Category Archives: Skills

How to Treat a Snake Bite

snake biteSnakes are very common around the world.  With how common they are, you should be aware of the do’s and don’t’s that are related to snake bites.  The first step to your education is to understand the misconceptions about bites.  If you do not understand those, you will end up hurting or possibly killing yourself.  Then to realize that you are not going to be able to do much if you are bitten.  Please understand that if you get bitten by a snake, you should get help.  Don’t focus on anything else but to get help.

This is not a hard concept to grasp, but it has to be mentioned every once in a while.  You need medical attention if you are bitten.


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How do you treat a snake bite?

  • What are the misconceptions of treating snake bites
  • How do we treat snake bites
  • What should we carry in our first aid kits to help treat snake bites

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How to Host a Summer Party

host summer partyParties are, for the most part, a great time.  Standing around with all of your friends and enjoying a drink and some food.  There are a lot of things that you need to be aware of when you are hosting a party.  Certain things that can make or break your party.  You, as a Gentleman, should be aware that your image in their eyes rests on your ability to host.  Don’t worry though, I have the answers that you are looking for.

Today I am going to talk, in depth, about the do’s and don’ts of hosting a summer party.  These should be simple events to host that take some planning and execution.  Remember that all drink recipes that you hear will be posted in the forum.  Also links can be found at the bottom of the page under references.


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How do you throw a great summer party?

  • Summer drinks that you should be a pro a making
  • How much food should you make for how many people
  • Great summer recipes that do not take much to cook
  • What kind of entertainment can you provide for your guests

Resources used to make the show:

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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

Resources used in the show today:

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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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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

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How to throw a Knife

throw a knifeThrowing a knife is a trick that we have all seen in the movies or on the stage of a show.  With great accuracy the person is able to whip the knife across the stage and hit the target.  No sweat on their part nor on the part of the “victim”.  How is this done?  More importantly, how can I learn how to do the same?  Think about how this skill was used in the wild back when Native Americans were trying to find a meal.  What about when the first cave men to go on the hunt knew about throwing a sharp rock?  This is a skill that will surly make you the “cool” dad at the camp site this year.

I am going to talk to you about starting up your hobby as a knife thrower.  Please understand that this is a dangerous skill to learn.  You are planing on throwing a sharp piece of metal at a target.  Use common sense to know what is around you and what you could be hitting.  This is not a skill that requires a lot of investment in your part but can really be a great teaching tool to your kids.


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How do you throw a knife?

  • How to get your target ready
  • What are the safety concerns of throwing a knife
  • Which knifes are the best for throwing
  • What technique should you use when starting out

References that were used in the making of the show:

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Storing Wine, Whiskey, and Cigars for Special Occasions

storing wine whiskey and cigars for special occasionsWe all have milestones in our lives where we would like to celebrate with something special.  Think about when your daughter or son gets married.  You do your speech and open up a 20 year old bottle of wine to share.  The fact that the wine was made and preserved back when they were born and then consumed now is amazing.  Storing these drinks are not as simple as you would think.  You have to find the perfect place and the perfect conditions for this to work.

I have gone through the internet to find how to store all of the best kinds of drinks and cigars for long term.  Not only am I going to tell you how and what to buy but how to store them.  Storing an old bottle of wine you have to have special planning.  Also, there are little known fact thats you might be surprised about storing whiskey, beer, and cigars.  This is your show today if you are sentimental about things like this.  I can’t wait to get started with my long term storage.


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Storing Wine, Whiskey, and Cigars for long term storage

  • Storing whiskey long term
  • How to find wine to store
  • Storing wine long term
  • Finding and preserving cigars for the special occasion
  • Storing your favorite beer

References used in the show today:

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Drowning- Spotting it and Stopping it – Throwback

drowningMemorial Day is close and to most of us this means that we are going to crank up the grill and destroy some burgers and hot dogs.  For a lot more of us this means that swimming pools are opening up for the summer and this means that people of all ages go for a swim.  Growing up we have all learned that drowning meant looking a certain way and we were to always call the lifeguard to help.  What if I told you drowning didn’t look like the way we were supposed to see it look like.  What if I told you to save a drowning person wont be as easy as we see on TV.  There are a lot of reasons why people don’t necessarily drown like they are supposed to.  This is where I am stepping in today.

As gentlemen we should be prepared to step in and act when someone is in trouble.  I urge you to find a way to get trained and taught how to stop someone from drowning.


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How can I stop someone from drowning?

  • The short version of the article Drowning Does Not Look Like Drowning
  • My background in lifeguarding
  • My rescues while lifeguarding
  • Reach, Throw, and Go
  • What does it look like
  • How to approach a victim
  • Differences between victims
  • How to escape the grasp of an active victim
  • What to do at shore

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Caring For Your Knife

caring for your knifeA knife is one of the most well known tool that a gentleman can either use to cut down a sapling to saving their life in a disaster situation.  Every gentleman will wake up and put a knife in their pocket because things need to be cut during the day from a net to cover their flock of birds to defending themselves from a yeti attack.  There are a particular set of rules that everyone needs to know and understand about knifes before purchasing one and then caring for one when it is in their possession.  

That is what we are discussing today.  This topic was brought to you from the Facebook page, so if you have any ideas for shows, please comment in the Facebook page!  Understand that this is as much information that I could gather.  I would hope that if you have any other suggestions about this topic, take it to the forum.  We can always use expertise in this kind of topic.


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What should I be doing to care for my knife?

  • Different types of knifes and their purposes
  • How to clean and store knifes
  • Which knifes are tougher than others
  • What does it mean to “daily carry” a knife
  • Purposes of daily carry knifes
  • What kind does a firefighter carry in his pockets

During the show I talked about the coolest cutting board you have ever seen.  Check out this video!

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4 Dad Projects for Spring

4 dad projects for springBeing a dad is one of the best jobs in the world.  I know this because my dad and my grandfather done such a great job teaching me life skills throughout my childhood.  With spring just around the corner, it is a great time to get prepared for some projects to teach your children from.  Understand that there is a golden window that last a few years that a child wants to learn from you.  They want to be around you and will learn anything you teach them.  This is the best time to do these projects with them.  They will not only learn from you but they will keep that knowledge for the rest of their lives.

I am going to talk about 4 different projects that you can include your children in this spring.  Projects that will teach them about construction, vehicles, and self sufficiency.  While doing these projects, please be safe.  Teaching them the ability to do something is just as important as keeping them alive.  I included in the podcast what I would use for building materials but if you feel that you should use something different, please do so.  I have no formal education about construction, just a lot of projects under my belt.



What are the projects that a dad can do this spring?

  • The basics of building a swingset
  • Planting a garden
  • Rebuilding a vehicle
  • Vehicle maintenance

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