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MAY 2015

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MAY 2015

SDL Review: Man Crates

About a month ago my wife’s Uncle/Godfather had surgery on his foot. She was looking online for a gift to get him to help him feel a bit better and found Man Crates (www.mancrates.com). She showed me the site and I immediately thought two things:

1. This is awesome

2. The readers of Stuff Dudes Like need to know about these!

I visited the site myself and was blown away. A few nice things about the site:

1. Sports, gaming, drinking, gambling, meat! There’s a Man Crate for every man in your life. The crate I got and will be reviewing is the Personalized Oktoberfest Stein crate.

2. While there is an earliest delivery date, you can set the delivery date to be a date in the future! Handy for holidays, birthdays, etc. I bought my dad one for Father’s day this year, but in case he reads this, I want him to be surprised about which one.

3. The site gives a detailed list of everything in the crate. Very helpful, especially for the food items if people have allergies or other dietary restrictions. I did also find out via Twitter that Man Crates is happy to substitute items for other items to satisfy their customers.

4. You can send a personalized note with the crate to give it a bit of a personal touch.
I got home a few days after the crate was ordered and had it waiting for me on my front step. Inside of the box it was shipped in, here’s what I saw:

 

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No instructions, nothing. Just a crate and a crowbar, because as you know, real men don’t need or want instructions. Also note that there is an option when you buy to have the crate wrapped completely in duct tape to really make a hilarious gift for someone. After prying the crate open, I found the following:

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Everything was neatly packaged and the stein was in its own little box to keep it safe. Here’s everything all laid out:

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-One personalized 24 oz. beer stein

-Two coasters with built-in bottle openers in the bottom

-One bag of dipping pretzels – delicious!

-One jar of sauerkraut cooked in craft beer – haven’t had yet, but I’ll be making hot dogs in the next couple of days and this will be right on top

-One jar of stone ground mustard – great taste with a nice kick to it

-One Bavarian Beef Summer Sausage – amazing taste, right up there with any other summer sausage I’ve ever had

-One Bavarian Beef Salami – so good, especially with the mustard!

Finally, Man Crates is currently running a sweepstakes where you can win an all-expense paid trip for two to the real Oktoberfest celebration in Germany! The prize includes airfare and hotel for two, VIP tours at multiple German breweries and other landmarks, VIP access to beer tents and beer gardens in Stuttgart and Munich. It’s a truly once in a lifetime trip that pretty much any father would love to go on! You can enter every day from now until June 17th and read all of the details about the trip by visiting the site here: www.mancrates.com/Oktoberfest

So give Man Crates a try, you won’t be disappointed. I know I’m not!

 

 

– Erik Steckis

TWITTER: @ESteckis

 

Guitar Hero and Rock Band are back!

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Image Credit: gameskinny.com

 

Yes, you heard right! Activision and Harmonix are reviving the Guitar Hero and Rock Band series, respectively, after a 5 year hiatus for each of them. They will be known as Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4 and I, for one, could not be more excited! I’m not sure about you, but I spend hours upon hours upon hours playing these games (probably the closest I’ll ever get to being in a real band). Both games are due out by the end of 2015. While there aren’t a ton of detail out yet, here’s what we do know:

Guitar Hero Live

  • Will be available for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U
  • Instead of the original 5-button guitar (blue, red, yellow, green, orange), there will be a 6-button, which will be two rows of 3 buttons each
  • As of now, this game will be exclusive to the guitar (no mic, drums, etc.)
  • There will be single player story mode and a and multi-player competition mode
  • During story mode, Instead of showing your band playing from a 3rd person perspective, this game will show your 1st person perspective of the crowd at a concert.
  • There will NOT be backwards compatibility with songs from previous titles in the Guitar Hero series
  • 32 songs have been announced so far, including songs from Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy, and even Ed Sheeran
  • There will be a mobile companion app also, but no details are available yet

Rock Band 4

  • Will only be available for PS4 and Xbox One
  • New Peripheral controllers are being designed, but if you have existing controllers, Harmonix is working to make these usable with the new game
  • The career mode will consist of playing sets at concerts (similar to previous games). What’s different this time is that some songs in a set will be pre-determined and others will be voted on by the members of the band.
  • Drummers will now count a band into a song (as tends to happen at real concerts)
  • When going through songs in a set, if you finish a song with a multiplier active or with overdrive, they will carry over to the next song in a set!
  • There will be backwards compatibility with most songs from previous Rock Band titles (some won’t be available due to licensing issues). Backwards compatibility is only for the same console family (i.e. PS3 to PS4), but not cross-console (i.e. Xbox 360 to PS4).
  • Only a handful of songs are announced so far, including songs by Avenged Sevenfold, Fleetwood Mac, and The Killers.
  • People can request songs to be added to Rock Band 4 here www.harmonixmusic.com/games/rock-band/request/

So there’s what we know so far. I’m sure as all of the big game shows come out during the summer (E3, etc.) we’ll have a ton more details. Who’s ready to get the band back together??

