One of the must haves for a bachelor pad is a great television, one with sufficient bells and whistles. Now there are many brands out there to purchase, but I will respectfully suggest you explore the LG line of smart TVs.
I’m still enjoying mine, purchased in 2012, and the color and clarity are great, access to apps which are still supported in a TV of this age is a snap. (Youtube app is no more on 2012 and older TVs, but I access that through my younger wi-fi Samsung blue ray dvd player).
Summertime and the living is freakin’ warm to say the least. Nobody wants to be sweating in their otherwise way cool bachelor pad, and this is where a handy dandy item known as the air circulation fan comes in.
By itself it works well when the mercury hasn’t reached to the moon, and in tandem with an air conditioner, it’s just what the iceman ordered.
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Here is an edited version of an article of mine that first appeared on jamesbondlifestyle.com
THE BOND BRAIN—THUNDERBALL
I have selected perhaps the only passage in the novel THUNDERBALL wherein we get a glimpse of the Bond Brain.
Here’s the quote from a conversation Bond has with Domino, (the sister of the pilot killed by Largo’s men) during dinner:
“I make up my own mind about men and women. What’s the good of other people’s opinions?”
Each one of us has unique experiences . Each one of us has a different degree of intelligence, tolerance, intolerance, passion, or sangfroid. Given the uniqueness of our makeup, Bond’s advice makes a great deal of sense. Make up your own mind, and don’t be overly influenced by the opinions of others.
Perhaps you are in sales. Other salespeople have opined that Company X is a bad prospect, or a tough sale, or some other negative thing. Yet, the unique you may feel differently, and obtain a different result than that predicted by your peers.
With respect to a bachelor’s potential romantic partners, same thing. One man’s beauty is another man’s stimulus to a lifetime of celibacy. One man may like the adventurous type, and another the homebody. Neither are wrong. Neither are right. It is an individual taste matter, and as long as you are acting in accordance with your own unique set of parameters, you are doing fine.
There are of course times when other people’s opinions do count. Politics for example. Here we can count on them usually being wrong. Consumer marketing is another arena where the opinions of others are paramount. What does that lead to? Budweiser beer and McDonalds.
So whether it’s business, booze or your choice of bordello, keep your own counsel, and remember the above words of Bond.
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Detachment Echo is a novel based on historical fact.
During the Cold War there was hard evidence that American POWs were being shipped from Vietnam to Eastern European “facilities” for medical experimentation.
It was covered up.
In Echo, a US Counterintelligence agent, sent to a border listening post to investigate drug abuse, bears witness to a chain of events that prove American POWs were being held in Eastern Europe.
He risks his life to reveal a coverup that goes all the way to the White House.
The screenplay version of Echo was up for nomination for a Humanitarian Award in an international contest. The author was an electronic spy during the cold war who served in some of the venues where Echo takes place, including NSA HQ.
If you like your spy thrillers written in a cinematic style,seasoned with reality and accuracy, you will want to read DETACHMENT ECHO.
Here’s a post that I first wrote for jamesbondlifestyle.com which is a site I recommend you visit,(after you visit this one of course). It deals with some lifestyle advice that is tailor made for the bachelor. It was part of a series called THE BOND BRAIN, which looked at several of the novels, and extracted words to live by. Enjoy!
We continue with the Bond Brain as evidenced by quotes from the Fleming novels. In this installment, we not only quote 007, but the late and lamented Darko Kerim, the Brit’s man in Istanbul in From Russia With Love.
Let’s start with an enlightening quote from Darko. In speaking with Bond, Darko confesses “I am greedy for life. I do too much of everything all the time.”
Words to live by if you are not too old, but if you live by them for too long, you will never get to be too old. Don’t worry, most of you reading this have plenty of too much time left.
Sooner or later one realizes that the only thing we have at the end of life’s journey, besides a terminal condition that will kill us, is our memory of life. What we did, what we didn’t, what we are grateful for, what we regret.
You want to max out on what you did and what you are grateful for. You want to minimize the regrets of what you never did.
In order to do that, you have to follow Kerim’s sage advice. Know what it is like to over drink, over smoke, over…well you can figure that one out. Don’t do it all the time of course, but don’t always limit your excess to moderation.
While you’re drooling on your shoes in the nursing home, you want to be able to wax nostalgic about the time you had the fifteen hookers and a kilogram of marmalade at that seedy Copenhagen railroad hotel. You want a smile on your face as you reminisce about the two quarts of Japanese Whiskey you drank while pissing in the streets of the Ginza.
As a sage once said, nothing succeeds like excess.
Speaking of regrets, let’s quote Bond here. “Never job backwards. What might have been was a waste of time.”
Words also to live by. So you never wrote the great Armenian novel, you never climbed the big rock candy mountain. So what? Focus on what you have done, your triumphs, your more interesting tragedies. Follow Kerim’s advice, and you won’t have much need to listen to Bond’s above thought.
Here’s another one from James. “Now from months of idleness and disuse the sword was rusty in the scabbard and Bond’s mental guard was down.”
Now, the obvious symbolism of the above we will leave to those whose sex life is intimately connected with audio visual equipment. But the old saw about how a rut is just a shallow grave is true. Routines and routine thinking can leave you rusty, and if we listen to Kerim, we know it’s better to burn out than rust.
Examine what you have been doing, thinking. Is it just the same old same old, or is there a bit of innovation of improvement each day of your life? There should be if you are living the James Bond Lifestyle, (which is the ultimate bachelor lifestyle).
Follow the above advice, and nobody will be asking you “What lunatic asylum did they let you out of?” (As Bond said to Grant in the movie).