Buring Man Festival

Are You a ‘Burner’?

The Burning Man festival has just passed for this year, 2016, and the various news items following the massive party got us to thinking. We should include this in our bucket list, but from a couple of different angles. Burning Man is evolving – for better or for worse – so depending on what you would hope for at a party of this scale, you may want to attend sooner than later, or wait for a few years.

You may be wondering why wait? If I’m gonna go, I’m gonna go. The reason for waiting depends on who you are, as does the reason for making the trek to the desert right away. The original Burning Man was planned as a sort of mix between Woodstock and a bohemian-style art show. The concept was free self-expression, unhindered and unrestrained by ‘the establishment’ or ‘the man’. It was kind of a modern day hippy commune – free for anyone to attend and participate. Giving of one’s self without expectation of a return was an underlying theme of the event.

This free love, live happy vibe of the original Burning Man is slowly being extinguished. The free price tag for entry is long gone. Admission is nearly $400 (maybe more next year). The ‘starving artist’ is no longer the typical demographic, replaced by the middle class suburban partier. So if you long for the original Burning Man experience, then you should probably go as soon as you can, because each year, it get’s farther away from the original themes, and more like a version of Lollapalooza (not a bad thing in itself).

As the wealthy class slowly takes over the event, the prices will rise, but the event becomes more fantastic every year as money pours in. If you are a sugardaddy, then each year, the event is geared more toward you. Wealthy ‘burners’ come and flaunt their wealth to the crowds of potential sugarbabies. So the general rule of thumb is this – poor and/or young go while you still can afford it – old and/or rich go in a few years and you’ll find it to be a bit more comfortable and accommodating.

Whenever you go, you are in for a wild ride, I guarantee you that!

Are You Man Enough To Fix Your Cracked iPhone Screen?

We males are expected to innately be able to ‘fix things’. Actually, most of us think that we can, thus perpetuating that theory. In the movie “Six Days Seven Nights”, the heroine asks the hero “Aren’t you one of those guys? … You send them into the wilderness with a pocket knife and a Q-tip and they build you a shopping mall.” That’s quite a reputation to live up to. Well, it’s time to man up and try.

You can be your girlfriend’s hero by fixing the iPhone that she dropped the other day and cracked the screen. We consulted with a professional cell phone technician who fixes cracked iPhone screens for a living. He suggested that anyone can do it – it just takes patience. It might take him 10 to 20 minutes, but the layman fixing the same phone might take 30 minutes to an hour.

There are multitudes of videos on Youtube showing you how to do it and how not to do it, so watch a few, take some notes, and decide upon a strategy. You’ll need to find the parts for your phone and the tools required. Probably the most expedient way is to search eBay for a kit. You should be able to find one at a pretty good price, and it will most likely ship from China, so expect a week or two wait. Make sure the kit includes the tools you need, or you may purchase them separately.

Once your parts have come in, lay your cracked phone, new parts, tools out on a clean tablecloth or towel. Open up your Youtube instructional video, watch it again to get your bearings. Then start at the beginning, pausing as necessary, because it will take you considerably longer than the fellow in the video.

The key to successfully completing your mission and impressing your girlfriend is patience. Go slow and steady so you don’t break your replacement parts or the phone. When you finally finish, turn it on and if it works, go ahead and make your Tim Allen grunt noises. Oh, don’t forget the pocket knife and the Q-tips!

Ride the Wind

Since before Icarus flew too close to the sun with his homemade wings, man has long to tame the skies. From parasailing to hang gliding to flying and skydiving, man is always been intrigued with the idea of flying through the air. So our next my playlist item is to harness the wind.

For the most daring of us, skydiving is the most exhilarating option. The free-fall rush is something that every man should experience once in his lifetime and we think once you do, you’ll be hooked and want to do it again and again. Be sure to bring your GoPro camera. Video of falling out of a plane always makes for good viewing later. For those who aren’t quite as robust there are other means of harnessing the wind. Go parasailing which actually requires a bit more skill than skydiving. Or try hang gliding with dog and also require some skill training or there’s parasailing which doesn’t really require much in the way of skill or training but nonetheless it is quite fun.

Obviously the most death-defying of these would be skydiving since you are plummeting toward the earth at breakneck speeds, but on the other hand it’s relatively safe when done with a professional who’s watching out for you. It’s kind of like eating a puffer fish sushi. If you decide to take up the skydiving find a reputable skydiving company in your area or check with friends to see if they have some suggestions.

