UPGRADE YOUR DOWNTIME

Every VIP bachelor has the same amount of time every day, but the wisest of them, knows how to wring out of every little second all its potential benefit.

Consider your moments of downtime.

You are answering nature’s call in the second degree, seated as was Rodin’s The Thinker. Outside of the obvious, are you using that time to your external (as well as your internal) betterment?

You can.

Have some useful reading material by your side, and use your time on the old thunder box to bring some lightning into your life.  You may study a new language, read a business book relevant to your career, or absorb some of the thoughts of the world’s greatest philosophers.

In the auto?

No texting or calling while driving, but it earns you a merit badge to put  some audio book into the CD slot and start adding to your body of useful knowledge.  Improve your vocabulary, learn new sales techniques, or anything else that might make you a better bachelor.

What is the alternative?  Waste the time you spend expending waste?  Drive yourself crazy in the boredom of bumper to bumper?

While we are in the subject of efficient use of your time, your humble blog host recommends that instead of the electronic stuff, you maintain a hard copy agenda If you drop it, it doesn’t break, it never runs out of batteries, and can be rather stylish depending on one’s taste.

Here’s the one I swear by, the DAYTIMER

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This Planner starter set features croc bonded leather, snap closure and seven-ring binder. Includes undated calendar pages, tabbed address and phone directory, lined note pads, bookmark ruler and more. There are many more to choose from, undated and dated for the new year to come. Check out the choices. A New Year coming up, get yours now.

SEASON’S READING

Nine more days to  Halloween.  Spooky reading anyone?

Here is a double for you to consume by candlelight in the dark to celebrate this Holiday of Horror.  It’s an e-book compilation on Kindle. If you don’t have the Kindle app, you can get it free from amazon when you order any kindle e-book.

DOUBLE DREADER-Horror Bundle  

Miranda Rites and Esprit De Corpse are combined in this Horror Bundle. Miranda Rites deals with a true crime story of an exorcism gone bad. Esprit De Corpse is a collection of horror stories guaranteed to entertain.

Check it out today it’s just the trick that will treat you to some shivers. And of course, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

BOW TO STERN

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Many of you have heard of long time comedian and joke teller extraordinaire, JACKIE MARTLING.  You may remember him from the Howard Stern show.  He was the writer behind Stern, the real funny man behind the media facade.

Well now, Jackie has published his autobiography BOW TO STERN, which reveals the inner workings (and things which didn’t work) in his long time career as the Joke Man.

I am proud to be his friend for over fourteen years, and I heartily recommend his book to one and all.  Get it today.

MAN CAVE

One of the cool things about being a bachelor is the fact that should you wish it, your entire digs can be your man cave.  While the lowly married mook may get a small room, or be consigned to the basement, not you, you single smart guy.

So with all of that room, with all of that freedom, how about some suggestions for cool stuff to put in your man cave. Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker, and for the quicker liquor picker upper for your man cave adult beverages try this beauty: Wyndham House Four Bottle Liquor Dispenser

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Functional, stylish and a great item for the “wet” section of your man cave.

 

BACHELOR PAD

Comfort, class and convenience; those are the bywords for the bachelor pad.  There are many ways to decorate; Mid century, Victorian, Modern. For some ideas on Mid Century decorating, which was perhaps the height of bachelor pad decor check out

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WILDE THOUGHTS

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Oscar Wilde, playwright, poet, novelist, and one of the wittiest conversationalists ever to exist, had many opinions regarding women. (No need to go into why).

Here are some gems:

  1. Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.  (So keep up your energy levels with proper diet and exercise).
  2. A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her. (So don’t fall in love.  Sometimes you can’t help it, and when you can’t help it, get help from the thought that no matter how great you think she is, some other guy out there  who started loving her, was completely tired of her bullshit).
  3. Woman begins by resisting a man’s advances and ends by blocking his retreat. (Any bachelor with any experience knows it is much easier to get into a relationship than get out of one where she wants to keep you, and you realize she is not only not the one, she isn’t even half of it).
  4. The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to someone else, if she is plain. (Words to live by).

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THE COMMAND DESK

A ship has a bridge, an organization has a headquarters, and you, the VIP bachelor, should have your personal equivalent: what I call the Command Desk.

VIP types don’t waste time wandering aimlessly about, or spend ten minutes searching for their keys and wallet when they are running late.

You don’t want unnecessary effort in your bachelor life, you don’t want to waste time.  So what you need to do is organize and become more efficient.

You should have a desk in your dwelling, where you have your money, your checkbook, your keys and other items of every day carry located.  If practicable, your laptop or your tablet should be there.  Your phone, your address book, your agenda.

When they are not on your person, they should be at the desk.

The point is, you want to be able to control your life from that desk, without leaving the comfortable chair that should be there.

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Here are some items that will help you with creating your own command desk. An inexpensive and reliable shredder for protecting your ID-especially with security breaches today.

 

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A tablet.  These days they can almost replace your computer.

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A desk organizer to keep it all together.

You will save many hours and much aggravation by establishing your own command desk.  Every VIP bachelor should do this.

FINE AND DANDY

“A dandy is a clothes wearing man, whose trade, office and existence consists in the wearing of clothes.”   -Thomas Carlyle in Sartor Resartus

Well, old Tom got it partially right, but he missed a few nuances.  Dandyism, that desire to be exquisite in appearance, to be perfectly groomed and graceful is a means of self expression.

The attention to textiles, texture and tailoring which the Dandy advocates is not only a salute to oneself, but it is a testament to a conception of being immaculate in public, so as not only to NOT offend, but to enhance the public beauty of the well dressed man that every girl is crazy about, according to St. Z Z Top.

The VIP bachelor knows this, and practices this.  He knows that the devil is in the details for the Dandy.

Bottom line past all the fancy lingo: you get treated better when you look better than Joe Sixpack. You want to appear to be Carl Cognac.

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For inspiration and edification check out this book, I AM DANDY 

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HEF, HEF, HOORAY!

RIP HUGH HEFNER

Any bachelor worth his cocktail shaker knows about Hugh Hefner, the publisher of Playboy, a magazine that is at the time of this posting sixty four years old. (Fortunately the women pictured therein are a tad younger).  Hef started it when he was about twenty eight, and to update this post, he called it a day at 91 recently.  Heaven for Hef would be a downgrade.

But man, what an inspiration was Hef to the bachelors of the world, especially the VIP bachelor.  Besides the pictures of pulchritude, there were articles dealing with the major concerns of the bachelor: drinks, dress, food, stereo, cars, music, and more.

There were stories by famous authors, and advertisements that exemplified the swinging bachelor lifestyle of the fifties and sixties.

Want to know the real deal whole story behind the Man?

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