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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For the chain I use to perform his exercises


Bachelor Poetry of Old

From the 1895 publication PIPE AND POUCH

Tom Hall’s


A pipe, a book,

A cosy nook,

A fire,—at least its embers;

A dog, a glass:—

‘Tis thus we pass

Such hours as one remembers.

Who’d wish to wed?

Poor Cupid’s dead

These thousand years, I wager.

The modern maid

Is but a jade,

Not worth the time to cage her.

In silken gown

To “take” the town

Her first and last ambition.

What good is she

To you or me

Who have but a “position”?

So let us drink

To her,—but think

Of him who has to keep her;

And sans a wife

Let’s spend our life

In bachelordom,—it’s cheaper.

The Pen is Mightier

Wealthy VIPs have bodyguards.  The more financially challenged among us have to do with protecting ourselves.

Guns are great, if you are properly licensed to carry one and are properly trained; which in some jurisdictions…lot’s of luck.

Knives are good, but depending upon your jurisdiction, the type and/or length of the knife might find you living temporarily in the kind of gated community you don’t want to brag about.

So what’s left?  How about a tactical pen?

It writes, if fights, and can get you out of a situation that’s tight.  This would likely be legal in a majority of jurisdictions, but consult your local lawyer to be sure, before buying and carrying a tactical pen.

Here’s the one I carry, the Smith and Wesson Military and Police tactical pen.

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Out of the Closet

One of the traits of a VIP is they don’t waste time.  They dwell in a neat and organized environment that enhances their lifestyle.

One of the exercises to develop your VIP “muscle” is to organize your wardrobe, and clean out the closet.Now contrary to a lot of the how to clean the closet sites, you don’t need to do it all at once, you don’t need to devote a significant block of a day’s time towards achieving this.

After all you should have better things to do on your agenda.  So you do your keep or toss closet activities in regular but short bursts.

In assessing what to use or lose, you ask yourself the following questions?

Does this item fit me?  If you have pants from days when your waistline was four inches smaller, donate them to someone who has a chance in fitting into them.  Rather optimistic to think that any time soon you will be back in that size.  Not impossible, but not very bloody likely either.

Do I even like to wear this thing?  Your answer lies in how many times in the last twelve months you put it on and walked out into the world.  If the answer is zero, donate the item.

Does this item reflect my new VIP bachelor image? Yes, keep, no, donate.  Is this item damaged beyond inexpensive repair? If yes, toss it, do not donate garbage.  How do I feel putting this on? VIP or DOA? If the former, keep, if the latter, donate.

Spend five minutes a day on this, and you will get this done in no more than a month, and probably in a lot less time.

Now donate where?

My suggestion is you donate to one of the organizations that use the clothes to benefit our veterans. Here’s one I have used

Now, check out this video clip for some inspiration to get out of the closet.

If the Shoe Fits

courtesy of Vladimir Zuñiga of Foca.tk.

One hopes by this time, it is no secret that shoes can make the difference between win and lose.  On the job, on the town, if you want to be treated like you’re the top, you have to look at the bottom…your feet.

     From personal experience, wearing the right shoes has led to circumstances where both the party of the first part (me) and the party of the second part (she) wound up wearing nothing and having one hell of a party with both of our parts.

A 2013 survey by top of the line shoemaker Allen Edmonds reveals that eighty percent of those types which hire people thought shoes worn to the interview as being “extremely important.”

     From the survey results, it appears that the majority of ladies feel that what you have on your feet reflects on what you have in your head, your resume, your bank account, and your personality.

A 2015 survey from observer.com found that the dressier the shoes, the more masculine and manly the man appeared to the woman. The more sexually experienced was also a perception. That’s probably the kind of impression you want to leave when you’re out and about looking for some company in the romance department.

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Thus both professionally and romantically, you have a better shot at being a VIP bachelor, if you are better shod.

Observe the game of life in these spectators

A Blurb on Bourbon

One of the finer bachelor things in life is a rock glass filled with bourbon and ice.  The liquid’s color, the aroma, the taste, and of course the wonderful psychological effect of drinking sufficient (or more than sufficient) quantities of this nectar of the corn gods is a consummation devoutly to be wished.

Maybe it would be better phrased, “a consuming devoutly to be wished,” because that’s what it’s for…drinking.

Now, as with all other things, pleasurable or otherwise, there is a law that controls bourbon.  Since you’re all dying to know what that might be, let’s take a gander at the Code of Federal Regulations at 27 CFR 5.22 (b)(1)(i) :

“Bourbon whisky is whisky produced not exceeding 160° proof from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent corn and stored at not more than 125° proof in charred new oak containers.”

It has to be made in the US but not necessarily Kentucky, (although most is, and certain types of bourbon must be made there). It cannot contain any additives.

So now that we’ve taken care of the fine print, here is one recommendation for bourbon that you just might like to sip on, BUFFALO TRACE

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Trace Distillers

It tastes of caramel, vanilla, with a trace of mint in the aftertaste, smooth as silk; a bourbon to make a bachelor a mellow fellow.  Sounds like sixties’ print ad copy, but your humble servant at this blog means what he says.  I drink it, and you might want to try it.

Adults only of course, and use it responsibly.

Up In Smoke

One of the traditional pleasures of both the VIP and the bachelor is the indulgence in fine tobaccos, whether in cigars or pipes.  But, governments being what they are, voracious consumers of consumer taxes and legislators of morality for the majority, seek to make such individual pleasures both a source of bureaucratic revenue and personal remorse for those who indulge.

Depending upon where you live, your purchase of fine pipe tobaccos and/or cigars can come at an outrageous price with the addition of tobacco taxes and restrictions on even outdoor smoking.

While there isn’t much you can do to fight legislation governing where you can smoke, you can at least indulge at reasonable prices by purchasing your tobacco of choice from reputable dealers on the internet.

For the VIP bachelor who wishes to pay homage to Rudyard Kipling’s observation that “a woman is only a woman but a good cigar’s a smoke,” get your good cigars at FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP

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FDA deeming regulations could eliminate many cigar brands and pipe tobaccos, although nothing is yet written in federal stone.  If you have a favorite brand, now would be a good time to stock up.

VIP Bachelor Club


We bring many benefits, good ideas and much useful information to the bachelor.  Consider it a kind of club for single men, whether lifelong, or born again bachelors.  (No pole dancers however, and the only tips you can leave are ones that help your fellow single man).

This site will help upgrade your lifestyle, offer topics and tricks to be your bachelor best, and generally nudge you in the VIP direction of enjoying your life without the aggravation or alimony payments that spring from being married…or having been.

Your host, having learned from the mistakes of others in his 35 years as a New York divorce and family law attorney, has remained a life long bachelor, and enjoyed a peaceful and prosperous existence thereby.

A regular article contributor from 2008-2015 to one of the largest James Bond lifestyle websites, having lived and/or traveled to Mexico, Germany, Singapore, Korea, Costa Rica, Denmark and the Bahamas, he searches and researches to bring the bachelor the VIP treatment he deserves, from others, and from himself.


So get comfortable, grab an adult beverage, read the postings that follow and join us on our journey. As always, if you have a useful contribution to make to your brother bachelors, please comment.



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