Grab your coffee or tea, take a break form work on Friday and enjoy some inspiration from one of my favorite people in the world. Bill Watterson. Who is Bill Waterson you ask?
I knew this day would come.
Everyone has a bucket list. You know, the list of things you want to accomplish before you die. Well my list is fairly short but I think I caught everything I wanted to in it.
My bucket list:
1. I want to be the most interesting man in the world.
I first learned about the Most Interesting Man in the World of course from the Dos Equis Commercials. Those are the ones with the amazing looking older man with quotes like “He once had an awkward silence to see what it felt like. His charm is so contagious, vaccines have been created for it.” Or my favorite “His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser man’s entire body.” He was originally just a great marketing scheme, but I think that his influence has transcended beyond the beer
He is the most interesting man.
I have always been fascinated by characters like the most interesting man. Many of my favorite male idols are people like Doctor Who, Buckaroo Bonzai, Flash Gordon, James Franco. Men that are not bound to one specific calling in life but are able to master many different skills and constantly do something creative. They travel, the save damsels in distress, and they just experience life. I believe in that lifestyle. The beauty of our world goes by unnoticed most of our lives because we sit here and follow our set routines. We work hard believing that one day we will break free of the rat race.
But the men that I admire were never bogged down by the rat race. They don’t see money, wealth, or recognition as something important. They just live life. To me this is exactly what my blog is about. An intentional lifestyle. A doing of things that you like but being conscious about your decisions. Owning what you do rather than allowing preconceived societal notions dictate your life. Living as the most interesting man in the world. As he says “it’s never too early to start beefing up your obituary.”
Well thanks to technology and the interwebs, I have started my adventure as A Most Interesting Man in the World.
Facebook and Dos Equis have collaborated to make a most interesting man in the world commercial using your facebook pictures. Just choose 4 pictures of you and voila, a MIMITW feature about you. I will look at this video fondly and use it as a reminder to experience life. If i experience life I won’t need a bucket list because I will have lived and experienced it all with no regrets. Just great stories to tell my grandchildren in my trophy room.
You can check out my video here or make your own it definitely is the highlight of my day!
Stay Thirsty My Friends
Boy, who knew that writing a blog in your free time would be the first thing to go when you started a paying gig? Believe you me, it isn’t that I hate my blog, it’s just that when you start working 8 hours a day on your feet you kind of get kind of burned out and demotivated to do anything else. Other than sleep and read books/complain about crappy blogs with your girlfriend.
I think that getting a semi-real job has been an eye opening experience for me recently. Now I shouldn’t be saying a semi-real job. I have been doing a lot of hard work lately, getting espresso brew ratio’s right, drawing/doodling a lot of signage, helping to figure out the ethos for a coffee shop, setting up community organized events, I shouldn’t down play it at all. But one can’t help but question their hard work occasionally. Before I get all emotional maybe I should start from the beginning rather than dragging you into a mid-thought. Continue reading
Being a Barista many people would expect me to dress a little more, how do you say, casually drab. Chuck T’s, skinny jeans, some sort of small like hat and an affinity for Horn Rimmed Glasses. But fortunately enough for me, I work at The Little Bird Bakeshop in Old Town Square where I dress up everyday. However, dressing up for a service job in Fort Collins, better known as Puffy Jacket and Chacos capitol of the nation, is really difficult.
As I tried to increase my foray into the sartorial world, I was fortunate to stumble upon many a website that not only teach, but inspire men to dress more fashionably. I wanted to start sharing some of those finds for myself as well as eventually post visual transformation aids. It is hilarious to watch my transition from Pleated pants and black t-shirts to well fitting button ups and monk strap shoes.
One of the first websites that I ever encountered was called Close Up and Private. Started in 2009 by artist Sergei Sviatchenk the website was a modern art piece on contemporary men’s fashion. Not only does it highlight the many different types of mens fashions, including boat shoes and cardigans, it presents it in slightly confined areas and with very awkward angles. At first I was like “someone needs to learn how to hold a camera” but as I kept looking at the pictures I couldn’t help but notice Sergei’s affinity for the details in men’s fashion. You see, men’s fashion is limited to the basic 1930’s style english suit and basics like jeans and t-shirts. So the actual cut of things is very limited, but the details, fabrics, or even color of buttons that a man can have on his clothing truly makes the garment a piece of yourself expressed to the world.
To put it succinctly (which I will fail to do on this website many a time) Close Up and Private created the “Etiquette for the Modern Classicist” 18 rules that modern and classy men should follow. Funny enough, this list of Classics is what inspired me to start dressing in more slim cut clothes and finally purchase my trenchcoat. Don’t believe me, please gaze upon this beautiful video on Vimeo that brings to life these rules.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/29945293″>Trust the Classics</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user8558476″>Close Up And Private</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>