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RELATIONSHIPS 101: #1 – DATING

Men are from Mars, women from Venus. Relationships can be hard. I know it’s tricky to understand women and believe me, we struggle to understand men too. Whether you’re gay, straight, or somewhere in between, relationships can be difficult because trying to read the person you are with can seem impossible. Hopefully I can sharpen those blurred lines for you.

So let’s get back to basics – dating.

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Don’t know what to wear. Don’t know what to say. What would she like to do? How much should I spend? People over complicate dating and focus on their nerves. I used to hate dating because I just used to feel so awkward and worry that I wasn’t talking enough. I struggle to talk as it is so imagine the wreck I am on a first date! But I have learned a lot during my dating experiences and after seeing so many men (especially on Facebook) moaning about being confused by women and women not knowing what men are thinking and so on – I decided to try and do something about it.

Let me start with telling you about one of my first dates. We chose the cinema (which I recommend because it doesn’t matter so much if you are too nervous to talk; you’re watching a film – plus because it’s the first date you shouldn’t feel pressured into kissing or holding hands or anything else) but it was there that we encountered our first problem. We couldn’t decide what film to watch. The conversation online went something like this:

“What do you want to watch? :)”

“I don’t mind, you choose :)”

“I don’t mind either 🙂 what you wanna see?”

“I’ll watch anything”

“And me lol :)”

“I don’t mind :)”

… For about two days. He eventually asked if I wanted to go see The Hangover 3 and I said yes (even though I was tempted to say I don’t mind, but I thought if I said that again he’d give up and there wouldn’t be a first date).

Don’t be afraid to make decisions guys. Ask her what she wants but if she’s like me and says “I don’t mind” then go for comedy if you are going to the cinema. Having a laugh can break the ice.

So the date arrives. We enjoy the film, which also gave us something to talk about. It was the wait before and after the film that was awkward, however.

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We didn’t talk. We looked at each other every now and then, and when the other saw that they were being stared at, we’d just laugh like embarrassed kids. Inside I was panicking. I knew he was shy and I was wracking my brains to say something but I couldn’t think of anything! My mind had gone blank through fear. I had never been the one to take charge and do the talking and we were both finding it hard. Looking back, I suppose it was adorable that we were both shy and on top of that so nervous, but at the time – man it was awkward!

I remember when the guy arrived at the cinema. I had got there first on purpose and he sat by me and said “Nice weather today, isn’t it?” which made me smirk. I could tell he was nervous and it made me smile because it meant that this date meant something to him. He was nervous because he liked me. I wasn’t just some conquest. He was shy and he did genuinely like me and it felt great. My point is if you are nervous don’t be afraid to show it, because she will understand that there is a reason for your nerves; this means something to you. Just be yourself and be honest with her. She is scared too. She doesn’t want to get hurt and if you aren’t a jerk then you can prove that by being yourself. Be naked on your first date (not literally because your first date will be your only date!) but don’t let fear of getting things spot on control you. If you feel like you have made a mistake then just say “sorry I’m nervous.” And ask if she is having a nice time because this will show that you want her to feel comfortable and happy. Dating and women and relationships aren’t some big secret, there is not dating code to be cracked. Women can be confusing but they are either nervous or trying to figure you out so just chill if you have nothing to hide.

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As for my first date, I ended up engaged to the guy and and now living with him. We’ve been together two years now. Even though our first date was mainly composed of silence, we grew more confident with time and slowly came out of our shells. Because we were both shy people, we understood each other. If something doesn’t work it was because it wasn’t meant to be, not because of the first date.

So, I hope this makes you feel a little better when it comes to first dates. If you like someone, ask them out. If you have a first date, be yourself and be kind. Don’t panic if you’re really nervous – it’s normal to feel this way on a first date, especially if you really like the person you’re dating so nerves are good! And it’s not just women who want to feel special so remember, whoever you are dating tell them they look nice and make sure they are comfortable and having a nice time. Hope this helps!

And if you have any requests or ideas for Relationships 101 then let me know!

 

– Kathryn Morris

TWITTER: @katmorris20

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THE ROYAL BABY: A LIFE TO BE DESIRED OR PITIED?

As soon as she was born, people waited at the doorstep of the hospital just to catch a glimpse of the princess. She is the most talked about person right now, being watched by thousands and thousands of people – and she doesn’t even know it. People just want to know her name.

I find this bizarre. This child has been in the world five minutes and already I heard one woman on the news saying “She is the youngest fashion icon – people will want to know what she is wearing”… she’s an effing baby! Oh and Kate, how the hell do you do it? You look fantastic! Considering you’ve not long given birth.

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I am thrilled for Kate and Will and am so happy that they’ve had a healthy baby girl. It’s great news and I look forward to finding out her name. But all this hype got me thinking. She doesn’t know that she is a princess. She doesn’t know how much she will be tweeted and written about. Her clothes will be judged and even her name will be judged and betted on. I don’t know why but part of me feels protective. Leave the princess alone! (Don’t worry, I’m not turning into Chris Crocker). She’s a baby. Give the family some privacy. Just because they are royals doesn’t mean they’re not a normal family, or human. Yet everyone is fascinated, taking pictures and waiting for hours on end at the front of the hospital just for a glimpse.
I understand the hype. This day will go down in history. She’s the princess, the forth in line to the throne and of course this is news worthy – but it just all got me feeling a little sorry for the royals. I mean if I had given birth I wouldn’t want to be greeted by cameras and journalists, I’d be bloody exhausted. You won’t catch me in a pretty dress grinning at fans after I’ve been in labour. Is this life – of the princess and her family – to be desired or pitied?

