Ask a Lady: Sugar, Spice and Dudes That Are Nice

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The following is from a piece originally featured on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

So what exactly makes a “nice guy?” To be clear, I’m not talking about spineless doormats; I’m referring to respectful, amiable gentlemen with interesting lives and unique opinions. These are the guys you want at your dinner parties, the guys you want to introduce to your parents, the guys who take showers and clip their fingernails. Well, that seems like a decent portion of the population (I think), so maybe it’s best to define what nice guys are not. Nice guys are not the bad boys—which is to say they’re not the aloof, mysterious, skulking body in the corner looking to bag another babe out of sheer boredom. And bag he will. The bad boys always do. Meanwhile, the nice guy’s still standing there, holding a beer, talking to some buds, being, well, nice. 

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“A Stud. A Shave. A Statement: Date Masamune” on Harry’s Five O’Clock

DateMThe following is an excerpt from my piece on Date Masamune, as seen on Harry’s Five O’Clock Mag:

Hailing from a long line of Japan’s daimyo (think territorial lords that basically had a monopoly on the island’s real estate game), Date Masamune was set up for a silver spoon type of existence, fattening off the spoils of his inheritance. But from a very young age, Masamune had his eye on something more. And when we say “eye,” we mean eye. One. The legendary general lost sight in one of his peepers after a childhood battle with smallpox, lending him the fearsome visage of a Bond villain.  

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Field Trip: “A Man. A Mustache. A Mantra” on Harry’s Five O’Clock

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The following is an excerpt from my regular series “A Man. A Mustache. A Mantra.” as seen on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

Tennessee legend, Jasper “Jack” Daniel’s life was bookended by tragedy. His mother died shortly after his birth, leaving he and ten siblings with his father. But our hero took life’s lemons and boldly made, well… the world’s best selling sour mash. (It’s possible Daniels became a licensed distiller as young as age 16.) Jack never married and fathered no children. His days were focused solely on whiskey. And he was known to avoid all shortcuts that could have sacrificed smoothness or flavor in his product. 

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