Lately I have been getting into the chipotle pepper and putting it on everything possible. With chipolte I have created the best damn chili ever! If you are unfamiliar with the chipotle pepper, it’s basically a smoked chili pepper used with tex mex style of food. Here are a few recipes if you are interested. Don’t worry they are not that spicy but are very flavorful.
2 cans of paste
Cumin and salt pepper to taste
one can of big chopped tomatoes
1 small can of chipotle pepper with adobe sauce
beans: Pinto Kidney or black beans, I like to add them all
1 chopped onion
turkey chicken steak or beef
add water depending on how soupy you want your chilli
Add chipolte to a burger with a little cilantro and you got a tex mex burger supreme!!!
Jason Becker is my new favorite guitar player. If you haven’t heard of Jason Becker your not alone. Jason was a guitar prodigy that was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 20. At the time Becker just got his big break in his young career by getting the job of taking over for Steve Vai in David Lee Roth’s band. During the recording of ‘A Little ain’t Enough’, Jason used lighter gauge strings and was able to finish the album despite losing strength and being ravaged by the disease. Even with being given 3 to 5 years to live, losing his speech and use of his muscles Jason is still with us today and making great music. If you get a chance check out his documentary ‘Jason Becker, Not Dead Yet’ you won’t regret it.
First of let me send out a congrats to Louisville for a great tournament. That team showed a lot of heart with some tuff play. As I watched the game I found myself thinking about the games I watched when I was a kid. To me back in the day, there was no difference in the style of play in college than in the pros. You had Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Len Bias and many others. Off course the NBA players were better than the college players but I always saw the beauty of basketball in both games.
This tournament had some great games and moments but it was also very sloppy at times. The college game has changed from the 80′s and 90′s, more college players are leaving early for the NBA. I think this is defiantly has an effect on the game but not on the style of play. There is still plenty of good college players and there should be no reason for what we are seeing.
Now where is the foul here?
One of things that makes the college game great is also what detracts from it…. That is the great coaches of college basketball. Unlike the NBA, the coaches are the real stars of college basketball. They re the ones that will determine wither you will continue to have a great program after great players leave. These coaches have a lot of power and they wield this power over the refs of college basketball. Home court is a huge factor when a team has to travel to well established programs court. Let’s say if you have a coach who likes to play a real physical style of basketball. Often, you will see the referees call a game where they will let the players be more physical. So what you get is a different game from one game to the next. As I was watching Louisville and Michigan, I saw alot of of hand checking and grabbing. Just ugly basketball. I also could not figure out was a foul and what wasn’t.
I don’t mean to take too much from Louisville or the game last night. I am hoping that the NCAA makes some rule changes that can bring about better and more consistent play. Much like the NBA has done with their rule changes. There needs to be a rule that stops hand checking and jersey pulling, and a when a ball is held by two opposing players… c’mon do a jump ball.
Barbasol recently came out with a ad campaign promoting the virtues of going old school when it comes to men’s grooming products. I am hear to tell you that the older a product has been around the better. Best part is, They are usually the cheapest. So if you are looking for that old school look here are a few products to look for..
Product that makes hair more manageable. Think Mad Men. Like the commercial says a little dab will do you. Brylcreem has a nice clean smell and it does nice keeping the do in place. Men have been using this product for a 100 plus years.
I am not big on aftershave or any of these other body sprays, I certainly don’t bath in it. I think old spice screams reliable and dependable and if you are single.. that’s what the ladies are looking for.
I remember seeing these commercials when I was kid. If you really needed to get really clean in the 80′s, you had to get yourself some Irish Spring. Its got the classic scent and its got not one but two damn deodorants! What else you need?
Years ago men wore hats for almost every occasion. Whether it was going to a wedding or a sporting event, everyone wore their best and presented their best self. Hats have since gone by the way side. Everyone owns a baseball cap. I am not one to talk. I don’t even own nice hat myself. I love trying on hats at the store but I can never find one that fits right. There is a trick to it and I think most men nowadays have lost that hat gene. We simply have no idea how to wear one or when to wear one.
attack of the Reagan twins!