Hang gliding and sailboarding both require some skill, like riding a skateboard. You can’t just hop on and do it. It requires some amount of time to practice before you actually have fun. Hang gliding obviously is the more dangerous of the two since you again you are flying though the air holding onto a big kite. Sailboarding on the other hand is not dangerous but is very fun. It’s basically surfing with a sail attached to your surfboard. You just find some water and some wind and let the sails whisk you around.

Parasailing is the least dangerous of all the options for riding the wind. Basically you attach a parachute your back and begin water skiing behind a speedboat. When your parachute catches enough wind you fly up in the air. Basically you are on a kite being flown by a speedboat.

One other option for the faint of heart is hot air ballooning. There are hot air balloon festivals all around the country, but the one held annually in Albuquerque is the most well known. The festival begins very early, and the countryside near Albuquerque is beautiful. You won’t be disappointed.

So whatever choice you make for riding the wind just go ahead and do it. You will love the adrenaline rush from being up in the air.

Sex Tape!

Admit it, you’ve thought about it, and you’ve got a hidden camera setup, so if your hot wife or girlfriend is game, then start taping and get busy! Sex tapes are tricky business, though, so we have some pointer and some suggestions to help you with all the details outside of the actual performance.

First of all, sex tapes have the explosiveness to ruin lives and change relationships, so the matter has to be handled in an adult manner. That means that both (or all) parties must be aware of the tape, agree not to store extra copies, and NEVER to release them out of anger or revenge. As the man in charge, you must maintain control of the situation, so it doesn’t get out of hand.

Now that we have that out of the way, decide how and where you’re going to make your recording. If you want a high quality video, you may want to record in full light, using a high resolution camera like a GoPro. The GoPro can be mounted anywhere, and you can even mount it to a headband for some close-up video. If your partner isn’t comfortable recording in broad daylight or closeup, try using a night vision camera. You can use a hidden camera that is motion activated, so you’ll have video whenever the mood strikes you both.

Once you’ve produced your video, you and your co-star must decide whether to keep the video for watching and re-watching, or if you will watch once and delete. Whatever you decide, be honest. Don’t make a secret copy to show your buddies. Even if your mate performs like a professional, don’t upload the file to the Internet. Most importantly, do not release the tapes after you’ve separated or broken up. That’s classless and harmful, and a true gentleman would never do that, no matter the situation.

Many couples find that making a sex tape reinvigorates their sex live. As long as all involved parties are complicit, responsible, and level-headed, making a sex tape can be a relation and life altering experience, so practice your moans, groans and cheesy look of satisfaction… and ACTION!

The Running of the Bulls, Pamplona Spain

We know it sounds cliché , but what man doesn’t want to say he’s been running with the bulls? And so it is one of our My Playlist items. The tradition has roots back to the 14th century, and is famous for its wave of white-shirt-red-scarf wearing men sprinting down the streets of Pamplona. Pack your attire, your running shoes and a Spanish-to-English dictionary and make way to Pamplona, Spain. The event is part of the San Fermin Festival, which takes place from July 6 to July 14. The running of the bulls begins on July 7 at 8:00am each morning throughout the rest of the festival. There are plenty of photographers on hand that will take your picture as you make your escape from the bulls. You must bring home a picture for proof, or no one will believe you!

There are a few rules to keep in mind. First, you must be 18. The other common sense rules are: 1) you must run in the same direction as the bulls, 2) you may not incite the bulls, and 3) you must not be drunk (some would argue you would have to be to do something so insane).

As for any well-established tradition, particularly if it involves the death of an animal, there are protests. PETA actively protests the event yearly, and if Spain ever succumbs to the political pressure, you may find that the event has disappeared forever, so better get in while the getting’s good.

La Tomatina Festival in Buñol, Spain

valencia 2But not everyone is willing or able to participate in an event such as the Running of the Bulls, so we’ve come up with an alternative (or additional) event also held in Spain. It’s the La Tomatina held in the Valencian town of Buñol. The event is a monstrous food fight, but only with tomatoes. It’s held on the last Wednesday in August.

Besides the fact that this event is a food fight, we love this event because it’s a bit easier on the heart for you older gents, and it’s an event that your girlfriend/wife will not just approve of, she’ll want to participate in. It’s a wonderful relationship-building vacation. Coincidentally, this week marks the 70th anniversary of the event. Because the festival has become so popular, tickets are now required, and they are limited in number.

Have fun and bon appétit.


