Tag Archives: Road Trip

10 Things You Might Be Doing Wrong In Traffic

things you might be doing wrong in trafficMost of us feel that being caught up in traffic is madding and stressful.  What if I told you that you could be the problem instead of the other guy you yell at!?  We all think we know what we are doing, but as gentlemen we all have room to grow.  Considering the fact that we all sit in traffic too much, we should at least consider being decent to each other.

I am diving into some of the issues that I have personally found to be issues that are caused in traffic.  Some of these are not breaking the law as much as just being kind to others.  However, some have the potential to getting a ticket from a police officer or even worse, shot by another motorist.  Make sure that when you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you prepare to do more good than harm.  Find your happy space and be a functioning member of society.


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What could you be doing in traffic that is wrong?

  • Creating space for a right hand turn
  • Pull past white lines at intersection
  • Following too close to someone
  • Stopping too close to someone at intersections
  • Queuing up in the wrong place while crossing divided highway
  • Blocking intersections in high traffic
  • Sitting on railroad tracks
  • Speeding off when light turns green
  • You see lights, pull to the right
  • Rubber necking at wrecks

References used in this episode:

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A Practical Assessment on Prepping

piratical preppingPrepping is a word that has been drug down the road and turned into something not resembling what it actually means.  When you take a practical look at what it means to be a prepper you will see that it not what it is made out to be.  As a Gentleman you should be concerned with the safety and well being of your family.  By not just being a prepper, but being someone that is practical about their prepping, you are going to be able to see your family through tough times.

I dive into what it means to be a practical prepper by assessing the needs of what you should store and invest in.  You not only need items and commodities for a possible disaster, but if you are practical about it, for every day life.  The way that I do my prepping is making sure that whatever I invest in, I can use on a day to day basis.  By me looking at my prepping in a practical way, I am able to justify my purchases and even save money on those purchases.  That is the manly thing to do.


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What elements of prepping are we going to assess in a practical manner?

  • Why it matters to practically assess prepping
  • Food Storage
  • Fuel Storage
  • Bug out Bag
  • Solar Energy investments

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How To Create A Bucket List

bucket listBuilding a bucket list is a major thing to do while you are young.  We all have a limited number of days, hours, heartbeats, and breaths to enjoy.  Many men fear regret in their lives, I know that I do.  I do not want to be on my death bed wondering if I could have sky dived or had a beer in Ireland.  Building a bucket list is not a hard task to accomplish, however, there is a better way to write one.  A bucket list that will stick with you and give you the motivation to complete it.  As a Gentleman you want to be able to tell stories of how you took adventures and met amazing people.  This is your excuse to spend the money and have the best life you can live.


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How do you create a bucket list that leaves no regrets?

  • How to build a list
  • The best ways to keep from loosing the list
  • Tips on how to check off your bucket list items

Resources used in the show:

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December the 16th is the last show that I will produce of 2016.  I hope to be able to get some videos out during this time and to take some well deserved rest for the holidays.  Skilled Gentlemen Podcast will return on January 2nd for the first show of 2017.  I say this so that you know that I am not shutting down the podcast for good, but just for a few days.

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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.

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Surviving A Long Commute

surviving a long commuteOne of the biggest stresses in life is traffic.  As for myself, I hate traffic and would rather sit in a dentist chair than in traffic.  There is a better way to keep yourself from turning into a ball of stress while sitting in traffic.  Your commute is something that you cannot get out of unless you work from home.  From walking, taking the train, or like most of us you drive there are many different ways that you can keep yourself from freaking out during your commute.  As a Gentleman you should be able to keep yourself from stopping your vehicle, getting out, and pummeling your co-commuters.  The Gentleman does not waste time but uses time wisely to either get things done, relax, or able to learn something new.  This is the topic of the day.  I had this topic sent in by a listener of the podcast.  If you ever have a show idea, you are encouraged to get in touch with me.

How can you survive a long commute?

  • Why the commute is so stressful
  • What Gentlemen do and dont do on the road
  • Different ways to survive the commute

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Remember that on Wednesdays I am not doing new shows.  This time is reserved for writing Executive Protection For The Family from Skilled Gentlemen Podcast which should be out sometime in 2017.

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Basics of Astronomy

basics of astronomyThe study of astronomy is is defined as the study of the universe.  How can we bestow the acquisition of knowledge of astronomy to our children?  How can we get them interested in learning and stretching their minds in astronomy concepts?  My idea is getting them involved with astronomy.  My father taught me a little about the universe, or about as much as he could, and from there I started searching and trying to quench a thirst for knowledge that would never stop.  Still today I hear a word or a concept and spend hours learning about it and trying to figure it out because of the time my father spent teaching me about our place in the universe.  There are many different topics and many different concepts that can be discussed but I decided to talk about 3 today.

