Monthly Archives: June 2017

Preparing for a Backpacking Trip – Throwback Episode

preparing for a backpacking tripMost 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.  


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How do you prepare for a backpacking trip?

  • 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
  • Preparing for a long backpacking trip
  • How to mentally prepare
  • What are some things that you need to bring
  • Why someone should know your whereabouts

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Emergencies that Gentlemen should handle – Throwback Episode

emergencies men should know how to handleOne of the scariest things that a man can endure is witnessing emergencies that involve his family.  The blood pressure rises along with the pulse rate and the brain goes into overdrive.  To the normal person the next step would be to freak out and panic.  To the Gentleman however, the next step would be to calm down and start fixing the situation.  This series that I am starting is going to be an accumulation of the most common emergencies that men face on a day to day basis from the standpoint of an experienced first responder.

 My goal for these shows is to help men pull themselves together and start being the fixer that his family wants him to be.  Do you want to be that guy that runs around panicking because something just happened to him and his family or do you want to be able to help the situation?


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What Emergencies should men be able to handle?

  • what is a first responder
  • why should I keep a medical bag in my car
  • what should be kept in the medical bag
  • What to do if you are in a car wreck
  • How to deal with Hypothermia and Hyperthermia
  • How to deal with Major Bleeding
  • Why you do not have to worry about this

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Have we lost Rites of Passage? – Throwback Episode

have we lost the rite of passageAcross the world there are cultures have different ways that they ceremonially bring their children into adulthood.  This is called the rite of passage.  However, we live in a world that protects our children and adults from feeling pain and hurt feelings.  Are there ways that we still have rite of passage ceremony?  Are there ways that we can make our children appreciate their place in nature and in society?  My argument is that the struggle has to be hard to make the reward to be sweet.  

I dive into the history and the cultural aspects of the rite of passage that still exist today.  I also get real personal with my plans to have my own ceremony for both myself and my son.  The journey should be a struggle because you deserve to feel proud of your accomplishments.  Join in the conversation by getting involved in the social media and on the forum!  You should plan your own passage and have your own journey.


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What can we do to have a Rite of Passage?

  • There is a purpose for this, what are the purpose of these rites of passage?
  • What are some of the most common ones around?
  • Is it ever too late to go through one yourself?
  • How am I going to go through my own passage?
  • What my plan is for my son?
  • How am I going to train him for it.
  • How do you develop a tradition for yourself?

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Are you a soft man or a hard gentleman – Throwback Episode

are you a soft manI have been hearing a lot about men being soft here lately.  I sat down to do some research on this phenomenon and came back with the fact that men are becoming really soft.  There is that section of men in the world that have certain attributes about them and have no idea why no one wants to be around them.  People talk bad about them because they are not manning up and taking charge of their responsibilities.  Today’s show is an effort to bring light to this fact and hopefully encourage you to change this out of your life.  To make that effort to go from a soft man to a hard gentleman.  Not only do our families expect it but they deserve to have a hard gentleman in their lives.


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How soft are you?

  • Where I feel like this bashing came from
  • Why I didn’t like reading those posts
  • How can you define a soft man
  • My steps to becoming a hard gentleman
    • Stop Complaining so much
    • Follow through with your plans
    • Take your responsibilities to heart
    • Don’t be afraid of confrontation and don’t be a butt head
    • Get stuff done
  • How can our children learn from this list
  • You should make your own list

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How to win state fair games – Throwback Episode

how to win state fair gamesIt is that time of year again where you go to the fair and eat food that you shouldn’t eat, ride rides that were trucked in last night, and play games that have been rigged for you to fail.  From the time you walk into the fair grounds and down the midway to the time you walk up to the carny game and pay money, you have been persuaded.  Or should I say that your kids have been persuaded to want the prizes.  Now it is up to you to win that coveted stuffed spongebob squarepants or the awesome over-sided bear they want.

If you are the kind of guy that looks at these games and says “I can win that, all you have to do is blank” you have already lost.  These games are rigged so that you will fail most of the times you play them.  When you loose, your manhood is questioned, you pay more money, the fair wins.  I am going to take you through some of these games and give you that winning edge that you need to win!


