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If you haven’t yet watched HBO’s The Pacific, go download it right now. Chuck Tatum is one of the featured marines in the Emmy award-winning miniseries, and I was so honored to be able to interview him for my book.
Alpine River Outfitters
If you’re ever in Vail, Colorado, go fishing with my pal Brody Henderson, General Manager and guide at Alpine River Outfitters. Sure, he’ll throw your cell phone into the drink if you start yapping on it, but he’ll also help you have fun and catch some monster fish too. He helps me with all things outdoorsy.
Visit this online haberdashery for the modern man, and stock up on reasonably priced suspenders, hats, pocket squares, cufflinks and more. Shopkeeper Charles Henry, my style man, will not steer you wrong.
Dave Hallman Hyundai
So, you happen to be passing through Erie, Pennsylvania, and your Hyundai breaks down. What to do? My buddy, John Huff, the Service manager at the local Hyundai dealer, will hook you up. He can also give you a lesson on how to change your car’s oil yourself. I’m one of his students.
Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers
If you’re ever in midtown Manhattan, go get a cut and shave at Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers on East 56th. That’s what Don Draper would do. Joe Marchesi, the shop’s co-founder guided me on all things grooming.
Gennaro Brooks-Church, Director of Eco Brooklyn, gave me some technical advice on fixing stuff without hurting myself (or the planet). He runs a cool green contracting outfit in New York.
Cocktail Parties, Straight Up!
Lauren Purcell throws some of the best parties in town, and her book, Cocktail Parties, Straight Up, includes some mouthwateringly delicious recipes for both cocktails and food, as well as helpful tips on how to avoid socially awkward moments, which I totally appreciate. She’s my go-to for all things entertaining.
If you’re ever on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, hit the F.S.C. Barber for a cut and a shave. Co-owner Sam Buffa knows how to wield a razor.
Rikke Brogaard’s Positive Dog Training
Brooklyn’s own Rikke Brogaard can teach any pooch to sit or stay, and even better, she can teach any pooch-owner how to effectively train a pup. Check out her blog for very helpful demo videos.