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CITY MAGAZINE July 2011 Contents
08 Feasting on Fruit 09 Local Flavor 10 Business Highlight 12 Hoopla July 2011 14 Big Texan 16 Animal Play Day 18 Garage Sales 20 Hair Cuts
Letter from Editor According to the calendar, it is now officially “summer”. I was pretty sure that started when school was released in May. Now that July is upon us I find myself saying…”Welcome to my ‘No Plan Summer’. I have no camps or lessons booked or no day-trips or play-dates in the calendar. I’m sure these things will end up happening, as they always do. But right now I am looking at my calendar and thinking I am free of summer scheduled plans, YIKES! As I write this I am thinking I should be happy. No deadlines, no schedules, no rules but something tells me to think again… The rules of the No Plan Summer are few and far between they are more like guidelines really. Make your own fun. Being bored is a privilege. When you tell me you are bored, I think of what a wonderful life I have given you. Where you can stay home all summer and play, without having to help me pay for your clothes, your food or all those wonderful toys you have. I think being bored is good for you.
Be good. If I have to stop you and ask if you are being good, and you can’t tell me yes immediately, stop what you are doing. Close the Door. If I ever, ever hear the words “I am not paying to air condition the outside” come out of my mouth, there will be consequences. And for the sake of saving time, I have written up the answers to some FAQ: Yes, you can have another Popsicle. Please get me one while you’re in there. Yes, you can use the hose in the backyard, just don’t spray the dog. No, I’m sorry, but I think you are too big to be outside naked. Yes, you have to wear your helmet/sunscreen/shoes. Last but least…Yes, mommy is working, but I promise to play as soon as I am done. Yes, this is working. Yes, being on Facebook is working. Who taught you about Facebook anyway?
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Party 'til You Drop The sun is high and the weather is warm, so take your parties outside this summer. These fun themes can be carried outdoors for a great way to spend time with friends and enjoy the season. As a bonus, you don’t have to worry about cleaning your house before or after! Luau This Hawaiian fest is all about bright flowers and fun outfits. Set the stage to transport your guests to the islands as soon as they walk in to your yard. Ask your guests to wear Hawaiian shirts or grass skirts, and you provide the leis. Play tropical music and serve exotic drinks with umbrellas. Use torches for light at night. Hang fish netting from railings, and set palm trees, either real or fake, throughout the area. For entertainment, play limbo and give hula-dancing lessons. Hoedown Ask your guests to dress the part in boots and cowboy hats. Use burlap for table covers and place flowers and candles in mason jars for centerpieces. Serve a full country meal, complete with shredded meat and sauces, macaroni and cheese, green beans and corn bread, followed by a variety of pies. Play country music and make sure there’s an open space for line dancing. If you’ve got access, offer tractor rides. Patriotic Patriotic parties are a summer staple. Whether it’s for a national holiday or just to show your love for America, show your friends a good time with a USA-themed bash. Decorate using table covers, balloons, crepe paper and more in red, white and blue. Line your porch, patio or sidewalk with small flags, and when the sun goes down offer guests a mini fireworks display if it’s allowed where you live. If not, play with sparklers instead.
Garden tea party Take advantage of the warm weather and move your tea party from the dining room to the garden. Set up your table near lots of flowers, and add more with centerpieces and hanging baskets. Ask your guests to wear nice dresses, hats and gloves, and make sure to take photos. Serve small sandwiches, cookies and pastries, and use antique dishes and cups if you can find some. Serve a variety of teas, along with milk, cream, honey and sugar. Pool party If you’ve got a pool, you’ve got a party. Not much decorating needs to go into one of these functions. String up some lights to make the area feel more festive and to help your guests see at night. Serve light finger foods -- no one likes to swim after a heavy meal. Have lots of towels at the ready, and keep some warm ones in the dryer for children. Think about the size of your pool before you make your guest list. Too many people in a pool can be dangerous. Pot luck Host a backyard barbecue and ask all your guests to chip in. This takes a lot of the pressure off of you. You provide the meat, and everyone else brings a side dish or dessert. Decide if you’ll provide the drinks and place settings or if guests should bring their own, and then communicate this clearly. Make sure there’s plenty of seating for your guests both before and after the meal.
