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The OakStreet Man Advisor is a space for Uncompromising Men to learn and share knowledge about living life as a person who appreciates value. Read about tips and advice from OSM’s experts in subjects from grooming products to culinary tricks and more…

  • Professional Relationships

    Posted on April 16, 2011 by Bill

    I interact with colleagues all over the country, many of whom I have known for 30 years or more. Often when I am faced with a problem, a question, a dilemma or a predicament in my work as a consulting forensic engineer – or even when I am brainstorming about something and need fresh input, I will pick up the phone and get a thought, an insight or an answer from someone I know. Over the years I have come to realize that success in business depends on a combination of factors: skill, knowledge, persistence, experience, timing and luck – to name just a few. More and more, however, I realize that relationships and a strong professional network are probably the most important parts of the calculus of success. Continue Reading

    This post was posted in Business and was tagged with professional, relationships, networking, connections, meetings

  • Hone your Honing Skills

    Posted on April 13, 2011 by Bill

    At OakStreet Man, we love The Art of Manliness. Filled with tips, tricks, and discussions on the skills and knowledge that every man should have, it's a quality online resource. A perfect example is this recent guide to knives you need to have in your kitchen and how to keep them performing on the cutting edge. The author thinks that having a top-quality chef knife is essential to making great meals, and we couldn't agree more. It's a sharp idea. Continue Reading

    This post was posted in Culinary, Knives and was tagged with food, ken onion, knives, sharpening, chef

  • Cocktail Time Machine

    Posted on April 1, 2011 by Bill

    A lot changes over the years. Fashions, language, tastes, and much more. While it may come as a shock that the Internet slang "OMG" has been found in a letter dating back to 1917, nobody would have expected to find it in a dictionary then. Drinks are no different. You've probably had (quite a bit of) experience with gin cocktails and manhattans, but did you know that the drinks we enjoy today are very different from their original recipes? Over the years, these drinks have evolved along with the world around them. Luckily for us, we can take a sip of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by ordering beverages the original way, thanks to a breakdown of authentic cocktail recipes in Esquire magazine. Continue Reading

    This post was posted in Pub and was tagged with cocktail, martini, gin, whiskey, vermouth, esquire, manhattan, singapore sling

  • Mind over Matter

    Posted on March 30, 2011 by Bill

    Exercise isn't just about the body. Just as much, it's the mental control you have over your body, both science and experience have shown. An article in this month's Outside Magazine explores just how much of an impact mental training can have on athletic performance. We all know how easy it is to lose motivation, and the body won't respond to a brain that's leading it half-heartedly. Luckily, the professionals know how to keep themselves going with some tried-and-true techniques, and you should too. Continue Reading

    This post was posted in Health and Fitness and was tagged with outdoor magazine, exercise, running, cycling, swimming, endurance, mental, athletics

  • Clearing Away Stumps

    Posted on March 29, 2011 by Bill

    Last week, while removing some dead stumps from the yard, I was struck by the paradox of how strenuous physical exertion was calming my mind and clearing my head. I tend to delegate tasks that involve shovels, saws, hoes and backbreaking physical exertion these days, and focus instead on the mentally demanding tasks that generally are the substance of my work days.  My work involves solving problems, analyzing complex design issues, thinking strategically, managing staff, satisfying clients, and ensuring adequate cash flow for my two businesses. It is hard work, for sure. This kind of work can often tie you up in knots – and drain you just as much as any physical exertion. Still rarely does it occur to me to untie these knots with more work, albeit a different type of work. Continue Reading

    This post was posted in Health and Fitness and was tagged with outdoors, exercise, stumps, hard work, spring clearing, trimming, planting

  • Simple Pleasures

    Posted on March 16, 2011 by Bill

    A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread—and Thou…

    From The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
    Translated by Edward Fitzgerald

    A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, a book of verse… and good friend(s).  Such simple pleasures seem pretty quaint today. The pace of life for most of us in the 21st century is fast and frenetic. And simple things, like taking long aimless walks; indulging in Saturday afternoon naps; savoring long, bracing showers; and going on picnics seem incongruous to our fast-paced lifestyles. Continue Reading

    This post was posted in Culinary and was tagged with picnic, barbeque, barbecue, simple pleasures, outdoors

  • Being the Bank of Dad

    Posted on February 27, 2011 by Bill

    Frequently I find myself in the position of being the Bank of Dad for my kids and grandkids. Of course, I am pleased that members of my tribe know that they can turn to me in their times of need, and generally I view financing their endeavors as a good investment. Yet I am sometimes unsure about this role – what and when to give as well as how much and what strings I could or should attach to the “loans.” Continue Reading

    This post was posted in Parenting and was tagged with money, loan, dad, kids, grandkids

  • Priorities

    Posted on February 9, 2011 by Bill

    It’s a fact that people make time for what’s important to them. In the past, regular exercise was one of those things that often got bumped or dropped from my schedule by other priorities – or by my own lethargy. But about a year ago, I decided to make my workouts a priority. I committed to myself that I would get up a little earlier, stay up a little later, skip lunch and eat a protein bar, or do whatever it took to hit the gym three times a week – religiously. No Excuses Accepted (well…almost all of the time). Continue Reading

    This post was posted in Health and Fitness and was tagged with working out, gym, weight loss

  • A Reflection on Holiday Meals and Hand-made Gifts

    Posted on January 2, 2011 by Bill

    If you’re like me, the holiday season is one long orgy of rich food and lavish meals. There are occasions with friends, family, colleagues, special clients, business groups, neighbors and others... Continue Reading

    This post was posted in Holidays and was tagged with christmas, new years, food, gifts, meals, cookware, homemade

  • A Reflection on Year-end Giving

    Posted on December 27, 2010 by Bill

    With the end of the year approaching, it’s time to review, summarize and analyze the year gone by. If you’re a self-employed consulting engineer as I am, you may tend to think of a year in terms of 52.5 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours — a percentage of which are billable… Continue Reading

    This post was posted in Holidays and was tagged with charity, giving, wounded warrior project

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