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A real man makes his own luck – Billy Zane, Titanic.

Honest, Abe.

A few days back, I came across a penny in the road. A seemingly mundane event led to much deeper thinking as well as me stooping down to shoot a picture of the coin. Normally I would pocket the copper and hold it between two fingers as I sauntered down the street and onto a local bar. I don’t really know why, but this time I decided to move on. I thought to myself, “You know. Things in life are really good right now. It seems selfish to hoard even more good stuff when other cats don’t have it as good as I do.” With that, I left the penny there hoping that another keen walker-by would notice the shine from the street, pick up the $0.01 and have some luck with it if needed.

If you’ve got a good thing going, great. Know, though, not everyone is as well off. Pass the good stuff along when you can. Doesn’t take much other than merely leaving a penny on the ground. Perhaps we start planting them….?

100 Days of Ties: Day 34: Hail to the bus driver, man

Shirt, jacket, tie: J. Crew / Bus: BX / Row: 4 / Paper: Denver Daily / Crossword: CRUSHED

Anyone familiar with mass trans knows you see all typed riding the busses, trains, lightrails, etc. Though the BX Denver to Boulder and Boulder to Denver bus is usually populated with college kids, business commuters (myself included), and tourists, you still see a crop of those that look as though they slept in the bus station or a surrounding bench the night prior. While I, myself, only see these folks once or twice a day, the bus driver sees them all the time. And you gotta respect the drivers that have to deal with drunk college kids and semi-violent vagrants on the daily yet never lose their head.

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Tuesdays with a Pretty Girl: 10 Things Females Notice.

Alright, Casanova, you may think you have the opposite sex figured out and have every aspect covered when it comes to impressing her. But in all honesty, you probably don’t. Kate chimes in again on the 10 Things Gals Notice about the Gents. Read on and get informed.

1. Style. What you wear says a lot about you. Don’t be afraid to dress up a little and put on your best pair of  “butt jeans.” You think that guys are the only ones that do the checking out? Wrong. She will sneak a peak so make sure to wear a pair of pants that do your gluteus-maximus justice.

2.  Scent. This one is easy enough to do yet many never get it right. A shower, a concept foreign to some, is essential.  Wear deodorant: you won’t win her over with your “manly musk.” Make use of cologne, but remember bathing in it is prohibited.

3.  Smile. Your smile is very important, and if you plan on showing your teeth to the lady, make sure you take care of them. Brush, floss, rinse, bleach, and straighten!

4.  Hair. There are many different tastes when it comes to hair, but one thing remains constant: a trim has never hurt anyone. When you can’t see your date because your hair refuses to get out of your eyes, consider making an appointment to take care of the issue. I have nothing against guys with long hair (I am actually a bit of a fan), but make sure you look put-together and not disheveled.

5.  Finger Nails. Get rid of the dirt from under your fingernails and trim them, don’t go all metro sexual and get a mani/pedi, (Editor: I like getting these, fyi.) just keep them clean. Finally, don’t bite your nails and spit out the pieces at the dinner table (or anywhere for that matter).

6.  Eyes that wander. Your date can see you checking out the girl that just walked by. Consider the date ruined and your chances, blown. You would have to do some major resuscitation of the evening. Girls like to feel special, so pay attention to what she is saying instead of ogling someone else’s goodies.

7.  Intentions. If you are only looking to score, we can tell. Lame attempts at working your not-so-irresistible, cheesy charm won’t do you any good. And NEVER use the line (and I’m quoting) “ME CAVEMAN – YOU GIRL- MY BED NOW” That won’t just leave you with a drink in your face, you will also be a proud owner of a black eye. (Editor: See last week’s post.) At this point the only thing left to do is club her over the head and drag her to your cave, but I don’t recommend it.

8.  Nerves. No matter how hard you’re trying to hide how nervous you are, girls can tell. There is nothing wrong with being a little shaky. It is more likely to calm the girl down and break the ice than do any harm.

