Up the rebels.

By any official or unofficial method of measurement, summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere. And to salute the return of hot (or hotter—hi Phoenix) weather, here are some articles to help you dress, eat, and date better this year.

Dress Up (or Down) for the Weather

There’s nothing like grabbing that old favorite t-shirt (just a few little holes), the calf-length jean shorts and a pair of flip-flops and hitting the bars with the guys, right? Funny how the women you meet all seem to have a phone number of 555-1212, huh?

Grillin’ and Chillin’

Is that lighter fluid I smell? If so, why? Get yourself a damn charcoal chimney already, and then make sure you’re using the grill right, and complementing your meat with a tasty, healthy, cool salad.

Summer Survival

It’s not all fun and games when the weather gets hot. Keep yourself safe and healthy, and live to skinny-dip another day.

  • How to Hydrate is the complete why and how of keeping your body moist on the inside, because by the time you get thirsty you’re already late on the hydration train.
  • How to Perform 14 Basic Skills, Part 2 includes “Learn the Breaststroke,” and advice to help you learn how to swim. This is a basic survival skill everyone should know.

Look Great

You want that beach body? Well, time’s a-wastin’. If you haven’t already subscribed to receive your free Starter Workout, you can find some basic help here:

  • A Simple Starter Workout is the original workout plan I happen to be using again right now to get into fighting trim. You can too.
  • No-Weights Workout offers some easy moves you can do outside. Just don’t hog the kids’ jungle gym for too long, okay?

Get a Date

Yes, the ladies seem to look even prettier in their summer clothes. No, it’s no more difficult to talk to them than it was when they looked like Eskimos. If you’re not using my online dating book (available free), at least forearm yourself with a few tips.

  • What Do You Say to a Girl? You’re walking on the beach with a buddy, and the girl of your dreams is coming right toward you. Do you start with a firm, “Hi,” and then confidently move on to an intriguing question for her, or devolve into a puddle of jelly? I can help you there.

The National Pastime

If you’re absolutely stuck for something to do, and living in America, there’s probably a ballpark five minutes away. And whether you want to go nuts for your favorite player or kick back in the sun with a brew and some conversation (not too loud), the ballyard is an excellent place to do it.

  • Take Yourself Out to the Ballgame will help you if you decide only the big-leagues will do (try Triple-A instead, trust me) you can navigate the minefield of consumerism that is a major league ballpark with your credit rating intact.

Whatever you do this summer, be safe, calm and confident. Have fun out there.


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Valentine’s Day Links

by Michael on February 13, 2011 · 0 comments

If only there could be a Powerpoint deck as well... (from Dappered.com)

What does a single guy do on Valentine’s Day? Personally I would just ignore it and thank my lucky stars I got to save a couple hundred dollars and didn’t have to wait for a table at a jammed restaurant. (That was pre-gf, of course. Now I make reservations waaaaay in advance.)

There are also the “anti-Valentine” parties every singles group hosts, but in general it’s not a bad idea to avoid “singles groups” as well.

But if you’ll be spending this Hallmark holiday with a woman, here are a few items that might be of interest. If you’re spending the day stag, you can read them and laugh too.

Suit Up

The first is that über-geekiest of graphics, the flowchart. Courtesy of Dappered, here’s a complete if/then guide to what you should wear on Valentine’s Day (again, if you’ll be spending it with someone of the female variety—if you’re staying at home, feel free to stay put with your “holy” boxers and practically-nacho-crumb-free t-shirt).

It’s both funny and informative, and even includes a list of affordable sources for the clothes in question (although you’ll have to be in their neighborhood, since same-day shipping is hard to come by).

I have to admit I hadn’t read Dappered before, but I appreciate that they have a “Too Expensive” category.

Ask the Right Questions

Or perhaps you’ve had success with our online dating series and you’ll be meeting someone for that all-important first date. The dilemma: how to find out if she sleeps around on the first date?

According to OKCupid and their latest statistical research, it’s simple: offer her a beer. If she takes it, you’re in!**

In fact, you can find out most of your burning questions by asking her things seemingly having zero to do with what you want to know. For example, want to determine whether she’s a sign-misspelling Tea Partier or a wealth-redistributing commie? Just ask her, “Do you prefer the people in your life to be simple or complex?” If she likes the straight arrows, she’s more likely to be conservative; if she needs a complicated boy, she’s probably a liberal.

Of course, they never mention in the article that the straight arrows are the ones to watch out for.

**Results may vary. Odds of being kicked in the huevos instead: 3:1.

Desperation: the Sexiest Cologne?

Finally, if you’re actually thinking of one of those “singles group” parties, the always-informative (cough) Howcast has a new video on exactly what to do to get a girl into your bedroom. Apparently, dressing like Sid Vicious is a critical step.

What to wear on Valentine’s Day – The Flowchart for Guys [Dappered]

The Best Questions For A First Date [OKCupid]

How to Talk Her into Having Sex with You [Howcast]

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