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How do you win state fair games?

  • How to beat
    • Ball toss into the basket
    • Loony Ladder
    • Machine Gun Star Shootout
    • Hammer Bell Ring
  • What games should you stay away from
    • Ring toss
    • Milk bottle knock over
    • Dart and balloons
    • Basketball shot

Resources used in the show today:

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A Gentleman’s Guide To Pregnancy- Throwback Episode

a gentlemans guide to pregnancyYou have just figured out that you are pregnant, what do you do now!?  To many men, this is both very exciting and extremely terrifying.  The major issue is that you have experience with caring for you and your spouse, now you have to face the unknown of caring for a child.  Some men will ignore the issue and just deal with the struggles and issues as they come.  Gentlemen face this head on and prepare for what is to come.  The effort today is going to be to answer the nagging problems that you have come up with in your mind.  Pregnancy comes with a lot of possible medical problems and money fears.


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Gentleman’s Guide to Pregnancy

  • What should we be concerned about medically
  • How to cut costs for the child without being negligent
  • What should men be doing during the pregnancy
  • Your plan for the big day
  • What is your job after the baby is born

Resources used in the show:

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Beer Brewing Basics – Throwback Episode

Beer Brewing BasicsA day that I always look forward to is brewing day.  I say always like I do this all the time and have been for years.  The cruel fact is I just learned how to do this and have only had 2 good turnouts and one bad.  To be honest though, it is not a hard thing to do.  Especially when you start out with the kits.  Remember, this is not an advanced show!  I am certain there are many ways to do this but I have taken the way that gets me started and not spend more than $100 to start learning.  Beer not only breaks down walls and strengthens friendships, it is an essential part of our history.

Brewing beer is really simple to do, as long as you have someone to explain the process and you follow basic sanitation procedures.  Brewing is also relatively cheap to get into because you really only need some basic materials.   So today I am going to have a friendly chit chat about the history of beer and why it is essential in today’s society and about my past brew days!


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What are the steps to brewing beer?

  • Why was beer such a large part in history
  • How my past brew day went
  • Basics of brewing
  • Basic equipment needed to start yourself
  • Some cool equipment you can build to aid your brewing

Resources for you to use for more information or for video explanations:

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A Gentleman’s First Date Dos and Don’ts

a gentlemans first date dos and don'tsA Gentleman only has one chance to impress someone on their first date.  It is what happens and the overall feeling after that date, that decides if there is a second one.  There are some guidelines that you should follow and some land mines that you should avoid.  This podcast episode is perfect for the person that is going on that first date.  You want to be the best you that you can be.  With these tips, you are very likely going to get that second date!  This podcast is also perfect for the married guys out there.  We have to continue to date our spouses.

I am going through the secrets to the first date and what to do and not do.  These ideas are both from myself and from other blogs that I have found.  The major takeaway is that you should be upfront with your intentions.  Do not be that guy that gets in it for “love” and leaves the day after.


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How does a Gentleman handle a First Date?

  • What needs to happen to pull off a first date
  • Common mistakes men make to not get a call back after that night
  • How to fix these mistakes
  • What are some clues that your date is having a good time
  • Different ideas for dates other than dinner and a movie
  • Holding a conversation with someone that doesn’t start with “what do you do”
  • How to prepare for the second and subsequent dates

Resources used to make this episode:

As mentioned in the show, you should check out these related podcasts that I have done.

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How to be more like James Bond

how to be more like james bondJames Bond has fascinated us since we were all little boys.  When you think about 007, you hear that distinct voice with all of the confidence in the world behind it.  You remember all of the action scenes where James Bond never broke a sweat.  What makes a man like this?  Which attributes does a man have to possess to be this cool and powerful?

I am going through all of the attributes that 007 has that makes him who he is.  There is a caveat at the end of the show that you should remember… Love is not to be played with.  James does have a nasty bit of history of playing around with love.  If you are going to take your bondness further than this podcast, make sure you are clear about your intentions!


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How can we be more like James Bond?

  • What attributes are we more likely to emulate from James Bond
  • Why we even would want to be more like him
  • What goes into making your boyhood idol an image of yourself

Resources used in the show:

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