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Weekly Round-Up: December 11, 2009
Posted By Brett & Kate McKay On December 11, 2009 @ 10:16 pm In Blog | 4 Comments
Boy, we’ve got a lot going on here on AoM! Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know!
Kate and I will be signing copies of our book, The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man , at the Borders Bookstore at 81rst and Yale from 2-4. If you live in Northeastern Oklahoma, come and see us! I’d love to meet you and shake your hand.
Our holiday Saddleback giveaway  has drawn to a close and 3 lucky gentleman don’t have to wait for Santa to bring them something sweet from the North Pole. They’ll be getting great gifts from the leather-working elves at Saddleback!
The Grand Prize: A Limited Edition AoM Saddleback Briefcase +3 $25 gift cards
Winner: Sean Teegarden from Downey, CA
For the grand prize, readers had to submit a photo of themselves doing something manly while reading the Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man . We were blown away by the entries. They were incredibly creative, funny, and touching. Believe us when we say the selection of the winner was excruciatingly hard. But in the end, Sean’s photograph was irresistible-funny and manly and just a beautiful piece of work :
I put all the entries together in a video for your viewing pleasure:
2nd and 3rd place were chosen randomly from the comments left on the post, the emails you sent to friends and family, and those who joined the Man Bag Group.
2nd Place: Medium Dark Tobacco Brown Laptop Bag  and 2 $25 gift cards
2nd Place Winner: Shea Stehm
3rd Place: Light Tobacco Passport Wallet  and 1 $25 gift certificate
3rd Place Winner: Kevin Heredia from Harker Heights, TX
Congratulations to all our winners! I hope the Saddleback prizes  make you extra jolly this holiday season! If you didn’t win, why not reward yourself with a gift that will last for 100 years? Dave’s running a nice Christmas bonus  right now to sweeten the deal!
Well if you didn’t win the Saddleback prize, here’s something to cheer you up: you still have a chance to win a nice piece of leather (or wool!). Enter our Schott NYC giveaway  for a chance to win one of their legendary coats or jackets, up to $500 in value! The contest ends Monday, December 14 at 11:00 pm CST. So don’t delay, leave a comment or twitter it today!
There are just a few more weeks left in the holiday season. You want to make the very most of them. So get our Man’s Guide to the Holiday s  Ebook, now 50% off. Just $4.98! Learn how to wrap your Christmas presents like a pro, make Polar Express hot chocolate for the kiddos on Christmas Eve, and build a snow fort with your son over the holiday break.
Michael J. Austin becomes the second Community member to earn himself an awesome, manly Hawaiiabera  shirt by getting to the 4,000 point mark . Michael wishes each and every Community member a happy birthday, every single dang day! The man has truly earned this shirt. Thanks to Hawaiiabera  for sponsoring the prize. If you’re looking for a great gift for dad this Christmas, you can’t go wrong with a Hawaiiabera. 
Community Feature of the Week: Mike  wrote a great blog post  about how hurting his leg in a base jumping accident has humbled him. Great quote: “Sometimes you have to know when to give, and sometimes you have to know when to receive. It should all be done with much thanks!”
Mike  posed the question, “What’s the most thoughtful Christmas gift you ever received? ”
The Comeback of Construction  (@ The Culture Wharf). Matt Higgins explores the reason we feel nostalgic for the Mad Men-era: it was a time with a constructed (rather than deconstructed) culture, a time with rules and clear meaning. There is a movement to bring some construction back to culture. Because, as Higgins writes: “Freedom is a great thing, but like music without measures there comes a point when the absence of structure leads to the dissolution of meaning. Music becomes noise. And as a society we’re getting tired of the noise.”
Reflections on No Shave November.  (@XY Men) The month of growing out one’s facial hair, whether both beard and mustache or mustache only, came to a furry end a couple of weeks ago. Here Patrick Outz reflects on what he learned from growing out his beard.
Why Men (and New Dads Like Tiger Woods) Have Affairs.  (@Revolutionary Man). Jayson Gaddis uses the news about Wood’s affair(s) to explore the reasons why men stray and how they can keep themselves from avoiding Tiger’s fate.
