Hey guys-Happy Monday. Hope you all had a good weekend.
The tip for today is for all of you single guys not living at home with parents. Once I left for college I never looked back (I had 4 younger siblings) so I learned very quickly about fundamental housekeeping. Going back to my original post, women are not impressed with a slob.
This post has to do with the debate on whether to use powdered or liquid detergent. From years of experience I have found the following to be true:
1) Liquid detergent is best for laundry as powders can clump and leave unsightly residues and sometimes uncomfortable granules in places not discovered until too late. Preferably, a color safe bleach will work best–I know many of you are on a tight budget and so the cheapest detergent seems to suffice (stuff smells clean enough). However, the cheap stuff will not remove the unsightly yellow stains from the white t-shirts. Spend a little more and get something that works a little better.
2) Powder for dishes works better than liquid. I’m not entirely sure about the chemistry behind this phenomenon (liquid better for laundry, powder better for dishes) but it seems to be true. Liquids tend to leave behind streaks on glassware and don’t remove food particles as well. Perhaps those “uncomfortable granules” that we hate in our clothes are better suited for attacking leftover mac and cheese spots. Chances are, if you live in an apartment or rent a house, you don’t have the best dishwasher. This is where a little help goes a long way. Make sure to use the hottest water setting and use a rinse aid. If your dishwasher does not have a rinse-aid depository, go get a drop-in and attach it to the top rack. DO NOT MIX WITH THE DETERGENT! And most importantly, rinse and use a dish brush to get the food off (especially utensils) before putting in the dishwasher–your dishes will come out cleaner and your dishwasher will last longer.
This is not about being anal retentive–it’s about impressing. If she’s impressed with you then a huge hurdle has already been cleared.

Hey everyone, this is my new blog and I’d love to hear what you think about what I have to say. What I post is from experience as a bachelor for the first 30+ years of my life and now as a father of 2 young children. Some of you will agree with what I have to say and many of you may call B.S. on my remarks. Either way, I want to hear it! First up…Guys, don’t be stupid; STUDY. While I was in college (the second go around) I made a concerted effort to do well. I studied, did my homework and did well on my exams. My original thought process was that this would lead to getting a good job (proved to be accurate) and by getting a good job, I would get my ex-girlfriend back. The peripheral benefit was the hot girls in class all wanted to be partnered with me for group projects, sit next to me in class and go out for drinks or just hang out after class (quickly forgot about my ex). I had a tremendous run for two years while finishing up my degree having “dated” almost every girl I was attracted to in those classes (thanks to my ex for the motivation). Although none were long-term (by design), I had the best two+ years of my life up till then. Conversely, while in Bloomington, I tended to be the joker/slacker of the class and, although I had many female ‘friends’ I had the worst “dating” drought I would ever have. Now this may not pertain to everyone as part of the process is in the presentation. If you are a pretty cool guy and relatively attractive this is for you. You may find you are too cool to study, when in actuality, knowledge makes you much cooler…women love the idea of finding someone with the potential for success. Being a cool slacker will get you a job in a record or video rental store but beautiful women want more. For those of you that lack in the physical presentation area but are already a Dean’s List regular, this can be an easy fix. Change your look. You can make an immediate difference by changing your style (clothing, hair, etc) and will most likely boost your confidence, as well. If there is an actual physical issue, this may take more time to overcome but try to hide the negatives (again, styling can help.) Remember, you don’t have to be the best looking to be successful. One more thing, you cannot be afraid to talk to women and you must never talk down to them (for you brainiacs). They may need your help and you must oblige. However, don’t let them take advantage of you–if they need you then you are in control. If they think they can get you to do anything for them, then you are no longer cool enough to just “hang out” which is where the magic happens. As for my ex-girlfriend, she moved to Chicago and, while we keep in touch from time-to-time, we never did get back together. Although, there was some “dating” after the break-up…some really good “dating.”