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PostSubject: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:17 pm

There are certain things a guy just seems to need to feel that he's got "The right stuff", the stuff that he feels is part of him. These things are accoutrements to "The Man", or to be more precise, to the image that the man has of himself. Often of higher quality in their individual categories and usually items that the guy had to work and save to acquire, these things vary widely among men in general but tend to gather in clusters among different social groups and dispositions. For instance, model trains in older retired guys and skateboards in twenty somethings.

So what are the "Guy things" in our social order? Not the 'Can't realistically be done' things like a Ferrari, but things we can reasonably hope for and attain.

I'll start by offering up what, to me, are those things befitting a Man and worth paying good coin for. (note: these are not snob items but fine things hoped to attain, many of which I'm still hoping to attain)

Good briar pipes and good tobacco (obviously!).

A good rechargeable foil shaver.

A nice automatic watch (the quality of which usually rises with age, going from Seiko to Omega to Rolex or Breguet as age and income progress).

Good clothing. Individual style not important, but whatever the style, it's not bought in discount stores and often requires some tailoring. Not everything in your wardrobe mind you, but at least some of the collection being a fine suit of clothes or well designed casual wear.

Really nice Italian leather dress shoes Cool .

A set of fitted golf clubs, and probably a Cameron Putter.

A split cane fly rod and little English reel.

A good over/under shotgun.

Good quality sunglasses.

A den with a leather chair and lots of books.

A fun automobile. It may be a new truck or a Japanese sports car, but it's probably attainable at some point. Mine would be a Porsche Cayman or a Nissan 370Z.



What are the guy things that keep you planning into the future to acquire?


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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:34 pm

Yep, you pretty much hit all of them for me. The only thing I would add is a nice television and sound system, and this is because I play a lot of video games and like to have a great picture. I don't know if that fits into this category though, most items you mentioned can be passed down and don't become superseded by new technology.

Wait, thought of something else, a good liquor collection: high end scotch, bourbon, tequila, rum, vodka. Perfect for sipping or making incredible drinks.
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:43 pm

Leather bound books..

a fine straight razor & a nice brush..

a quality writing instrument..

Tube fired radio gear..

A nice lighter ( I have them but use a bic, go figure)



I guess I'm simpler than some in what I desire. I have a penchant for the quality or perceived quality of the "old" and simple things. I really have no desire for modern "man stuff" except for my phone.
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:48 pm

Lupulus wrote:
most items you mentioned can be passed down and don't become superseded by new technology.
Yeah, and I think that's all part of the "Quality" factor we start looking for. I mean, anyone can buy a Timex watch, a bic razor and a $149 suit, and those things are serviceable and practical and there isn't a damned thing wrong with them. But, the guy who lives with them day in and day out starts wanting for better things, and those things usually are a reflection of who the guy is and who he wants to be. Quality. When you own a Timex you know you got your money's worth and you're fine with that, but when you saved 2 years for a Rolex you plan to hand it down to your grandkids and brag about the fact that it can be handed down.

To be fair, some fine inexpensive things are handed down too and turn out to be of fine quality!


It would have been easy to keep going but I made my list kind of off the top of my head and stopped at 10 on purpose. I could easily add more, like a little collection of good scotch whiskey and maybe a Martin or Takamine guitar Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:51 pm

puros_bran wrote:
Tube fired radio gear.. A nice lighter
There ya go! Man, a Dupont pipe lighter! That would be nice. I have a 15 year old Grundig Yacht Boy short wave with SSB and I still use it all the time. It's not a tube radio, but still very well built and I'm thrilled to have it.

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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:02 pm

Not much to add to these, except maybe one:

A fine musical instrument (and the determination to learn and practice.)

And a corollary to clothes: A man ought to own his own tux, and he ought to be able to tie his own bow tie.
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:19 pm

good pipes and tobac

a fly rod and good reel................but im of the mind better to spend more money on the line (yes, SA sharkskin is that good).

good fly tying vise (dont have on of those yet) Renzetti is on the list.

Bulova/Caravelle watch.

a couple of good suits with items that accompany them.

a Side-By-Side shotgun of course!

even at older age..............a high quality cologne can still turn a head or two.

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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:20 pm

Doc Manhattan wrote:


And a corollary to clothes: A man ought to own his own tux, and he ought to be able to tie his own bow tie.

