Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Gentleman’s Guide to Staying Cool in the 21st Century

 I had this sent to me and I think every man out there needs to read it...

The world is a hard place to survive.  Falling in love.  Broken hearts.  Standing up for what you believe.  Arachnids and an entire week dedicated to sharks. Earthquakes and economic meltdowns.  Nine dollar beer nights at your favorite pub, and fashion statements that should have died years ago returning from the grave.  It’s not easy to be alive through all this, let alone survive it as a gentleman.  We must remain intact and stand out amongst the rest.  No matter how difficult it gets out there.  And the best part is, you can still look cool while doing it.
Now that you have the essential tools for surviving the 21st Century as a gentleman, it’s time to be cool.

  • Call her the next day.   The “wait three days rule” will always be cool to break.
  • Rules that are not cool to break: Never date your friend’s ex, never date your ex’s friend, never date your ex’s roommate, no cutting in line, no cutting a “line” in the bathroom, keep a napkin on your lap while dining, and it’s still not okay to go in a woman’s purse.
  • LOL is not only NOT okay, it’s never cool.
  • Your socks should be as colorful as your wardrobe.  Don’t be afraid of plaid, argyle, or stripes beneath your jeans or black slacks.
  • A gentleman never publicly worries, complains, or comments about money.  A gentleman who is cool never hesitates to pick up a tab or loan to a friend in need.  Remember, if you’re making more than 2 dollars a day, you’re considered in the top 3% of the richest people on the planet.   Would you like some perspective with your coffee this morning?
  • At a business lunch, give your credit card to the waiter before you’re seated.  This ends the debate when the meal is finished before it even starts.
  • Make eye contact with a woman.  Then buy her a drink before going on your way, and leave it at that.  The transaction is over, and she’ll be left thinking about you the rest of the night.
  • Buy a cup of coffee for the person in line behind you.
  • Displaying your masculinity at the bar or club or Sunday morning church service like a lion stalking a wounded herd of scattered sheep is never cool.  This representation of the circle of life in the animal kingdom always ends in a bloody massacre, so take note: stay cool, calm, and collected when she walks into the room.  Eye contact with a smile from across the way is often your green light to casually approach the situation, and make your introduction.
  • You are not your job or how you pay the bills.  Upon introductions, ask someone what it is they “do,” really do with their life, and not how they put food on the table.  Not only can this question change a person’s entire day, it will also tell you more about them than any question regarding their salary.
  • The cooler you are, the less of your phone I should see.  This is not a green light for your wireless earpiece to be worn at all times.  If your hands are not at 10 and 2 on a steering wheel while you’re closing a million dollar deal in Japan, then take it out, jerk.  You’re not as cool as you think you are.
  • Don’t be afraid to make decisions, even if you’re not the authoritative type.  Call the shot.  Whether or not your gun is loaded, pull the trigger.
  • Stay cool by being creative on dates.  Anything is better than going for drinks.  Take her for a balloon ride, a hike, or bowling and forget to keep score.  Play cards in the park, or even steal street signs if she’s the mischievous type.
  • Never lose your cool.  This is very un-cool.
  • Throwing up is never cool unless you’re with the band.
  • Make your yes’s mean yes, and your no’s mean no.
  • Always speak with confidence no matter the subject matter.
  • Hang out with people cooler than you.  This makes you cool by association.
  • Lose the baggy clothes unless you make millions performing gangster rap.
  • Popped collars are not cool.  They were never cool.  Unless you’re Dracula or an Elvis Impersonator, keep ‘em down.  This look only works with your winter jacket.  All other occasions: unacceptable.
  • Ask her out.  It’s that simple.  She’s been waiting for you to do it, I promise.  There’s nothing cooler, or sexier, than a man who has the confidence to walk across the room and ask out a woman.  And if she says no? Treat her exactly the same way you did thirty seconds ago before asking.  Surprise.  Your world didn’t stop and implode.  The exhilaration of taking this risk is hard to top, no matter the results.  Disclaimer: This is NOT permission to go asking out every woman in a thirty-mile radius like the world is going to end tomorrow.  Very un-cool.
  • Am I cool?  I own five shirts and one pair of boots, and wear the same jeans six days a week.  My hair is too thick and I can’t grow enough facial hair to look rugged.  I sometimes talk too much instead of listening too well, and I don’t have a six-pack.  You’re damn right I am cool.  Because it’s not about the way you look or the sound of your voice or your job, it’s your state of mind.  It’s confidence in the man God created you to be.
So be cool.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Male species … Just when we thought we’ve seen it all……