 

– Erik Steckis

TWITTER: @ESteckis

Raw Recap – May 11th, 2015

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Image Credit: WWE

Raw is live tonight from the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio

Monday night was the sendoff Raw before WWE’s Payback Pay-Per-View on Sunday, May 17th (which you can see for just $9.99 on the WWE Network! *cheap pop, cheap pop, cheap pop*)

Daddy’s home! Raw started off with COO Triple H coming out to say that he leaves for a few weeks to run the company and things turn to hell while Director of Operations Kane is left in charge of Raw. However he places the blame on Seth Rollins almost as much as Kane. He calls out Rollins and tells him that he and Kane need to work together for the good of The Authority. Rollins takes some shots at Kane about his age, etc., prompting him to come out and threaten Rollins. After some jawing back and forth, Triple H tells Kane that if Rollins doesn’t come out of Payback as the WWE champion, then he night need to find a new Director of Operations. I really feel (hope) that they’re building back to a masked/demonic Kane. He used to scare the hell out of me when he first debuted 20 years ago even before he was Kane (Isaac Yankem, D.D.S. anyone?) but the demon is who he should have always been. If Taker wasn’t 50, I’d say bring back the Brothers of Destruction for a run! HHH then announces matches on Raw for all of the members of the fatal 4-way match at the PPV, starting with the Lunatic Fringe.

Dean Ambrose vs J&J Security (Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble) – Nothing too special here, short match for Ambrose. He does his thing in front of his home crowd, J&J put up little fight and Ambrose gets the win going into Payback after hitting dirty deeds on Noble. He’s so over with the crowd lately, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get the strap on Sunday.

Nikki Sixx Dolph Ziggler vs 2015 King of the Ring Wade Barrett (with Sheamus as a guest commentator) – Two super skilled wrestlers, I really would have liked to see this match go a little longer than it did. Ziggler seemed to be in control when Sheamus climbed up on the ring apron, distracting Ziggler. Dolph would turn around and fall victim to the Bull Hammer from Barrett, who would pin Ziggler for the win. After the match, Sheamus would inflict further pain on Ziggler. I for one love Sheamus as a heel. He’s done it so well for years and it really helped him during his first championship run with the company, only 6 months after making his debut. That being said, I don’t like this current feud with Ziggler. Ziggler needs to be in the ring with another fast guy to really help raise each other shine. Sheamus also needs to be in with someone more his style (powerful brawler, super strength). Not really looking forward to their rematch at Payback.

Erick Rowan vs Fandango – Total squash win for Rowan. This one was over in about 30 seconds. Luke Harper came out to the ring with Rowan. It was nice to see Rowan and Harper back together. They could be a real force in the WWE tag team division. Fandango is back to his fandangoing, but it’s nowhere near as popular as it was a year ago.

John Cena vs Neville for the WWE United States Championship – great, great match. I love Cena giving the NXT guys a chance to shine during the mid-card spot on Raw (Sami Zayn last week, Adrian Neville this week). This was back and forth the whole way through. Crowd was super into this one the whole time. Neville even kicked out of Cena’s AA at one point. Neville appeared to be on the verge of victory after hitting Cena with the Red Arrow, but Rusev interfered, giving Neville the win by disqualification (but no title changed hands). Rusev then beat down on Cena for a bit, putting him in the accolade and causing him to pass out. Crowd started a “We want Lana” chant (who doesn’t?) which just annoyed Rusev. I get the feeling that Lana is going to be making a move to the divas division as a wrestler soon, and the fans will love it (present company included).

Kane vs Roman Reigns – This match never even officially got started. Reigns was making his way to the ring when Kane ambushed him (come onnnnnnnnnn Demon Kane revival!!). The two would trade blows outside the ring, culminating with Reigns spearing Kane onto the announce table.

Brie Bella vs Tamina Snuka – Decent match for these two. Tamina ends up being too much for Brie and gets the win. Nice to see Tamina back from injury, continuing her family’s legacy (Super, Super, Superfly!). WWE seems so lost with their direction for the Divas division. They have so many technically sound wrestlers (Nattie, Paige, Naomi to name a few) but they keep the title on Nikki. Nikki’s transformation over the last few years has taken her from a diva to what would be a perfect manager for someone. There really need to be some shake-ups done here, in my opinion.

