I’m Late, I’m Late, for a Very Important Date…

I’m not quite sure where the concept that women are always late came from. My dad is infamous for his ability to make us late for everything from a movie to his ONE and ONLY daughter’s wedding. Truth be told his penchant for procrastination has me, to this very day, still setting all my time keeping devices 10 minutes fast. And as I recall the rodent who scuttled about wonderland didn’t run around with a pocket watch blathering “I’m on time, I’m on time!”, and he was not a SHE. Even with all the “historical facts” out there I still blithely sit by and allow women to take the rap. Well no MORE! Turns out all but ONE of the featured gentlemen in my testosterone tea party known as, MANuary are running a bit behind the clock. That’s okay though, after all as Carly Simon once said “Anticipation is making me wait”. Maybe what I need to do is tell you how amazing they are and they’ll come running to add their two cents. One of those cents I figure will go towards telling me why women ARE indeed the “later” sex. I give you the MEN of MANuary! FYI I’ve included twitter info where available. Each and every one of these guys are WELL worth the follow.

We start off across the pond with the minds behind the next big innovation in hydration Kieran McCrorie (@kieran_mccrorie) and Stephen Bradley (@quiversgb) of Quiver (AMAZING product! more on that later). These Scotsmen kick Mel Gibson on his be-skirt-ed butt! I can’t wait to have them answer the age old questions: “What does a Scotsmen wear under his kilt?” and “What the HELL is haggis and just how much scotch must one consume before even CONSIDERING eating it?”

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Ted Rubin (@tedrubin) CMO of e.l.f. cosmetics for MANuary here at the Nuggets. He is smart, funny, approachable and has some amazing insights into life, relationships and fatherhood. Of all the interviews I’ve done in a lifetime of aspiring to be a “real” writer, my talk with Ted is among the very best.

Larry Vollmer (@lvollmer) author of Inside the Octagon has agreed to explain the concept of Mixed Martial Arts to us. I’m thinking it’s pretty much a bar brawl only with no shoes & no booze. Being a big fan of boxing I’m really looking forward to learning more from Larry.

Because everybody needs a little Rock in their Roll I give you Rodney Howard (@rodneyondrums). Not only is he an kick ass drummer who tours and records with the likes of Avril LavigneGavin DeGraw and Regina Spektor he is an equally amazing dad. Oh and NOBODY can rock the hot pink skinny tie like he does! All this and he still manages to be a mentor to my budding rock star son and lucky enough to have one of my bestest best friends in the world as his better half. FYI he might also have the best proof that women are indeed always late as his wife can NEVER seem to be on time for anything!

Our own Ed of Ed’s Funny Pages (what’s he smokin’ in that cartoon on his blog. SURE he wants us to THINK it’s one of those party blow-out thingies but we’re on to him) will bring his make-you-spit-coffee-out-your-nose humor over to The Nuggets for a guest post that shall be nothing less than hilarious. In all honesty I’m sort of worried about this one. See, I told Ed he is free to do WHATEVER he wants for his post. I’m thinking now that maybe I should have been more clear about what the meaning of the word “is” is

Self proclaimed male cheerleader, Brad (@BeerInBaltimore) Squad Captain of Beer in Baltimore will sound off on suds. Okay he says he cheers for beer (maybe beer causes lateness?) but I suspect he might wear the costume now and then as well. (Is it wrong that I sort of dig that idea?)

Lance Carter (@DailyActor) actor, cat wrangler and editor at The Daily Actor will stop in with something. Not sure what yet (did I mention the “boys” are LATE) but I KNOW it will be great. Lance recently appeared on one of my all time favorite TV shows The Middle on ABC. He is a funny and talented guy and I can’t wait to Nuggetize him!

One of my FAVORITE flicks of all time has got to be “Almost Famous” (warning TMI moment imminent) I’ve got this whole elaborate Cameron Crowe as his character Lloyd Dobbler stealing away my adore from Alan Rickman  as √Čamon de Valera fantasy. Hey I never claimed to be normal. In fact, I recall saying something about his blog being my cheap excuse for therapy. And now we rejoin my point already in progress. My next MANuary guest has taken the title of his blog from “Almost Famous”, Always Home and Uncool. Kevin (@homeanduncool) bills himself as a father, husband, writer, goofball with the order subject to change. He writes one of the sharpest witted blogs I’ve ever had the pleasure to stumble upon whist web surfing in the middle of an attack of insomnia.

And last, but by FAR not least, I’m honored (actually I’m still sort of shocked and all googly over this one) that Evan Handler, you may know him as Harry, Charlotte’s husband from Sex in The City, has agreed to come kvetch with us. Evan is one amazing guy. How so you say? I don’t want to give it all up to early  I’ve had “issues” with that in the past but a little snippet is, in addition to his roles in Sex and Californication, (oooh that sounds sooo naughty. Me likey) he has stared in many a Broadway play and Hollywood flick. He has also written two books, his own play AND stared in it.

I contacted him after reading his latest book It’s Only Temorary: The Good News and The Bad News of Being Alive. This book is simply sublime. It’s funny, raw, intelligent and heartwarming without an ounce of sap! I suggest you go grab it now… and since the interview is pending you are welcome to email me a question for Evan, I’ll do my best to get it answered. More to come on the book, Evan as an unconventional romantic, a father, an actor and amazing human being who has THE best mantra I’ve ever come across.. “I don’t Know”. Oh and I’ll be giving away a couple copies of the book to some lucky Nuggets.

I hope you’ll forgive my tardiness in getting started here (did I mention it’s the “boys” that are LATE?). I promise to make up for it with what I know will prove to be a great time for all.

Oh you owe me a THANK YOU for NOT including “It’s raining men” as a theme song for MANuary.. you’re welcome!

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