Book Review: The Last Playboy: The High Life of Porfirio Rubirosa

Book Review: The Last Playboy: The High Life of Porfirio Rubirosa

One of the living legends of the Manosphere is Porfirio Rubirosa. His life is chronicled in the biography The Last Playboy: The High Life of Porfirio Rurbirosa, a fascinating review of the legendary Dominican cad. It’s an impressive collection of research by Shawn Levy, author of Rat Pack Confidential. Not only does it cover Rubi’s life in depth, but it reads like a who’s who of 20th-century celebrities. The book is a must read.

Rubirosa (or Rubi, for short) was a man that bedded the richest women of his day: Marilyn Monroe, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eva Peron, Ava Gardner, Barbara Hutton…to name but a few. Normally, women cling to rich men; but for Rubi, it was the reverse—he clung to rich women. By doing so, he was able to fleece millions in alimony payments. He used these payments, along with his political position, to socialize with the richest men of his day as well: Frank Sinatra, King Farouk, and most notably, President Trujillo, the former dictator of the Dominican Republic.

Much has been said about Rubirosa. But here is my takeaway(s)…

Your Appearance Matters

Rubi was an immaculate dresser. He was the stereotypical Latin lover, bedecked in expensive clothing. He was a man that wore monogrammed underwear (I laughed out loud when I read that part). In short, Rubi always “looked the part.” His impeccable style was even commented on by Sammy Davis Jr.

  • Rubi deeply impressed Sammy [Davis Jr.], who always sought to fashion a gentleman of himself, with his sartorial sense. “I have always cared about clothes, and I will go to any length to look good,” Sammy confessed. “But the way Rubirosa dressed made me feel as if I’d fallen off the garbage truck.”

The book reminded me that Americans have become too casual in their dress. Hell…people are now showing up to public places in their pajamas. It’s embarrassing. What’s been forgotten is the value of lifestyle game, the value of style.

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Rubirosa with Marilyn Monroe…another notch for the Dominica cad.

Remember that water seeks its own level; so if you want to sleep with beautiful women—most of whom are dressed elegantly—then you have to improve your fashion game. Rubi reminds us that dressing well is part of a man’s package (pardon the pun); I’m currently doing a reassessment of my wardrobe as we speak.

Having a Big Dick is a Good Thing

Rubi’s member was the stuff of legend: “Yul Brenner in a black turtleneck,” as the author puts it. Levy dedicates an entire chapter to the reputation surrounding Rubi’s legendary appendage. Here are some quotes from what is, arguably, the most interesting chapter in the book:

  • There is no way around saying it out loud: The man was well hung, hung, indeed, legendarily, his superhuman endowment a calling card that recommended him in circles into which he might otherwise never have gained admittance. Women heard about it, wondered about it, whispered about it, had to see it, hold it, have it—and who was he to deny them?

Ah, to have such problems…

  • Truman Capote described it in Answered Prayers—without ever seeing it, of course—as “that quadroon cock, a purported eleven-inch-café-au-lait sinker thick as a man’s wrist.

Truman Capote…no comment.

  • His tailors were said to have a job on their hands trying to hide the thing in the folds of his famously impeccable wardrobe. And his custom-made underwear, complete with monogram, proved a bonanza to his Russian valet, who used cut pairs and sold the swatches around Paris as souvenirs.

You know you’re well hung when the tailor needs to specially design your underwear. Now I’m not sure if these rumors were 100% true (perhaps they were exaggerated a bit). But I think we can assume that Rubi was, indeed, well hung. And I have no doubt that many women were looking to confirm the rumor.

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Rubi, reflecting on the beauty of being well hung

Looks Can Only Take a Man So Far

Eventually, despite all his charm, Rubi becomes a comical character: a cuckolded male, bowing to one wife after the other so he can “stay in money.” Very sad. Moreover, Rubi was largely illiterate. He had no interest in reading, writing, philosophy…in short, he lacked the Weltanschauung of a great man. He was not a hero, a leader born to inspire men.

