(Our guest writer, Brian Jenkins, writes about a variety of education topics for BrainTrack.com. This includes college level courses in culinary arts, which many bachelors out there could desperately use.)
Do you feel as though you could use some upgrades to your dating, personal finance, and/or cooking skills? Perhaps you’re preparing to take a beautiful woman to a fancy restaurant and you want to learn how to reject wines like an expert? You can learn this skill, and other skills useful for bachelors, for free! Let’s take a look at some free courses and some other interesting resources:
After preparing and providing an elaborate home cooked meal, your date says, “That was very good.” However, even your parakeet knows she’s lying. What can you do? Take a cooking class and learn how to cook scrumptious meals. You may even get lucky and meet some women in class.
- Williams & Sonoma, the home furnishing and cookware store, provides free cooking technique classes every month. Find a store store you.
- Find local amateur cooking classes at the Shaw Guides’ Recreational Cooking & Wine Schools web page.
- The gourmet store, Sur la table, offers full participation cooking classes throughout the nation.
- The popular Whole Foods Market has culinary centers in over 30 of its stores across the country.
- Use StarChefs to find a quality cooking school in your area.
European Cooking Vacations
Take a European cooking vacation and add some spice to your life. The International Kitchen offers an array of cooking vacations and one day classes in France, Italy, and Spain. The programs also include sightseeing tours. Cooking Vacations provides hands-on cooking classes and cultural tours in Italy’s 20 regions.
Free Online Wine Courses
How can you class yourself up to impress women? You could always wear a monocle. But perhaps a better choice would be to dazzle women with your wine knowledge. Take these two free online wine courses. The short interactive course will have you tasting wines like an expert, while the advanced course teaches you how to do the following:
- Differentiate and describe wines like an expert
- Talk about and order wine with confidence
- Save money when buying wine
- Reject wines commonly accepted by other people
- Pair wine with food
You don’t know much about personal finance topics? Is your brain melting due to your substantial credit card debt? What can you do? Enhance your knowledge by taking some free online personal finance courses. Check out Financial Security for All at eXtension, Money 101, and Planning for a Secure Retirement.
Even if you’re an expert on personal finance, consider taking a free undergraduate business course through MIT OpenCourseWare. MIT’s Sloan School of Business Management offers an extensive list of free classes. And yes, you can impress women by casually letting it be known you’re taking classes at MIT!
Speak With Class
How can you woo your date? Sprinkle the conversation with romantic French phrases. Don’t have the time or money to move to Paris? No problem! Take free online french lessons! Obviously, you’ll need to wear a beret to complete the wooing process.
By not paying a dime for these life-enhancing courses, you can buy that 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class automobile (MSRP $110,400) you’ve been thinking about! THAT should impress a few ladies.
(The opinions expressed by this writer don’t necessarily reflect those of The Domesticated Bachelor.)
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Poll time: Who’s Your Favorite Hottie Actress of the ’50s?
If you’re retirement age, you might have adored these talented (and magically delicious) actresses the first time around during Hollywood’s Golden Age (circa 1950s). Some of us younger folk have since grown to appreciate the grooviness of women who could be our grandmothers. I think I mentioned before that I’m a bit of a Natalie Portman fan (see exhibit A & exhibit B), but there’s just something swell about the classic elegance of these fine Hollywood hotties. A few of these actresses hit their heydays before the ‘50s, some just after, but they all did great work in the ‘50s. There were other excellent actresses from the period, but these are the 6 I like best (I’ve left out Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe because they’re overly popular and just not my favs). Please vote for your favorite and tell us why in the comments, then check back for the results (you can see the results of the Favorite Fictional Bachelor Poll and still vote!). Feel free to research their film catalogs and get back to us.
The secret word is classic.
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by Jonathan Barndoor Perry
You hear great things about massages. Then you hear the other stuff, which you assume is largely isolated and somewhat fictional. I least I used to. Last fall I flew to California to see my mom and took a short sidetrip to see my friend Cami who lives in the Bay Area. Our visit together was brief, but we packed in a lot during that time. We ate dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant, had a meal of Cameroonian food the next day at an outdoor market, caught a Regina Spektor concert, and even got massages. I’d never had a proper massage before, so I was really looking forward to it. Cami’s kind of an old hat at massages and had found a favorite place.
The massage was fantastic! It was quite relaxing and thorough, but, um, a bit more thorough than I was expecting. I was surprised when the masseuse climbed onto my back and used her knees and feet to loosen my knotted muscles. I was also surprised when she massaged me like only that special someone might with near pinpoint encroachment of the nethers. Actually, Cami had joked before we went in about the ‘happy ending‘ business and we had a good chuckle knowing we were seeing professionals, but wouldn’t that be funny? Well, it happened.
At some point near the end of my session, the masseuse said something softly I couldn’t quite understand. I had her repeat it and she whispered in my ear & pointed there (an area loosely covered by a towel), asking me if I wanted her to ‘do that’. I nonchalantly said ‘no, thank you’ in a very polite way, as if one was casually turning down a great dessert at a fine restaurant because there are too many calories, though one has truly been craving the molten lava chocolate cake for months. I’m a little repressed.
We left the massage parlor in a normal manner (I accidentally under-tipped) and as we reached the car I told Cami the previous hour’s highlights. She was shocked! Appalled. She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back there again and I don’t believe she has since. Gradually her shock turned to amusement. Weird naked time became a recurring laugh. Cami said her ex hadn’t been offered ‘that’ before (maybe he didn’t fess up), which made me feel just a bit special, though really, I already felt pretty special.
Anyway, the next time you’re in the Bay Area… db
The secret phrase is magic fingers.
Go San Francisco Giants!!
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