Here are 16 things uniquely gentleman like… in my honest opinion.
1. James Bond – Well dressed, verbally strong, physically fit, and groomed are all indications of a man who takes care of himself. As I have stated, if you don’t take care of yourself, you cannot take care of others. James Bond is the epitome of gentleman in this respect.
2. Sailing – Sailing represents freedom and courage. Sailing represents adventure and fortitude. These things, without question, are staples in the heart of a gentleman.
3. Polo – During halftime, both players and spectators go back out onto the pitch to replace the divots created during a match. This should remind us that simply because we did not make the mess, does not mean we should not pick up the mess.
4. Cufflinks – Cufflinks, in this case ‘Monkey Knots’ represent a bind… a strong bind. They
5. Bow Ties – Bow ties, like this one from Brooks Brothers, remind us that just because the majority of people go right, it’s ok to go left. Bow ties, real ones – not clip ons, are more difficult to learn to tie than regular ties. They bring you to another level of awesomeness.
6. Baseball – Baseball is America’s pastime. It is who we are and where we came from. There is limited showboating like other sports that seem to produce a new crop of entertainers each year. Hit the ball and run to the base… it’s your job. No need to do an end zone dance and thank God for anything.
7. Letters – Hand written letters are seldom sent any more. Think of how the would person feel when they open their mailbox and receive something other than junk mail or a bill. Now you stand out. Write something eloquent to the recipient and you rise above everyone else.
8. Date Night – After you turn your cell phone off, it’s just you and her. The love of your life. The woman you hold so dearly in your heart. Enjoying a nice meal, a meaningful conversation, and a comforting environment. There is no price for that – and when the bill comes – it makes it worth the money spent.
9. Old Movies – Movies tell the stories we want to experience. They remind us of our past and help us to stay focused on our future. They are often deeper in story line because they lack today’s explosions and special effects.
10. Tweed Jackets – This hand woven fabric from Scotland has provided warm clothing for the northerners for hundreds of years. It was ideal for the person you spends time outdoors but still wants to look good.
11. Wingtip shoes – Another Scottish design, wingtips get their name from the W design on the tip of the shoe. The design is eloquently referred to as birds in flight. Wingtips are common in many closets of many gentlemen because they are semi-formal Good enough for most work situations, but not enough for tuxedos.
12. Scotch – Scotch is meant to be sipped… enjoyed. Not pounded, abused, and rushed. Laphroaig aged 18 years is the pinnacle of scotch and should be enjoyed with your favorite company. This type of scotch will cost you less than $90 and should last you a long time… over many, many memorable conversations.
13. Cologne – Long since the time when Old Spice aftershave was the staple of American middle class men. Now we have more sophisticated smells that are not as pungent and strong. A good cologne should not be abused to the point that you knock out the person sharing the elevator with you, rather one that pulls that special person in your life closer to you like a seductive spell.
14. America – America was founded by Gentlemen. They created and molded who we are today.
15. Vince Lombardi – Vince Lombardi said: “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”
16. Barber Shops – Looking good is as uniquely inherent in men as it is in women. It feels good to pamper yourself. So try a hot shave by a barber who has been around the block a time or two. Not all today do it, so you may have to search for one.
So here is my question… and leave a comment below… what to you is uniquely gentleman?