Axelmania (Curtis Axel) vs Macho Mandow (Damien Sandow) – The 2015 version of the “Mega Powers” start off facing each other in a singles match, but they are interrupted by The Ascension. The Ascension say that these two are imitating the past in the hopes of jumpstarting their own careers, which is ironic coming from a crappy Legion of Doom knock-off. Conor and Viktor storm the ring, but quickly retreat as Axel and Sandow start to get the better of them. Axel and Sandow then shake hands in the ring and the Mega Powers are truly united once again! Funniest part of this match was JBL referring to Macho Mandow and Man Cow the entire time. #Mancow everyone, get it trending!

WWE showed a Tough Enough promo in preparation for the season premiere on June 23rd. Looks like Jericho will be the main trainer (taking Stone Cold’s place) with 6 additional trainers: Paige, Booker T, Daniel Bryan, Billy Gunn, Lita, and the Immortal Hulk Hogan. I’m kinda excited for this to come back, hopefully the winners will fare a little better than Andy Leavine did back in 2011. He made two appearances on Raw in June 2011, never wrestled, went down to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW, now known as NXT) and was released by WWE less than a year later

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Daniel Bryan came out to the ring for the first time in about a month to speak. He started talking about a year ago when he needed his neck surgery and had to vacate the World Heavyweight Championship he had just won at Wrestlemania XXX. Now a year later, it appears he’s had an MRI on his shoulder and the doctors aren’t sure if/when he’ll be able to wrestle again. Heartbreaking stuff for a guy who’s been the top draw with crowds for 3 years now. He finally gets over and fulfills his dream, only to have his body break down on him again. If you weren’t YESing along with Daniel Bryan, even while watching at home, you might not have a soul.

Big E vs Cesaro – New…Day Sucks! I really don’t like this faction at all. Kofi is perfect for the IC title picture, Big E is green, but he’s huge and if he could sharpen up his mic skills, he could be a top guy. Before the match, New Day announce that at PayBack, there will be a 2 out of 3 falls match at Payback for the tag titles. Cesaro dominated Big E early, showing off his impressive strength. Big E takes over during the commercial break as the match slows down a bit. After some attempted interference by Kofi and Xavier Woods, Cesaro is still able to get the surprise roll-up on Big E for the win.

Elimination Chamber is back! Only 2 weeks after Payback, Elimination Chamber will be on May 31st, only on the Network.

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Prime Time Players cut a promo in the style of the New Age Outlaws. These guys seem to work really well together, hopefully they start having matches again soon and not just this shtick.

Bray Wyatt comes out and cuts a promo ahead of his match against Ryback at Payback. Bray’s promos are things on beauty and his ring skills are great also. It’s no surprise given who his father is former WWE Superstar Irwin R. Scheister (IRS) and his brother is everyone’s favorite motivational speaker, Bo Dallas! A professional wrestling family, through and through. After the promo ends, Ryback runs in, nails Wyatt with a spinebuster and then the Meat Hook before Wyatt rolls out of the ring.

Main Event – Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins – Glad to see Randy back in the title hunt. The third generation superstar has been a favorite of mine for quite a while.

Some nice back and for the between Orton and Rollins before Randy gains the upper hand. He does his signature appendage stomps and then hits a nice backbreaker on Rollins. Rollins catches Orton off-guard, slams his head into the turn buckle and gives Orton a high knee to the back, knocking him out of the ring.

A little later Rollins goes to the top rope but gets crotched by Orton in the corner and then Orton nails Rollins with the superplex (one move that had to do as much damage to the receiver as the giver, in my opinion). Orton and Rollins trade blows in the center of the ring. Rollins goes up to the 2nd rope for a maneuver that’s countered into a powerslam by Orton, but only a 2 count. Rollins gains control, throwing Randy over the top rope, kicking him in the head, which knocks him to the mat outside and then Rollins dives through the ropes and nails Orton. Rollins goes for the pin and gets a 2 count, then he nails Orton with a superkick (shades of HBK) before another kickout by Orton. Orton is able to power back and nails the rope-hung DDT on Rollins (vintage Orton, per Michael Cole).

Orton sets up for the RKO when J&J come in and assault Orton, causing the DQ. Orton fights them both off, but Rollins picks himself up and lays out Orton. Kane’s music hits and he makes his way out to the ring. Rollins/J&J continue to beat on Orton while Kane grabs a chair but stays outside of the ring. Ambrose and Reigns come out to make the save for Orton. Ambrose hits dirty deeds on Rollins, leaving him laid out in the middle of the ring. Kane just watches on. Ambrose picks him up and Reigns nails Rollins with the spear. Kane isn’t moving from his spot. Reigns and Ambrose pick Rollins up for Randy to hit him with the RKO. Randy does it, Kane still stands outside the ring with a stone look on his face. Reigns then spears Orton, followed by Ambrose hitting dirty deeds on Reigns, leaving him as the lone man standing in the ring, with his opponents on Sunday all laid out. Ambrose’s music hits and Raw goes off the air.

