Last Monday, we announced the first ever Art of Manliness Man of the Year Award. Until November 9, we’ll be taking nominations . Voting will open to readers November 24. Grand prize is $2,000. Remember you can nominate ANY man. We’re looking to honor the average guy who represents what’s best in manliness. He doesn’t need to have cured AIDS or solved world poverty; he just needs to be an awesome dude.
And fellas, the vast majority of nominees have been from women. Which is great, but 95% of readers here are men. I know you all know men in your life or community that represent the best in men, be it your father, your brother, or a neighbor. Don’t hold out on us. Get off your keisters and take 30 short minutes of your time and pay tribute to that man by filling out the nomination form . Seriously. Do it today  because the deadline is fast approaching.
Now for some links:
Pare It Down: Cut Away the Extraneous to Leave the Awesome  (@Zen Habits) This was definitely timely for me. Kate and I have a ton on our table right now. School, work, the blog, writing a book, and planning Kate’s 10 year reunion is starting to get a bit overwehlming. Stuff just sort of happened all at once. So we’re always looking for places we can cut back in to maintain our sanity.
Cooking with Rickey: Rickey’s Recession Blues Chili (@Riding with Rickey) Rickey shows how to whip up a thoroughly manly and delicious chili (with 3 kinds of meat, how could it go wrong?).
The Greatest Buying Opportunity of Our Time  (@Schaefer’s Blog) The economy got you down in the dumps? Cameron Schaefer finds a silver lining in our currently mushy market and makes the argument that now, while stock is cheap, it’s the perfect time to buy.
7 Burning Halloween Questions: Answered! (@ Mental Floss) Everyone pretty much understands the premise behind holidays like Christmas and the Fourth of July. But Halloween remains quite the mystery. How did this crazy holiday where kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy develop? Why pumpkins? What’s up with candy corn? This article answers all of your burning Halloween questions.