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Being well dressed and well hung can only take a man so far…

While reading the story, I reflected on how Rubi’s persona has affected, on some level, many Latino men. We’re emulative creatures. We seek heroes and the ones that are presented to us (via movies and the press) are often our first choice. I’ve know many Latin males who were much like Rubi—in short, all substance. Men who place a high value on their clothing and bedding women; men that are impeccably dressed, but have little underneath. Eventually, when the women learn that these men are Paper Alphas, the relationship implodes. I can’t help wondering how many of them took subtle “clues” from the popular legend of Rubirosa, be it on a conscious or unconscious level.

Conclusion

This book is a must read. Rubirosa is, for better or worse, a tremendous figure of the 20th-century. And despite his flaws, he still has many things to teach men. We can learn from his victories as well as his defeats.

I highly recommend adding this novel to your bookshelf.

Should I Attend a For-Profit College?

Should I Attend a For-Profit College?

Many for-profit colleges are sprouting up. And needless to say, with the recent bankruptcy of ITT, the for-profits are under fire. A growing number of students are upset, and they have every right to be – they’re holding diplomas from schools that no longer exist.

Unfortunately, the traditional college is no better. SJWs have taken over the system for half a century. They intimidate conservatives, stifle democracy, and destroy critical thinking.  Indeed, going to a traditional college is now an Orwellian experience.

So what to do? All things considered, I recommend going to a traditional college – it’s the lesser of two evils. If you’re not sure what defines a for-profit school, then let me tell you what to look for…

1.) The College Should Have Entry Requirements

GPA, SAT scores…these are all critical. Does the enrollment counselor ask you about them? If not, then it’s a red flag. Now you might be thinking, “Yeah Styles, but I don’t have either of those in good standing. I screwed around in high school, so my record is shot.” My answer to that is simple – go to a community college, take some courses for two years, and improve your scores. It’s up to you to improve your game, not them.

Why does a college not have entry requirements? Well, the answer is simple: money. The more students they enroll, the more money they get. But this greed comes at a cost. They allow people in their hallways that lack professionalism. People that are loud, rude and semi-literate. This is a college – not a trailer park. If you spend enough time around these “students,” you realize why good bars want a cover charge – they’re protecting the valued customer.

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They both attend the same for-profit school.

Entry-level requirements are the safety net for a college; they ensure that a diploma is worth something in ten years. The requirements can be relatively simple as well. For example, requiring a 2.0 GPA can protect the college from thousands of problematic students.

2.) The College Should Have a Limited Number of Campuses

The college should have one principal campus (a few satellite campuses in nearby locations are ok). However, too many locations is a red flag. It indicates that the school is more concerned with “growing their brand” than educating their students.

Remember, this is a college – not Mcdonalds. Don’t be impressed when you hear that a college has 10 locations here, 15 locations there…that’s irrelevant. The important thing is the strength of a primary campus. When a college has multiple locations, it’s usually controlled by a board of investors. And these investors care about profit first, education second.

I’m normally a capitalist. I believe in the power of private ownership over state control. However, there are certain areas where privatization comes at a cost, and education is one of them. The greed of these for-profits has left thousands of students with egg on their face. If a stronger advisory board was controlling these matters, then the issue would not have occurred.

3.) The College Should Not Be Calling to Check in on You

For-profit schools like to call their students. They do this for a variety of reasons: to see why they were absent, to notify them about low grades, etc. Students will find this a bit strange at first. However, they quickly dismiss the thought and replace it with, “That was considerate of them.”

Of course, the reason they are calling students is simple; if the student drops out, it means less money for the school. It’s about cash, not concern. Many students stay on board for around eight classes, become overwhelmed, and then drop out. So the continual calls keep the student engaged beyond the point where they would normally give up. By the time students realize the mistake, they’re in the hole for a sizable debt (usually around $10,000).

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I’m really concerned about your health…and your monthly payments.

