Saturday, January 14, 2012
We love to hear about the great things that Old Guys are doing to further prove that Old Guys Rule. There are so many different endeavors that Old Guys are pursuing and we can't keep track of everyone, but we'd love to try. Are there Old Guys that you know who are doing great things? Please tell us about it on our Facebook page so that we can share it with our friends.
We recently stumbled upon a blog post
that is exactly the kind of thing we'd like to hear about. There is an Old Guy who will be embarking on a 3,000 mile journey in just a couple of short months. 3,000 miles isn't that far if you're in a plane. It's an obnoxiously long drive. This guy won't be using a plane or a car…he's walking. 3,000 miles on foot. He'll be celebrating his 70th birthday while he is on his journey.
We think the story of Mike Shaw
is so inspirational. He will be walking from Dana Point, California to New York, New York to raise money for two charities: The Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Wounded Warrior Project. His goal is to raise $100,000. His friend, Doug Roberts
will be joining him for part of his journey.
We were excited to read about their efforts and we wish them all the best on their journey. It's truly inspirational to read about such a testament to friendship, philanthropy, life and to the fact that Old Guys Rule!
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Staying fit is so important; of course all Old Guys know that. It is the key to being able to do the things we enjoy…surfing, fishing, hiking, running and even just working on our cars. In January, every year, the gyms and the beaches are flooded with people who are trying to keep the resolutions that they've made for the New Year. We know in a couple of months, the crowds will dwindle and it will be back to the normal for those of us who have made staying fit a part of our lives.
Until things go back to normal, we think about what keeps us inspired to stay fit. For some, it's the desire to keep getting on the board and riding the waves. For others, it's the simple wish to go for a run and clear their heads. And for the competitive Old Guys, it's the desire to keep up and push ahead of the "other guys."
We keep working at staying in shape day after day, year after year. We feel pretty good about that. It means so much to be able to do the things we love to do and usually, that is enough to keep at it. Sometimes, though, we need a little extra inspiration. In case you should ever find yourself in a similar situation, here are some Old Guys who give us that extra boost:
the 64-year-old who surfs the cold waters of the Atlantic, year round. He's also the author of "Surfing Cold Water: A New Englander's Off Season Obsession."
a 66-year-old marathon runner who has ran more than 50 marathons in 50 states. He suffered a back injury about 20 years ago and was in a wheelchair for a time.
He ran his first marathon at age 56.
Bob Evans and his power-lifter friends
that are mostly in their 60s and 70s. This group of guys joined together to do a heavy lifting workout in a Chatsworth, CA garage when their former
What keeps you inspired? Have you seen an Old Guy ruling fitness? We'd love to hear about it. You can share it here or on our Facebook Page
Thursday, December 29, 2011
As we near the end of 2011, we are looking forward to the New Year. We've started thinking about our resolutions, which seem to last for the first few weeks of the year. We always intend to keep them, but somehow life gets busy and we slide bit by bit. However, that doesn't stop us from trying. We aren't going to name names just in case someone slips up, but here is the list of resolutions from folks at Old Guys Rule:
• Spend more time with family and friends
• Exercise more
• Eat healthier
• Spend more time outdoors
• Be more organized
• Get involved in the community
• Not to make any resolutions (have to laugh at this one)
We've listed all of these on our Facebook page
. We'd like to know if you are "resolving" to make a change in 2012. Does your list look like the one above or are you focusing on one thing?
Also, just a few quick tips that we've read over the years that might help you keep those resolutions:
• Tell your family and friends what your resolutions are, ask them to help.
• Be reasonable by setting realistic goals and timelines.
• Write it down where you will see it every day.
• Work with a friend who has the same resolution, keep each other on track
• Reward yourself when you reach milestones - 1 week, 1 month, etcetera
Best wishes for a Happy New Year. We hope that 2012 is a great year for you. Thank you for all of your support in 2011…we look forward to sharing more Old Guys Rule insight in the coming year.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
No matter how many Christmas movies I've seen, my favorite is an oldie. I guess that's appropriate... Every year at the holidays, I watch "It's a Wonderful Life." Sure there are funnier movies and maybe more sentimental movies, but for me this one is the best.
