August 2012

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 17: Essential Etiquette for Young Men

by Brett & Kate McKay

“In whatever society, or in whatever part of the world, a gentleman may happen to be, he always complies externally with the spirit and usages of the place… A gentleman always possesses a certain self-respect—not indeed touching upon self-esteem, and far removed from self-conceit…Indeed a gentleman, in the highest signification of the term, is a […]

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The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: August 17, 2012

by Brett & Kate McKay

The winner of last week’s giveaway was: Brock Bettenhausen from Mountain Home, Arkansas. Brock selected last week’s runaway favorite: the VSTR Nomadic Pack. Lots of you were quite taken with that pack. Huckberry sometimes brings back items for another sale, so hopefully the Nomadic Pack will come around again. My Picks This Week Kelty has […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 16: Create a Budget

by Brett & Kate McKay

In the classic clip above from The Cosby Show, Cliff Huxtable’s son Theo feels ready to live on his own, but his father humorously disabuses him of the notion by taking him through a hypothetical budget. Without a wise Bill Cosby to burst their bubble before leaving home, a lot of young men come to […]

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Strong, Durable, Collapsible, and Versatile: How to Build a Better Sawhorse

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editors Note: This is a guest post by Ethan Hagan from One Project Closer. Check out some of his other manly contributions to AoM like repairing drywall and building a workbench. As I continue to expand my workshop, I quickly discovered the need for some good sawhorses. Sawhorses are great for setting up a temporary […]

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Be Your Own Boss: 37 Side Hustle Ideas

by Brett & Kate McKay

This month, Tyler Tervooren did a great two-part series for us on some of the basic principles of starting a successful side hustle. Today, I want to round out those posts by offering a list of concrete side hustle ideas for guys who need more specific inspiration on what kind of “microbusiness” to create. Remember, […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 15: How to Change a Flat Tire

by Brett & Kate McKay

Maybe you have roadside assistance, maybe you don’t. Either way, every young man should know how to change a flat tire himself. You never know if you, a loved one, or even a stranger, is going to need the help.

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Count No Man Happy Until the End Is Known

by Brett & Kate McKay

As Herodotus tells it, Croesus, the ancient king of Lydia, was once visited at his palace by Solon, a wise sage and Athenian lawgiver. The king was delighted to have the itinerant philosopher in residence, and welcomed him with warm hospitality. For several days, Croesus instructed his servants to show off the full measure of […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 14: Establish a Simple Cleaning Routine and Stick to It

by Brett & Kate McKay

During my first semester of college, I roomed with my good friend from high school in a dorm at the University of Oklahoma. We were pretty much like The Odd Couple, with me playing the part of the slobby Oscar Madison and my friend taking on the role of neat freak Felix Ungar, minus the annoying neuroticism. You […]

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Heading Out on Your Own: Day 13 — Know How to Network

by Antonio

Young men will often start to focus on networking only when they are looking for a job. Perhaps after graduation, or with the loss of a previous job. This is the wrong way to think of networking – and the reason why so many people think of it in a negative light. True networking is […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 12: What to Do If You Get in a Car Accident

by Brett & Kate McKay

Getting in a car accident is no fun. I can still remember my first (and only!) accident. It happened just a few weeks after I turned 16. Rear-ended a guy. My small, but noble Isuzu Hombre was no match for the other guy’s giant Ford F-150. The front end of my comparatively small pick-up was swallowed underneath […]

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Manvotional: The Majesty of Calmness

by Brett & Kate McKay

“The Majesty of Calmness” From Self Control, Its Kingship and Majesty, 1905 By William George JordanCalmness is the rarest quality in human life. It is the poise of a great nature, in harmony with itself and its ideals. It is the moral atmosphere of a life self-reliant and self-controlled. Calmness is singleness of purpose, absolute […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 11: Understand Credit

by Brett & Kate McKay

Credit. When it comes to understanding personal finance, this component looms large. For some it is a dirty word, to be avoided at all costs. For others, it is an intoxicating license, an opportunity to reach for a lifestyle well beyond their means. In truth, credit can be extremely helpful or harmful depending on how […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 10: How to Tie the Half-Windsor Necktie Knot

by Brett & Kate McKay

Many young men heading out on their own for the first time have never tied a tie themselves. If that’s you, I’d recommend the Half-Windsor as the first necktie knot you learn. While the Four-in-Hand is the easiest knot to tie, the Half-Windsor looks more symmetrical and formal, while being less bulky than the Full […]

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So You Want My Job: Screenwriter

by Brett & Kate McKay

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. It’s common for a man to dream about becoming a screenwriter and seeing […]

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The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: August 10, 2012

by Brett & Kate McKay

The winner of last week’s giveaway was: Jonathan Kunke from Camarillo, CA. Jonathan selected a handsomely rugged Tsovet SVT-QS40 watch ($300-something). Those watches were really popular! My Picks This Week There is a lot of seriously great stuff in the Huckberry store this week — it was really hard to narrow it down to a […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 9: Managing Your Online Reputation

by Brett & Kate McKay

All the basic life skills we’ve covered so far in this series have been things that your dad, and even your granddad, had to learn when he left home for the first time too. But today’s young man faces a new challenge that Pops never encountered: managing his online reputation. Despite the nascent nature of […]

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10 Tips for a Better Shave on Your Neck

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mark “Mantic59″ Herro. The neck can be a particularly troublesome area to shave.  Some just can’t seem to get a close enough shave.  Others are troubled by razor burn with redness and pain, nicks, cuts, and ingrown hairs.  Here are 10 strategies that can help tame the […]

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12 Concentration Exercises from 1918

by Brett & Kate McKay

Does your mind flit from one thing to another? Do you have trouble focusing on something for more than a few minutes? Do you consequently have a bunch of half-finished projects lying around the house, and a dozen half-baked ideas still knocking around in your cranium, and thus a pile of regrets about where you’re […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 8: Living With Roommates

by Brett & Kate McKay

If you’re like most young men leaving the nest for the first time, you probably won’t have enough money to live all by yourself. To save money, you’ll very likely have to bunk with a roommate or two to cut down on living costs. While roommates can save you money (and provide camaraderie and companionship), […]

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