9.  Conversation. If she might forgive your appearance to some degree, the conversation will be your real test. Like I mentioned last Tuesday, be eloquent and keep the chat going. There is nothing worse than awkward silences, except when the dialog turns into a soliloquy. I know it could be the nerves talking but make sure to ask her questions, this will make her feel like you are actually interested.

10. Gentlemanly-ness. Chivalry is not dead. Open the door for her, help her out of the car, treat her like a lady; Being a gentleman goes a long way and will score you some major points.

Stay tuned next week when a whole panel of ladies offers a little insight to a user-submitted question.

Just a moment, please.

usaflagSeptember 11, 2001. Colorado State University. Fort Collins, CO – I was sleeping off a night of college party keg stands and bad pizza when I first heard the news. My roommate at the time came into my room and notified me that someone flew a plane into the World Trade Center in NYC. “That moron’s gonna get fired for sure,” I said, not knowing the severity of the situation. I didn’t have class until noon but thought it a good idea to check out the news. Not two minutes after I flipped on the set, the second plane was coming in. That’s when it hit me. “This isn’t an accident. What the hell is happening?”

Numbed and confused, I went to class. I don’t even remember if I got dressed or wore my pajamas. The campus was abuzz with frantic electricity, shouts and cries, cell phone calls, and the general feeling of “something’s amiss.” I called my mom. She apologized. She said she was sorry we had to witness such a horrific event. I accepted the apology with a “you don’t need to apologize” tone. That’s the only conversation, aside from my roommate waking me up, that I remember from that day.

Though I don’t remember anything that transpired in my personal life, I will never forget where I was on 9/11/01. Where were you?

Will (@MomentumFailure)

Thank You Sir, May I Have Another?


In case you haven’t been paying attention, Will and I had the official blog kick-off party last weekend in Denver. Burton bag and checked baggage (too many products to bring) in tow, I jumped on a plane and flew out to Denver from the weekend. An 8am flight after a Nine Inch Nails concert the evening before and a corporate party the night before that led to quite a significant amount of sleep deprivation (even for me). Fortunately, it showed no signs of slowing in Denver and we continued in complete belligerency (another new word!) until I hopped on a flight home at 5am Tuesday.

Ben (@CobaltInfinity)

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Adventure Awaits In Denver

Will has to work on Monday (I’m staying until Tuesday) which leaves me with about eight hours to gallavant around during the day. I googled “things to do in Denver” (It worked with Vegas!) and I was taken to the Denver.org page. This page informed me that, “When you wake up in Denver, adventure awaits.” Now, I don’t take grandiose claims like this lightly, but I’ve never been to Denver.

Does adventure really await in Denver? I’m from Chicago and I’ve been to four different continents, so I’m going to assume it is just a high-falluting claim aimed to bring people to Denver. Then again, I never sleep when I’m in New York or Vegas (or in general), so maybe I’m wrong. Here’s the thing, I want you to prove it to me. What do I absolutely HAVE to do while I’m in Denver? I’m not bringing my board, so unfortunately tearing up the “pow-pow” is out of the question.

Do you live in Denver? Show me the town on Monday (nudge nudge chad)? My very simple, albeit long, list of desires includes: mojitos, sunrises, and barefoot walks on the beach.

Ben (@CobaltInfinity)

The Great Blog Swap Round 2: Headphones

Picture 1It started innocently enough: My friend, Adam, and I were chatting about the products we have just lying around, going unused, when they could be put to perfectly good use if they happened to be in somebody else’s hands. As The Lure had much success with the Watch Swap we did awhile back, I thought it time to give it another go, this time, featuring headphones. I’ve got a few pairs: Panasonic RP-HTX7s, Skullcandy, and Sennheiser ear buds. Adam’s gotta pair of Bang and Olufson’s (pictured). Interested in trying out something new? Think you have a reasonable trade? Let’s do this. It’s fun.

If you want in on the action, comment below with what you’ve got to trade. Remember, this can be permanent or temporary. That’s between the swapees. We’re just here to connect y’all. That and remember that these products are just the ones Adam and I have. You are welcome to add yours to the list.

Remember, treat the product you get like you’d want the item you sent to be treated. This is a trust-based swap, so don’t be an ass. We’re all friends here.

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