So why did men stop wearing hats? They where once everywhere. America’s love of hats came out of the west. Men wore hats as much for necessity as they did for fashion. Most men worked the land and spent much time out in the sun.
As the cities grew, men hats changed but they were still very much a part of a man’s daily routine. They became smaller and more fashionable. They also became part of announcing your social glass. It all started changing by the 1950′s. Many look at the changes in fashion, which probably did play a part. More influential Americans stopped wearing hats. Both presidents Ike and Kennedy often went hatless. Kennedy was never pictured with a hat and why would he… he had that great Kennedy hair. What really killed the hat for men, I believe, is the car became the chosen way to get to work. With many people moving to the suburbs more men started driving to work. If you lived in the city you could take the train (which had a lot head room). If you drove you were good and plus there was no room for your damn hat.
Like anything, everything comes back into fashion and so will eventually will hats for men. You are starting to see that now. There is something that is just comforting and charismatic about finding the right hat for you.
the classic grandpa hat
Who doesn’t have those fond memories of going fishing with your grandpa or that favorite uncle. You would not be caught dead in them at the time but you sure would like to have that hat now.
Here are few tips and few styles to check…….
Redford style: Think Paul Redford in the Sting.
Gangsta style straight up.
Asshole style. don’t wear your hat like this unless you want to get punched. Its too small, your not 15.
In honor of the recent Oscar awards I thought I would give my top 10 great dude film scenes of all time. The scenes were judged by me to be the most quotable and most remembered scenes of film history. These are the lines you quote when you get together with your buddies.
10. Swingers To me this movie screams gen x. We can all relatet to late night eating adventures at the all night dinner, to playing nintendo hockey. Its all about the fangs and claws money. Line: “You’re looking at your fangs and claws ..and you don’t know how to kill the bunny?!”
9. Blues Brothers
Blues Brothers can be remembered as much for its musical numbers as its one liners. Dan Akrod and John Belushi pretty much play this movie serious which sells this movie. Can you beat a car chase through a shopping mall?
Line:” This mall has got everything.”
You could have multiple Clint Eastwood movies in your top 10 of guy movies but I still haven’t gotten over the chair episode. Even though he has gotten bat shit crazy in his old age he is still an American Bad Ass. This one is tops.
Line:”Who’s the fella who owns this shit hole?”
7. Bull Durham
The makers of this film really did it right when they mixed a little romance with a little baseball.
Line: “You want me to call you a cocksucker? Pretty please beg me call you a cocksucker!”
The greatest hockey movie ever! I can’t believe these guys played with out helmets.
Line: “Dave’s a killer! Dave’s a mess.”
5. Fight Club
You can’t have a top 10 guy movie list with out this one. Not in this all singing, all dancing crap of a world.
Line:”Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.”
4. Good fellas
For artistic statement look for the Godfather but if you want straight up gangster… its Good Fellas.
Line: “What am I Clown? I am here to amuse you?”
What can you say. One of the top movies of all time and its a great guy flick as well. I love this scene below. Its pretty much the start of Michael taking over the family.
Line:”Its not personal, its business.”
The ultimate golf movie. Really the only golf movie that is really any good. The great thing about this scene is it was all pretty much improv.
Line”Pond, Pool.. Pool would be good for you.”
1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
You can’t beat Redford and Newman in the ultimate buddy movie. One of the top scenes of all time.
Line: “I can’t swim! ..You crazy? The fall will probably kill ya.
We all have heard that we are not as tuff as we use to be. The picture below kind of sums it all up. No these guys aren’t boxers. They got this way by a snowball fight??!!
Apparently back in Princeton around 1893 they took the Freshman and Sophomore snowball fight pretty seriously. My guess is that one guy thought it would be funny to put a rock in a snowball. and from there it got pretty out of hand. I am guessing these poor guys are the freshman.
With the economy on the slight up tick. Many of us will look again to get into the job market. Whether you need a job or just looking to upgrade, how you look is major part of getting that job. You know what they say.. you can make a second first impression. Here are a few helpful pointers.