 

– Erik Steckis

TWITTER: @ESteckis

How I got into professional wrestling…

I’ve been a wrestling fan for over 2 decades. Back in the early/mid 90s, it wasn’t necessarily “cool” to watch wrestling, so I kept it hidden for a few years, but come middle school, we were in the heart of the attitude era and it was starting to become a bit more mainstream. I thought a good first story for Stuff Dudes Like would be to tell about my first experience with wrestling and what got me into it.

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Flashback to July 1993.  I’m 8 years old and it’s the summer between 2nd and 3rd grade.  I’m flipping through the channels on the TV and I see a near 600 lb. man standing in the middle of the ring on the USS Intrepid with hordes of men trying to be the one to finally lift him up and slam him down.  It was Yokozuna vs the USA in the WWF Stars and Stripes Challenge.  Many tried and it seemed like no one would be able to do it, but then “he” flew in (by helicopter, literally).  It was the Total Package, Lex Luger. He threw Yokozuna’s manager Mr. Fuji out of the ring, nailed Yokozuna with the steel plate in his elbow, picked him up and slammed him down, winning the challenge for all of America! From then on, I was hooked. I have hundreds of memories over the last few decades of watching and I’ll be sharing some of my favorites with you in future posts.

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Image Credit: kayfabenews.com

As we come up on Memorial Day, if you’re feeling a little patriotic feel free to check out a video of the clip for yourself from WWE’s YouTube channel…

All I have to say is USA, USA, USA!

 

 

– Erik Steckis

TWITTER: @ESteckis

 

Writing Staff

 

adamAdam Dulski

I was born and raised in Buffalo New York, but wisely adopted the 49ers as my team at the very smart age of 6. Even though I now live in the Finger Lakes, I maintain my season tickets to the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League. Fantasy football and fantasy NASCAR are my two biggest hobbies and I treat them that way. The moment you are not having fun playing fantasy is when you need to stop, because it’s supposed to be fun before anything else.

TWITTER: @adamdulski


damianDamian Mikrut

I never take anything too seriously. I am an avid baseball and hockey fan, but never seem to pick the winners. Worried about the pussification of America and believe we are raising a nation of wimps who believe we owe them something without having to actually earn it. Borderline alcoholic with a huge passion for craft beer and even spend my free time trying to brew the perfect drink myself. I am opinionated on many subjects and I never shy away from sharing my thoughts even if they aren’t part of the popular opinion. I grew up in the shadows of the Hamptons on the island of Long and now live in the birthplace of the chicken wing. I spend six months out the year hibernating from the cold winter weather with my computer while constantly dreaming of warmer days on the beach. Living the working class dream with my wife and two kids, oh and a cat. This is the first time I have put my thoughts to paper, so now you have been warned.

TWITTER: @nyislanders19


cameronCameron Blevins

I’m a 24 year old Radio DJ/Producer in Huntington, Wv. I have the widest musical taste of anyone I’ve ever known. I can go from Sinatra to Slayer, Alan Jackson to Jackson Browne, Steve Miller to Steve Earl and literally everything in between. I fancy myself a modern Gentleman with tastes in fine cigars, aged whiskey, my personal library and my vinyl collection. I also, obviously, love to write. I have short fiction that’s been published in the Blue Monday Review and I write a restaurant review blog at tristate-eats.blogspot.com. With talents in A/V editing, DJing, Writing and much more- I’m a self proclaimed future Media Mogul. Enjoy my rantings.

TWITTER: @CamOnAir


hughHugh Hamilton

Hey! My name is Hugh and apart from writing for Stuff Dudes Like, I’m a backpacker, vagabond, and travel blogger at risingroads.com. I originally hail from County Down in Northern Ireland. I left home in 2003 and have been traveling off and on ever since. Although I’ve been to many countries, I’m not what you might call a ‘country-counter’: I prefer to take things slow and immerse myself in the local culture. I offer travel tips and advice, but my main focus is telling funny stories and relating experiences. In the finest tradition of Irish storytellers, I may be prone to exaggeration.