Simple Outdoor Decorations If you’re celebrating and the weather’s gorgeous, why not take the party outdoors? Kids are free to run and play and yelp as loudly as they like. Spills are nothing to worry about. And no one has to cram together on a sofa because there’s nowhere else to sit. So now that you're moving the party outdoors, how will you decorate? Here are some easy tips. Food as decor Keep it simple by using food as an edible decoration on your table. A tower of cupcakes can be eye-catching and mouthwatering. Something simple like a bowl of apples or oranges can be a healthier version. Buy seasonal fruits for the best bargain.
Coordination Decoration doesn’t have to mean streamers and banners, which can be difficult to place outdoors. Just selecting your basic party goods with care can count. Your tablecloth, napkins, plates, and plastic cutlery don’t all have to come from a cheesy matched set to count as decoration. Be mindful of coordination and a general color palette when selecting your paper goods and you’ll have a gorgeous table with minimal effort.
Goodie bags Use goodie bags or parting gifts as your centerpiece. A great way to keep this looking like a real style element as opposed to a bunch of bags plopped on the Balloons center of the table is to affix Put a couple of balloons outside something natural from the to show it is a party. They’re also outdoor space to each gift. great for an outdoor space to Gathering them together will delineate what area of the park is make for a pseudo floral arrangeyours and where the next party ment. If you’re doing this in begins. summer, a flower would be nice. In fall, maybe a gorgeous colored Candles leaf. Most parties go on into the night and the most important thing is Name cards that the lighting is right. Use If you’re assigning seats, make candles and lanterns to achieve a the name cards grander than just laidback party atmosphere. Even a folded cardboard tent. You during daylight, candles bring a could use a glass with a small certain easy elegance to the bud in it or if it’s on an especially event. They can serve as more warm day, a fan with your guests’ than just décor, too. If you names on it could be cute. purchase bug repellent ones, your partygoers will be comfortable and bite-free all party long.
Feasting On Fruit Save the cakes and pies for cold weather, summer is all about the fruit. These sweet, summery desserts use the fruit of the season to bring just the right amount of sweetness. Strawberry bruschetta Bruschetta is a classic appetizer, but glazed strawberries transform it into a sweet dessert. Cut a loaf of French bread into thick slices. Brush each slice with olive oil and bake until toasted. Meanwhile, slice fresh strawberries. Melt butter and brown sugar in a pan, add strawberries and cook in melted sugar until warm and gooey. Spread cream cheese over the bread and top with berries. Serve while the berries are still warm. Chocolate-drizzled fruit Any combination of fruit works wonderfully with this recipe, so use all of your favorites or whatever looks good at the market. Slice up bite-sized pieces of fruit. Melt chocolate chips
over low heat and drizzle over fruit. Top with whipped cream and serve while the chocolate is still warm. For a healthier option, substitute fat-free plain yogurt for the whipped cream.
Grilled peaches You already have the grill fired up, so why not use it for dessert as well? Peel, halve and pit peaches. Oil the grill to prevent sticking, and place the halves, center side down, on it. Cook the peaches until theyâ€™re warm all the way through and the grill side starts to caramelize. Cover the warm peaches with plain yogurt and eat immediately. Grilled pineapple rings Pineapple is super sweet and can serve as a dessert all on its own, but this warm, glazed version is always a hit. Throw it on the grill after dinner, and itâ€™ll be ready to eat in minutes. Cut pineapple into rings and brush each ring with melted butter. Cover each buttered ring with brown sugar and place it on a warm, oiled grill. Grill until the pineapple is heated thoroughly and the brown sugar is caramelized, about five to 10 minutes. Serve warm. Strawberry sliced pound cake This dessert will look like you slaved over it in the kitchen, but using a frozen pound cake cuts prep time to just about 10 minutes. Thaw a frozen pound cake and slice it horizontally into three layers. On the bottom layer, add whipped cream and sliced strawberries, then add the next layer of cake. Top the next layer with strawberries and whipped cream. Do the same with the last layer, adding an extra layer of strawberries on top. Mix in more than one type of berry to change it up.
