Monthly Archives: October 2016

Ghost Stories Special 2016

ghost stories 2016Halloween is a wonderful time of year when we get to sit down beside the virtual campfire and tell ghost stories.  I personally love ghost stories and Halloween gives you the perfect reason to let your mind wonder into a place that makes you want a nightlight.  With all of the stress of normal life, who does not like their creative side taking the wheel for a while.  Give yourself the permission to believe in ghosts and ghouls and get into the Halloween spirit for a few moments.

Today I go through a few ghost stories that I found while searching over the internet.  The last story, however, is a work of my own.  The story is not one that is false.  It is a 100% true story that I experienced myself.  So sit back with a cup of tea in the dark and enjoy this special time of year.  Reverting back to your primal instinct of being afraid of the dark is not helpful except for one time of year.  You never know what could be the cause of the bump in the night or the whisper in your ear.


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Ghost Stories 2016

  • The little girl that was not there
  • How likely is it that zombies will walk the earth
  • Terrifying diseases that can kill
  • 2 sentence ghost stories
  • Whispers – My own experience

Resources used in today’s show:

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Your Reinvention – A Guide to Reinvent Yourself

your reinvention- how to reinvent yourselfThere comes a time in a man’s life where a reinvention is necessary.  Normally there are major life events where reinventions occur, but it is not necessary.  You can reinvent yourself whenever you feel appropriate but it it is not going to happen overnight.  You need direction to make the reinvention successful.  No one says that it is easy but the finial outcome is worth the pain and suffering it takes to get you there.  You do not want to work so hard to get to your finial self just to slip back into your old habits and your old ways.

I am taking you through the process and giving you the best tips and tricks to make your reinvention successful.  These are not easy and require a lot of work and dedication on your part.  With a few skills and a few ideas, you can change yourself into the person you want to be.  I have personally gone through a reinvention a few times and with the use of my experiences and the use of online resources, I am going to help you have a successful reinvention.


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How do we have a successful reinvention?

    • How to increase your possibility of the reinvention sticking
    • Where to start the process from
    • How to determine your final outcome
    • Who you should turn to during this process
    • What are the best things to get rid of and pick up

Resources used in the show:

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What I wish I knew Before Renting an Apartment

apartmentRenting an apartment is something that most people end up having to do at one point in time.  Rather it is during college or before you are buying a house, the correct apartment can end up being hard to find.  There are a few things that you can look out for in advance before you decide on what apartment to go with.  Rather the apartment is in the middle of the city or if it is out in the middle of nowhere, there are a lot of commonality that is involved in apartment finding.  Don’t be fooled and wowed by what the leasing agents tell you and learn to figure out what works for you before you sign your name on the contract.

I am going to take you though my experiences that I had while living in apartments all around North Carolina.  Some experiences were good and some were bad.  Rather than focusing on all that was bad, I tried to learn as much as I could about what I liked and disliked through the whole process.  They all, however, were ultimately toward something great in my life which meant that I could stand a little abuse.



What I wish I knew before renting an apartment

    • Finances involved with your first apartment
    • Safety concerns
    • How to get the low down before signing
    • What I wish I knew ahead of time
    • Dealing with Neighbors

Resources that I used in the show:

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6 Things Solo Backpacking Beginners Need To Know

6 things solo backpacking beginners need to knowBeing a solo backpacker means that you are one that ventures out into the back woods alone to enjoy nature in its silent and raw bliss.  There is not anyone that you can rely on but yourself and your dog that you take with you.  The grit of the trail and the silence of the back country are the only elements that keep your mind from wondering.  Solo backpacking is a wonderful way for gentlemen to be pushed into a whole different mindset that allows you to reset your problems and to really see what you are made of.

I just finished up my first solo backpacking trip a few days ago.  To say that I had a wonderful time is an understatement.  I learned a lot about myself and pushed myself to my limits.  All men should take this opportunity to go out and pick up this hobby for themselves.  It is a great way to learn about yourself.


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What do solo backpacking beginners need to know?