You’re the only person that should care about your academic success. Anybody else, outside of your immediate family, should not be concerned. So if the college you’re attending is checking in with you, then you know it’s a scam. It’s time to right the ship before it’s too late.  I suggest that you ask the enrollment counselor this question if you are touring the campus: “Does your school call the students to check in with them?” The enrollment counselor will answer yes, because he/she believes it to be a good answer. They’ll tip their hand, and you will know that you’re being duped.

Conclusion

Students today need to be very careful. The wrong college choice can lead to a loss of thousands of dollars; moreover, they can actually choose a college that won’t exist in five years.

When choosing between a for-profit school and a traditional college, I recommend the lesser of two evils: the traditional college. I wish we had another choice in America, but at the moment it’s slim pickings.

 

A Microphone is Not the Same as an Audience

A Microphone is Not the Same as an Audience

As we pull into the holiday season, many Americans are now estranged from their families. They’ll sit at the Thanksgiving table, mumbling bitterly at Cousin Bob the Trump supporter. Or, Cousin Bob might be mumbling bitterly over Aunt Carol, the Hillary fan. Either way, the pumpkin pie will not be as sweet.

How did things get this way? Well, there are many reasons but I think one thing is clear…

A microphone is not the same as an audience.

1.) Stop with the Political Commentary on Facebook

This should be obvious by now. Everybody that’s politically ranted on Facebook has been muted by their “friends.” Many of these “friends” might actually agree with the comments being made, but that’s beside the point; Facebook is no place for political ideology. A plethora of sites have already been made to handle these discussions (Huff Po, Breitbart, etc).

I spoke with a friend about a month ago on this topic. He told me that he blocked around 50 friends on Facebook because of their daily political commentary. This included both conservative and liberal posters. I’ve muted quite a few people myself. However, I also installed “Kill News Feed” to my Facebook page, which virtually renders it useless. It’s been one of the best things I’ve ever done, because it was becoming a serious drain to my positive nature.

I think Gene Wilder said it best:

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True dat!

Years ago, I performed in a rock band. I realized how difficult it was to actually build a following. It took years to gain the support of fans: continual touring, quality performances, interaction with fans, etc. Through that experience, I witnessed how hard it was to gain the loyalty of the general public. With Facebook, I see that many people never learned the same lesson.

2.) Stop with the Political Commentary at Parties

There is an old saying—you never discuss religion or politics at a party. Sadly, many people break this rule. I was at a party two months ago and a woman got up on a chair and stated, “Anybody who likes Donald Trump can leave right now.” Mind you, this wasn’t even her house. It’s that kind of intimidation that turned voters into Republicans, by the way. But that’s beside the point.

People don’t go to parties to be lectured at. They go to enjoy themselves. They are looking to escape the world and not be threatened by people with poor social awareness. It’s troublesome, no doubt. I’ve had to make a new rule for myself—refusing to attend a party if I know that political pundits will attend. It’s just no fun.

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For all we know, a Trump supporter and Hillary supporter were battling it out.

Many people feel that a party is a microphone, a chance for them to unleash their diatribes on the crowd. They fail to realize that just because you silence your opposition, it does not mean you have convinced them. It just means that you’re a buzz kill.

3.) Stop with the Political Commentary in Public Places

I was at a Starbucks around three months ago, and a man started yelling profanities about Trump. Mind you, he was not a street person; he was somebody sitting at his table, drinking coffee, and reading the paper. Clearly, he believed it was Ok to yell political commentary out to the customers.

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Yeah, that’s nice. Thank you for ruining my morning.

Thankfully, some of the people in line started shouting back at him. The manager walked over and asked the man to leave. But either way, this yelling man did not convince anybody of anything. He just annoyed a group of strangers–nothing more.

4.) Stop with the Political Commentary in Sports

Sports has stopped being a vehicle for escapism. Now, it’s merely a platform for rich athletes to recite Sociology 101 talking points. Thankfully, ESPN has started to feel the pinch for their programming changes. They have been losing subscribers left and right. The drop in viewership has started to ruffle the executive decision makers:

  • “…at ESPN, cord-cutting and cord-shaving eating into the affiliate revenue base. Cable affiliate revenue has been the bedrock of earnings for media conglomerates, and Disney is no exception. By some estimates, ESPN accounts for as much as 30% of Disney’s operating income, and the sports powerhouse has shed 10 million subscribers in the past five years.”

