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.

Bachelor Poetry of Old

From the 1895 publication PIPE AND POUCH

Tom Hall’s

A BACHELOR’S VIEWS

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.

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. Try the boys from North Carolina or Pennsylvania. J&R, Pipes and Cigars, Cigars International.

The Joy of Learning–For Free

In the ninth bachelor commandment written in the manifesto we read:

THOU SHALT FURTHER THY EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE TO KEEP THY LIFE  INTERESTING.

Now, regardless of how much education you have enjoyed…or suffered through, you could always use more, especially when college courses come from major universities, and you can get them for free (if you are not looking for credit, or a piece of paper to hang on your wall).

There are hundreds of subject areas to choose from, practical, philosophical, historical, artistic, and a hell of a lot more.  So, without further ado, mosey on over to

EDX

    Experience once again, the joy of learning, this time without needing a student loan.

An Agonizing Reappraisal

Achtung Herr Bachelor! 

It’s time to take a look at how you dress yourself, how your place of residence looks, where you work during business hours, and where you lurk after the work day is through. What you eat, what you sleep on, who you schtup. (Or should that be whom?)

Perform a rigorous thorough self-examination, right now; (although the colonoscopy may be saved for a later date, where you can get VIP treatment at the imaging center).

Get out a piece of paper, and your fanciest pen. (No don’t use the bloody computer, or the tablet, or your cell phone, we want this to be a tactile experience for you. Do it the old fashioned way). Make friends with your pen again.

On your paper, make two vertical columns.  One is for what you like about your environment, your job, your social life, your wardrobe, vehicle, etc.  The second column is for what sucks about being you, or being around you.

Be brutally honest, because prior to a cure, we must have an accurate diagnosis.

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to take steps to unfuck you.

Baby steps; which brings us to the venerable doctrine of Kaizen. (The Japanese always have a name for it, don’t they?)  Kaizen, for the uninitiated, is Japanese for “change for better.”  It is the art of causing change by making small and regular modifications to existing circumstances, until a significant improvement over time is realized.

That’s what our intelligent would be VIP bachelor does.

Let’s take a look at your appearance.

You’ve made your two column sheet, and you have discovered that you dress for shit.  You could be the cover model for Schlump Quarterly.   You have to change yourself from schlumpy the dumpy chump to that sharp dressed man that every girl is crazy about.

One step at a time, though tiger, like the kaizen way say.

If you are not bleeding chips, you might have to start real small.  Iron your shirt, if you don’t usually.  Wear better socks.  Shave more often, or regularly trim such facial hair as you have intentionally grown. Shine your shoes regularly.

Yes, there are bachelors of all ages that seemed to have neglected these simple basic matters.  (You, yes you by the monitor, the one with the dirty wife beater and four days stubble.  I’m talking to you!)

If your pockets are full, go splurge on the beginnings of a whole new wardrobe, after you have seen examples of what sartorially is best for your physical type.

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Here’s a great book that will help.

Obviously, besides your appearance, you use these principles for all areas of your life, so you can bring the improvements necessary to your becoming the bachelor VIP you were meant to be.

Time to get dressed.

THE SOUND OF BOND MUSIC

Whether you are a VIP bachelor already, or aspiring to become one, reality reveals that a good portion of life is rather fucking boring. Humdrum.  A snore.

So how do we pimp up the ho hum hours, the mundane moments?  One good step in the VIP direction is to get a soundtrack to back up the boring.

Now, I think we can agree that James Bond would be a VIP bachelor.  He had a soundtrack. He always had one, so why not us?

Put some music to what you are doing whenever practical. Commuting in the car? Have the appropriate CD playing. Putting the night’s dinner in the microwave? Do it to the right tune.

Try this. Watch a segment of a Bond film when he’s not fornicating or fighting, and turn the sound off. Not even half as cool is it?

So–soundtrack it.

How do you choose? How do you “Bond” with your soundtrack?

It depends on when you bonded with Bond.      Obviously you can use music from the films, but you also want to use music similar to the times and moods of the films.

If you signed on in the Connery years, we’re talking jazz, calypso, “cocktail” and “lounge” music.

If you got the photo in the eighties (heaven forbid) maybe you’re talking Duran Duran. It’s a matter of personal choice of course.

The point is when doing the dull you can get more dum da da dum dum style with accompanying music.

Here are a few CD recommendations for your review:

BOND 50TH ANNIVERSARY CD SET

JAMES BOND THEMES 1962-2015

We are going to use Bond as an example for VIP bachelors in forthcoming articles, so stay tuned.

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Thrifty is Nifty

As a VIP bachelor, you are no doubt concerned with how your personal appearance defines you as a man of taste (if not wealth), and how your living quarters demonstrate your style and appreciation of comfort.

What you don’t need to be concerned with in either case, is the “need” for new, nor the rationality of paying retail—when you can do better.

Enter through the thrift shop. Where used doesn’t have to mean abused, and items you purchase don’t have to be considered a “rescue.”

But you have to be particular where you go thrift shopping.  You want to go to those shops located in or near the wealthier areas.  The one percent throws out or donates all kinds of furniture and clothing goodies.  Now it’s your turn to give them a good home.

I have scored tons of designer ties for a couple of bucks a piece, and some great leather furniture and other choice upholstered items on the cheap.  Look great, cost a fraction of new.

While you are out hunting, lookin’ for a come up, here is some music to thrift by:

The money you save will be your own.  Until next time, thrift on!