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September 28, 2013

Thirty Basics for the American Man

1. A Watch
Not just any old watch, but one that speaks to your personality. A watch indicates that you value your time and that you make the most of it. Unless you're retired, you should be wearing one.

2. The Truth
If it's the Bible or the Koran or the Constitution, somewhere in your possession you have to have a representation of the highest truths you believe. Not having that is almost as bad as not knowing what time it is. Thirty Basics for the American Man - Cobb

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 28, 2013 10:55 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

Well I'm missing a lot of the expensive clothes and the guitar but I have the rest. My Maguffin: a replica of the Maltese Falcon. The stuff that dreams are made of.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 28, 2013 11:37 AM

If it's the Koran, please shoot yourself and save real Americans the trouble. Please.

Even better, try out Muslim chic; strap twenty kilos or so of HE and ball bearings to yourself and go to mosque. On Friday.

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at September 28, 2013 3:39 PM

Some of them sound sensible acquisitions, like quality shoes and tools. But a high quality pen? Why? I always carry a cheap ballpoint pen because having a pen is important. Having an expensive one is not.

And a black leather jacket? I'll pass. I want to look like my father and grandfathers, not Fonzie.

Posted by: John Farrier at September 28, 2013 3:47 PM

Making rules is the first sign you have a problem. Style is individual mostly, and Cobb crossed from good advice to mere opinion half the time. EVERY man needs a good dark suit. WTF do YOU wear to a job interview?

Posted by: Casca at September 28, 2013 4:37 PM

My watch is a pocketwatch. I can't stand the wrist watch feeling, it bugs my wrist. Besides I like the old fashioned feel. I'd buy a good suit but I can't afford it.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 28, 2013 6:54 PM

Speaking for myself, I think that manhood is an Inside Job. If a man is doing it right he will have most of the accoutrements and the outward manifestations. I am and I do. Well, most of 'em. It is not like a scavenger hunt, go out and gather props. This stuff ought to accumulate naturally.

Never go anywhere without a knife. I like that. Oh, and bring the mindset.

Posted by: chasmatic at September 28, 2013 8:56 PM

"WTF do YOU wear to a job interview?"

Why in the world would anybody subject themselves to such a thing when it is so demeaning and absolutely unnecessary?

Step away from the plantation and claim your own life in it's entirety.

Posted by: ghostsniper at September 29, 2013 11:15 AM

I've never felt demeaned by wearing a suit, and wonder who would? Certainly not the sort you want to hire for any serious job.

Posted by: Casca at September 29, 2013 11:15 PM

"You can tell a lot about a man by looking at his shoes" (or haircut or clothes). These are indicators which reveal much about the individual:

personal grooming/cleanliness;
competency - capable of owning and wearing and maintaining clothing;
sense of what is appropriate for a given social situation;
respect for others;

The clothing I wore told others what I thought of them and what I thought of myself.

I worked as a tradesman all my life (electrician) so a suit was not appropriate for a "job interview". Clean shirt and jeans and a good pair of boots. A suit or jacket and tie was for special occasions like weddings, funerals, court appearances.

First impressions count. We each suss the other out when meeting or coming in contact with them. There are clues, or alerts, that help us form a strategy for interaction. Part of Situational Awareness, perhaps Combat Mindset if it comes to that, find the commonalities and take heed of any anomalies that might lead to an unfortunate outcome.

When I am wearing work clothes and dirty boots I get treated differently than when I am wearing my Tuxedo. See for yourself. How are you treated? How do you treat others?

Posted by: chasmatic at September 30, 2013 7:14 AM

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