My dad taught me to tie a bow tie, I have never met anyone else under the age of 50 who can do that. Hell, its rare enough now to meet someone my own age who can tie a regular tie.
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:37 pm

A peaceful heart, Ken tongue
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:39 pm

A large cudgel. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:41 pm

Its more difficult to be a guy with the right stuff than you might think.
http://artofmanliness.com/
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:06 pm

Lupulus wrote:
My dad taught me to tie a bow tie, I have never met anyone else under the age of 50 who can do that. Hell, its rare enough now to meet someone my own age who can tie a regular tie.
It's just a shoelace bow! But... flat. (I wear bow ties to work almost every day.)

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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:13 pm

Not a good American (consumer) I guess.

Second hand Honda -- because it won't repair us to death or leave us sitting.

Good pipe tobacco in old, re-tread pipes.

Wardrobe from the thrift shop and Santa Claus.

Cheap disposable lighters & razors.

Bubble pack wrist watches.

Cheap coffee.

Pass on booze.

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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:13 pm

Omega for the watch (hell james bond wears one!)

This may seem wierd but im a fan of the 70's and im young but id love to have a el camino fixed up raised in the back end and have a nice big block in it taking it to muscle class. Or id love a gto judge pretty much in the similar fashion.

I currently use a quattro with shick gel but when im older id like to go back to a straight razor with a mug and cakes along with a good solid brush.

Id like to be able to rock a tweed hat

Id like to have enough money to have decent gentlemens suits and slacks that go well with sweaters and button downs as I grow older.

Id like to afford nice bourbon to sip on and have a substantial book collection weather they are hard covers or paperback i dont care i just love books. I guess when it comes down to it you just need to have time to read! I guess thats what id really want!


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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:17 pm

I think the wise ole Ken spoke wonders...

Sure we all have guy stuff, but our guy stuff is as individual as the guy it represents..There is no good or bad as long as its what you yourself are content with.
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:26 pm

puros_bran wrote:
There is no good or bad as long as its what you yourself are content with.

Yep!! This is all oabout the toys and gadgets we like, and to see if there's a theme among us. As we're all pipesmokers I was just curious if we liked other guy stuff collectively besides pipes.

Hermit said it more bluntly than most would have, but said it succinctly Laughing

Pheonix11525 wrote:
Omega for the watch


Yup Cool (not mine, but it's the one I want one of these days)


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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:26 pm

guess I'm hangin with an upscale crowd here,,,Damn, I thought a 12 gauge , a couple hand cannons, a pick up, a fly rod, a good dog and a great wife completed my list,,, scratch scratch ,,Yup, that's my list,,,, scratch scratch ,,,shur enuff, that's my list,,,

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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:28 pm

I am simple minded as you most know by now so, the one thing that defines me and that I DON'T EVER not have in my possession is my Case Moose pattern pocket knife. Been carrying one since I was at least six years old. Never walk out the door without it!
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:36 pm

Books check, Pipes check, tobacco check, 1st hand Honda check Laughing , 5 suits and 1 tux check

I guess the thing i would really like to own would be a house
and some professional black and white photos of myself with various pipes for my adoring fans.
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:19 pm

A brimmed hat

a good dog

a best friend

a quality pocket knife
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:59 pm

8 ft tall speakers


120 MPH Race Kart


1943 RCA Ubangi bass bin
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:06 am

Doc Manhattan wrote:
It's just a shoelace bow! But... flat. (I wear bow ties to work almost every day.)

I know that, and you know that, but for some reason people think it must be incredibly complicated. Plus, lining everything up properly and getting the part over the middle smooth is a little complicated. I rarely get it looking good on the first try (I only wear one a couple times a month, though).
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:30 am

For me, itíll mainly be the good pipes and tobacco.

In the not-so-far future: a new(!) Old Boy pipe lighter with a natural briar casing.

Maybe some time in the future: a little home cinema with a good video projector and speakers.
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:40 am

A picture (or two) speaks a thousand words:
One of these:

In the new Black Denim
And one of these:

Bond Arms- In the 357/38.
That's about it.
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PostSubject: Re: Guy stuff   Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:52 am

Falconer wrote:
A brimmed hat

a good dog

a best friend

a quality pocket knife

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