On New Year’s Eve, Ryan Seacrest raised the bar for men everywhere.
At Times Square last week, huddled masses, one million strong, yearned to be warm. They rubbed glove-laden hands and stamped their feet in the 29-degree (wind chill in the teens) tundra of mid-town Manhattan.
As midnight approached, featured performer, Taylor Swift, shivered on the outdoor stage in a halter top, “I’m absolutely freezing, this is the wrong choice.” Ryan Seacrest took off his coat, detached his mic and transmitter, and draped his coat around Ms. Swift.
Admittedly the bar, that of being a gentleman, has lowered to the point where it is now easier to trip over it, than to go under it.
Gentlemanly behaviors should not be confined to men. I am not espousing a form of “benevolent sexism,” wherein women are a “weaker” gender needing protection. Rather, being a gentleman is an umbrella term for a code of conduct inclusive of respect and kindness, civility and generosity, equally appropriate for both sexes.
I believe that a gentleman…
Holds a door open, certainly for a woman.
Gives up his seat to those who need, or deserve it more than he.
Is respectful in word and deed.
Is on time; he understands that his time is not more valuable than that of others.
The signature feature is the Rolls Royce Wraith’s Starlight Headliner, consisting of 1,340 LEDs hand-sewn to create an effect of owning one’s personal night sky filled with stars...
Warning, content below represents a man's libidinous fascination with an automobile. It is not Lolita; after all Bradley Berman, the author, is not Nabokov and the Wraith is not underaged. Nonetheless, I find myself simultaneously repulsed... and seduced. - David J. Katz
Nine years and 19 million YouTube views later, Steve Jobs's commencement address to Stanford University's graduating class of 2005 has achieved iconic status.Jobs, the Apple visionary who died in 2011 at age 56, delivered a speech that resonated far beyond the Stanford audience, with a masterful mix of personal anecdotes, sparks of insight and universally applicable pieces of wisdom. Each year, especially around graduation season, people discover and rediscover Jobs's speech and its messages for those who seek meaning and purpose in life and at work. - Carolyn GregoireNote that Steve Jobs originally asked Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to write this speech: Sorkin was not available. - DJKFull text of Steve Jobs' commencement address to Stanford University 2005 "I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college gradu…