  • What is light
  • How big is the universe
  • Why did we get rid of Pluto as a planet

I dive into each topic very deep and continue to stretch the limits of your mind and try to convey what little knowledge I have on the subject at hand.  During the research phase I got the blue screen of death.  Luckily for me I was able to restore and get back to work, but this means I need to back my stuff up and get ready for a complete meltdown.  So little to no resources available for you to click on, but I did my best to remember what I found.

Also if you liked today’s topic and would like to hear more about this, please let me know because I would love to do more topics about this kind of stuff.

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Planning An Epic Road Trip

3981191542_80f8d4616f_oSummer is here and everyone is going out of town for trips and vacations.  Everyone always looks forward to the destination being at the beach or mountains.  However, is there a way to make it to where we look forward to the trip along with the destination?  Planning a road trip is tricky because of all of the extra things that you need to pack, maps to be drawn, activities to do for you children, and ways to keep your co-pilot happy but Skilled Gentlemen Podcast is here to help you.  Many miles are put on our vehicles every year going between the mountains, beach, and grandmas but why do we ignore the fact that we can spend the time together enjoying the trip?  If you have not checked out the podcast where I go over the Pre Trip Inspection let me divert you over to it because a lot of work goes into the pre-planning of a road trip, and your vehicle does not need to be something you ignore.  Also during the podcast I spoke briefly on taking your 72 hour kit.  If you have not checked out the podcast on 72 hour kits, please check that out as well.  So you have your idea of where you are planning on going for your epic trip, well join me today as I talk about planning your epic road trip.

  • Why we started taking road trips
  • What to bring along during your road trip
  • What to do during your road trip
  • Pro tips for your road trip

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Driving like a Gentleman

StateLibQld_1_118784_Man_driving_a_car_in_the_WWI_peace_procession,_Brisbane,_1919When people think of defensive driving they think of driving school when they were a teenager.  I am here to say that is not enough.  As gentlemen we need to understand that road rage and aggressive driving is a real problem and can lead to worse problems than getting to work late because you were behind someone slow.  There is a serious problem in this nation and world when there are statistics of people dying from road rage.  Our families are the ones we hold close and when we are acting like a fool on the road, we put them in danger.  So I present to you a list of things that we can do to change our notions of defensive driving and be gentlemen on the road.

Today we will talk about:

  • Statistics on Aggressive driving and road rage
  • Why this topic is important to gentlemen
  • How we can be safer on and off the roads

During the show I mentioned a few websites:

http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/aggressive/aggproplanner/page05.htm

http://www.drivingfast.net/techniques/winter-driving-techniques.htm

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Executive Protection for the Family: Pre-Planning

preplanWhether it is overseas or to the store, a preplan is made.  Sometimes unconsciously and sometimes it is laid out in great detail so that our intentions are made clear like where we are going and how long do we expect to be there.  I propose that making sure that you spouse knows what you know before you leave to go on your big trip is essential but do you really have to do this every time you leave the home?  In my opinion, yes but you already do this anyway.  Many gentlemen that I talk to say they want to care for their families and want to make sure they are protected but they seem to skip this very important topic.

Today we will discuss:

  • Why it matters
  • Answering a few concepts
  • How I planned for my overseas vacation
  • Why you don’t have to preplan everything, but you already do

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Pre-Trip Inspections for a Road Trip

StateLibQld_1_114320_Silvio_Campanotti_posing_next_to_a_Studebaker_car,_Ingham,_1940The pre-trip inspection of a vehicle could mean rather you get to your destination to enjoy your time away from daily grind or spend it in a garage or worse, the hospital.  The topic of today’s show was brought to you by my latest excursion to the mountains with my wife.  After a long weekend of enjoying friends and family along with some surprising smooth single malt Scottish whiskey we had a wonderful time.  You can see a few of the pictures from the trip on my Twitter feed.  Before we left for the mountains I preformed a vital ritual that has been handed down to me from generations of well prepared men.  The pre-trip inspection.  There is a right way and a wrong way to do these and could end up making the trip a great story or a tragedy.

Today’s topic includes:

  • Why this is important for a gentleman to preform?
  • Why it should be taken serious
  • How to preform your inspection
  • What to look for and what tools are needed
  • A few pro tips for your trip
  • The reason why you need a map
  • Rental car concerns

Thank you for listening to today’s show, if you have questions, comments, concerns, or complaints please direct them to the comment section below, twitter, or my email skilledgentlemen@gmail.com.