10 million subscribers…that’s not peanuts. Don’t expect the company to change anytime soon, however. Remember that when political ideologues take over a company, they’re virtually incapable of adapting their beliefs. To do so would be to deny their existence; their whole Weltanschauung is identity politics.

And the professional athletes will not surrender anytime soon either. They fail to realize that people watch sports to be entertained, not lectured at. If they continue to push their SJW talking points into the face of their fans, expect more financial losses from ESPN.

Conclusion

A microphone is not an audience. An audience is earned through years of hard work: people see your diligence, your integrity, and your talent. They come to trust your perspective, and they reward you with their time. That’s no small exchange; it takes hard work and dedication.

Anybody can purchase a microphone; it takes years to earn an audience.

Book Review: White Fang by Jack London

Book Review: White Fang by Jack London

Every now and then, you read a book that transcends time and place. A book that separates itself from the social propaganda and speaks to us about the wonder of the natural world.

White Fang by Jack London is that kind of book. Long forgotten by our culturally subversive schools, the book deserves a noble return. It should replace the many books that are currently polluting the minds of our children: Death of a Salesman, Song of Solomon, etc. The only solution to cultural poisoning, of course, is home schooling your child; that way you can choose the books that will build a noble spirit in your offspring. If you are home schooling your child, then I recommend that you add White Fang to your list.

The novel is told from the perspective of a dog: a half-wolf, wild in its behavior. The dog struggles to find its place in the world—hated by other dogs, mistreated by cruel humans, scourging for food in the Alaskan wild. We come to root for the wild dog, hoping that he’ll find a loving home and master.

The book provides the reader with simple but noble truth…

Man is Godlike

The story does a good job of describing White Fang’s reverence for the humans that look over them: whether it’s the “love master” Weedon Scott, or the mean-spirited Beauty Smith (a great name, by the way). I told the barista at the Starbucks today to write Beauty Smith on my cup, because I liked it so much.

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Beauty Smith abuses White Fang in an animated retelling of the book.

London brings the magic of the dog’s world to life. By doing this, he creates a PETA argument far more effective than Sarah Mclaghlin commercials. We feel for White Fang, for his plight in the world, for the nobility of his species. We root for him to overcome his obstacles. In turn, our sympathy for the animal kingdom grows in a very real way, as opposed to a pathos manipulation.

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White Fang was more effective than Sarah McGlaclan

London points out a unique irony; that for the dog, the idea of “God” is tangible and exists in the form of man:

  • “To man has been given the grief, often, of seeing his gods overthrown and his altars crumbling; but to the wolf and the wild dog that have come in to crouch at man’s feet, this grief has never come. Unlike man, whose gods are of the unseen and overguessed, vapors and mists of fancy eluding the garmenture of reality, wandering wraiths of desired goodness and power, intangible outcroppings of self into the realm of spirit – unlike man, the wolf and the wild dog that have come into their fire find the gods in the living flesh, solid to the touch, occupying earth-space and requiring time for the accomplishment of their ends and their existence.

You’ll be moved by this book. I must admit that when White Fang is about to be separated from Weedon Scott (his benevolent master) I felt a rise of sentimental emotion. Anybody that has ever cared for a dog can relate to the feeling, that special bond that forms between human and canine. I reflected back to when I had to put a little pooch I owned to sleep. I was genuinely sad. Call it cheesy, call it corny…but it was real. I actually shed a tear for that animal.

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White Fang meets the “Love Master” Weedon Scott

White Fang makes us realize our unique place in the world—king of the animals. How we have risen above all the other species. How we use the trees, rivers and wind to do our bidding. And how amazing that fact is. We’ve taken an inhospitable environment and fashioned it in our image. In many ways, we are Gods! The book champions the human race as much as it does the canine one. We realize how incredible our development has been, considering the harsh world that we rose out of.

