July 2009 Blog Posts (20)

Royal Family Kids Camp: Derrius and the Purple Wristband

This is a part of a series of blogs used to narrate my experience at Royal Family Kids Camp. It is described here

At camp this year, there was a new achievement that the kids could get. If you could swim across the pool, underwater, in one breath, you would be able to get a purple wristband. As a decent swimmer, I got mine in my first try in efforts to get other people to… Continue

Added by John Clanton on July 29, 2009 at 12:53pm — 1 Comment

Royal Family Kids Camp

So I spent last week at a summer camp for abused and neglected children (I described it here). It was called the Royal Family Kids Camp. We take kids out of foster homes and orphanages and give them a week where they can just have fun and be kids. They are spoiled for a week. This is a week where they can be safe, loved, and have a break from their normal lives (which are filled with… Continue

Added by John Clanton on July 29, 2009 at 12:49pm — 4 Comments

1879 book on mens etiquette

This weekend I went to a few estate sales. The first estate sale I got to had advertised a collection of WWII memorabilia but since I got there on the second day of the sale all that was left were some moldy old tents and rucksacks. I did come away with one gem of an item though, a custom made cutaway tuxedo (aka tuxedo with tails) that fits me nearly perfectly (a tad long in the legs). As I'm merely 5'4" finding any suit that fits me is amazing, let alone finding one this splendid at a estate… Continue

Added by Leny on July 28, 2009 at 1:10am — 3 Comments

The Goals: Breakdown

So I've come up with some of the goals I want to meet. This list isn't exhaustive and I am sure it will change, but here goes:

1) Mental - For mental improvement I have several things in mind:

a) Read at least 50 books off of my reading list. This list is comprised of a selection of books I have

wanted to read for a while, books from the various AoM reading lists, etc. 50 sounds like a lot, but I

read quickly and they will be spread over a year.

b)… Continue

Added by Aaron Schnabel on July 27, 2009 at 5:04pm — 2 Comments

Glad to be here

Hi Guys, been lurking around the site for awhile and always find the stuff here interesting.

One of favorite "Man" shows was "The Prisoner", so my tagline here is going to be "Be Seeing You..."

Added by Ron Bailey on July 25, 2009 at 5:55pm — No Comments

How to Winterize your lawnmower

Since lawns don't grow much (if at all) in the Winter, you'll want to breakdown and "winterize" your lawnmower to extend the life of the mower and prevent its liquids from eroding the interior machinery. I recently found this great set of how-to videos on e-how that break it down nicely.

The guy's voice is terribly monotone but he's a pro.

This 13 video how-to is broken down as follows:

1. How to Empty the Fuel Tank(easy)

2. How to Empty the Oil… Continue

Added by Benito Segovia on July 24, 2009 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Building a Better Man: Breakdown

Well I think I've decided on a course of action. To make planning my year of self-improvement go smoothly, I have decided to break my life down in to several top level categories. These categories will allow me to set separate goals in areas that I want to improve and help me keep track of things much more easily.

Without further ado:

1) Mental - This Category is dedicated to the mind. I have a few goals in mind already, but they need some refinement

2) Physical… Continue

Added by Aaron Schnabel on July 24, 2009 at 2:48pm — 3 Comments

I will have to try day 2 on sat I work as a firefighter on 24 hr shifts so it is hard to do these in consecutive days but i will get them done

I will have to try day 2 on sat I work as a firefighter on 24 hr shifts so it is hard to do these in consecutive days but i will get them done Continue

Added by Tod Mower on July 23, 2009 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Building a Better Man

Recently I have been giving a lot of thought to how I want to improve myself. I mean really improve myself. In all areas of my life...

I feel like there are some areas where I am doing well, but there are a lot that need good maintenance. I am planning a 365 day journey towards becoming a better man.

What exactly does it mean to be a better man? Good question. Before I can officially kick off this project and get started on my year of self-improvement, I need to take care… Continue

Added by Aaron Schnabel on July 23, 2009 at 2:40pm — 2 Comments

Day one

Im new and a little behind but better late than never. This is harder than I thought since I often fall short of my core values. This will be a good reminder to try and live up to them

Added by Tod Mower on July 22, 2009 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Conflicted in Connecticut Asks Roscoe


Roscoe is not a licensed therapist, nor does he have a college degree. He went to Juco for a awhile but decided he didn't need some candyass teaching him shit nobody cares about. He knows however, what the fuck you should do in a given situation.