Make Your Own Shaving Cream  (@Planet Green). If you’re not happy with store-bought shaving creams, why not try your hand at making your own? (Hat Tip: Dave K.)
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URLs in this post:
 The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man: http://www.artofmanliness.com/thebook/
 Saddleback giveaway: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2009/11/23/a-manly-bag-for-your-manly-book-the-saddleback-leather-company-contestgiveaway/
 A Limited Edition AoM Saddleback Briefcase: http://www.saddlebackleather.com/130-briefcase-category
 beautiful piece of work: http://community.artofmanliness.com/photo/manrule23-1?context=user
 Medium Dark Tobacco Brown Laptop Bag: http://www.saddlebackleather.com/categories/87-Laptop-Bags/products/1684-Leather-Laptop-Case-Dark-Coffee-Brown-?icc=aom0714
 Light Tobacco Passport Wallet: http://www.saddlebackleather.com/categories/91-Wallets-Passport/products/1706-Leather-Passport-Wallet-Light-Tobacco-Brown?icc=aom0714
 Saddleback prizes: http://www.saddlebackleather.com/65-product-categories-Leather-Bags-Leather-Briefcases-Leather-Suitcases-Leather-Backpacks
 nice Christmas bonus: http://www.saddlebackleather.com/134-christmas-promotional
 our Schott NYC giveaway: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2009/12/08/tips-for-breaking-in-a-leather-jacket-the-schott-nyc-jacket-giveaway/
 Man’s Guide to the Holiday: http://www.artofmanliness.com/holiday-guide-for-men/
 Hawaiiabera: http://www.hawaiiabera.com/
 4,000 point mark: http://community.artofmanliness.com/notes/Manliest_Man_Points
 Mike: http://community.artofmanliness.com/profile/Mike412
 blog post: http://community.artofmanliness.com/profiles/blogs/being-a-manand-being-humbled
 Mike: http://community.artofmanliness.com/profile/MikeNorris
 What’s the most thoughtful Christmas gift you ever received?: http://community.artofmanliness.com/forum/topics/whats-the-most-thoughtful
 Herb : http://community.artofmanliness.com/profile/HerbertMMunsonJr
 interesting “characters”: http://community.artofmanliness.com/forum/topics/characters-youve-met
 Eddie: http://community.artofmanliness.com/profile/Eddie217
 being disrespectful: http://community.artofmanliness.com/forum/topics/dealing-with-disrespect
 Ray: http://community.artofmanliness.com/profile/RayDaniels
 gift ideas, some “trappings of manhood”: http://community.artofmanliness.com/forum/topics/gifts-to-acknowledge-impending-1
 Ryan: http://community.artofmanliness.com/profile/Ryan453
 Adam: http://community.artofmanliness.com/profile/AdamSmith
 field your questions: http://community.artofmanliness.com/forum/topics/ask-the-athletic-trainer
 Library Goon: http://community.artofmanliness.com/profile/library_goon
 opinion on unionizing.: http://community.artofmanliness.com/forum/topics/union-1
 David: http://community.artofmanliness.com/profile/DavidWilkins
 discussion on calling cards: http://community.artofmanliness.com/forum/topics/calling-cards-anyone
 Clark: http://community.artofmanliness.com/profile/ChristopherGale
 caring for your tools. : http://community.artofmanliness.com/forum/topics/caring-for-tools
 Tanner: http://community.artofmanliness.com/profile/VictoryinProgress
 adults who throw tantrums.: http://community.artofmanliness.com/forum/topics/tantrum-1
 Chris: http://community.artofmanliness.com/profile/ChrisHamm
 struggle with depression.: http://community.artofmanliness.com/profiles/blogs/the-black-dog-speaks
 The Comeback of Construction: http://culturewharf.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/the-comeback-of-construction/
 Reflections on No Shave November.: http://www.xymen.com/xy-blog/2009/12/1/reflections-on-no-shave-november.html
 Why Men (and New Dads Like Tiger Woods) Have Affairs.: http://revolutionaryman.com/2009/12/why-men-and-new-dads-like-tiger-woods-have-affairs/
 Make Your Own Shaving Cream: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/fashion-beauty/homemade-shaving-cream.html
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