Archives for November 2011

What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 8

xbox-360-kinectRecommending a gaming console is about as healthy as walking into a minefield. For such a novel activity, gaming can be as polarizing as politics and religion. Nevertheless, I’m going to take the risk and make this recommendation, because what’s a holiday gift guide that doesn’t have a gaming representative?

The Xbox 360 first hit shelves in November of 2005. The oddity of recommending a five-year-old console isn’t lost, but the reality is this: the Xbox 360 might be the same platform that it was back in 2005, but it is not in the least bit the same console.

In 2010, the 360 not only made a huge update to its core hardware, it also added a peripheral that has the potential to hugely revolutionize the console gaming industry. For a device that just celebrated its fifth birthday (basically the equivalent of about 50 in electronic years), the Xbox 360 is still clipping through the crowd like it’s the new kid on the block.

Approximate cost: $199.00 to $250.00.

What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 7

Tools! Now that he has that big, new tool chest, he’ll need some tools to fill it up! Again, most big box stores are having some great deals on tool sets. From simple socket sets to huge, multi purpose sets. Approximate cost: $30.00 to $200.00.

What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 6

toolboxAh, the ultimate tool box, complete with a fridge and built in stereo system. Any guy would need this to work on other things that he may want for Christmas. Ok, stereo and fridge aside, men want to keep their tools organized and what better way than with a really nice tool chest on wheels. These things come in variety of different sizes and shapes and the cost will vary with size and construction. I’m recommending a nice stainless steel tool chest, unpainted. That way you won’t need to worry about rust and it’s a lot easier to clean. Just about any box store sells tool chests. Lowes has a lot to choose from, as does Sears. Approximate cost: $100.00 to $1,900.00.

What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 5

tomtomWe’re going to kill two birds with one stone here. GPS devices have been very popular for the past few years. Combine the best GPS product with the best smart phone product and you have Tom Tom running on an iPhone. It’s almost unbelievable how accurate Tom Tom is running on the iPhone. And if you want to add a little icing on the cake, you can get him a Tom Tom or Magellan iPhone cradle that has a GPS booster built in. Magellan has their own iPhone app as well, but I don’t think it’s as nice as the Tom Tom app, just my opinion.
Approximate cost: iPhone 4: $99.00, Tom Tom app: $49.99, Magellan app: $49.99, Tom Tom iPhone cradle: $59.99, Magellan iPhone cradle: $83.00.

What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 4

taurusSo, according to the 2nd Amendment and all of the crazies out there ready to cause you bodily harm, every man should own a gun. At can be for sport, it can be for protection or it can be for both. This is something you may want to hint around about before you go out and buy one. He may be interested in a pistol or he may be interested in a rifle. It all depends on what he has plans for. Seriously though, owning a gun adds a great amount of safety assurance to any family. However, it does add a great amount of responsibility as well. If he’s not confident or comfortable around a gun, maybe get him admission in a safety course first. Approximate cost: $250.00 to $2,000.00.

2013 VW Beetle R

beetle-r With the Beetle R, Volkswagen provides a view of what a future high-performance Bug could look like. There’s no word on what engine might power a production version of the Beetle R, but it wouldn’t take much to bring the styling changes to market.

Numerous exterior cues give the Beetle R Concept a more aggressive stance. The wider front bumper has gaping openings for engine and brake cooling, and there are subtle body-colored hood vents. Wider fenders surround 20-inch alloy wheels.
Changes to the rear are designed to provide the Beetle R Concept with optimal downforce. There’s a diffuser under the rear bumper, but it’s overshadowed by the huge rear wing that looks like it’s paying homage to the “whale tail” Porsche 911s of the ’80s.

Inside, the Beetle R has new front bucket seats that would look right at home in a racecar, though they are finished in black and gray leather. A new instrument cluster puts the tachometer front-and-center, the pedals are finished in aluminum, and R logos abound.

With its 2012 redesign, the Beetle traded cuteness for seriousness. Without that change in attitude, an R version of the car wouldn’t have made much sense, but now it actually seems plausible.

What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 3

ottoA dog! Yes, a dog. Every man should own a dog. Even if you’re strictly a bona fide cat lover, it’s nearly impossible not to be moved by the brand of loyalty unique to dogs. Buddhists believe that on the day that the Bud­dha died, he summoned all animals to his side. Only members of 12 species — dogs among them — reached him before his death. He rewarded those who came with a year of their own, which is why the cat has no sign in the Chinese zodiac.
Although not every dog is necessarily friendly by nature, stories emerge from time to time of a dog becoming separated from his or her family and undertaking an incredible journey toward reunion. Dogs are used in therapy for Alzheimer’s disease and in clinical settings as comfort for the terminally ill. And consider this: Between Jan. 19 and Jan. 31, 2008, no fewer than five different families in the United States and Canada were saved by their dogs when their homes caught fire. All of this substantiates the old saying that dogs are man’s — and woman’s — best friend. Approximate cost: free to $3,000.00.