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Manly Skills

How to Shuffle a Deck of Cards

Afternoon gents! I sincerely apologize for the lack of posts as of late. Things have been incredibly hectic with the start of a new semester. Hopefully, now that I’ve settled into a new semester, I should be having new posts up once a week. With that out of the way, let’s move on to the topic of today’s post.

Now, it’s probably happened to a lot of us. You’re having a poker (or any other card game) night with the guys, and it’s your turn to deal. And obviously, if you’re dealing the cards, you should know how to shuffle the deck. With this in mind, there is a simple step-by-step process in how to do it. Let’s get started!

The first thing you want to do is take half of the deck in each hand. Then, hold one end of the half-deck with each thumb, curve each index finger inward and press it into the center of each half-deck, holding the other side of the deck in the remaining three fingers. Refer to the image below if you need a visual.

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With your cards in hand, you’ll want to bend the cards by pulling up your thumbs. Before releasing the cards, bring your hands as close together as you can without having the cards touch. Keep pulling your thumbs up until the cards are let loose. You should let them loose slowly, one card at a time, so as not to bunch up the cards. When done properly, your cards should be properly randomized after a few shuffles. And with that, your cards would be ready to deal! This probably will not go perfectly the first time, and will require quite a bit of practice. But with enough practice, you’ll have it down in no time!

So there you have it! Follow these steps, and you’re on your way to being the best card dealer around! I hope all who are reading this have found it helpful, and if you did, please share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or wherever you see fit! If you’d like to submit suggestions for what The Young Gentleman’s Guide to post, be sure to send an e-mail to younggentlemansguide@gmail.com. Until next time, this is The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and we’ll see you next time!

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Manly Skills

A Gentleman’s Guide to Proper Dining Etiquette

Evening gents, welcome back to The Young Gentleman’s Guide! Now, we’ve all gone to eat at  someone else’s house or at a restaurant before (like a real, sit-down restaurant, not a fast food  place). And I would hope that you try to keep proper table manners and common decency in mind, because they do in fact still apply past your days as a kid when your mom asked you to keep your elbows off the table. By doing that, you’ll create a much more positive self-image for your hosts, show respect to them, and it will overall make your dining experience all the more enjoyable (especially if you’re on a dinner date, fellas). So just in case you don’t keep table manners in mind for any reason, today, I’m going to give you five (5) easy steps to improving your dining etiquette.

1. When do you start eating?

This can be a difficult question to answer. Most people will say to start eating when other people do, but that can be a bit hard to gauge. I was always taught to wait until everyone has their food served to them. However, it may take a while to get for everyone to get their food, especially if you have a large group. So a good rule to follow is that if hot food is being served, if at least two (2) people are seated and served, then you can start eating, provided you yourself have been served. Of course, this is all assuming you’re eating in a group larger than four (4). If your group is four (4) or fewer, just wait for everyone to be served. In general, you do not want to be  the only person eating, but you also want to eat hot food while it’s still hot.

2. Mind your elbows

This is a simple rule. You should not put your elbows on the table while in the middle of the meal is NOT ALLOWED! It’s simply improper, plus you’ll run the risk  of getting a stain on your shirt (if  you’re wearing long sleeves, that is). However, it is perfectly ok to put your elbows on the table in between courses or during coffee is perfectly okay. It’s only when there’s food on the table that you should keep your elbows off the table. That actually brings me to my next rule.

3. Do not reach

Whether you’re eating at a restaurant or at someone’s house, there is likely to a large spread of food across the table. So there might be something you’d like to eat that’s halfway across the table. With that in mind, how should you go about obtaining that item? It’s fairly simple. If you have to reach across the table, meaning you have to get up out of your seat to get it, don’t even bother. Simply ask someone else at the table to pass it over to you. Simple as that

4. Bring the food to you; don’t bring yourself to the food

Let’s face it, we’re guys. Our natural instinct is to shovel food into our face like an animal. This is fine if you’re eating by yourself in the privacy of your own home, but if you’re out eating with someone, you’ll want to make a good impression on whoever you’re eating with. It could be family, a co-worker, or a lady friend. So if you want to leave said impression, it would be smart to not eat like an animal. A couple of good general rules is that you should not put as much food on your fork or spoon as you possibly can and to let the food to travel at least a good ten inches to your mouth.

5. Put the phone away!

It always surprises me how often I sit down at a dinner table and see so many people glued to their phones, as if they’ve forgotten what the purpose of going out to dinner is! The whole point of going out to dinner is to interact and socialize with whoever you’re eating with. And just like I said earlier, you’ll want to leave a positive impression the host, whether it be your boss, your family member you haven’t seen  in a long time, or your date. So in order to avoid making things awkward and leaving other diners feeling offended, just turn your phone off. You’ll be fine without having to check Facebook or Instagram for an hour or two.