I can confidently say that I have been meaning to write this for about umm 3 years…but every time  I think I’ve  seen and heard it all, a guy comes  and raises the bar of weirdness even higher ..
Okay before I start this, if anything below relates to you..Please don’t be offended; instead do something about it..Say sorry to the person you’ve hurt, do something nice for someone elseI don’t know if you believe in Karma, but what goes around comes back around…
So here I go ..let’s explore the talents of the male species …first question; when did it become so hard to find your other half? Back in the day when life was challenging before the days of sms, mms, bbm, fb, twitter and the rest of it, people managed to meet, get married, have a beautiful long life together and bring up amazing kids… ..Then we ruined it all’s like we are bankrupt of all the beautiful things that were once around..
A MAN …has the meaning of the word really been lost? If not then did they all pack and leave planet earth? Is honesty, respect, and love really just a bunch of crap?
Back in 1978 My dad saw my mum, said she’s his, her father tried to stop it, but because he wanted her so bad he would have moved the sun, the moon, heaven, earth and all the rest of it to be with her….I’m sure you can all tell me stories like that about your parents and other generations..But why not ours!?!?!?
My mother claims that dating a guy is not a very good idea, is she right? I think not, she is just lucky she was going through this at a time when guys were still normal haha.. these days people are sooo strange you need to date them as long as possible to figure out if he is normal or a total freak …  
They say girls just want to get married, and maybe some do, maybe some do want to settle and find that special one…MEN please don’t freak out and feel special…just as much as the whole idea freaks you out, it freaks us out…we don’t want to give ourselves away to just anyone, and especially not to a man that can’t even figure out if he wants to be with us or not! The concept sends shivers down my spine, and I really do admire people that get married…and especially young, I can’t even decide what I am having for lunch!
I do believe in soul mates, I really do believe that there is one special person that has been created for each one of us, the whole concept of ‘naseb’ I absolutely love…do we believe it and love it because we want to feel safe and we won’t have to  put in any effort? is it actually real ?  Or is it all crap and it’s all about the physical attraction these days?
I bet every lady that is reading this can relate to it…after all single is the new hot fashion trend these days…so can all the single ladies please put their hands up ..I can honestly go on forever, but will stop here……and let you go find that guy that will catch a grenade for you..
As for the guys reading this…don’t do people wrong, don’t make a girl cry…how would you like it if someone hurt your sister? Or your cousin or your good girl mate? …
Over and out ..
Shamim’s thoughts..
P.S enjoy the below list..I’m sure you can all add to it…Smile..after all these guys have no idea how entertaining they are making our brunches, lunches, dinners and sleep overs……..
P.S.S the below are from all over the world…all real sadly haha!

The “just when you thought you’ve seen it all” list..this guy comes along..

  • The guy that calls you at 1 in the morning every weekend..
  • The guy that wants to see you every night of the week, cooks for you, but doesn’t want to call you his gf.. Commitment issues?
  • The married man that wants to spend all his money on you while his wife is at the hospital delivering his second baby… SICK
  • The guy that has an arranged married back home and isn’t man enough to say no to his own mother..ya right your really going to look after me..
  • The young guy that knows you’re older dates you and then a year later claims he wants to see the world and can’t commit!
  • The guy that’s been dating you for 2 years, but in the mean time his mother is setting him up with his wife :S ….
  • The guy you date when your 16, he has 2 kids now..and he still reminisces every time he sees you..CAN YOU PLEASE get over it… as Sarah Jessica parker says ..” we are so over ..we need a new word”
  • The guy you meet, you don’t hear from him for months..Then randomly calls you..slightly bored are we ?
  • The guy that thinks you are in love with him..When your soooo not …you don’t even have feelings for him…he confronts you tell him the truth and his ego goes a tad crazy!
  • The guy that is so emotional, he makes you feel like YOU’RE the man in the relationship…...dude like really it’s not cool
  • The guy that hits on every girl and if you reject him he actually tells you off…really?!?!?!
  • The guy that has a girlfriend, but seems to do everything for you including making CDs, picking and dropping you off and the little things that make you smile…hmmm he’s slightly confused
  • The guy that dates you for 10 years and still can’t put a ring on your finger…I’m sorry do you still need time to get to know me?
  • The guy that dates you long term and all of a sudden you don’t hear from him because he is ‘busy’ and doesn’t have 10 minutes for you..ha!?!
  • Or better yet the guy that is sooo busy with work that you stop hearing from him, 2.5 months later he sends you an email crying like a little girl and claiming he was in hospital.. Sorry but if you were 2 mins away from dying what were you doing on FB?
  • The guys that dont know if they are gay or str8
  • The guy that can’t stop talking to you online, breaks up with his gf when you’re not even in the same country, and when you are he doesn’t even bother to see you..hmm issues?
  • The guy that takes you out on a date and gets drunk, when your drinking water that is! And then asks you if you will see each other again.. Awkward! And NO is the answer!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Decision Making Skills..Are we really born with them?

Are we really born with the so called Decision Making skills?? Are some people honestly lucky enough to just know what decision to make!!..

As a Libra, indecisiveness is one thing we are known for; take my wardrobe for top 3 colours, a slightly odd situation, but one which is very common for me.
The decision process on what to have for lunch takes me about 75 minutes..

Is it that we are perfectionists and want nothing but the best? Or is it a fear of missing out on things...I don’t know...and I wish I did...

It drives me crazy, and it would be fair to say that it drives everyone else around me crazy...but let’s be honest here; at least I keep their life interesting  J

I keep hoping that the skill will eventually come to me randomly one day....until that day I will live with my ifs buts and maybes..