Norm Kreuz. A Full and Loving Life.


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We lost a dear friend in Norm Kreuz the other day after a great life and a long illness [with Ellie by his side through every lasting moment].  

I use to love to get Norm talking.  Whether it was about old haunts on Niagara Falls Blvd, his childhood before life on the farm, fixing the disposal, falling in love with Ellie, moving the family from Ohio to Buffalo [with the oft-told road-kill story], or just the vast repertoire of remembrances from raising 6 kids – Norm always shared his zest for life with whoever would listen.

Norm was the consummate salesman.  He was old-school, and he was the best of a dying breed.  I haven’t met a ‘Norm’ in years.  Today’s salespeople are all about metrics and Tony Robbins’ hype.  Norm had the charm to go along with the facts.  He knew his customers, and they knew him.  But…

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Crotch Open VS Crotch Closed Leg Cross


Do you prefer this?  (Open Crotch)Or this?  (Closed Crotch)Well I have good news for you on either decision.  They are both acceptable!  I know that most men’s (especially most young men) first impression of the closed crotch leg cross is that it lacks a certain masculinity.  People often say that this is how women cross their legs and that men doing such give off an undesired vibe.  I’m here to tell you to ignore the criticisms of the closed crotch leg cross.

Like Ted Danson says, in the video above I posted from the amazing HBO series, Bored to Death, a closed crotch leg cross shows that you are sophisticated and professional.  An open crotch leg cross shows that you are relaxed, casual, and comfortable.  Good news again!  They’re both acceptable everywhere! 

In situations like business meetings or televised programs, you may not want to look like you are over-relaxed or overly comfortable, and sometimes, the open crotch leg cross will give off this impression.  In these circumstances learn to go with the more sophisticated look.

Making the transition: Most men have a hard time switching from the open to closed leg cross.  When they try it, their man package gets smashed and is immediately uncomfortable.  You must mess around with it.  Do some tucking and pulling to discover how you can comfortably sit in this postion.  Many great men and presidents only allow themselves to sit in this leg-crossed-position.  

Do not be uncomfortable with your appearance, your sexuality, or anything else when you are deciding how to sit in public.  It is perfectly acceptable to sit in either position and you should not be judged when doing it one way or another (unless of course you are beginning to fall asleep in the comfortable position).

Stay tuned to discover how your socks should look when crossing your legs.  How visible, how long, etc.

The Sexiest Drinks for Men


There are several ways to perfect your appearance at a bar while, also several ways to make a fool of yourself at a bar.  Today we are going to discuss what to order at a bar that can give you the smooth and sleek appearance you are hoping for.

We’re going to assume that you are not out at a bar that your 14-year-old sister can get in to.  Let’s make it that elegant atmosphere that you go to, to try and pick up a classy woman.  It’s chill, the music is at a moderate level, the crowd is sophisticated and well dressed, and you want to fit right in.  Find a spot at the bar and impress the bartender.

  1. Manhattan– It’s bold, it’s strong it’s dark.  A Manhattan is a safe drink wherever you may be.  The drink is more or less a mix of Vermouth and Whiskey.  You can put twists on it with Southern Comfort or add in splashes of other flavors.
  2. Dirty Martini– It doesn’t get much more seductive than this.  A dirty martini is a very unisex drink.  It looks sexy in the hand of a man or woman.  Give it a whirl and avoid the fruity sugary stuff that most martinis consist of.  Vodka, olive juice, and an olive put together this simple, sexy cocktail.
  3. Wine- Specifically, I’d say go with a red if you’re going to go for the sexy appeal.  Something about the color red gives off a seductive vibe that catches women’s eyes.  I’d go with a Pinot Noir of some sort.  It’s lighter and less likely to stain your teeth than that of a Cabernet or Merlot.  You can go with a white wine as well.  That is a choice of your preference.  I’d say go for a crisp, buttery Chardonnay or a Pinot Grigio.  One important thing about drinking wine is THE WAY YOU HOLD THE GLASS.  Gripping the glass around the fat part of the glass is not only unattractive, but it screams inelegancy and alcoholism.  It says, “I don’t care what I’m drinking, I’m just looking forward to my next.”  Be classy and hold the glass by the stem or at the very base of the glass itself (where the wine is held).
  4. ANYTHING on the Rocks- Whether you are a Gin, Whiskey, or Vodka drinker, they all look great on the rocks.  The key to the total look: ASK FOR A ROCKS GLASS.  If you’re at a nice bar in the first place, this shouldn’t be a worry to begin with, but there is no less appealing thing for a bartender to do than ruin a good looking drink by putting it in a tall glass.  If they put it in anything plastic, I suggest you run out the door.  Not big on liquor on the rocks?  Ask the bartender to add some water to it.
  5. Tom Collins- I say “Tom Collins” with a very open mind to this number 5.  When you order a drink with carbonation, I feel it should be clear to throw in the sex appeal.  With a Rum and Coke, it just looks like you’re drinking pop.  With a Tom Collins, Gin and Tonic, or whatever similar combination you decide on, you can throw in a lime or an orange peel and it gives it a little extra flare.  Remember to keep it in a Rocks Glass.  The key to a carbonated drink for a man is to avoid colorful liquid combinations.  Examples: Cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice.  Any of those juices gives a feminine look to the drink and immediately downgrades the manliness in your hand.
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7 Days In Hell Review

So I kept seeing the promos for it and I figured I’d give it a shot.  HBO produced a fictional documentary focusing on the two best tennis players of the generation, played by Kit Harington and Andy Samberg, battling their personal differences as well as their tennis ones, in the longest tennis match in the history of the game.  The film had cameo appearances from big wigs like Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Lena Dunham, David Copperfield and more.  It was especially appealing because I enjoy when an actor who is generally type-casted as a drama-style actor (Kit Harington) takes up comedy.  His performance was fine, but the character that was written for him just didn’t do it for me.  I got what they were trying to do, but it just wasn’t enough.

