2012 in Review

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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Mountain Man

Last night my friends and I stayed local but had a wild post Halloween/post hurricane good time.  After a fabulous party we stopped at a local bar for a few drinks to wind down the night.  I wound up talking to a bearded guy.  I’ll spare you the details about how the night went with this guy and just ask all readers this question: What is your take on men’s…

FACIAL HAIR

I hate facial hair on men.  I feel it looks dirty, un-kept and lazy.  Some men slack off with shaving during a vacation or on a sluggish Sunday and that is understandable.  But for the most part my advice is to not be such a sloth and just shave.  I comprehend and agree with the mild stubble look and maybe an extremely groomed mustache but that is as far as it goes.  Over the years I have asked a lot of hairy faced men why they don’t shave.  They always say one of two things.  1- “It keeps my face warm” or 2, “It looks cool like John Lennon, Che Guevara, Abe Lincoln, Ernest Hemingway or even Jesus.”   Queue the eye roll.  I can’t stand when people compare themselves to others that they really can’t relate to but that’s a whole other topic.   Facial hair can be really serial killer/child molester creepy ie: Charles Manson, Bin Laden, Hitler, Stalin etc.  Even when I see Brad Pitt sporting that mountain man facial hair look I think he looks like he may as well be wearing shoes made out of duct tape and begging for money outside of the Port Authority.  So unless you are walking around with a blue ox named Babe or you are one of the stars in “Duck Dynasty” do yourself and every person you’ll ever kiss a favor and shave! And, salons are obviously for men too.  For all of you readers that are also New Yorkers check out this link. New York Magazine;Men’s Shaves. And while you are clicking away take a look at this site about What Facial Hair Says About a Man.

Quick Aside:  If you have a beard and it is going gray, you do not look more distinguished you just look old.  Get rid of it gramps.

Dashing in the Rain

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I don’t know about all of you readers out there but I love a good hurricane.  It is so interesting how people react differently.  I heard of some people evacuating days prior and stocking up on food and batteries.  On the other hand I had to walk outside during the storm and saw kids flying kites in high-speed winds and others Bar-B-Que-ing on their apartment balconies.  For me, I look forward to the less desirable damp weather to check out the latest…

RAIN COATS

Now, I know when there is a hurricane, most people are not worried about looking dashing in the rain.  However, here in New York City where style is everything, you can still see some sexy looks during a dreary day.  I first noticed men’s rain gear back in 2005 when I took a trip to London.  Holy Moly do the men dress well across the pond.  All of the men seemed to dress head to toe in designer clothes at any given time.  Anyway, I digress.  For the sexiest rainy day look go for the Burberry Trench coat (black or tan).  It is quite pricey but if you invest in it now and you live in a wet climate, you will wear it for the rest of our life.  For a less expensive option try London Fog; named after the city where the men dress to kill and it rains almost every day.  Also, you may want to check out J. Crew for said trench coats.  Remember, often these items are only sold seasonally.  So you can not show up in November looking for one because they will have out all the winter parkas.  But then again you can always purchase online.  A few more points to consider…

  • While I very much respect people who work in the News Media profession they are always wearing those wind breakers in poor weather and on television no less.  Unless you are a coach, a soccer dad on the sidelines or a college campus tour guide you should not wear the wind breakers in rainy weather or ever.
  • We always look at little kids with fondness dressed in their bright yellow rain jackets.  This look is cute but it is for children and teddy bears.  Do not wear the bright yellow rain coat unless you are the Gorton’s Fisherman guy or Dick Tracy for that matter.
  • To piggy back off of the last point, all jackets made out of plastic, pleather or any other shiny cheap synthetic material are never allowed on any day.

So, the next time it pours or when the next hurricane hits, you want to think London chic and sexy Sherlock Holmes.  That guy always had it right.

Quick Aside: No one ever looked better or was cooler than Humphrey Bogart in the best rainy movie scene.  Notice his chic Trench Coat in this movie clip…Casablanca.

Get Creative

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Halloween is my favorite holiday bar none.  Just a few days ago I was catching up with a great friend of mine and he was making fun of me for dressing up every year.  He is a few years older than me and was saying that dressing up for Halloween is for 6 year olds.  I reminded him that it was only about two years ago that he sported a killer Sigmund Freud costume. He stopped making fun of me immediately. (haha)  So given the season I am going to give my input on…

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

First of all, you are never too old to dress up.  I am even planning on attending the infamous Village Halloween Parade this year.  If you are going out on the town, going to a house party, taking kids out trick-or-treating or want to have fun while answering the door for the whole neighborhood, get creative!  A great costume for an adult man is one that is original and clever.  Store costumes are strictly verboten.  You can purchase accessories from Party City, Ricky’s or what have you but stay away from the “costume in a bag.” It might be surprising but sometimes you can pull a better costume together with items in your closet that you already have. For example if you have an old life jacket type vest from the 80’s you may want to dress as Marty McFly or if you want to toss on a bath robe, a Harvard T-shirt, and pajama pants you can go as Mark Zuckerberg.  You need to keep it classy. Think of a witty TV and/or movie character that most people would not have thought of.  And you’ll get bonus points if you dress as a historical figure.  Here are a few simple do nots for your All-Hallows-Eve celebration

1. Don’t dress as something sleazy, like a pimp, it is no longer funny.

2. Some costumes seem great but are so played out or overdone like Clark Kent.  Be original.

3. Don’t dress as something disgusting like a used tampon.  This equals not sexy which equals not getting laid.

4. Don’t dress up as something offensive, politically incorrect, or risky.  Example: My little brother once dressed up as Osama Bin Laden.  I thought this was not a smart move even though my bro has a lot of nerve.  Don’t take the chance readers.

5. Don’t be afraid to get some of your friends to participate in a group costume.  It is a lot of work and it is difficult to get everyone to agree but with the right group of folks, group costumes are ALWAYS a hit.

6. Don’t be the loser who does not dress up or says you are dressed as yourself in a party full of people who are dressed up.  You will feel left out and look like an outcast.

7. Don’t dress up in a costume that is not appropriate for your age.  I’m talking to you Spiderman.

It is most important to make your Halloween costume your own.  Do not worry if it is not an exact match.  Have fun with your costume and you’ll have fun the all night long.