TWITTER: @therisingroads


mattMatt Mollett

YO! Everyones favorite werewolf from the heart land here, Matt Mollett AKA the Wolfking. Im 33 years old and I have been writing short stories my whole life, or at least the parts I could lol. I have been a welder for the biggest part of my life. I have a very this is my opinion and i don’t care if you like it attitude. I have a love of underground hip hop, movies, the supernatural,and self defense. Plus many other things that we will talk about later. So for now i bid you farewell.

TWITTER: @therealwolfking


dakotaDakota Wheatley

yo i make people laugh

TWITTER: @dakotawheatley


liseetLiseet Mata

My name is Liseet Mata and I’m from Venezuela. I love writing. I just published my first book and I’m writing the second. I also write daily on my website. The first time I typed a word onto a computer, I experience a feeling of wellbeing. It was as if the puzzle piece that had been missing all my life, had finally been found. Create your own destiny.

TWITTER: @Liseetmata


katKathryn Morris

​I’m Kat, I’m 20 and from the UK. I love writing stories, reading and playing guitar. I have also created a website called The Bailey Helpline, designed to offer support and advice on anything. I’m currently an English Language and Literature student at the Open University and I enjoy writing blog posts that help, educate, or at least comfort others.

TWITTER: @katmorris20


ron2Ron George

My name is Ron George, and I am a lifelong nerd. I grew up with comic books and pretty much anything related to Star Wars. I’m damn proud of my nerdy background, because I feel like it gives me a unique perspective on life and the world. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a virgin living in my parents’ basement. I love a good, dark beer; a well-aged scotch, and a fine cigar. I’m a hockey fan (Go Pens!). I’m an aspiring novelist and hope to have my first book published by the end of 2015.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter or to check out my blog!

TWITTER: @ronsense64


morganMorgan Alexander Kosinski

When I was in the 4th grade, we were all forced to stand in the front of the class and tell everyone what we did that summer. I got so nervous, I farted half way through my report and started crying. That’s kinda how I feel trying to write this bio…So I’ll just say this. I super promise I know what I’m talking about. #Truth

I’m also the Social Media Director at Patrick Henry Creative Promotions @TEAMPHCP. Follow us on Twitter, FB and Instagram and change your life. Cheers!

TWITTER: @TEAMPHCP


2girlsStorm & Lasuzaca

We are Storm & Lasuzaca! We are here on Stuff Dudes Like to share our adventures in travel, music, food, and more. We live in Sarasota, FL and love exploring… from mangrove tunnels and islands off the coast in our kayak, to biking trails and visiting camping sites, to underwater adventures swimming with manatee, and more. We both love soccer and play recreationally on a team most of the year. A few of our favorite teams are USA, Brazil, Barcelona, Spain, Netherlands, and our local favorite the Tampa Bay Rowdies! We love living life to the fullest, taking it one day at a time. We look forward to sharing our adventures with you! Follow us on Instagram and Twitter – @stormnlasuzaca

TWITTER: @stormnlasuzaca


chrisbovaChris Bova

I am a stay at home brew dad by trade. Four kids and a wife leaves little time for a myriad of activities so I chose one that would best fill I the down time. Brewing beer! I’ve been brewing beer for three years now and just recently began writing a blog about the experience. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge with the SDL readers.

TWITTER: @cebova


drjDr. James J Frey

Dr. Frey lives in Lutz, Florida with his wife and best friend, Brandie. Their three children have visited more countries than many Americans have visited States, and their open-minded curiosity is the source of great pride and laughter for the Freys. Jim enlisted in the Army National Guard at 17 while still in high school in Fairfax, VA, then went into the Navy where he served four years as an enlisted Aviation Electrician making multiple deployments on several aircraft carriers. At the end of his enlistment he went to college and upon graduation worked for the Japanese Embassy teaching English at a very rural high school in Miyakonojo, Japan. Granted an age waiver, he re-entered the Navy from Japan, attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL, then went through Fixed- and Rotary-Wing Flight School in Whiting Field (next to Pensacola), followed by MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter training in San Diego, CA. Jim served as a Naval Helicopter Pilot for 12 years. In his spare time, he earned two Master’s Degrees (Philosophy and Psychology) and a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Jim is the recipient of over 37 personal and unit awards/citations from the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and United States Marine Corps, including the Bronze Star.

TWITTER: @jamesjfrey


erikErik Steckis

My name is Erik Steckis. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany. I was born and bred on Long Island, went to college at Bryant University (Go Bulldogs!) and I’m now married, living in CT, working as an Auditor and I just finished my Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!). I’m a huge sports fan. The teams I support (in no particular order): Yankees, Rangers, Manchester City, New York City FC, Knicks, and those J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS! I’m always happy to have a spirited conversation with anyone that agrees or disagrees with those choices. I also love video games and you’ll often find me in my man-cave on my PS4 (my PSN ID is DXFlounder if you want to add me). One of my biggest passions is professional wrestling. I’ve been a fan for 20+ years through the ups, downs and everything in between and I’m excited to tell you all about it. I can also quote The Simpsons and Seinfeld like nobody’s business. I’ll be looking to bring the funny to Stuff Dudes Like, so thanks for stopping by San Diego (but mainly, stay classy).