Andy Samberg’s character was entertaining in bits, but overall I wasn’t his biggest fan.  I think they tried a bit too hard with his character and felt they needed to push the envelope to a whole new level.  SPOILER, there is a scene where he has sex on the court, with a woman at first, then a man, and then both of them.  I get the humor in it, it is definitely a modern day humor, so those with that old school mentality will most certainly hate it.

I’d have to give this short film a 4.0 rating out of 10.  The story line had potential, yet the characters were not written well.  It could have been something hysterical, but instead it was less than mediocre.  I love HBO and will continue to watch what they produce, but this one just wasn’t for me.  I wouldn’t recommend it but if you have the desire, or have seen it, please give me your thoughts.

Wayward Pines Review

I’m usually not a fan of network television, especially network dramatic television, however, Wayward Pines has me taking a second glance. This Fox drama series, starring Matthew Dillion is unlike most other dramas in a sense that it has been consistently entertaining, it pushes the envelope, and it lacks that almost necessary corniness that most other network (drama) shows contain.

Think Lost, meets Twin Peaks, meets Twilight Zone.

I had only seen television commercials of the show and not the actual trailer.  Based on the information the TV promos displayed, my general assumption of what the show were to be was this: Matthew Dillon’s character was in a horrific car crash which seemingly kills him.  He is then brought to a town called Wayward Pines, which he is told is located in Idaho, where things are not what they seem.  The people there act in strange behaviors and are enforced by law, yet we are unaware of who professes this law.  However, we know that the consequences of disobeying the law lead to extreme consequences including public execution.

My original premise of the show was that Matthew’s character, a special agent of the law, had been killed in his accident, and then sent to a symbolic form of purgatory, in Wayward Pines.  People are not able to escape this town, and are seemingly kept prisoner.  Some try and escape, while others accept their new and unique lifestyle.

Though I am only 6 episodes into the first season of this ten episode show, I am confident that it will continue to impress and entertain.  However, I see this as a show that may run out of steam after 2 or 3 seasons and will have nowhere to go but down.  That remains to be seen.  I will continue to watch and update, but as for now, I give the show a review of 8.5 out of 10 stars and feel as though I may be rounding down.  

Character development has been enjoyable and plot twists have been plenty.  I see a persistent trend in these and believe they will continue to lead up to a twist we do not see coming.  With Executive Producer, M. Night Shaymalan, you can only expect some sort of wild turn of events that may make or break the show.  So far, well done!

Trying Something New

I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my passion for film, amongst many other things.  As of lately I have found myself critiquing TV shows and movies amongst my friends and others and feel as though I could provide credible reviews for new movies, shows, etc.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting a daily review on shows and movies I have watched, and hope to give credible feedback to all interested parties.

Probably the Best Way to Conserve Water

Since moving to California, my inner hippie has emerged a bit. From my wardrobe, to my attitude, to my overall lifestyle, I am becoming a California hippie/surfer. One thing that comes along with that stereotype, is awareness for the environment.

Since I am now living in Los Angeles, California, where we are having a state-wide drought, I find myself constantly trying to preserve water as much as I can.  I participated in the usual ways that everyone is aware of such as not flushing the toilet after you pee, only run the dishwasher when it is completely full, or not letting water run unnecessarily ever (brushing teeth, washing hands, etc.). All of these are helpful, yet I feel like my most recent solution can be of major impact, and I hope that this post and/or this idea can be shared all over.

The water conserving will take place while showering.  Before the idea, let me state that showering less is the number 1 solution before this, but when you do decide to wash your stench away, here is my solution:

Most people have a very specific routine when they shower.  On days I shampoo, I will first wash my hair, then condition.  While leaving the conditioner in, I then wash my body with some sort of liquid body wash.  Here is where my solution comes into play:

While washing your body, you do not need the water to be running.  Let’s say on average it takes everyone 30 seconds to wash their body. Whether liquid soap or a bar of soap, that’s 30 seconds of unnecessary running water.  You do not need the water to be hitting your body when you are washing it.  You wouldn’t run water on your hands while applying the soap.  You put the soap on, rub it and properly spread it, and then wash.  The same should be done with the shower.  Before you begin to apply your soap, turn the water off.  Then wash and scrub your body the way you normally would.  Once you are done, then turn the water back on ad rinse appropriately.  Even though there are several moments while showering that this act could be effectively used, if you do it just once, during the time where you wash your body, and save that average 30 seconds of water, you could make a huge difference. 

My shower has very strong water pressure, so saving 30 seconds worth of water saved every time I shower adds up.

We take advantage of the luxuries we have. We need to leave this place better for our kids, grandchildren, and further future of generations.  Here’s one small step.  Coming from a newly transformed California hippie.

Something Needs to Be Done…

I know I seem like a hippie for posting something like this, but I am with John Oliver and these people.  Receiving parking tickets and seeing that your car has been towed can be some of the most frustrating things that happen in your day to day lives.  To me, parking ticket meter attendants/distributors are the lowest of the low in our country’s community.  If my Dad worked as a parking ticket administrator I would whoop his ass.  I mean it.  I’d rather people collect unemployment than watch these idiots get paid to drink beer and take out their anger by dishing out tickets for unworthy offenses.