“You’re Wrong” – the Return of #CartoonButt

I wanted to start this post by talking about how I started a cartoon series called #cartoonButt last year but as it turns out I started it sort of mid-to-late year, 2013 (The first installment is here if you’re interested). I didn’t do many, and I realize that you need to stick with something for a while to accurately gauge how successful something is but the extreme lack of interaction / response they received was disheartening at best. While I realized that most of my content would mostly only be appreciated by those closest to us (or at least people that knew us) I thought I did an alright job of making them general enough for them to be appreciated as comics. The whole purpose of them, really, was to be seen and because I enjoy doing them. Anyway – the response was quiet enough to talk me into giving it up after about 10 or 12 installments.

Bummer.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you know that I’m a pretty big fan of The Art of Manliness. Offering up great articles such as Thinking On Your Feet: How to answer Difficult Questions, Men & Dating: Why The Pick-Up Scene Gets It Wrong, and my personal favorite series, Lessons in Manliness From Viking Mythology, AOM gives guys a pretty well-rounded resource for all things manly. While usually long reads I find their writing to be spot-on and they tackle just about any subject you can imagine and even some you can’t. Either way: I’m a big fan.

Earlier this week I received from their newsletter an article called Stop Hacking Your Life. The author goes into detail about how we, as a society, have become so dependent on researching how to better our lives, making them easier, faster, more efficient, etc. We spend so much time preparing for obstacles that we often never get through the experiences that we’d learn more from anyway. While I don’t want to review the article in full, I want to elaborate on a single point it made about reassessing why we do certain things and how we gauge the success of something:

In our society we’re taught that faster is always better and with the mindset that has evolved out of social media we strive for (read: “are starving for”) instant gratification. How many RTs did I get? Did anybody Like my photo? I know personally if I don’t get x amount of likes on an Instagram post I feel like I’ve messed up, or even worse, I’m UGLY. It’s honestly a pretty pathetic state to be in but it’s what we have, I suppose.

What we also have now is the assumption that if something doesn’t take off right away then it isn’t worth doing. I’m guilty of looking up to my elders and envying what they have and being hard on myself for not having the same things or not having experienced as much without stopping to realize that they’ve been at it way longer than me – they’ve put their time in, they’ve bled over it, sweated over it, cried over it. I’m only 30 years old – not so “young” anymore but young enough to still be considered early in the game. The article forced me to stop and consider some of these things a little more and as a result I’ve had my eyes open to my poor attitude when it comes to personal projects, hobbies and even my professional life. If something is worth doing we’re likely not going to even know it right away – we just have to do what we feel is the right thing, whether it sees instant success or not.

As anti-climatic as this may be, with that in mind I’ve decided to bring back #cartoonButt! This edition is dedicated to mine and Erin’s beloved Knoxville Ice Bears who just last night pulled a 3-2 victory over Mississippi to take game one of the SPHL President’s Cup finals! Game two, and hopefully the final game of the series, happens Saturday night at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum. Come hang out at the pre-game tailgating event in the parking garage and afterward as we hope to be celebrating until the wee hours of the morning!

Enjoy #cartoonButt: You’re Wrong

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And with that, #cartoonButt is back and so is my creativity.

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Reboot 66 Days Later: Style Upgrades & Birchbox Man Unboxing

One more week – ONE MORE WEEK – until I’m finished with Couch to 5k. One week. One week. The decision has been made to run the Hot to Trot 5K in Turkey Creek on Thanksgiving day, held by local runner’s shop Fleet Feet Sports. I have three workouts – three 5:45am wake ups – 9.3 miles – and I will have finished training. At that point, it’s two months of conditioning and working on time and then the big day arrives. I’m excited, I’m anxious, I’m all to hell. What a weird thing, this 5k business.

In addition to trying to upgrade my health for when I hit the bit 3-0 in December, I’m also in the process of doing some serious upgrades to my style. You’ll probably see some more of this in the next few weeks in the blog or if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter. Fix the mind, fix the body inside and out, get ready for the next big decade of my life. It’s a great thing because looking great makes me feel great and I’m all about that “retail therapy” business!

Recent additions to the closet this week include these new kicks. Pretty weird because I’m not big on buying new shoes. I love the shoes I have at any given moment but I will usually wear them until they fall apart. This was apparent in the Adidas hemp Sambas with rasta color scheme I wore for years with 2-3 holes in each shoe. I once wore some Rocketdog sneakers so long holes wore out in the bottom and my mother-in-law offered to buy me new shoes. Talk about one of the most embarrassing moments of my life! Anyway, upping my shoe game with the following:

(Left to right) Onitsuka Tigers by Asics and Stafford Deacon wingtip boots from JC Penny.

So if you’re taking care of the inside of your body and you’re dressing it better than you used to, you also need to take care of the outside of your body. In an attempt to get a move on, I’ve subscribed to Birchbox Men: a monthly box subscription service that delivers great grooming supply samples for guys based on a short profile you set up. It’s quick, simple, cheap and, let’s be honest, fun!

I got my first Birchbox Saturday afternoon. The October box is themed after a show I’ve never heard of called The League, so I understand why, but I thought it was a little cheesy to get a box in the mail painted up like a football and addressed to “Hall of Famer Justin Simpson”. Either way I was still eager to get this weird football box open to see what had arrived.

From left to right:
Basics for Men: Ultimate Tough Skin Relief by Beckman
Scent Intense by CoSTUME NATIONAL
Rescue Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser by Suki
Facelifting Face Balm by Ursa Major
“Party Cup” Shot Glasses by Lil’ Reds
Mason Stones by W&P
Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner by Number 4 Hair

Just like yesterday’s Mantry Unboxing Post, I intend to review these items regularly as I get to use them as well as the Birchbox subscription program in general. Thus far I’m pretty impressed with the contents based solely on number and variety!

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#CartoonButt 004: “Wom Nukem”

A few months ago a friend hooked us up with free tickets to see Hard Knox Roller Girls at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Ignorant to pretty much everything roller derby related aside from the movie “Whip It” we were pretty excited to go. I had high hopes of this becoming something regular for us to get into on the weekend, much like the Ice Bears were last year (and this coming season) and I gotta say, I’m disappointed we didn’t get in to this until so late in the Derby season because we had a lot of fun.

Rules were fairly simple and explained multiple times, so there was rarely ever any question as to what was going on, when it was appropriate to cheer, etc. The two matches were pretty intense and fast-paced, starring such beauties as “Battle Ready Betty”, “Dirty Kopp”, “Miss Murder”, “Scary Poppins” and “Unsweet T” for the Hard Knox Brawlers & All Stars teams. We left with one win and one loss under our belts, a belly full of nachos and soda and the excitement of the next home match.

So, inspired by our night at Roller Derby and the pin-up style art that often accompanies it, Erin and I considered her Derby name to be “Wom Nukem” (as in “Woman” – it’s a long story) so I made this happen the following morning.

Enjoy this week’s #CartoonButt

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