The city of Amarillo has so many wonderful places to eat. We have everything from tasty BBQ to spicy Mexican food to fresh sushi. With so many choices how can one decide? Are you one of Amarillo's best restaurants or Amarilloâ€™s best-kept secret? Let us help advertise your restaurant here. Give us a call at 806-231-0562.
Cowboy Gelato is Amarillo's premier dining experience for gourmet Italian ice cream coupled with Cowboy comfort food like cheese stuffed hamburgers, steak and cheese Phillys, & pulled pork BBQ. Cowboy Gelato has over 130 flavors of gelato including Numerous Cheesecakes, Coconut Lime, Strawberry, Blue Angel, Kiwi, Banana, and many more. You may also create your own flavors with Cody Anderson, Gelato's in house Certified Gelato Chef, trained by master Italian and Sicilian Gelato Chefs!!! For an amazing burger or sandwich followed with some tasty Italian ice cream, stop in at Cowboy Gelato!!! Winter Hours are Mon.-Thur. 11am-8pm, Fri. & Sat. 11am-10pm, and Sun. 12pm-6pm.
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With nearly 30 years cumulative culinary expertise comes Dolly's Diner on Old Route 66. All meals are fresh, homemade, and cooked to order with tasty favorites like tamales, burgers, patty melts, club sandwiches, taco salad (made with a homemade tortilla chip bowl), and even an authentic Philly Cheese Steak made using the original recipe straight from Philly! Try the $6.50 DAILY SPECIAL that includes both MEAL & DRINK. For good old fashioned home cookin', stop in at Dolly's Diner today!
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Attitude, not aptitude, gives you the Edge to achieve success. By Coney Burgess
Attitude, not aptitude, gives you the Edge to achieve success. And how that attitude is developed determines every aspect of your success, reputation, and your legacy. At the world-class level, talent is nearly equal. Coney Burgess, Jr. On the PGA tour only a Vice-President & Officer few strokes for the year Herring Bank separate the top money 2201 Civic Circle, 7th Floor winners in golf from the Amarillo, Texas 79109 806-322-2771 ext. 751 (Office) rest of the players. In 806-418-5936 (Cell phone) baseball, the American ConeyBurgess@HerringBank.com and National League batting champions hit safely about 20 or 30 more times in an entire season than those below the top ten. In the Olympic Games, the difference between the gold-medal winner in the one hundred meter dash and the fourth place, non-medal winner is less than two-tenths of a second. What’s true in sports is also true in our business and personal lives. There is only a fractional difference between winners in life and those who merely exist. The difference is attitude under pressure. It’s the winner’s edge.
Developing a positive attitude takes a commitment by the individual to see the good in events, despite difficult circumstances. Because we all have choice. The glass is either half empty or half full. Consider the following examples of people who had a positive attitude, despite their circumstances. Jim Carrey took a job as a janitor at a tire factory at age 15 when his father lost his job. To relieve his stress, he visited local comedy clubs, which fueled his love of comedy. His positive attitude prepared him for a blockbuster career. Another one-time janitor is Stephen King, whose job was to clean girls’ locker rooms at a local high school. This later became his inspiration for his bestselling novel Carrie. Before Brad Pitt was a leading man in the movies, he worked various odd jobs, including driving limos, moving refrigerators and dressing up as a giant chicken to attract customers to a local restaurant. Long before Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney dropped out of school at age 16 to join the army, but was rejected because of his age. Instead of letting rejection define his future, he became a Red Cross ambulance driver in World War 1 instead. He wanted to be an artist when he came home, and with a positive attitude and determination, an entertainment empire was born. Football’s greatest quarterbacks complete no more than 6 of 10 passes. The best pro basketball players make only half their shots. Actors and actresses auditioning for roles are turned down 29 out of 30 times.
