Tuesday, October 23, 2012


After the 19th Hole

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Remember when you were a kid?  Remember how carefree life was?  When you could put worms in your mouth and not get in trouble?  When the only lessons you really needed to learn were taught on Sesame Street?  When the greatest trial you had to endure in your everyday life was making it to the bathroom in time?

Perhaps you can't remember what it was like when you were a kid, and instead can only see things the way they are for your kids as you watch them sleep.  Honestly, though, kids have it much easier these days.

And they'll probably have it easier as adults than we have it.  Now that we're men and use men's shampoo, we have to undertake arduous tasks such as cooking for ourselves (with the help of our heroes) and worry not getting caught stealing glances at bikini-clad women on the beach or getting mixed up with a "dangerous dame" at the bar.

It's okay though.  We will probably never agree with our kids on who has it easier.  So the best thing to do is just to make it a little more difficult for them by making them do a physically grueling mud run and then breaking out into song and dance, “Gangnam Style” style.
And with that, we shall reveal the results.

Our latest inductee into the Diamond Club is Nest Expressed for his post, "5 Lifestages of a Meme" in which he risked us hating him for the videos he posted, just to give us an education on memes

Congrats, and head on over to the Diamond Club to link up!

This week, our Platinum Man Card is a tie and the first Platinum goes to Scott for his post "Muck That!" in which he gives us a glimpse into what it is like to run a marathon/obstacle course, and to do it all with the help of his son.

And this week's second Platinum Card goes to Jimmy from Jimmy's Opinion for his post "Warm Worms Again," where he tells the story of spending some quality time fishing with his sons, and the unique way they made their worms warm enough to catch fish.

There are three Chairman's Choice awards this week.  Chiz won the Diamond Card last week, so he gets to award the first Man Card.

Chiz said: "My first ever Chairman’s Choice goes to Brett Minor over at the Transformed Non-conformist for his post, Back In My Day…But in all seriousness, it was a very interesting piece, and I know it must’ve taken him some time to upload all those images onto the site. Keep on showing them rapscallions how good they got it!"

Your editors also had an opinion this week.

Youngman Brown said, "My Chairman's Choice goes to Dick Stone for his post, "Iron Chef Michael Symon."  I have actually never seen any cooking shows, and I don't know who Michael Symon is.  But Dick's description of the event and how gracious Michael was reminds me of the times in my childhood when I would seek out autographs of my heroes. Now if we could just get Dick to admit that he has a man-crush, we will be in business."

WilyGuy said, "This week, as I struggle with finding my voice, I found myself completely in tune with Jack B's The Search for the Write Words.  Of course, Dude Write loves any title with Write in it, but for me, Jack found the right Write words.  From his opening paragraph I struggled with him bringing up the kids, effortlessly we moved to self-discovery, painfully to self-doubt.  I was left wondering how Jack got in my head and wrote from my heart.  Thanks so much for saying what I felt."

In the category of the "Color Commentator" Man Card, which is awarded to someone who we spotted making a particularly exceptional comment on another dude's post.

This week's Man Card goes to Chiz for his comment on "Back in My Day."

He said: "But Brett, you don't understand! My butler called in sick today which meant I had to give MYSELF a bath!

Anyway, the sad thing is I know a girl like this and she's in her twenties. She tries to garner sympathy by posting Facebook statuses about how her nazi parents won't get her a dog. Oh, and did I already mention she's well into her twenties?"

Congratulations to all of the new Man Card winners this week. If you didn't get yours this week, come back again on Thursday and try again!

Next Week is going to be full of Dudettes, so pick up a little on your way out.