decided to do a little update every now and again.  As a matter of fact, I will be doing an update 2 times a year.  The idea is so that maybe I can start a little fire in your belly to start your own homestead, even on a quarter of an acre.  I have accomplished a lot so far and plan to continue to accomplish a lot throughout the year.  That is where you can learn about what I am doing and how to do it yourself!

What has happened in homesteading since last time

  • Breaking up the paddocks
  • New chickens added to the homestead
  • The new homesteading business
  • The raised bed project
  • Why homesteading is a topic for Gentlemen

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The Code Of The Samurai

the code of the samuraiThe Samurai were fierce fighters back in feudal Japan.  Samurai have been in many movies and their ways idolized by many young and old.  To a young person they are the quintessential warrior that captured the imagination.  To a gentleman they had a very strict code of conduct called the Bushido.  The samurai Bushido what what guided them and helped make their decisions.  This was the driving voice in their mind to what was right and wrong.  This is what makes them apart of the gentleman way.  The Bushido had a eight virtues associated with it.  All of which can be linked back to how a gentleman should present themselves.  If the Bushido that the Samurai used in their own lives is different than what you think should be in your own virtues, I urge you to make your own version.  Gentlemen should have their own code that they do not violate.  Where the Gentleman draws a line and refuses to cross.  They had the right idea of having a code of conduct, maybe we should consider it ourselves.

What is the code of the samurai

  • Who were the samurai
  • What did the samurai stand for
  • What is the Bushido
  • The Bushido virtues
    • Righteous
    • Courage
    • Benevolence
    • Respect
    • Sincerity
    • Honor
    • Loyalty
    • Self Control
  • How should this be apart of our own lives
  • How to create your own Bushido

Resources used in the show:

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Running Your Home Like A CEO

running your home like a ceoWhen you look at the differences between a business and a family, there are some blurred lines.  Both business and family have decisions to be made to for betterment and survival of the organization.  There is a way that we are able to put common positions in both organizations also.  The head of the household being the CEO and following the different roles that the CEO has.  Not saying that in one day you should walk up and change everything.  The change has to happen slowly and systematically.  My suggestion is to take an outsiders look at your family.  Are you running like a well oiled machine?  Can you trust that your spouse is doing what they are supposed to do based on your combined goals?  Is your family on the brink of emotional bankruptcy?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be the case that you should have a CEO at the head of the house.

Other shows mentioned in the podcast today:

increasing your net worth

How do we run our homes like a CEO?

  • Seeing the home as a company
  • Someone has to be in charge
  • Someone has to be willing to make the executive decision
  • If there is a CEO who is the CFO
  • Delegate your needs
  • Rules and Regulations put into place
  • This is just one way to do this
  • How to get this started in your household

Resources:

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Bartending with Speaking Easy Podcast

guide to bartendingBartending is not just a fun thing that we can pick up doing at parties.  Bartending is not just something that you get stuck doing when everyone else knows that you know the difference between a martini glass and a margarita glass.  Bartending is an art that has been developed for many years.  Bartenders have played the unconventional role of the therapist in many occasions.  However, before you are a great bartender you have to be a great mixologist.  Alex and Jordan of Speaking Easy Podcast has been hosting parties and events for a long time.  Learning through listening to others, reading, studying, and trial and error they are able to come on today’s show and speak to us on and to add to another installment of the Gentleman’s Guide Series.

If you care to look back through the archives, or just at the bottom of the page, you will find the Gentleman’s Guide Series.  This is a series that is devoted to the best of the best podcasts and topics that men need and should know how to do.  If you are interested in being apart of this reserve of knowledge, please contact me and let me know what you have in mind!

A Gentleman’s Guide to Bartending with Speaking easy podcast

  • What is the role of the Bartender?
  • What are some of the biggest mistakes amateur mixologists make?
  • Mixed Drinks. Top shelf liquor or bottom shelf?
  • What is the hardest drink to make?
  • What is the basic setup for a home bar?
  • What are the top 5 drinks every man should know?

 

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Gems From Aesop’s Fables

gems from aesop's fablesFrom a child, I have loved listening to Aesop’s Fables.  Those stories have answered so many questions that I had questions about.  My grandparents knew that when I had a disagreement about if I should have to do certain chores, if they told me to just do it that it wouldn’t teach me anything.  However, if they were to tell me a story why, it would change me mind for years to come.  My mother knew that she wanted to teach me a lot as a child.  She knew that Aesop’s Fables were the better stories to read at bedtime because there was always some value to learn from it.  As children we get a lot of our values from the people that are around us everyday.  We grow up learning from our environment.  Adding stories from Aesop’s Fables into everyday life teaches children how to handle difficult situations and helps them to be ready for what life has to throw at them.

What can we learn from Aesop’s Fables?

  • Who is Aesop’s
  • The story of
    • The Ass, Fox, and Lion
    • The Dog and The Wolf
    • The Tree and The Reed
    • The Kid and The Wolf
    • The Ant and The Grasshopper
  • Why these stories from Aesop’s Fables matter
  • How can they be applicable in today’s life

Resources used in the show:

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