The Edge is not a gifted birth. The world is full of wasted talent. The Edge is not academic degrees. Education is important, but the world is full of educated misfits. The Edge is not luck. If it were, Las Vegas would be a ghost town. The Edge is not capital. Many of today’s self-made multimillionaires started building their fortunes with under $5,000. The Edge is all Attitude. Attitude, not aptitude, is the criterion for success.
But how does one develop a positive attitude? One explanation offered is found in Metallica’s song called “Nothing Else Matters.” The song discusses the importance of being true to yourself and your beliefs and living life on your terms. This dedication to yourself and your beliefs has to come from the heart. “So close, no matter how far, couldn’t be much more from the heart, forever trusting who we are, and nothing else matters…life is ours, we live it our way, and nothing else matters,” goes the song. And along the way, their will be naysayers who try and rain on your parade of success. Metallica’s response to this is “I never cared for what they say, never cared for games they play, never cared for what they do…forever trusting who we are.” Here in Amarillo, we have a local businessman, who is the successful CEO of Austin Distributing, Inc. His name is Tom Scherlen, and he epitomizes Metallica’s positive attitude message in “Nothing Else Matters.” Tom grew up in Borger, Texas from very modest means. He put himself through Junior College at Amarillo Community College by working as a golf mechanic. He then put himself through West Texas A&M by working odd jobs. However, at the age of 25 and with a young family, he found himself unemployed. He remained unemployed for six months before finding a job in construction. During this difficult time, Tom remembers telling himself that nothing else mattered besides keeping a positive attitude. It was his attitude that helped him survive the storm, recalls Tom. Although it took him 28 years, today, Tom is a successful
CEO and humble person. He credits his positive attitude and hard work as two qualities that make him a valuable CEO. For example, each morning, he emails all his employees a positive quote from something he’s read. He then makes a point of going around the office and saying hello to all his employees. Every employee gets a birthday card and top performers get gift cards to local stores. When asked about his difficult early years, he gives the analogy of how stresses deep within a mountain form beauty. “The more stresses deep within the earth, the more beautiful the mountain range,” said Tom. “Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Everest are two beautiful mountain ranges that were formed by significant stresses in plate techtonics deep within the earth,” he said. “But out of this stress came beauty.” “People are like mountains. The more stresses one undergoes, the more beautiful the person becomes,” he said. Tom epitomizes the idea that nothing else matters when it comes to having a positive attitude about events in one’s life. He is a living example of how significant challenges have positively shaped his outlook and his ability to serve as the CEO and more importantly as a humble, fine individual.
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Big News for The Big Texan The New Big Texan Steak Ranch Brewery In 1960, Bob and Mary Ann Lee started a restaurant on old Route 66, The Big Texan Steak Ranch. In 1962, Bob launched the now world famous free 72oz. steak challenge. When I-40 opened in 1968, business on Route 66 declined, and so they wanted to move the restaurant to the new bustling interstate, however, Bob and Mary Ann were unable to obtain a loan to build the new restaurant. This didn’t stop them from pushing onward however. Bob, Mary Ann, their 3 children, 5 day laborers, and 2 carpenters built the new building themselves, and so began the saga of what we now know as The Big Texan of today.