Ignorance is Linked to Magic

London repeatedly talks of the dog’s reverence for the human, for man’s ability to conduct magic. This is evidenced when, for example, White Fang is taken to San Francisco and he witnesses the busy city: its contraptions, cars, etc. The dog is stupefied, calling all that he doesn’t understand “magic.”

Everywhere White Fang goes, he comes upon the magic of the humans. He bows to it, noting the superiority of its creation. It’s a reminder of how we look in the eyes of other animals, how our technology leaves them in a state of subservient bewilderment. How they must bow to our world, one they realize is greater on an intrinsic level.

  • “Food and fire, protection and companionship, were some of the things he received from the god. In return, he guarded the god’s property, defended his body, worked for him, and obeyed him.” 

I thought about the idea of “magic” as I read the story, how it’s linked to the unknown. It’s funny that many people use this thinking when speaking of relationships—the “magic” is gone from their marriage, for example. What they really mean is that the mystery is gone, that the other person has been laid bare. How to rekindle the magic? That’s a good question. At any rate, the idea of magic is an important one. And it’s something that is closely related to our spirituality and belief in God.

Conclusion

In recent years, I’ve grown very skeptical of pet ownership—watching Americans humanize their pets, while simultaneously mistreat others, has left a bad taste in my mouth. The stereotypical cat lady who dotes over her felines, but treats the mailman like garbage, is something that I cannot support.

So White Fang was a welcome respite. It’s feels good to get back into the good graces of the animal kingdom and, in particular, to be reminded of the good in the domesticated dog. I won’t be running out to Pet Smart anytime soon, but my animus towards pet ownership has waned a bit.

Pick up White Fang. I imagine you will have to order a hard copy via Amazon, but you won’t regret it. It’s a novel that’s very worthy of your bookshelf.

Mothers Are Now Getting Tattoos for Their Teenage Daughters

Mothers Are Now Getting Tattoos for Their Teenage Daughters

I know a single mother who’s getting crazier by the day (quite common, I know). When she hit 35, she began the obligatory panic. First, it was gastric bypass surgery. Then, it was a new tattoo every month—she must have at least 10 by now. And then, of course, there were the daily selfies to social media that were screaming, “Over here! I’m single!!”

But then she jumped the shark.

About a month ago, she paid to get her 16-year-old daughter a tattoo. Not an ankle tattoo, mind you. This was a tattoo that covered the daughter’s entire back. Needless to say, when you get a tattoo on your entire back, the design is meaningless. It’s a tattoo that covers your back, nothing more. She punctuated the moment by posting the photos to social media, stating, “Like mother, like daughter. So proud of my girl!”

We’ve hit a new nadir in American culture—mothers getting for tattoos for their daughters. We all know that teenagers are impressionable. They’re susceptible to the influences of those around them—from their peers to their parents. So taking a child to get a tattoo, a decision that’s permanent, is a blatant disrespect to the child’s autonomy. It’s an abuse of authority.

I found the whole thing disgusting. However, my hunch told me that there were more cases to be found. So I put on my detective cap and looked online. As you might imagine, a quick google search is all it took…

Mother and Daughter Tattoos Are a New Fashion Trend

When you type “Mother and daughter” into google, the first item that pops up is “Mother and Daughter Tattoos.” Coincidence? Accident? You be the judge.

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Google will always lead you in the degenerate direction.

Also, there’s a push to give this trend a positive spin. Take a look at the articles on the first page of this google search:

  • 50 Truly Touching Mother Daughter Tattoo Designs
  • 21 Mother-Daughter Tattoos that Are Simply Breathtaking
  • 15 Mother-Daughter Tattoos that Show the Unbreakable Bond

On the first page of the google search, every article gave this trend a positive push. And while not all the daughters were minors, I noted that several were. There were enough examples to label this a new cultural trend. And this trend should raise an obvious question…

Why would a mother want her daughter to have a tattoo?