What Only a Man Can Do – Grow a Beard

It’s a great time to be a man. Beards are currently in fashion, so put down the razor or shaver and revel in the glory of being a facial-haired male. Beards are acceptable whether you are a biker, a professional athlete or a CEO, provided they match your profession. As a corporate executive, you probably can’t get away with a Grizzly Adams beard, but maybe something more refined like an extended goatee or a Balbo. On the other hand, if you’re a professional baseball player, you can wear just about any beard you like, but bigger the better (we’re mesmerized by the Dallas Keuchel beard).

If you’re old enough to grow facial hair, then go for it, and take some pictures for posterity’s sake. There are many styles of beards, and each says something about its wearer. We’ve provided a quick list of popular beards and what they might say about you if you grow one.


The Soul Patch

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This ‘baby beard’ hardly a beard at all. It looks like you missed a spot while shaving and decided to just let it go for a few days. It is a beard, nonetheless, so we feature it here. It says that you are very much about appearances, you want to grow a beard, but didn’t want to cover your pretty face with a bunch of scraggly hair. You want to say you have a beard, so have taken the easy route. We don’t recommend them as a My Playlist item.


The Goatee

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The goatee is the beginners beard. You can start one by letting your chin whiskers grow. No need to fuss with a mustache or sideburns, just work on the chin, and shape it as you like it. Despite being the beginner’s beard, wearing one won’t make you look like a beard newbie. The goatee has been around for centuries, and as such carries with it an inherent respectability, but it’s trendy enough to be worn by young folks too. This ageless beard says that you are fun and happy, but responsible and deep at the same time.


The Balbo and Anchor Beard

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The Balbo and the anchor beard are somewhat similar. The Balbo’s whiskers are nearer the corners of the mouth, where as the anchor tends to stay around the bottom of the chin. Both beards are like a goatee with a mustache. The mustache aspect of this facial hair arrangement give the aura of age and wisdom, and as such is a great option for middle-age men, particularly managers, supervisors and salesmen.


The Chinstrap

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What can we say about the chinstrap. To us, it’s the daintiest of beards. Because it doesn’t cover the face, and doesn’t really cover any of the neck, it can be quite thin, hence the dainty nature of this beard. Along with the soul patch, it’s the least manly beard, its manliness waning with its thinness. This type of beard is for the man who doesn’t really want to fuss with a beard and doesn’t want to cover his beautiful face, but wants to assert that he is a man. This beard is common among high school and college men who have the ability to grow some facial hair. If you are dead-set on growing a chinstrap, for God’s sake give it some thickness and width, and enhance it with a goatee or something.


The Fu Man Chu

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The famous Chinese beard – the Fu Man Chu. Asians are notorious for not being able to grow a beard since they lack facial hair in general. Some Asians are able to grow some hair right on their chin and above the corners of the mouth. This type of beard was a sign of chastity and wisdom among folks in the West, because the beard conjured up visions of the wise old Chinese man meditating on top of a mountain with a long wispy white beard and thin mustache. Oddly enough though,  the Western implementation of the Fu Man Chu has become associated with bikers and burly mechanics. It’s not a wise choice for men in professional occupations.


The Duck Dynasty Beard (formerly the Grizzly Adams)


The Duck Dynasty family almost single-handedly brought back the popularity of the beard. Some of their beards are unkempt, uneven and full. By giving credence to the wild wacky full-on beard, they’ve made less loony beards respectable again. If you run your own business, or are unemployed or are a farmer, go for it if you like, grow a Grizzly Adams. They are manly, but not very fashionable.


The Verdi

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The Verdi is the trendy version of a full beard. The beard is nice and thick, but the mustache is long, waxed and curled. This type of beard is a throwback to the late 19th century and early 20th century. The wearer of this beard is a real man who loves being a man and has an eye for fashion and individualism. He doesn’t care what you think of him, nor should he. The only drawback to this beard is that in more serious occupations, you may initially appear to lack the killer instinct. If you wear this beard, you’ve got it though!


The Full Beard

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This is the man’s man’s beard. The beard is thick and long, but not crazy and unkempt like the Grizzly Adams. It combines masculinity and confidence with fashion and sensitivity – a perfect combination. These beards are worn by men who are calm, collected and in control – think ‘the most interesting man alive’. This beard is the creme of the crop if you can pull it off, pardon the pun.

Most executives and politicians lean toward the clean cut look, but we think the beard would give an added air of honesty and confidence.