officially opening its very own brewery. This new brewery will be offering a broad listing of ales that will cover the gamut from light to dark ales. Brew Master Tom Money and Co-Brew Master Over the course of the next few decades, The Big Texan Danny Lee, Bob Lee’s son, will be bringing their comgained popularity exponentially. As the years went by, bined experience of over 40 years of home brewing to The Big Texan became not just a great restaurant for The Big Texan Brewery. Their initial brewery launch local Amarillo residents, but a pull for travelers from all will begin with 6 new hand crafted beers, brewed on over the world. Word of the free 72oz. steak helped fuel site in the new brew room, with more planned for the growing reputation with signs stating “FREE 72oz launch within the coming months. Steak” lining I-40 from California to Illinois. In addition to the steak challenge, the aesthetic appeal of The Big Texan played a huge part in its emergent status as a must see for tourists. Walking into The Big Texan is reminiscent of the Old West and of days gone by. For most Texans, cowboys aren’t considered out of the ordinary, however tourists from across the country, and even across the world, have a fascination with the Old West and cowboy way of life, as most did not grow up around it. In addition, few restaurants offer live entertainment throughout the day and evening, with The Big Texan playing host to fiddlers, guitarists, singers, Old West poets, and many others over the years, which broadens the cowboy experience for visitors. Couple this nostalgic ambiance with great home style food like smoked ribs, chicken fried steak, catfish, and of course the plethora of mouthwatering steaks, and you have not just an amazing restaurant, but rather, an event! Today, The Big Texan is world famous, and caters to visitors from as far as Australia on a weekly basis. With The Big Texan’s spectacular restaurant and amusement it’s hard to imagine that it could get better, but at the beginning of July, it does! The Big Texan will be
Honey Blonde will offer a hint of honey aroma and taste with a light body and creamy head. Raspberry Wheat is the perfect summer beer, with its refreshing raspberry scent and taste for those hot 100 degree days, and is also a great beer for those drinkers that are not normally big fans of beer. Palo Duro Pale Ale will be The Big Texan’s lighter offering, with its lack of bitterness, light body, and little hops taste, it is sure to garner many of the dedicated domestic beer drinkers. Rattlesnake India Pale Ale is The Big Texan’s most hops filled beer. It has a heavy hops taste, giving it the bite and bitterness that IPA’s (India Pale Ales) have become famous for, and will be a must for any dedicated beer connoisseurs. Texas Red Amber Ale will be a medium beer, with a rich amber color, malty taste, and definitive notes of citrus; it is smooth with all the qualities of a more sophisticated beer without the heavy bitterness. Lastly and certainly not leastly is the “Brew Master’s Recommendation,” Pecan Porter. Pecan Porter is The Big Texan’s darkest beer. Its scent and taste are reminiscent of eating pecan pie with coffee, and
is sure to delight nearly any beer drinker with its warm soothing flavors and aroma. In addition to these 6 new beers, Tom and Danny hope to also launch a beer of the month soon that will likely be indicative of the respective season or time of year for its release.
In addition, The Big Texan earned national acclaim in the beer world even prior to the brewery opening. In the May/June issue of Draft Magazine, America’s go to publication for all things beer, The Big Texan Steak Ranch was named in the Top 10 places to have a beer in the world. The magazine lists The Big Texan as No. 2, just behind the annual Memphis in May Festival, in Memphis, Tennessee. Whether you are a practiced beer aficionado or simply the occasional drinker, The Big Texan Brewery is the best place for a unique, delicious, ice cold brew to wet the palette for summer. For more information about The Big Texan, its menu, brewery, or events, check them out online at www.bigtexan.com or visit them at 7701 I-40 East and see what makes The Big Texan a big experience!
Animal Play Day Amarillo Zoo Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:30am – 3:00pm
The animals at the Amarillo Zoo will have a special day Saturday, July 23rd, when they discover a variety of activities, objects, sounds and scents in their environments, encouraging them to behave like they would in the wild. Scheduled animal enrichment sessions, hands-on “people enrichment” activities and live animal encounters will occur throughout the day from 9:30am to 3:00pm. This annual event is designed to increase visitor awareness about what enrichment is and what we do at the Zoo to enhance the lives of our animals. Our objective is to educate the public about animal welfare and the importance of behavioral enrichment for all animals. It’s a fun day for visitors, staff, volunteers, and of course, the ANIMALS! What is enrichment? Enrichment is an item or activity that is not part of the “routine” of an animal. Enrichment can be a special toy, a food treat, or an unusual smell. Zoo staff can even change the surroundings of an animal’s exhibit area for enrichment purposes. Enrichment stimulates the animals’ senses and encourages their natural behaviors. The physical and mental stimulation brought about by these activities help maintain and enhance the health and well being of the animals. Zookeepers are constantly coming up with new, creative ideas for the zoo residents. “Enrichment occurs daily at the Zoo”, said Zoo Curator Rhonda Votino. “On Animal Play Day, we showcase some of the activities that the animals get to do throughout the year. An event like this educates the public about animal care at the Zoo and gets the community involved in conservation, furthering the mission of the Amarillo Zoo”.