TWITTER: @ESteckis


trishTrish C.

Hi, I’m Trish. I’m super excited to be writing for Stuff Dudes Like. So a few things about me. I love travel, music, and writing and incorporate all three in my concert blog, traveltomusic.net. I especially like taking really short trips to far away places. I’m from Canada so I like hockey and beer and being polite but I now live in Northern California so I also like wine and saying “rad.” And trees… totally love trees.

TWITTER: @imtrishpie


MatashaMatasha Lee

Hi, my name is Matasha. I was born on the dusty road of 34 at the local hospital in Terrell, Tx. Many emerging artists and dreamers have grown from this very land, most famous is Jamie Foxx. My desire through writing, fashion, and music is to chase my dream just like he did and go off to developing a new name for myself, but right now I am a struggling writer who just received a job since 2010 by the grace of God. I love writing and it is one of my passions. I have two rooting fans that will stay in my audience if I ever get booed off the stage of life, my son and daughter, Amelia and Sean. They are Mommy’s heart beat. I have a blog that is growing from the soils of the earth like my story: The Beauty of my story. I have a ton of content on my blog that will help the fellow reader to walk a mile in my shoes while learning their own shoe size. I am a daughter, a sister, older and younger, an auntie, girlfriend but most of all, myself. Follow my story thebeautyofmystory.blogspot.com. Make sure you share my articles. Thank you!

TWITTER: @thebeautyofmyst


fabianFabian Malone

Hi my name is Fabian Malone. I’m from the Washington DC area. Iam a cocktail craftsman, Bar consultant & Magicians apprentice! I believe that the cocktails we drink should be made with quality spirits and the freshest ingredients. I don’t believe in artificially flavored spirits. I pay homage to classic craft cocktails as well as creating new cocktails for today. Craft cocktails taste best when made with passion and excitement. But above all else — a craft cocktail must be fun to drink! Capital’s, Celtic’s, Redskins, Oriole’s, & Nat’s DC United. #RoninBartender

TWITTER: @RoninBartender


ZenaeZenae Zukowski

Fellow dudes and dudettes, I am Zenae Zukowski and I wear many glorious hats. Not only do I write for Stuffdudeslike, but music has consumed me and I write for Crypticrock and I’m building my own Music Publication. You should call me a creative being and know that I love to passionately get my hands dirty with writing screenplays, articles, stories, and poetry. I have been in the Broadcast/Media industry for ten years now, specializing in Post Production and Distribution. The journey doesn’t stop there, I also do photo retouching, event photography and Project Management. Phew! Why wonder I am tired! My earthly self loves animals, traveling, and you’re favorite, vegetarianism. If you like my humor and quirky mind, feel free to follow me on Twitter or like me on Facebook.

TWITTER: @Zenaefilmz


peterPeter Greenwood

Peter Greenwood is a writer and broadcaster from Scotland, with an unnaturally unhealthy obsession with US late night TV. He likes comics, video games and various other things of which he can talk about at length. Whether you want him to or not.

TWITTER: @Gappits


coupeJoe “Coupe” Ricupero

Hi, my name is Joe Ricupero but I go by Coupe. I’m a 17 year old junior in High School. I grew up in Brooklyn until recently moving to Long Island. I’m an avid sports fan and a fan of the New York Rangers, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Yankees. I aspire to one day be a broadcaster, a dream of mine since I was a kid and this is the first step of many in my road to something big.

TWITTER: @coupeNYR


anthonyAnthony Pepe

Anthony F. Pepe is a poet, a painter, a power-lifting music producer, pugilist, playwright, part time philosopher, book-binder, baker, bodyguard web-builder. A spoken-word soothsaying security expert, sketch artist, sculptor. A domestic violence awareness activist and a mixologist, martial artist mechanic.

TWITTER: @AnthonyMFPepe


jrJuan Reyes

I am a US Army Veteran, part-time graphic designer, part-time photographer. My journey into the world of photography began as a graphic designer and photo retoucher/enhancer many years ago in Puerto Rico. I did graphic design for photographers for almost twenty years and worked hand to hand with many model agencies and hired and/or freelance photographers. Now I own a small home photo studio in Clermont, Florida. My main goal is to help talented aspiring models get their names out. Why am I here on Stuff Dudes Like? To bring you photos of models and interviews about who they are, where they’ve been, and their dreams and plans for the future. You know: Stuff Dudes Like!!!

