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Modern Gentlemen …

I suppose if one must be a boar, being the biggest one around deserves some merit.

… cannot abide bores. Generally speaking, these are people raised — either by their own standards or those of another — too wealthy to be gritty but not wealthy enough to be flippant.

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Modern Gentlemen …

As a blogger, I sometimes have felt like a zombie in “Dawn of the Dead” (1978): A hollow representation of life trying to maintain a semblance of normality. Worse, I have the audacity to provide readers advice on a subject with which I have some knowledge but little experience. So perhaps by writing less, I’ll have more to write.

… , having blogged daily for more than a year,  feel justified posting once a week from now on.

Modern Gentleman …

… have favorite movie musicals.

Directed by Frank Oz (Sesame StreetThe Muppet Christmas Carol and The Empire Strikes Back) and starring Rick Moranis (Honey, I Shrunk the KidsLittle Giants and Ghostbusters II), “Little Shop of Horrors” is mine:

Modern Gentlemen …

… resented a recent publicly shaming, until they realized their friends had points and appreciated the honest assessments of their behavior.

Modern Gentlemen …

… wish they were on business trips to Cincinnati.

Indeed, I can think of no other reason I would ever visit there.

Modern Gentlemen …

… — of Jane Austen’s characters — most identify with Colonel Christopher Brandon of Sense and Sensibility.

Brandon (played by Alan Rickman in the 1995 film version) ends up with Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet) but is considered by most, according to the charming John Willoughby, to be “the sort of man everyone speaks well of, but no one remembers to talk to.”

Modern Gentlemen …

… honor their grandfathers this Memorial Day.

Like his grandfathers Ellis Porter Nichol IX and William Joshua Eugene Caddingham, from now until Labor Day this modern gentleman will not use the air conditioning unit in his car. Instead he will roll the windows down. If it is raining, he will stay put until the worst of the storm has passed.

(Also like a modern gentleman, his grandfathers would not like Hot Chelle Rae.)