I personally wouldn’t like so much attention. It would annoy me. I don’t care what you think of my outfit, or if I’ve worn it more than once, and I wouldn’t want you analysing and narrating to any Tom, Dick and Harry every single action my child does from a wave to smiling. Prince George has received over 65,000 likes and over 1,000,000 views in 3 hours just for arriving at the hospital.

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This is mad! I don’t have a problem with this – I love to see the royals too and I am genuinely happy for Will and Kate but I just can’t help but think what a life. The princess and George are both lucky: they have two loving parents, are wealthy, well protected and are adored by millions. However, they are constantly followed and watched by the public, written about in papers and social media and judged by people they don’t even know. So many people desire fame and fortune. What I’m asking is: is it really everything?

Despite all of this, the princess has already had an amazing start to life. She is adored by everyone. The new royal has bought joy to so many people before we even know her. She will always be adored and is lucky to have the life she has because even though there are cons to being famous, her life could be worse. All I want for this baby is for her to be kind and happy and have the confidence to be who she wants to be. God bless the princess.

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– Kathryn Morris

TWITTER: @katmorris20

BATTLE OF THE SEXES: WHO’S THE DADDY? (OR MOMMY?)

Who wins when it comes to men vs. women? Which is the better sex overall?

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First of all, we are asking the wrong question. It may seem an obvious conclusion (at least I hope it does!) but this match ends in a draw. Both sexes have their strengths. You may be thinking “well duh!” at this point, and if so then that means I like you. Of course we are equal and should be treated as such. Men and women aren’t so different. It is gender and personality that makes us diverse and unique.

Gender and sex – aren’t they the same thing?

No. Sex is if you are male or female. Gender is how you define yourself, what you identify as – so your sex can be male but your gender female and vice versa. Allow me to explain further.

You were probably assigned your gender from young, before you could even walk or talk, and have the ability to understand and say who you wanted to be, what traits you identified with and if you felt like a boy or girl despite your sex. Baby girls are dressed in pink; boys in blue. As you grow old enough to require stimulation and be able to play with toys, then maybe as a boy you played with Action Men, toy cars or gaming consoles, toys that looked cool and full of adventure. Sound familiar? And little girls are bought Barbies or toy ovens or dolls’ houses. But what if boys want to play with girls’ toys?

If men cry, they are called “puffs” or “girls”. Just the other day I saw a father telling his son to stop crying – he said “why are you being a girl? You’re a man.” This was not said nastily, and was said to comfort the boy, possibly make him laugh. This boy looked like he was two or three years old. Even I laughed and smiled at the sulking boy. But just because a boy cries, or does something classed as feminine does not make him weak, or girly. It doesn’t mean his gender is female either just because he does one thing synonymous with women either. Gender is how you identify yourself, so both your sex and gender is still male even if you don’t like sports and beer and sometimes cry!

Jokes aside, what I’m saying is if you are a boy, but identify more as a female, then that’s OK. If you are a woman who identifies as a male, then that’s OK too! Be proud of whatever gender you want to be. Or maybe you identify as non-binary? (Which means you identify as neither, both, or a mixture of male and female). Whatever your gender, don’t be afraid to be that gender, and just because you like an activity that’s designed for the opposite sex to you doesn’t make you a “big girl”. (And by the way – why is being a girl a bad thing?!)

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However, I understand that it can be difficult to be yourself; there is still pressure on the sexes. Traditional roles and expectations still linger despite being in the twenty-first century. Or do they? Are men still expected to be strong, daring, and the breadwinners within a family? And are women still required to be housewives that raise their children whilst man works and brings food to the table? The answer is no – today is a much better society in terms of gender roles. There are stay at home dads, mothers that work, men who cook and women who do DIY. But there is still pressure and expectations on males and females. For example, women on TV are expected to be sexy and feminine and in some music videos they are hardly wearing anything shaking what their momma gave ‘em! And if men are going to be topless, people want to see a six pack. Sex sells. But it should not matter what you look like or who you want to be!

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Maybe everything I am saying is obvious and you think any opinion that says otherwise is ridiculous. Maybe it depends where you come from, but if a man was to walk down the street wearing women’s clothes and a curly blonde wig, people would notice. People would stare, because it’s deemed as unusual for a boy to wear a dress. But why?

My point overall is that the sexes are equal, and you can be any gender you want to be. If you want to be a boy that wears pink or a girl that wants to wrestle then you go girl! Or boy! Ignore stereotypes, traditional roles, requirements and expectations. Whatever you’re into, your personality, or who you choose to be, does not make you any less of a man or woman. So, gentleman, who’s the daddy? You’re all the daddy!

You can be whoever you want to be regardless of sex. We are all equal and unique. Whoever you are, I hope you are comfortable with who you are as a person – because you should be. Boy or girl, we all deserve respect and not to be treated like we’re odd. So forget everything negative that’s going on around you, and just be who you want to be.

 

– Kathryn Morris

TWITTER: @katmorris20

 

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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