Dear Roscoe:

I am 43 years old, and I have been happily married for 17 years to a beautiful woman with whom I have three… Continue

Added by Norrin Raad on July 22, 2009 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Art of Manliness across the pond

Our friends across the pond have their own manly manifesto, the Chap.

Their manifesto is thus:

The Chap Manifesto

Society has become sick with some nameless malady of the soul. We have become the playthings of corporations intent on converting our world into a gargantuan shopping precinct. Pleasantness and civility are being discarded as the worthless ephemera of a bygone age - an… Continue

Added by Norrin Raad on July 22, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Oh, God, It's Diabetes...

It all started when I went to the pharmacist around the first of the month. It's been ages since I've been in to see the doctor. So while it was an annoyance, it really wasn't much of a surprise when the pharmacy called the house and left a messages saying that the doctor wanted to see me before he filled my prescription. The problem is, I got this message on Friday night (after hours), and we were headed off to church camp the following Monday. The campground our church fellowship rents is… Continue

Added by Todd Serveto on July 21, 2009 at 1:10am — 10 Comments

the greatest portable invention of the 20th century

I believe the two greatest invention of the 20th century are the Zippo lighter and the M1911a1 , how about you?

Added by Frank Gonzales on July 18, 2009 at 10:10pm — 2 Comments

Vacation/Road Trip Preparatory Checklist

I'm writing this because our trip to Carowinds yesterday proved to be quite the experience, and while I'm the kind of guy who gets off on making it through a crisis unscathed, I'm sure that if I'd been able to handle this without the stress to my wife and the boys, it would have been nicer for all involved, and I wouldn't want to see it happen to someone else.

1- Never separate into more parties than you have cell phones or other forms of communication. Each party should have a… Continue

Added by Joseph L. Rogers on July 16, 2009 at 10:15am — 3 Comments

With manliness comes sweatiness

FBers out there can fight back by joining up with our Facebook Gold Bond powder community. 'Nuf said.

Added by Adam H on July 14, 2009 at 12:25am — No Comments

Carpet Maintenance

Ok, here's the deal, gents. I was reading through the forum post where the guy was asking for help decorating his place in a manly fashion, and one of you made the following comment:

"Depending on how committed you are, you might want to replace the carpet with wooden flooring. Personally, I love wood floors, because they look better and they're a hell of a lot easier to keep clean. Carpets are a pain in the ass to clean, and no matter how much you vacuum, they store dust, pollen,… Continue

Added by Joseph L. Rogers on July 12, 2009 at 8:26am — 2 Comments

The Much Awaited Round 4: Pilsner

Howdy fans. Its been oh...ages? Life hit me a bit hard, and so my time for beer tasting and reviewing, well, took a back seat for a while. Between getting sick, getting better, and moving, and yeah, starting a new job. In any case, Im back, and I've got a review.

So, when we last spoke, I had just tried the Nut Brown Ale. And I liked it. A lot. However, I had said it was a close call between the NBA, and the Pilsner. Well, I just tried the Pilsner.…


Added by James Milholen on July 5, 2009 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Independence day.

Happy Independence day gentleman. Please note that I make the choice to use the term Independence day not The Fourth of July or just the Fourth. I believe that the term cheapens what tens of thousands of men and women have sacrificed for. It's not a huge deal but it's bothersome to me.

We just went through 30 days to becoming a better man. I'm going to give you a bonus day. For Independence day read the declaration made on July fourth 1776 that made this a holiday. Know it and teach… Continue

Added by Timothy E. Kaul on July 4, 2009 at 11:10am — 1 Comment

The Clarity of Conscience

Sometimes standing on a beach looking out into the ocean feels like standing on the edge of the world, as if behind is everything you know, everything that is, and in front of you is nothing. A flat plane of endings breaking against the slowly crumbling rocks and eroding sand of the real world. The bay of Bengal is especially helpful in creating this illusion in that it is especially beautiful, it is quiet, and it is not hard to find ruins along its edge. It was in the stony remains of what I… Continue

Added by Christatos Aristad on July 2, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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