Character, Body, Clothes and Behavior

In this video, I talk about four layers of one's being that make up a gentleman -- or any man worth his salt for that matter. As we stand in the core, the very substance of a man, the most inner layer is his character and looking outward, we see the other layers: the body, [...]

Introducing “The Elegant Gentleman”

I'd like to present a new project of mine, something that I've been thinking about and planning for a while. It's called "The Elegant Gentleman", and it's going to be a journey on which I'll hope you'll join me, where we will explore clothes, manners and the finer things in life, in the search for [...]

Smelly passengers booted off planes, finally

I'm relieved to see that airlines are finally taking action against smelly passengers -- by deplaning them. Jazz Air, a Canada Air subsidiary, did just that on 2/6, after wasting 15-20 minutes searching for the source of a sorely offending odor, then finding it to be a filthy man. I applaud them for having the [...]

Perhaps some PSAs on manners are in order?

I'm starting to think one of the things that's missing in the US these days is an emphasis on manners -- particularly things to do or not to do in public. In the past, books on manners were widely read, but these days, I think I'm pretty safe in assuming manners are not on people's [...]

Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

One of the many wonderful comedies made during the Great Depression, Theodora Goes Wild explores a young woman's quest for freedom in a society where tight constraints are the norm. The film's humorous and entertaining look at some of the hang-ups of the period is a very fun way to spend about 90 minutes. Interestingly [...]

Technorati’s new photo message

Logged into my Technorati account late last week to check my profile settings, and guess what I saw on my photo page? Granted, the message wasn't for me, it was for every Technorati user, but I thought it was hilarious nonetheless: For the benefit of those of you that can't see the image above, let [...]

Michael J. Fox campaigns for stem cell research

Michael J. Fox appeared in some TV ads recently, to support stem cell research for Parkinson's disease. The ads showed him moving uncontrollably, due to Parkinson's. They were candid, and truthful. I've always liked Michael as an actor, and I thought he's been a real gentleman throughout his ordeal with Parkinson's. I agree with him, [...]

The decline of personal hygiene

I've come across so many pungent body odors lately that I'm led to assume personal hygiene is no longer important to people. Just yesterday, I was in a department store, and two different people smelled so bad I almost vomited as they walked by me. They're not isolated incidents, either. I've seen people of all [...]

Why you shouldn't "let go of difficult clients"

I recently read an article entitled "Letting Go of Difficult Clients", written by Amy Berger and featured in the August 2006 issue of The Costco Connection. I do not agree with the views she expresses there. While there are times when a relationship with a client has to be severed, none of the conditions presented [...]