HOLD YOUR HOOCH HIGH

When the bachelor wants to belly up to his bar, it isn’t just the quality of his booze that makes for enjoyment, it’s what he holds it in.  In keeping with bachelor style, you should have the requisite glasses for the requisite giggle water.  

No beer glasses for wine, no wine glasses for a martini, you get the photo.

Nothing quite like a single malt in the proper glass so as to appreciate its aroma as well as its taste. Nothing quite like a crystal rock glass with sparkling ice and a Bourbon that can’t be beat.

When it’s time to up your bar class with the right glass think Libbey Bar in a Box, eighteen pieces for your drinking enjoyment.

 

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CLEAN UP YOUR ACT

Housekeeping/housecleaning. What bachelor really likes doing this; but it is a necessity.  The VIP bachelor should live in a dwelling that reflects his class, his style, his neatness, and the fact that hidden away in some cupboard are a bunch of cleaning supplies and tools.

But, you don’t have to make it a marathon.  Ten minutes a day will find you free of dust bunnies and other filthy fauna you don’t want hanging around in your bachelor pad.

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Here’s a guide for you to go for it:

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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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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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.

MODELO CITIZEN

If you want a refreshing lager, 4.4% alcohol, you might want to try Modelo Especial.  A Mexican beer, quite a good seller in the US, and greatly appreciated in its country of origin, Modelo Especial brings a fresh crisp taste to your palate.

Stock the fridge, bachelor.  Your pals that are fans of lagers are going to love this.

 

SLICE OF LIFE

Depending where you live, you can either get great pizza, (New York) or some franchise chain produced crap that’s all dough and no show. (Most other places).

There is of course the ubiquitous frozen pizza, and there are a few decent brands out there: Red Baron, DiGiorno, and Newman’s Own, to name several.

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What’s a really easy bachelor efficient means of cooking the decent frozen kind? Set it and forget it until its “ring” time?

I swear by the Nutrichef pizza maker.  Finest kind, and it makes the frozen stuff taste better than most of the “freshly made” gunk you are going to get at the local strip mall parlor.

It’s inexpensive, works great, and it doesn’t require a whole lot of effort on your part. Buy it and try it.

FAN CLUB

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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Make Up Your Mind

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.

You will be a better bachelor for it.