Travel Smart

Here are five great tips from The Tie Bar on traveling smart. Saddleback Leather Briefcase year 2

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Ladies & Love – A Simple Man’s Rule Book

Common sense ideas that don’t seem very common

Ladies & Love

  • loveWalk between the person you are with and the curb.
  • Open the car door for a lady.
  • Send flowers for no reason.
  • Women like men who smell good. That doesn’t mean bathe in cologne.
  • You don’t need to be in love. You want to be in love. Knowing this makes a big difference.
  • The only thing that heals a broken heart is time. No amount of alcohol, drugs, women or food can heal that pain.
  • Love, while a great concept, is seldom an easy thing.
  • Appreciate every moment you have with her. You never know when it will be the last one.

Life – A Simple Man’s Rule Book

Common sense ideas that don’t seem very common


  • SunriseListen when people talk. You’d be surprised what they tell you.
  • Hold the door open for the person behind you.
  • Remember tomorrow may never come.
  • Plan for the future but live in the moment.
  • Keep your passport current. You never know where the night may lead.
  • Truth is, appearance matters. The better you look the more opportunities come your way. It is your job to show your substance once your foot is in the door.
  • Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
  • Celebrate often.
  • Books stimulate your mind. TV dulls it.
  • Confidence is key. If you don’t have it, act as if you do. No one will notice the difference.
  • A used Mercedes is still a Mercedes.
  • Your thoughts create your reality.
  • At least once in your life get a massage.
  • Write down your goals. You are more likely to achieve them.
  • Listen more than you speak.
  • You should act as if your every action affects 1,000 people for 1,000 years, because it does.
  • Never settle for less than what you want, but understand it may be a long time before you get it.
  • If you have to tell someone you are classy, odds are you really aren’t.
  • If you have more than four keys on your key chain, you live a scattered life.

The final installment tomorrow… Ladies & Love

Libations – A Simple Man’s Rule Book

Common sense ideas that don’t seem very common


  • WhiskeyBeer is great with the guys or if you don’t care how your breath smells. Whisky is best in mixed company.
  • Three drinks and call it quits. No one likes a drunk.
  • Scotch and…. Don’t waste scotch with anything. It should be enjoyed by itself.
  • Port comes from Portugal; champagne from France; anything else isn’t the real deal.
  • Jack and Coke is acceptable but Jack without Coke shows you mean business.
  • Champagne corks should not fly across the room.
  • Always have a bottle of champagne chilled ready to go. You never know when you will want to celebrate

Next up… Life

Style – A Simple Man’s Rule Book

I tend to think of myself as a fairly simple person. Flashy doesn’t impress me much. True art, design and magnificence shows through in forms of simplicity.

This little series of entries is going to be shared over the next week all started when I noticed the silly things men wore in the office thinking they looked good. I never gave my sense of style much thought until I realized I had a personal set of simple rules that the women around me told me worked very well, at least at the office. These initial few rules turned into a small series of rules, thoughts and philosophies. Most of them I follow, but like all rules sometimes they need to be broken too.

Common sense ideas that don’t seem very common


  • StyleFashions may change. Having style does not.
  • Button down collars should only be worn without a tie.
  • Use brass collar stays.
  • V-neck undershirts are for open collars.
  • Crew necks are for shirts with ties.
  • The tip of your tie should meet your waist or belt buckle.
  • That little dimple in your tie makes a big difference.
  • A four in one hand knot is all you need.
  • Match your socks to your pants.
  • Three hundred dollar shoes are worth every dollar as long as you take care of them.
  • Use cedar shoetrees.
  • Light heather grey undershirts look better than white under a white dress shirt.
  • Moisturize your face. You will thank yourself when you are 60.
  • If your boss wears a suit, you should too.
  • Short sleeve dress shirts and ties do not go together. Actually there is not a good reason to wear short sleeve dress shirts… ever.
  • Undershirts are a must. No one wants to see your man boobs or hairy chest poking through that shirt. Also, they help your dress shirts last longer as well as keep you warmer in cool weather and cool when it is warmer.

Up next… Libations