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Public Domain Movie Time 2

Linda Lawson Up to Her Ears in NIGHT TIDE

It’s 1961 and a very young Dennis Hopper is a sailor who meets the very lovely Linda Lawson at a jazz club.  Romance blooms, but the “fact” she is a mermaid (or plays one at the carnival) shows that something fishy is going on. Catch the movie NIGHT TIDE in the public domain on Youtube. It’s another twisted bachelor tale you’ll no doubt enjoy.

 

Pick Your Friends

The following article appeared first on jamesbondlifestyle.com where I used to be a regular contributor.  It deals with James Bond and his friends.

     One of the things about James Bond is he is careful. Careful about what he eats, drinks, smokes, and also about the people he befriends.  So should you be.     There’s more to a Bond Lifestyle than dressing the part and collecting action figures.

There is the actual life in the lifestyle, and a big part of one’s life are those with whom one associates. Allies. pals, buddies.  Both male and female created he them.

So take a look at your list of “friends.”  Do they measure up to Bond requirements?  Creative, resourceful, with leadership ability, useful and entertaining?  If not, here is a simple suggestion. Dump them as politely and as quickly as possible.

Now that might sound exploitative, cruel, nasty, self-serving. Okay, and your point?  We are talking about James Bond, not Barney the purple dinosaur.  Selectivity in friends is even more important than selectivity in wines.  Your time is valuable, you only get twenty three hours and fifty six minutes in a day.  Why spend that time with the useless and unworthy?

In You Only Live Twice (book) Bond buddies up with Dikko Henderson, who not only is a great drinking buddy, but knows the ins and outs of the Japanese scene in which Bond finds himself. You want friends like Dikko. Fun and with inside knowledge of the situations in which you may find yourself.

Bond then befriends Tiger Tanaka, shrewd, head of Japanese Intelligence, and again an entertaining cultured man.  So make sure you put a Tiger Tanaka type in your friendship tank.

Now sometimes, interesting friends can put you in interesting situations.  In OHMSS, Bond is befriended by Marc Ange Draco.  Cultured, and the head of the Union Corse.  Your author has a friend that was once head of the New York equivalent, and besides a lot of interesting adventures, I had the pleasure of being under FBI surveillance for a time.  So sometimes, having Bond type friends can have its more challenging side. (Come to think of it, Bond was quite often under surveillance too).

Have the right friends in your career also.  You want a Felix Leiter, not a Felix the Cat. The right friends in your line can be of significant use if you are looking for a new job, or a better one.

So, it’s time to be more selective about your associates.  Keep those that measure up, and say sayonara to those who don’t only really live once.

Public Domain Movie Time

One of the great things about Youtube, is you can find just about anything there, including movies which are in the public domain.

One of the fun things to do on a rainy afternoon or a stormy night is watch public domain horror movies, with a bachelor twist.  That is a movie which involves an unmarried man in a twisted relationship with one or more women.

A classically bad movie you might enjoy, (given enough beer and/or weed) is

THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE

It gives a whole new meaning to the concept of getting head from your significant other.

The Law of Subtraction

Bachelors lead less complicated lives than married people.  No need to hand over the remote, no need to argue about restaurants, no alimony payments when you are tired of handing over the remote and arguing about restaurants.

It’s a good idea to keep things simple, to eliminate the useless in your life, and to prune your existence of that which does not benefit you.

One thing that will be of benefit is 

THE LAW OF SUBTRACTION

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The Count of Montecristo

For those who like full flavored cigars but not the nicotine kick in the ass that sometimes accompanies smoking one, submitted for your approval is the Montecristo Platinum.

It has the earth and leather flavors you might expect, but never overpowering.  Its flavor nuances develop throughout the cigar, and with a strong ash, it has no problem staying lit.

It is a bit pricey, so depending on the depth of your pockets, you might want to make this a special occasion smoke.

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PU ERH IS RICH

 An earthy tasting fermented tea from the Yunnan province of China, named after the city of Pu Erh, this beverage has reported health benefits.

Pu erh can, according to reports, lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, while raising HDL cholesterol—the good kind.

I drink it, I like it, and I feel I benefit from it, although no medical claims are made, and I don’t even play a doctor on TV.

Try it.

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The Vinyl Solution–Cool Music on Youtube

Many of you are aware that vinyl records are making a comeback.  Some of the oldies but goodies can be damn expensive to acquire, so instead, why not make use of Youtube’s offerings? 

They are free, which is a good thing.  Often, you will find vintage vinyl on Youtube that you would be hard pressed (no pun intended) to find anywhere else.

For those who dig classical bachelor pad jazz music, today’s offering is the Peter Gunn soundtrack.  Henry Mancini at his finest.

Regardless of your age, you just might like this musical epitome of cool.

Check out the TV show also for fifties’ bachelor cool.

Chain Stroking for Strength

Bachelors need to exercise their bodies by more than bending their right arms while holding a drink.

One of the best ways to quickly get stronger is via isometrics.

Isometrics is a system of physical exercises in which muscles are caused to act against each other or against a fixed object. The grandfather of isometric exercises was a man called The Amazing Samson, but his real name was Alexander Zass.

Zass, an old time strongman from the early 20th century, was famous for bending iron bars, breaking chains, carrying horses on his back, and more.

Zass demonstrating some chain isometric exercises

He became as strong as he was by using chains and metal bars in isometric exercises; pushing and pulling against them. This was what he had available, while a prisoner of war. They later served him well when he was a free man, and became a famous strongman.

There are some important cautions when using isometrics. NEVER hold your breath during an exercise, breathe normally.  Also, don’t just resist in one position only, but change the angle and distance of your exercises.

You may find isometric exercises a fast way to improved strength and health, saving time and money that otherwise would be spent pushing iron in a gym.

Of course, prior to starting any exercise program, consult your physician.

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