Activities will kick off at the Spider Monkey exhibit when the monkeys are presented special fruit filled treat bags. Afterwards guest can stroll around the Zoo and discover the thrill of enrichment activities presented every 30 minutes at different exhibits. From the lions to the bear, tigers to the lemurs, watch wildlife in action as zoo keepers enhance their surroundings with natural and artificial items. Schedule of enrichment activities (subject to change) 10:00am Black-handed Spider Monkeys 10:30am African Lions & Bengal Tigers 11:00am Black Bears 11:30am Ring-tail Lemurs 12:00pm Savannah Monitor Lizard 12:30pm Donkeys and Horses 1:00pm Goats 1:30pm Longhorn 2:00pm Coatimundi, fox and coyotes 2:30pm Bobcat, Leopard and Servals In addition to enrichment demonstrations there will also be fun, interactive discovery stations with hands-on “enriching” activities such as: Live animal encounters where you can touch and feel real animals. Make bird treats with cheerios and string, which will later be given to the zoo parrots. A tattoo station offering free removable animal tattoos. Exhibit called “What’s on the Menu” to showcase the different diets of the zoo animals. Enrichment Safari trivia hunt where kids can get clues to different fun facts about animal enrichment. Each fact will give kids, under 12, a needed clue to complete their scavenger hunt. The completed forms can be turned for a drawing for prizes. The event is free with general admission to the Zoo $3.00 adults (ages 13-61) $2.00 seniors (ages 62 and up) $1.00 child (ages 3-12) Free for children 2 and under
Amarillo Zoo is located Thompson Park NE 24th Ave and Dumas Highway 806-381-7911 www.amarillozoo.org
Repurpose, refurbish and recycle! Today, more and more people are transforming old furniture and décor rather than buying these items brand-new. And where’s one of the best places to snag an inexpensive fixer-upper? A garage sale! Here are some garage sale tips to help you find sales in and around your neighborhood, scout out great deals and negotiate bargain prices. Rise and shine To ensure that you get a chance to check out everything a particular garage sale has to offer, try to arrive as soon as it begins. You should head out around 7 a.m. to scope the best selection.
Be on the lookout Garage sale enthusiasts often turn to Craigslist and their local newspaper to uncover upcoming sales, but keep in mind that if you rely on these resources alone you may miss out on other sales that have not been advertised. The sales that are advertised tend to be picked over early — often by dealers looking to grab the goods before you get there. Instead of scouting out the ads, just drive around suburban neighborhoods and stop at the yard sales that look promising. Visit the sales that have the worstlooking promotional signs. The worse the signs are, the less traffic there will be and the more likely it is that the bargains will still be there, waiting for you to pick them up for a song. Negotiate for a better deal Even if you think the price of an item is an outstanding deal, don't be afraid to try and lower it even more. You won't get any reduction in price if you don't ask, so it's never a bad idea to try to negotiate. You may have more bargaining leverage if you buy several items at once or request a discount when the garage sale is about to end. The sellers might prefer to let you have an item for less instead of hauling it off to Goodwill. Bring cash—particularly one dollar bills Wear clothes with lots of pockets and have like $3, $7 and $17 in various pockets. If the yard sale person is asking for $5, pull out $3 and ask if he or she will take $3. Always carry cash. No garage sale person likes to worry about checks.
Know your seller To gain an edge in negotiations, try getting to know a little about whoever is hosting the sale. Almost always there's one person who wants to sell everything, and the spouse who wants to hoard everything. Determine who the seller is because his or her price will always be cheaper. Move quickly Whether you're checking out a single garage sale or have several to visit, time is of the essence. Get in and get out. Garage sales can be treasure troves and they can be trash. Quickly make a circle through the sale and see if there is anything that interests you. Don't waste time picking things up and carrying them around if you don't love them or think they're a great deal. Keep your opinions to yourself Think the seller has drastically overpriced their goods? Don't mention it. It is not your job to tell the person holding the sale that they are overpriced for the crap they are selling. Just leave. It is also not your job to tell the person that they underpriced something valuable. Just buy the item and smile when you get home. Armed with these garage sale tips, you're sure to score fabulous deals on furniture, dĂŠcor and more!
