“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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“A Man. A Mustache. A Mantra: Alexander Shaler” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Mag

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The following is an expert from my regular column on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine, “A Man. A Mustache. A Mantra”:

If wartime had an equivalent in the corporate ladder, General Alexander Shaler was the type who shimmied up that thing so fast, all you had to do was blink and he was suddenly your boss. The expertly mustachioed man had a reputation for wise military maneuvering and intelligent instruction. Never one to go easy on his charge, Shaler was the type of drill sergeant that gave the term its chops. The general asked a lot of his men, and his men gave freely in turn. Because – as many of you reading this in the confines of a centrally heated office probably know – a good boss is a boss you want to work for, even if you go home feeling like you’ve been rung out like a wet towel.  

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“The Bathroom Attendant: 20 W 29th St” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Mag

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “The Bathroom Attendant: 20 W 29th Street” as seen on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

Welcome, sir. And won’t you allow this gentleman to open a set of brass doors for you? And then allow a second gentleman to open a second set. Pass low tables packed with bearded freelancers basking in the blue glow of their MacBook Airs. Ignore the delicious smell of freshly fried scotch eggs wafting through the air. The food can wait; there’s business to attend to. Traipse down the stairs, list to the right and here it is: A black-lacquered lavatory suitable for graphic designers, entrepreneurs, and you. 

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“Ask a Lady: Money Talks” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine

IMG_3108The following is an excerpt from my column, “Ask a Lady: Money Talks” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

Money. There are television shows about it, books written on it, websites dedicated to its discussion. Empires rise and fall on the ebb and flow of the greenback tide. We handle it every day. Its existence is unavoidable, omnipresent. But when it comes to talking about cash, one-on-one, what’s appropriate?

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“A Man. A Mustache. A Mantra – Emiliano Zapata” 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 Mag:

“Out of the earth that shook with a cry ‘Conquistadores!’ comes Zapata, the Robin Hood of Mexico. The man with a circle around his name, a machete in his hand, and fire in his blood. Taking by storm and holding by fury. Where he rode they conquered.” – ¡Viva Zapata!

In the ‘50s, the gringos and gringas of Hollywood became belatedly infatuated with Emiliano Zapata, one of the most prominent figures of the Mexican Revolution, which started in 1910 and lasted nearly a decade. Starring what would now be an incredibly politically incorrect, hyper-tanned Marlon Brando and written by John Steinbeck, the film, ¡Viva Zapata!, tried to capture the essence of the man who was hailed in his country as a visionary; a peasant who rose in the ranks to become a leading man of the people. 

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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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Field Trip: “A Stud. A Shave. A Statement” on Harry’s Five O’Clock

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The following is an excerpt from my regular series “A Stud. A Shave. A Statement,” as featured on Harry’s Five O’Clock Mag:

Long before doping schemes and $10,000 bikes there was Marshall Taylor, the first African American to take the title of “World Champion” – and that was forall sports, not just biking. Taylor (one of his many nicknames was the “Worchester Whirlwind”) and his viciously swift wheels paved the way for other African American superstars like Jackie Robinson, Jack Johnson, and Willie O’Ree. 

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Field Trip: “Ask a Lady: No Hair Don’t Care” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine

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The following is an excerpt from my regular “Ask a Lady” column, as featured on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

For a man in his prime, even a few hairs in the sink on a Sunday morning can wreak havoc on his self confidence. Questions probably arise: Will my standing at work diminish? Will my dating and romantic life take a hit? How will I know which SPF is appropriate for my head? None are particularly fun things to ponder. In short: is losing my hair going to be a massive inconvenience? After all, hair is one of man’s few vanities. We like when a guy gets ruts under his eyes and crow’s feet – those mean he’s lived. Men have been able to pull off jowls, age-induced robustness, and going gray with enviable aplomb, but losing one’s hair strikes a particular nerve. But does it have to?

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Field Trip: “The Bathroom Attendant” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine

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The following is an excerpt from the recent column in our regularly recurring column, “The Bathroom Attendant,” as featured on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine.

While the guest quarters of Los Angeles’ most iconic hotel adhere to a strict “less is more” policy, the same cannot be said of their lobby bathrooms. They forgo the miminal charm you’ll find upstairs for decor that’s slick as a pair of leather pants. (It’s a rockstar-friendly spot, after all). Done up in French country style, the bathroom features Rococo wallpaper, a hanging chandelier, and white lacquer doors so shiny you won’t need a mirror. Did we mention the fancy hand towels? They have very fancy hand towels. 

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Field Trip: “A Boy. A Beard. A Blurb.” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Mag

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The following is an excerpt from the latest installment of my  “A Boy. A Beard. A Blurb.” column on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

Expectations for Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566), Sultan of the Ottoman Empire for 46 epic years, were crushingly high from the start. Born a “child of destiny,” his success had been foretold by the stars. Not wanting to screw anything up, Suleiman’s family expertly groomed him (not a shaving joke) for the whole ruler thing from the onset. He attended the finest insitutions and would go on to speak five languages.

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