George Bailey is just a regular guy who makes a few mistakes. Who hasn't? He doesn't realize the value of his own life. The ways that he has made a difference for other people. He throws in the towel, gives up...but then Clarence steps in. How they came up with this old guy as the angel is beyond me, but I guess it gives an old guy some hope. That unlikely angel shows George what life would be if he had never been born. Turns out the world is a better place because he's in it.
It makes me think of the people I've lost during my life. I wish I could have shown them what life would be like without them...maybe that's why this movie resonates with me. Or maybe it's because it's a classic...and I have a penchant for the classics.
It calls to mind a simpler time, watching a Christmas movie with the family (before there were hundreds of Christmas movies), on a black and white TV. Also, it reminds me that it takes us "regular guys" to make the world go round; even when we don't realize it. So here's to all of the regular guys....Happy Holidays.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
It's hard to believe that the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred 70 years ago. Although that was before our time, at least for some of us, it still seems like it couldn't have possibly been that long ago. Every year on December 7th, we pause and think of those who battled on that day so many years ago.
More than 2,000 soldiers were lost that day. More than 1,000 servicemen were injured. The number of surviving military personnel continues to dwindle. Many of those survivors think that they will be forgotten, but we can say for certain that we will never forget. We know that there are so many that agree with us...more than 1 Million people continue to flock to the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor annually.
On this 70th Anniversary, Old Guys Rule tips our hat and humbly offer our respects to those who served at Pearl Harbor. We will not forget and we agree with Franklin D. Roosevelt when he referred to December 7, 1941 as "a date which will live in infamy." Thanks to all who have served and continue to serve. We are grateful to you and your comrades for your service.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Here at Old Guys Rule, we like to focus on the great things that we have accomplished in our lives and all of the fun that we are still having. Even though that is what we talk about the most, there is always something else going on behind the scenes. There are many worthy causes that we support. You may have noticed that a percentage of the proceeds from all of our "Living Legends" products benefits a charity.
Our John Wayne Collection benefits the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. Although we remember his battles on TV the most, John Wayne's toughest battle was against cancer. He was able to beat lung cancer in 1964, but succumbed to Stomach Cancer in 1979. John Wayne's family established the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to "to bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer." The foundation is committed to groundbreaking cancer research and education at the John Wayne Cancer Institute.
John Wayne once said, "Well, there are some things a man just can't run away from." We couldn't agree more, which is why we are proud to offer products that give back to this important charity. We are very pleased to share that Old Guys Rule has donated more than $85,000 to the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. When you buy John Wayne products from Old Guys Rule, this donation continues to grow. Even though Thanksgiving has past, we want to thank you again for your business, which in turn supports this important cause.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
It is hard to believe that it's Thanksgiving already. It seems like 2011 just started...when you're younger people tell you time goes faster as you get older. We never believed it. It didn't seem to make any sense...a day is 24 hours, a year is 365 days...how could time go faster? We don't have the answer to that, but it seems like it does. It's days like Thursday that makes it ok for time to pass so quickly. Who isn't ready for another day of feasting, family and hopefully some football?
There are four games that will be played on Thursday, although there is no way we can catch all of them...but we'll be in the recliner at least some of the time. The Packers play the Lions, the Dolphins go up against the Cowboys, the 49ers versus Baltimore and also Texas A & M is head-to-head with Texas. Although part of us wants to sit in front of the TV all day, the other part will be happy to cut the bird, trip over kids and dogs, and just spend time with our family.
It's always a full house on Turkey Day. Even if we can manage to get in front of the TV, there will probably be at least one person standing in front of it most of the time. But you know, that's ok. The thing that we are most thankful for on Thanksgiving is being with the people we care about. Of course, it is followed by food and football...it's Thanksgiving after all...it's part of the tradition. We know some of you might be spending it other ways...on a beach, on a slope or even in another country. Which brings to mind soldiers who might be spending this holiday away from their families, we're thankful for them, too. No matter how you are spending your holiday, we hope you enjoy the day. We are thankful for you, too. Our customers are the reason why we're here. From all of us at Old Guys Rule, Happy Thanksgiving.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
Does that line sound familiar? It takes us back to good times watching TV and laughing at slapstick comedy. Some great comedians blundering their way through life...3 comedians to be exact....The 3 Stooges.
