Words to the Wise

Bourbon, The American Gentleman

Mr. Rafal

Mr. Rafal

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Poe
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Gentlemen, today we will investigate, briefly, the age old question of what differentiates a Bourbon from a Whiskey. And, as it turns out there are actually a good many stipulations that get attached to these alcohols. We are not going to worry about most of them but are instead going to hit on three major […]

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Dead Gentleman Walking

Mr. Rafal

Mr. Rafal

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Poe
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“This is Halloween, this is Halloween,” are potentially familiar song lyrics if you were alive in the 90’s. And with Halloween just a few days away we will distill some lessons on gentlemanly leadership from an unlikely place… The first full length claymation movie, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Today we will be looking […]

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The Defining Virtue of a Gentleman

Mr. Reed

Mr. Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf
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What is a gentleman? What differentiates a gentleman from the rest of the men around him? There are many arguments one could present as perfectly reasonable answers to that question. Though today I want to discuss one thing in particular that I’ve seen to be the most common trait in any gentleman I’ve encountered. In […]

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What Doing the Dishes Teaches Us About Being a Gentleman

Mr. Reed

Mr. Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf
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We’ve all been there before… A long day’s work, the commute home, the hurried rush to get out of your work clothes in the anticipation of sinking deeply into the cushions of your living room couch. But how often does our rush for self-gratification, in any given circumstance, leave our loved ones needing something from […]

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The Merits of Smoking While in a Deep Conversation

Mr. Rafal

Mr. Rafal

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Poe
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I trust you’ve been there before… You are enjoying a casual conversation with a friend and then, out of nowhere, they ask a question you aren’t prepared for. The conversation changes in an instant; from light and casual to deep and insightful. This question might be deep and probing, it might be a new way […]

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Tequila, the Mexican Gentleman

Mr. Rafal

Mr. Rafal

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Poe
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So many people have made the horrid mistake of ending a night out by drinking a shot, or shots, of tequila. Because of this tequila has gotten a bad reputation and many people won’t touch the stuff. This is largely due to people being uninformed about this sassy Mexican nectar. It was a gentleman who […]

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“When Am I Finished Smoking My Cigar?”

Mr. Reed

Mr. Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf
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At the Modern Day Gentleman, we are often asked the question, “When do I know that my cigar is finished, and when should I stop smoking it?”. The beauty behind the answer is in its simplicity and its clarity. A gentleman is finished smoking his cigar as soon it hinders his ability to enjoy the […]

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The Importance of Slowing Down

Mr. Rafal

Mr. Rafal

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Poe
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Beep boop. Bleeeep! Sbloup. Chirp. My office sounds like a circus. The only difference is the circus stays in one location; it doesn’t travel with me and certainly doesn’t come into my house. Our interconnectedness is slowly driving us all crazy. Maybe I shouldn’t put words in people’s mouths, but it is driving ME crazy. […]

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A Call to the Modern Day Gentleman

Mr. Reed

Mr. Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf
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If you make it past the next paragraph of this blog post, you more than likely have what it takes to be a modern day gentleman. But don’t read any further if you’re not a man who desires depth in his relationships, authenticity in his interactions, and the tools needed to carry himself with integrity […]

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