1. Shine those shoes.
2. If you want a real job, get a haircut. It helps to have a conservative cut depending on your industry.
3. Drink lots of water. Make sure your skin is looking good so start drinking lots of water. The last thing you want is to go to a interview with a nice zit in the middle of your forehead. If you older you might want to take a look at some anti age cream. Here is a good link.
4. Wear a dark suit.
5. Be confident. Make sure you wear some confidence as well. You have unique talents that you have to offer, and if you don’t get the job you probably better off.
Lately, I have been doing research on successful people looking for traits that they might have in common with other leaders who blazed their path. Is there a secret to success? All of us have unique talents but the ones who make it are they just lucky… or smarter?
What I have found is that they have a laser like focus on their passions and on what they want to achieve. They don’t get distracted like the most of us do by the small things that get in our way. Leaders know what they want in life. They may not know how to do it, but that doesn’t stop them. Many of us get beaten down by life and set backs. Successful people have passion and a unshakable belief in that passion. Some of us just are born with those traits and go through life not knowing anything else. The good news for the rest of us it can be taught. All it really is .. is a mind set. Trying clearing your mind of things that are holding you back and picture yourself achieving them. If you think bad things are going to happen then they will.
Perspective- Think about a problem you may have had five years ago. At the time it might have seemed overwhelming but your still here. Keep your challenges and your life in perspective. Think long term. Keep moving the ball forward as much as possible and don’t get caught up in what you are not doing. Don’t stress about a goal that you missed. Re-evaluate and move forward. Above all, cherish those close to you. In the end, its how you treated your friends and family is what you are going to be remembered by.
Every one else around you… guess what? They don’t know shit- Like I said we all have our own little things we are good at. Do those things and get help for other stuff. Understand your strengths and weaknesses. There is very little true genius in this world and most times they’re not even recognized until they are gone.
Don’t get discouraged by others telling you that you are too big for your britches. Most of us understand when one someone close wants to leave the “heard” and do something different. Which is kind of funny cause we all hate our jobs. Ready yourself for those around you to look at you like your crazy. Be confident in you and your dream.
Fear is a Choice- Everyone is scared of the unknown. Don’t let that be who you are. Don’t be scared of failure. Look at Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose. At the time biggest plane ever built and it never did fly one mission. It was a huge public embarrassment. He still remained one of the most richest men in the country. The bigger your failures the more successful you will become.
Engage in your life and those around you- Your family and loved ones are the most important thing but it does not stop there. Be aware of every interaction with those around and don’t just “phone it in”. This goes for if your making a millionth sales calls and leaving voice mail after voice mail, or going through the drive through. Smile at those nice folks giving you your food… maybe they won’t spit in it the next time. Taking the time in those small interactions, you never know what will happen.
Give something back- Decide what you are going to do after you are successful but the trick is….don’t wait… act on it right now.
“You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.” Ruth E. Renkl
“Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.” Baltasa
“The more you loose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” Norman Vincent Peale
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne
“A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.” Henry Kravis
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward. – Hill, Napoleon
From the caveman to the madman there is one thing that unites us and that we all can find enjoyment in ever since the stone age. It is still totally fun to pee on things! For us guys, ever since we got out of diapers we have been amazed by this little body miracle. How cool is it to actually have a water pistol attached to you!
I can remember fondly writing my name in the snow or when I got older peeing on the ice in the urinals at the bars. It’s still fun! (Mom’s don’t sweat your little guys peeing outside.. its what we do. Totally cool just don’t let us do it at the mall. Which sounds like fun but hey I am married.) Few entrepreneurs have really taken advantage of this fascination. I can remember peeing on Osama Bin Laden and a Packer’s logo at a Bears’ bar but its been pretty limited. In today’s age is rare when you can spot true genius, it does not come around to often. So here it is… wait for it… yes… its the Guitar Urnial! Now you can jam out while you pee!! Which they made one for the home and in turn for the Ladies! Enjoy!!