So there we go! Follow these simple steps, and you’ll end up leaving a very nice and positive impression on your dinner hosts. As a result, they might invite you to even more dinner plans! Thank you all so much for checking in on The Young Gentleman’s Guide. Please comment down below if there are other ways to improve your dining etiquette that I missed, and be sure to follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook and Twitter. We have a pretty big announcement coming in the next few days, so be sure to keep an eye out for that. But until next time, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide signing out!

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Gentleman's Philosophy

The Joy of the Holidays

Merry Christmas gents! It’s Max from The Young  Gentleman’s Guide here. So, I just watched a video this morning by a YouTube channel known as The Warp Zone, which I’ll include a link to here. https://youtu.be/Ruyomacc_5 

It’s pretty funny, and it actually shines a bit of light on where many of the traditions of Christmas come from. I’m sure it’s a bit more complicated than what the video will have you believe, but it seems that they get their point across. But today, I’m going to talk about all the holidays that are celebrated around this time; Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and  the like. While the aforementioned video makes it seem that the Christians essentially stole many Pagan winter traditions as a ploy to subjugate the Roman people into the Christian faith, I’m willing to bet that that was only part of the Christians’ plan (I could be completely wrong about that, but I’m an optimist, cut me some slack). Now, it’s worth mentioning that I am a devout Catholic who spends this time celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ the savior. And while this is how I choose to celebrate during the winter season, there are many other nations or religions that celebrate it in different ways. Now I’m not going to act like I know every single tradition that goes with every single winter holiday, because I don’t. However there is one common theme I’ve seen throughout these various holidays which is what I want to focus on today: the feeling of peace, love, and joy.

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday in December, I think we can all agree that around this general time of year, most people set aside said time to be a bit nicer to people, enjoy time with their families, or simply have some fun with people out in the snow (if you even have snow where you live). There are even some symbols and traditions that are more synonymous with the winter season, not specifically Christmas, like snowmen, snowball fights, gift giving, sledding down the hills, and decorating our homes. The winter season is a time of happiness, generosity, peace, and forgiveness. Of course, there are always those people who argue that this time of year is just a huge commercial riot facilitated by big corporations, and while that is true to a certain extent, that’s not to say it’s all bad. To a point, it’s that sense of commercialism that can facilitate the good feelings that are associated with the season, whether it be a gift for a family member, a card to send to an old friend, or even a pair of gloves so you can spend more time out on the snow. Obviously, there should be a line drawn, so as not to let that commercialism take over, but now we’re starting to get off-topic. What’s important is that this time of the year is a time set aside for family, friends, and colleagues to settle their differences, share a drink, or be a little bit nicer to people. So whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or simply enjoying the falling snow, take a minute to call someone. It could be a family member, a friend, an old roommate, an old army buddy, or even a loose acquaintance, and just tell them “Hey, you’re awesome, I’m blessed to have in my life!” Just that one little gesture will light up someone’s holiday, and it will only make your holiday that much better. In any case, gents, I wish you all a merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!

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Gentleman's Philosophy

Why Art is Important to a Young Gentleman

Morning gents! To start this post, I need to ask this question. What is art? If you ask that question to a hundred different people, you’ll likely get a hundred different answers. The way I define art, however, is as follows: any medium that allows someone to express emotion outside of natural human expression, like speech and natural movement. This is a large umbrella of media, including visual art, music, dance, theater, photography, even film, architecture and cooking. Art is arguably the biggest defining feature of any nation’s culture, and the United States is no different. Our nation’s culture has been defined by great musicians like Louis Armstrong and John Williams, film directors like Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg, and overall creative icons like Walt Disney. However, in today’s society, U.S. culture is also being defined by something else; it has practically become taboo for men past a certain age to express any sort of emotion other than stoicism and bravery. Any man who shows any kind of fear, sadness, or any other natural human emotion is seen as weak, or the beta male (which likely will deserves a post in its own right explaining the absurdity of that idea). So in a culture where men are seen as weak and “not real men” for naturally expressing emotion, studying art is starting to become more and more important to a young man. While a man will be harshly criticized for expressing emotion the way any human would naturally, he will be substantially less criticized for using art to express said emotion (though he may be seriously judged for practicing certain kinds of music or dance, which is just as ridiculous). So while any of you young men reading this may be made fun of or criticized for actually speaking your emotions, consider pursuing art. I’ve found my outlet in music. I have friends who are musicians, some are very skilled chefs, and other men I know are even extremely talented actors! In a society that won’t accept you if you show emotion regularly,  hopefully you can find another way to express yourself that you enjoy.

I know this post was much less formulaic than my last few posts, but I hope any of you young men reading this are able to take it to heart and find a constructive outlet to express yourself. Be sure to follow the blog and check out any of The Young Gentleman’s Guide’s’ posts. Also make sure to check out all our social media pages, send TYGG an email at younggentlemansguide@gmail.com, and let me know how any of your artistic endeavors go! Until next time, gents, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!