We didn't realize when watching as kids, that The 3 Stooges started in 1925. Sounds like someone was a "wiseguy" because here we are more than 85 years later still talking about them, still watching them and still laughing at Larry, Mo and Curly. They are an icon of another time, but in 2012 they may become an icon for a new generation.
The 3 Stooges new movie comes out in April. It's not a remake, but rather a new twist on the old antics. After watching some of the clips, comedian Sean Hayes (Larry) said, "I've never laughed so hard in my life." We can hardly wait for the laughs coming our way.
Also, Old Guys Rule is proud to feature The 3 Stooges on a few Old Guys t-shirts coming out early in 2012...the headline here is your sneak preview to what one of those shirts will say. Any guesses about the others? This collection is all laughs, just the way Larry, Mo and Curly would've wanted it.
Friday, October 28, 2011
We could all use a good laugh for the upcoming Halloween weekend, so we put together a list of 5 funny do-it-yourself Halloween costumes for Old Guys. This list is a trick and a treat...at a minimum it should make you laugh.
1. Carry around a beer all night and wear this shirt
- when people ask, tell 'em you're a case worker.
2. Dress as a woman - specifically your mother...this is especially funny if you look like her. If you're lucky you can borrow stuff from her...if not, do not attempt to borrow things from your wife to dress like your mother...we aren't responsible if you do.
3. Wear your normal clothes, but pin a bag of chips to yourself - when someone asks what you are, say. "I'm all that and a bag of chips."
4. Put on a crown...then everyone will know you're the king of the castle.
5. Don a hat, boots and red handkerchief - do your best to look like The Duke...if you've got one of our shirts, that'll help. Or you could go around saying, "Little Lady" and "Pilgrim."
We hope that you have a Happy Halloween and if you dress up, you'll share your pictures on our Facebook page
, especially if you have some of our gear on as part of your costume. We could always use a good laugh.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
1. TV in black and white. Not all of the time, but sometimes when you flip channels and you find a classic, it calls to mind a simpler time. It can take you back to the past. It's unbelievable, but this month marks the 60th Anniversary of Color TV. Doesn't seem possible that it's been that long. The old shows still make us laugh, the actors didn't rely on the bells and whistles, they relied on their raw talent. We didn't watch TVs in every room of the house, we sat down together and watched as a family...seems like that still might be a better way to do it. (Although we must admit, we don't miss the rabbit ears.)
2. A lazy afternoon. We've worked hard and we'll keep working hard, sometimes we play hard, but we definitely appreciate a lazy afternoon. This is made so much easier right now by the extended summer we're having in Southern California. Although, to be honest, it could be cooler. We wouldn't complain...much.
3. True Friends. Life flies by, some friends come and go, but there are those "stick." Those friends who will always be your friend no matter what you do or where you go. We've lost some of those great friends along the way and whenever it happens, you almost can't help but think, "The good die young." Not matter how old you are. Losing some makes us appreciate the ones that are left. As a matter of fact, today is the perfect time to remind our friends what they mean to us.
4. Time. When we were kids, time seemed to drag on and it seemed forever to just get through a day. School years were long, summer vacations were the only thing that seemed to fly. Now, it's different. Time passes so quickly. How is it October already? How is it 2011? It seems like life is flashing before our eyes. Time is a luxury that we don't think we can afford when we are younger, but as we get older we make sure that spend it.
5. Classics - Cars or Bikes. Maybe it's the nostalgic feeling they inspire, but there's not a classic car or bike that passes without us craning our necks to see. Some of us have memories wrapped around a specific car or a bike. Many of us can remember when the cars that are classics now were the "new" models. Others worked on them with our dads and our buddies...some of us still do.
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