  • What kind of protection should you be concerned with on the trail
  • How to control how much weight you are going to carry
  • What is your mindset, can you handle it
  • Think five steps ahead of yourself
  • Who can find you, let someone know where you plan to be
  • What should you take with you

I mentioned this event in a past episode linked below:

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Resources used in todays show:

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How to keep your marriage off the rocks

marriageStatistics say that 40% to 50% of all marriages will end in divorce.  That rate is very alarming to someone that is trying to have a happy marriage.  It kind of feels like the odds are stacked against me in a way.  The fact is it is hard to be married.  You are forcing two people to come together and get along and make sacrifices for each other.  However, if you can find someone that genuinely makes you feel good and someone you can get along with, your marriage will be fulfilling and happy.  As a gentleman, we needs to sit down and talk about being someone that can help their marriage instead of possibly sabotaging it.

If you take the time to understand how to make your relationship stronger for the both of you, your relationship will get better.  I am going to do my best today to make sure that you have all of the advice that I can muster to help you accomplish this.


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How do you keep your marriage off the rocks?

    • Breaking down relationships into three different categories
    • Finding the right person for you
    • How to know you can handle them before you marry
    • 8 ways to keep a marriage alive
    • My secret to knowing if she likes the date
    • Quick talk about divorce
    • The big secret to keeping the relationship alive

Resources that were used in the making of the show:

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How to Survive a Hurricane

how to survive a hurricaneWe are right in the middle of the hurricane season.  We just got through hurricane Matthew with decimated parts of Florida and up to Virginia.  Were you prepared for it?  The sobering fact that most people are not prepared for something like this is troubling.  As gentlemen we should be prepared to make that decision to either stay in or get out of dodge of the storm.  If you stay in, do you know what you need?  If you go, do you know what you need?  There are too many people that are not prepared for either situation or even know which decision they should choose.

This is the topic of discussion today.  Hurricanes are not something we can stop from occurring, but we can get more educated and more prepared for the eventuality that it could come through and effect us.  As the man of the family, we have to be ready to pull the trigger and make the decision to stay or leave.

Mentioned in the podcast today are the items that safecastle has to offer for your hurricane preparedness:


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How do you survive a hurricane?

    • Dangers associated with hurricanes
    • How to make the bug in/out decision
    • Stay in kit
    • Bug out kit
    • How to stay in contact with your family if separated
    • Q&A with a listener that got his wife through hurricane Matthew

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9 Ways To Be More Independent

independentBeing independent from the systems of support is important for a gentleman to be.  The concept of “the systems of support” should not be confused with “the system” that some people are afraid of.  Systems of support are ways that we get food, water, security, energy, and shelter.  We use these systems to live a life that we want.  We all know, however, these systems can be interrupted with power outages and shortages.

I am going to dive into 9 projects that you can do to make yourself more of an independent person.  You can cook and see when the power is out and you can water your yard with rain you harvest.  Not only will I give you projects but I can make you a more independent thinker.  You should think for yourself and not be manipulated into thinking what others want you to think.  That is a very hard subject to get most gentlemen to come to the understanding that this is necessary to be a more independent person.


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How can you be more Independent in your own life?

  • Why independence is a must in a mans life
  • Building a Solar Oven
  • Constructing a Greenhouse
  • Installing Rain Catchment
  • Building a Smoke House
  • Lighting up your space with LEDs
  • Build your own fernature
  • Solve your own problems
  • Talk to your neighbor instead of calling cops on them
  • Focus on what you can change instead of what you cant

References used in the show:

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Building a 72 hour kit- Throwback

72 hour kitA 72 hour kit is composed of many different items that helps you not only survive but it helps you keep your family happy though times that are uncomfortable.  This topic is not talked about very much in this community and needs to be a topic that is covered.  Tune in today and see what actually goes into building and maintaining a 72 hour kit!  These kits are essential to have with you if you decide to go on a road trip and should be checked every time you decide to do a pre trip inspection.

To ignore having a 72 hour kit is like saying there will never be a time and place where I will have an issue or a problem.  Man up and make one before your family needs one.  Along with the items in your kit you should have a properly stocked first aid kit.  Essential is one so much that I decided to make a podcast on it.  Check it out in conjunction with this one.


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Why should you build a 72 hour kit?

  • What is a 72 Hour bag?
  • How does building a 72 hour bag fit into the ideals of Skilled Gentlemen?
  • How would having a kit have helped in Atlanta’s snow storm or in New York’s flood?
  • Stuff you put into a 72 hour bag?
  • What are the 5 survival needs?
  • Extra items will you need outside of the 5 needs?
  • My finial thoughts about building a 72 hour bag.

Thank you for listening. Please find Skilled Gentlemen Podcast on FacebookiTunes,  Twitter,  Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  All comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com