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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Uh, not that kind of link...

Today one of my blogging gurus, Darren Rowse, proposed something called the “7 Link Challenge,” and I thought it would be a great idea to offer you some great links as well as a little history of my humble site.

Let’s begin:

  • My first post was kind of a palate-cleanser called “The Bachelor” Has Issues. Of course, I was wrong about him being single in a year, but considering the track record of “Bachelor/Bachelorette” couples (i.e., everyone else either never married or has divorced) I’m not admitting defeat just yet.
  • The posts I enjoyed writing the most had to be the How to Perform 14 Basic Skills series (in 3 parts: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.) “Man skills” normally doesn’t fall under the charter of ToB, but I’m working on a way to get more tips out to the world. Stay tuned!
  • A post which had a great discussion…well, to be frank, although I’m grateful for the growth of my audience, discussion hasn’t been a strong point. Sometimes it would be awesome to be told I’m full of crap—being forced to rethink isn’t a bad thing. Probably the closest to that was from Would You Date a Smarter, Richer Woman?
  • A post by someone else that I wish I’d written would have to be the Art of Manliness‘ series on Building Your Resiliency. Brett McKay’s thoroughness and critical thinking skills really peak in these posts, which blew me away. No matter who you are, man or woman, these posts will help you. For a longer Building Your Resiliency review, see my post here.
  • The most helpful post was tough when I first considered it, but I eventually realized it had to be The Simple Starter Workout. Between the posts and the free e-book, I’m proud of this simple, effective program. (And there’s big news coming soon!)
  • The post I wish more people had read, on the other hand, is a no-brainer: Be a Man About It: Handling RSVPs. I still see large numbers of my own circle of friends either just blowing off RSVPs or lamenting that their friends blow off RSVPs.

If you have a favorite post that helped you or entertained you over the past year and a half, please let me know. Your input is vital. Likewise, if there’s something that’s annoying you, I want to hear that too. Thanks once again for reading.


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