TWITTER: @jrrcphotography


jennyJenny Ainslie-Turner

Undoubtedly, a sex chat girl of too many years and yet, I still can’t get enough of it. It is so diverse and at the same time so entertaining I never tire of it. I have even written a book on my life as a sex chat girl, ‘How to Talk Dirty – A Hands on Guide to Phone Sex’. I have been training girls in the art of talking dirty for the past 3 years and have even starred in my own TV documentary, ‘My Phone Sex Secrets’.
Since which, I have been interviewed on a popular daytime TV show, done several Radio interviews and at one time had a regular guest spot on Fubar radio. An uncensored, internet station on which the first week I talked about buggering the male presenter.

I have done countless magazine interviews including, Mayfair and Escort’s men’s mags. I have even been part of a relationship advice panel for a large UK newspaper. Also, have written articles for Rude Magazine, a female based online mag.

I have since written a second book, a fiction novel about auto-erotic asphyxiation and based around the life of a sex chat girl who is taken over by the alter ego she created to take the more bizarre and depraved sex chat. Entitled, Will You be My Fantasy? Some say it should have been called, ‘Death by Pussy!’ Well, it’s what you guys crave the most.

I have been married twice, worn them out. Now single, free and able to just explore. And, because of this I have started a new adventure. It’s taking recorded stories into the 21st century, phone sex downloads. I call them iwanks, a bit like itunes only much dirtier. You can download a very naughty sex chat, recorded by me on to your mobile and use me whenever those spunk filled balls need emptying!

TWITTER: @iwank4u2


TOMTom Romero

Tom Romero is an actor, musician, reluctant producer, long suffering husband, and occasional storm chaser. He’s acted with Dennis Quaid, opened for Pine Top Perkins, and has witnessed over 30 tornadoes. He dreams of free beer, desert islands, and a broadway show. He writes for no audience at The Uncommon Man blog. theuncommonman.nyc

TWITTER: @TomRomero2


naiaQuincy Bailey

A 40 year old father of one just trying to guide my little man down a better and less bumpy path than his old man. I consider myself a college football know it all. I’m the equivalent of a hipster football fan. “My favorite player, you’ve never heard of him”. Grew up on a farm and was able to subsidize my education through football and yes the college I played at you’ve never heard of. I wasn’t what you would call a Division One talent. Actually played for Rich Rodriquez for a short period of time in the spread before it had a name. Grew up in West Virginia and Ohio, yet remain an avid fan and supporter of WVU.

Money Quote:
“When you tell somebody somethin’, it depends on what part of the country you’re standin’ in… as to just how dumb you are.” – Bo Darville – AKA The Bandit

TWITTER: @southwvboy


brettBrett Martzke

Brett Martzke is a TV sports veteran. Over the past 20 years he has worked at the Golf Channel, CNN Sports, Fox Sports Net, TVG and NBC Sports. You name the sports event, he has covered it. As an avid sports lover he was even crazy enough to follow a lifelong dream and open up a Sports Bar. Once that dream started to turn into a nightmare, Brett realized writing about and covering sports events was better than working in a kitchen, taking orders at a register and hoping to catch a glance at a TV while running Buffalo wings out to a table. Brett’s big sports achievement is that he is the self-proclaimed carnival basketball shooting champion. If there is a big stuffed animal on the line, Brett will win it.

TWITTER: @brettmartzke


ericpEric Peinhaupt

My name is Eric Peinhaupt, I’m 23 and raised in Alberta,Canada at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. I do everything from fly fishing to building cars. I’m all about getting out there and experiencing life! Aspiring writer and BBQ pit master. I’m also the owner of European Auto Union, a car enthusiast page on Instagram. (@europeanautounion) I love a tall glass of craft beer, and all things BBQ. If you’re into cooking, drinking and outdoor life, my articles and photographs will not disappoint!

TWITTER: @ericpeinhaupt


ajA.J. DeMello

A.J. DeMello is a stand-up comedian/actor located in California. An avid sports fan, he’s written for sites such as Bleacher Report & Thoughts From The Dark Side, but will be given the freedom here to mix in the funny – no matter how unflattering he may seem to the average dummy. Born & raised in the Bay Area, he doesn’t pull any punches; having developed a sense of humor one might describe as, ‘edgy’. He appears regularly at comedy clubs such as Tommy T’s, Laughs Unlimited, and The World Famous Comedy Store. Peep his blog for upcoming show dates and see if he’ll soon be in your town. If you keep up with his articles, you’ll eventually want to see his act in person rather than not see him at all. Why? As he puts it: “It’s a Good Game of Ball.”

