Who The Blog Am I? – Meet Joel



As far as basic disclosures go, I’m not affiliated with the owners of the blog I am not getting paid to write anything.  If, somehow, I get free samples out of writing this, I’ll let you know. When asked if I wanted to contribute to this blog, I paused for a moment before saying “Yes.”  I’ve been wanting to write for fun, but had not had the perseverance or the dedication to try to launch my own blog.  I also hesitated because this is primarily a blog about cigars.  What would I, the least avid cigar smokers amongst the stable of writers, contribute to this space? Thankfully, an answer seemed to pop into my muddled head.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an abiding love of food, drink, and clothing.  These are things I feel I can write about; these are hobbies and avocations I enjoy immensely. I’ve been putting pictures of my food online for years.  I’ve been reading and tweeting about food, drinks, and menswear for a while now.  Perhaps I can contribute to rounding out the edges of the blog with these snippets.  I will readily admit that there are a plethora of cooking, cocktail, and menswear blogs out there.  My hope is to not only satisfy my desire to write but that some of you may find my voice on these matters to be informative, entertaining, or possibly even instructive.

Because of the large number of blogs that cover the areas in which I intend to write, I am going to try to stay true to a few tenets.

1) Do the Best With What Is Accessible to You

Not everyone, myself included, can spend a lot of money on everything.  We have priorities and we have constraints.  I try to make the best with what I can fit into my budget by making good use of when I do go out to eat, cooking at home with as much ingenuity as possible, enjoying my drinks in moderation both of amount and of price, and taking a serious eye to what I wear. I would love to have the freedom to buy whatever my heart desired, but in the meantime, I will make the best with what I have.

2) Always Put As Much Effort In As You Can

The old maxim is that “If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.”  Another way of looking at it goes back to “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  I think about what I am eating and drinking.  I try to taste every morsel and try to think about what I can do better every time.  I take stock of my closet and think about what part of my wardrobe is missing and how I look everyday.  After watching some of “Being Human” recently, a friend of mine joked recently that she was going to try to be more stylish because if she died, she wanted to look good. What we eat, what we drink, and what we wear all make a difference in who we are. If you are going to spend your time and money on something, no matter how little, it is worth putting in some effort

3) Take Some Pride In These Choices

Each of us makes choices every day that contribute to who we are.  These choices will differ from everyone around us and we ought to acknowledge that we are who we are.  I am a geek.  I grew up on science-fiction and fantasy.  I prefer cocktails to beer.  Most of my “casual” outfits involve a blazer.  That doesn’t make me better than someone else, but I am proud of those choices – it is who I am.  Be confident in liking what you like and knowing why you like it.  It is okay not to be like everyone else.  Of course, my family’s theme song is The Kinks, “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” so I could be a bit biased here.

4) Practice!

The natural outgrowth of 2) and 3) is to practice.  You become a better cook by cooking more.  You can better articulate what scotch or bourbon you prefer (though I think gin is the most equal of all equals) by trying different ones.  You will become more stylish by seeing not only what fits on you but also what you like.  If it is worth doing, and you are going to take some pride in it, then you should practice it.

Maybe there is a little bit of vanity also involved for my own sake.  In the meantime, sit back and enjoy the posts.