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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

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The Meaning of Memorial Day

memorial day specialEven though yesterday was Memorial Day, I wanted to make sure that I took the opportunity to show my appreciation to our nations military. So today is a short show but meaningful one.  There are no advertisements nor is there music.  I didn’t want this episode to be about production-ship as much as it is for appreciation and call to action.

Remember the meaning behind Memorial Day!

So from the depths of my heart, I want to say thank you for everyone serving in the military.  I appreciate everything that you do for us.  You are the people that stand between us and people that want us dead.  The sacrifice that you make to be that person that protects me and my way of life is greatly appreciated.  

My challenge to you and anyone else that can hear my voice, I want you to find a way to show your appreciation.  Buy a cup of coffee for a soldier in line or thank them when you see them in public.  If you see them with their family make sure you take the time to thank them also.  They play a very important role in their lives as well.

Even if you are like me and despise our government and the way those clowns pretend to be in control; our soldiers still deserve our support.  They are the ones that truly do the work that the government will not do.  Even though there are problems with our leadership and you might have differing opinions about the USA, our soldiers should be honored today.


Did you miss anything or want to check out the notes for the podcast episode today, look no further than the forum.  Iskilled gentlemen podcast forum post every episode that I do there for you to go back and find links and remember what was said.  While you are there, make sure you sign up to be a member.  Send me your username after signing up so that I can approve you.  That is all it takes to be a member.

 

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

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Camping Like A Gentleman – Throwback Episode

camping like a gentlemanIf you have never been camping you have not lived yet.   Being outside for a full 24 hours or longer is intoxicating by itself.  You learn a lot about yourself and discover things that you have never known about yourself.  Camping is a learning experience for children by expanding their interests and their imaginations.  Going back to when my grandfather and father took me camping as a child brings back memories that I will never forget.  However there is a right and a wrong way to go camping.  

It does not take much to get your family out in the wilderness.  Sleeping under the stars and cooking by camp fire is something that dreams are made of.  All it takes is one well planned trip and you have a camper for life.  Conversely all it takes is one bad experience or a poorly planned trip for you to have a hard time getting your family to camp with you again.  Don’t be that guy that drags his family out into the woods and has to deal with their complaining because of your bad judgments.  Start slow and then work your way up to a harder camp trip.


 

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How can I go camping like a Gentleman?

  • Backyard camp
  • Beside the car camp
  • Backpacking camp
  • The basics of each
  • Tips about:
    • Fire
    • Food
    • Clothing
    • Misc
    • Activities

If you would like to hear Carl Sagan’s voice reading Pale Blue Dot click on the hyper-link.  Such a wonderful way to end a day of camping.

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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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Concert Lawn Ticket Etiquette- Throwback Episode

concert lawn seat etiquetteConcerts are so much fun to go to but they can be very expensive.  Getting lawn tickets are the way to go when you are looking for cheap seats.  There is a way to act and do while you are in the seats to make sure you are not being “That guy” that I am calling concert lawn ticket etiquette.  This is the idea that you are not the only person there and there is a level of respect for others that you should have in the back of your mind while you are there.  Understand the the etiquette should not be so strict that you do not have a good time but etiquette enough to allow others to enjoy the show also.  Lawn tickets are a whole different beast than the regular seats.

Over the next week I will be posting throwback episodes.  The reasoning behind this is two fold.  First is that I am out of the office, however I will still be answering emails, messages, and tweets just at a slower pace.  The second reason is because the new listeners that come to the show each week have not had a chance to see older episodes.  This leaves me in a great position to let older episodes run the podcast for the next few days.  Thank you for understanding.


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What should I know about having lawn tickets to a concert?

  • What I noticed when I was at my concert
  • What are lawn tickets
  • My list of Concert Lawn Ticket Etiquette Tips
    • Be observant of wind drift
    • Stay off others
    • stay seated during the opening bands if your in front
    • don’t get drunk
    • Don’t get stoned
  • Outside of etiquette

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4 Things You Should Know Before Visiting The Beach

4 things you should know before visiting the beachEvery year millions of people visit the beach for their yearly vacation.  Most people that visit the beach will do it during the summer which is why I have waited until now to do a show related to the subject.  Most of us Gentlemen make sure that we are prepared before we go however there may be a few things that you forgot.  The list that I have prepared for your listening pleasure has a lot to do with safety and then the last part is me stepping into the “Dont Be That Guy” mode where I rip into personal pet peeves that people do at the beach.  The show today is meant to be light hearted and somewhat comical with a touch of information to keep you and your family safe this summer when you go on vacation.

Over the next week all of the shows will be throwbacks.  I will be on vacation allowing my brain to relax and taking some time off to be with my friends and my family.  While I am away, I will be using the social media outlets and answering emails.  Thank you for understanding and I look forward to bringing you more awesome content with a fresh mind.


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What should I know before going to the beach this year?

    • How to escape a rip tide
    • Dealing with heat related emergencies
    • How to stop the stinging of a jellyfish
    • Beach Etiquette

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How A Medic Deals With A Snakebite

how a medic deals with a snakebiteAround the world, every single day, someone gets a snakebite.  Rather or not the snake is poisonous or if the possibly poisonous snake actually put venom in you can be figured out later at the hospital.  I am not going to discuss how to figure out the snake but what you should do if it happens.  This is an emergency medical situation that has to be understood because it could potentially be a life threatening situation.  A snakebite can happen in a split second and the first thing that people what do to is run away.  Wrong.  Then they want to use some ancient and outdated information about how to deal with the snakebite like cutting and sucking out the venom.  Wrong.  So what are you supposed to do?  Listen to the podcast today where I, as a trained medic, explain what I would do in this situation and then what the experts say to do.  Along with this life saving information you really need to learn about some misconceptions that people have about snakes.  We do have to make sure we are taking care of our ecosystems and learn how to interact in our environments.  Also I wanted to throw in some “Gee-whiz” information.  I really think you will enjoy the show today and also learn how to keep you and your family save through the summer.



How does a medic deal with a snakebite?

    • What are the most dangerous snakes around the world
    • How do you keep from getting bit
    • How do you treat a snake bite in the field
    • How are antivenoms made
    • Misconceptions about snakes

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Starting and Caring for a Pool

starting and caring for a poolPools provide a lot of recreational fun and great exercise.  A pool can also be a great source of an income that can make really great income.  As someone that has made a lot of money throughout my childhood, this show is going to be a lot of fun for me.  There are a lot of misconceptions and a lot of confusion about pool and pool maintenance that businesses and the media have started.  Really and honestly pools should be more fun to play in than they are irritating to have.  Just consider yourself enjoying hanging out by the pool with your friends and family without all of the hassle and headache of having all of the crazy chemicals that you hear about in commercials and on the store shelf.

During the show I mentioned another show that you should listen to if you are considering owning a pool.

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How do you Start and Care for a Pool?

    • How to start a pool
    • Common Parts
    • Difference between kinds of water sanatation
    • Water chemistry
    • BBB Method
    • Health concerns applicable to pools
    • Shutting the pool down for winter

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