TWITTER: @humorousfiend


jeffhJeff Hillyard

Jeff Hillyard is an aspiring freelance blogger, content writer, and recipe developer specializing in all things BBQ and Grilling.
From true low and slow barbecue, to hot and fast grilling, to even healthy meals there is nothing Jeff does not like to cook on the grill.

TWITTER: @bbqwithjeff


SantanuSantanu Rahman

Santanu Rahman is a Metal guitarist, A Kung-Fu School Owner, a practitioner of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and a podcaster.

TWITTER: @austinkungfu


timTim Buckley

Hi everyone I’m Tim Buckley, born and bred near to Nottingham in the UK. Currently serving in the Forces and have many deployments under my belt. I love sport and I’m a huge Liverpool FC fan, boxing, UFC, Basketball and any kind of lifting are my passions. My other hobbies are socializing, eating out, travelling and cooking. Writing for Stuff Dudes Like is going to be a good laugh indeed, I will say it how I see it! Looking forward to writing many articles.

TWITTER: @BigBuckersYNWA


martinMartin Phillips

Hey Dudes! I am Martin Phillips. I am a sixth grade teacher by day in Lodi, California, the Zinfandel capital of the world, and a kickass home cook by night. Okay, I am inside my own mind, at least. You can decide for yourself, however, and check out my food blog at inhousecook.blogspot.com and watch for my recipes HERE at StuffDudesLike.com! I have been a sixth grade teacher for fifteen years, so Nothing scares me! I have been a home cook for twelve years and have entered the small in-home catering market this last year. It has been an amazing ride and I cannot wait to share my recipes with you. I am a firm believer that bacon, pork belly, tacos, pizza, pasta and burgers should be food groups. BBQ is Heaven. Need I say more? Okay fine, I am good with the veggies, too! I cook a wide variety of dishes, from Asian Infusion to traditional carne asada and carnitas, to buffalo burgers, to elegant pastas and rustic pizzas. Look me up and give me a shout!

TWITTER: @grnmn1


fernandoFernando Martin

I have been born and raised in the Chicago area all my life. Music is the biggest passion in my life aside from beer, good eateries, movies and even settling down to indulge in a great read once in a while. I also write for the music review website, WeLoveMetal, where I review albums, concerts and conduct interviews with many musicians. Those who know me well know if you want to hit my softspot, you’ll mention animals and pets. I’m also currently going to school for music business hoping to work for the music industry one day soon. I look forward to interacting with the SDL staff and our fans! Hit me up!

TWITTER: @WeLoveMetalFern


nancyNancy Brown Lady Barber

I was born in Berkeley, California before the Summer of Love. When it came I was old enough to know that I lived in a very special place in a very special time. Dang that I was not old enough to attend any of the cool stuff.

We are native Californians for three generations on my mother’s side of the family. Before that, Norway. Dad’s people were Oakies who fled the dust bowl in the ‘30s and ended up in Solano County.

For nearly 20 years I was a law librarian for private law firms in Oakland, California. Quit that in 2006 for the much groovier trade of barbering. Nowadays I groom gentlemen for a living and paint (in oil) Oakland, its people and trees. I also garden and cat whisper when necessary.

TWITTER: @LadyBarberBrown


RomaineRomaine Ayoki Burrell

Romaine Ayoki Burrell is my name. I am student of the world. I am from St. Andrew, Jamaica. Waaah Gwaaan massive? (what’s up world/people?). I love to travel and live like a local. I am a food addict. My biggest goal apart from owning my fortune 500 company(yeah I am ambitious) is to see every country in the world two times over. I write on anything I please, even if its taboo. Looking forward to writing for you all.

TWITTER: @ayokiromaine


brianBrian Kaider

As a patent and trademark attorney, I get to work with a lot of interesting start-up companies and see fascinating new products. Whenever possible, I love to combine my work with the things that I’m passionate about, like craft beer, motorcycles, lacrosse, and woodworking. But, after a day of staring at a computer or talking on the phone, I need to work with my hands. So, you’ll often find me building something in my workshop, making pens, changing the exhaust on my Suzuki Boulevard M109R, growing hops to make my own beer, or cooking up something spicy in the kitchen and never from a recipe. At the end of the day, I’ll grab a nice porter and watch pro football or college lacrosse, where I’m rooting for the Baltimore Ravens or Towson Tigers (or whoever is playing against Johns Hopkins), respectively.

TWITTER: @bkaider


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