Sunday, October 27, 2013

On GSElevator and the Modern Man

When this article came out — a collaboration between the (heretofore assumedly satirical) @GSElevator and CNBC's John Carney — Suz and I responded disparately in a manner that quite surprised us both.

She found much of the advice — for example "always carry cash" and "measure yourself only against your previous self"— helpful to our contemporary dating pool, while I found the article in sum, with such directives as "hookers aren’t cool, but remember, the free ones are a lot more expensive," and "time is too short to do your own laundry," to be completely maddening.

"Not only do I want NOTHING to do with the 'man' who fulfills this list, I hope he's drafted into active combat," I griped to the writers on Twitter. (They didn't respond, presumably because I wasn't leaning against a bar wishing someone would approach and split the dessert they're too manly to eat but don't want to share.) "No laundry? Only host if someone else cleans it up? I'd prefer my men not coddled into impotence, but thanks anyway."

Six weeks later, I'm still seething at a steady simmer and Suz is still a little turned on. But equally as passionate as our disagreement on the subject is our shared adoration for one thoroughly modern male specimen: Liev Schreiber. While Suzanne argues that Liev is the debonair personification of such advice, I argue that despite some side effects of an inherently vain profession, he is a (pre-earring) Harrison Ford-style male movie star who would be appalled at the wastes of space that heed it.

We decided on a good old-fashioned debate: Is Liev Schreiber maple syrup or artificial sweetener? Bourbon or flavored vodka? Creating something out of nothing or just moving shit around?

I worked out the kinks of the argument as follows; we'll need y'all to weigh in:

Black coffee and mowing your own lawn:
- He's an unabashed family man
Exhibits A, B, C

- He doesn't mind looking uncool
It takes a certain confidence to pull this off.

- He sports unshaped facial hair
A beard shouldn't require tools; that defeats the purpose. 

- He doesn't just go for the money
Liev is a respected stage actor with a Tony award in addition to blockbuster cred.

- He knows how to rough it
One look at this New Yorker profile and you know this man wouldn't shy away from some rough-and-tumble wilderness or from trying something new.

Hair that can't accommodate a baseball cap and cuticle cream: 
-He goes by his middle name
Liev's actual name is Isaac, a perfectly normal name his parents obviously preferred but he chose to forgo.

I'll allow it.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Happy {Inspirational} Weekend!

In lieu of a silly song to kickoff the weekend, here are some truly inspirational words from some genuinely lovely people.  They are great reminders of the meaningful impact the human spirit holds.  Everyone go out and do something great this weekend!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Liev Schreiber or The Contemporary Man

Recently, an op-ed was released on Business Insider in conjunction with CNBC on what makes a real man in today's world.  It's rare that Caroline and I disagree on subjects that tend to be polarizing (Liev Schreiber being one we emphatically agree "yes" on).  In fact, I'm not sure it's ever happened.  However, when this was released...well we found we don't always sit on the same wavelength.  Take a read, even if for the third or fourth time, and formulate your thoughts.  In the coming days Caroline and I will each further divulge on our personal soapboxed in regards to the matter.  Sit tight!

{Image Credit: People}

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Happy {Sister Sister} Weekend!

Happy weekend filled with bridal dress shopping, Birthdays and general merriment!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October 3rd

The day the Internet explodes.  An actual day of a Mean Girls reference and #tbt.  (If you live in St. Louis this may ring even more true, as today is Game One of Cardinals post-season baseball).

Pardon, while I disconnect.

...Okay, actually that wasn't a good idea.  Surfers (of the Internt nature) beware though.