Consistency is Key I’m not talking about getting the same haircut for decades on end. I’m talking about getting your hair cut by the same individual every time. Inconsistency breeds mistakes. You need to develop a good working relationship with this person, and you can’t do that if it’s someone different each time you wander in. Doesn’t matter if it’s a barber shop or a (deep breath) salon… find someone you like and stick with them. Get it cut every three to four weeks Most men are on a five or six week haircut cycle. For the entire first week it’s too short and too noticeable, leaving the opportunity for everyone and their mother to tell you “you got a hair cut!” No sh*t. The last week it’s frustratingly long, coming over your ears, and you hate it. Lop the first and last weeks off and you get three weeks. Just make sure you tell your stylist or barber your timetable. That way your hair is always in that “just right” wheelhouse. You’re just going in for an oil change, not a whole new engine.
How to get a great haircut
Be Specific When your barber or stylist asks you what you want done to your head, don’t say: “A little shorter on the sides and top.” How MUCH shorter? If you want them to use a clippers, tell them what guard number. If they’re using a scissors, stick your fingers in your hair and show them how much you want off. Tell them how you plan on styling your hair. That makes a difference too. It’s not fair to make them guess. Us guys just aren’t good at getting specific about our appearance. It’s embarrassing. Suck it up and tell them what you want. Pay attention when you’re in the chair This might seem pretty basic, but it’s easy to zone off when you’re sitting there in front of the mirror. Don’t watch their every move like a hawk, but remember that this is a bit of a team process. If they haven’t gone short enough on the sides, let them know. They want to get it right just as much as you do. Embrace the Straight Razor Electric Clippers have gotten a bad rap from the likes of GQ and Esquire over the last few years. That’s just ludicrous. What’s not ludicrous, is requesting the use of a straight razor to shorten the sides and back. A razor delivers the tightness with none of the bristle. Plus you avoid that just got a haircut feel, and instead your hair looks like it’s been about a week since it got cut Which is perfect, since that’s when hair looks and feels the best anyway.
Are You Man Enough For A Bromance? As a by-product of continuing emasculation, the modern man has found himself yearning the company of men. Welcome to the man crush. In days gone by, men could do things. Things like fixing the car themselves and changing the oil, fishing, owning a shed full of tools and being able to build things from scratch with a few bits of scrap wood, a hammer and some nails. Modern man is a pale, disheveled shadow of his former self and it’s our distinct lack of a male compass that leads us into man crushes. What is a man crush? A man crush isn’t technically a crush in the traditional sexual sense of the word. It’s more like looking to men with certain skills and talents as our leaders. To teach us their ways. Whether it’s the guy with the well paid job, the man who always gets the girls or even the guy with a cool sense of fashion and style. Often you’ll find yourself making excuses to your girlfriend in a desperate attempt to spend another Saturday night with him rather than her. It boils down to projecting who you can’t be or things you can’t do onto other men. Take The Fonz from Happy Days for example. Richie, Potsie and Ralph all looked up to him. Three total geeks seeking guidance. They wanted to be The Fonz. Let’s face it, who didn’t? He rode motorbikes, was a tough guy and got all the ladies. The fact that he was an unemployed mechanic who lived in a garage and spent most of his time hanging out with teenage boys is irrelevant. The primeval urge to bond with and look up to men manifests itself in their complete devotion to this alpha male . It’s a simple fact that when not trying to get into some hot girls pants, men will always prefer to hang around with other men. Do I have a man crush? Now there are probably men reading this who think that, although they know other men that they like and enjoy spending time with, the terms “bromance” and “man crush” are a little bit of an over-exaggeration. Well, picture this scenario: You’ve just been asked out on a date by a gorgeous blonde woman when you bump into George Clooney. George invites you to a poker game at his house. The Oceans 11/12/13 guys will be there and no women are allowed. Which would you choose? It’s an absolute no-brainer. Welcome to the world of man-crushes my emasculated friend.
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