Let me give this the ol’ college try…

Her Insecurity is More Important Than the Child’s Well-Being

Remember that tattoos are a fashion trend right now. Tattooed mothers are keenly aware of this. In the back of their minds, they worry that the fashion trend (like most fashion trends) will go out of style. When it does, they’ll look like idiots. Not only will they look like idiots to the general public, but they’ll look like idiots to their own children. This fact scares them.

So a tattooed mother will preserve her self-interest by sacrificing her child. How can the daughter criticize the mother’s tattoos when she has a tattoo herself? So the mother uses the tattoo as a kind of chain, forcing the child to remain forever obedient.

This tattoo can serve a double purpose if there was an acrimonious divorce between the mother and father. The tattooed mother is essentially “marking” the child, so that she will feel an affinity to her. The mother fears an inevitable revelation from the teenage daughter: i.e. that mom was not as noble as she portrayed herself, that Dad was lied about, etc. Note that a daughter is inclined to feel this way naturally, since daughters often have a strong love for their fathers. So a tattoo can be used as a tool by a divorced mother, pulling the daughter closer to the mother’s side of the broken nest.

She Wants to Lower Her Daughter’s SMV

The second reason relates to courtships. What tier-one man is going to marry a woman with a giant tattoo on her back? Not many. Once you know this answer, you realize the second reason that a single mother wants to tattoo her daughter. Misery loves company, and a single mother does not want her daughter to achieve marital bliss. If she does, then she will move farther away from her own mother, potentially viewing her as a failure. By tattooing her own daughter, she can keep her close to the broken nest—always making sure that she never escapes from loserville.

In short, a tattooed mother’s personal happiness is more important than the well-being of her child.

Tattooing a Minor is Child Abuse

When a mother gets a teenage daughter a tattoo, then this is a clear form of child abuse. I did a cursory review of child abuse guidelines, and a few items jumped out at me:

  • Physical Abuse: “Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child.”

Getting a tattoo can be a potentially harmful experience. Apart from the physical pain of receiving the tattoo, there are a host of potential health complications: allergic reactions, skin infections, and even bloodborne diseases like Hepatitis A and B. Currently, nobody monitors whether a teenager becomes sick after receiving a tattoo. If the child does, then charges should be pressed.

  • Emotional Abuse: “Exploitation or corruption of a child.”

I think that the child is clearly being exploited or corrupted here. They are being influenced into a lifetime decision to assuage the ego of an insecure or irresponsible parent.

Conclusion

Tattooed mothers should be looking to get their tattoos removed; not looking to tattoo their children. But, like so many ignorant people, they double down on the narrative instead of working on self-improvement.

By doubling down on this narrative, they are guilty of physical and emotional abuse. They are supposed to provide a positive Weltanschauung for their offspring, giving them tools to be successful wives and mothers. Instead, they influence them to paint their bodies like a freeway underpass. And all so in the future, they will be a failure in life—just like good ol’ mom!

Twenty years from now, they can share Cymbalta with one another.

References

https://www3.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/childrenandyoungpeople/child-protection/child-abuse.htm

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/laser-tattoo-removal#1

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/tattoos-and-piercings/art-20045067

The Magic of Enthusiasm

The Magic of Enthusiasm

Donald Trump’s pastor as a child was Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking. The President elect has spoken on several occasions about the enormous influence that Peale had on him.

I was looking though Peale’s work and I came upon this quote:

“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

Love or hate Mr. Trump, you can’t deny his enthusiasm. People were able to sense it, and we now see the results.

 

When You Close Your Eyes, Do you Dream About Me?

When You Close Your Eyes, Do you Dream About Me?

I love this schmaltzy song by Night Ranger:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqUka3m4K80

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Ah, adolescent love. I remember my first “crush”so well…

Her name was Kerry. I was a hapless beta and she was a beautiful cheerleader with options. I confessed my love to her after the first date and you can predict how that turned out. I was sent right to the friend zone, like an abusive hockey player to the penalty box. It took me years to remove the beta male, but thankfully the beast was killed.

Back to Night Ranger, though. Look at the arms and tell me what you see…that’s right, no tattoos! This was the 1980s but it might as well be the Middle Ages. Today, even Ricky Martin has arm-sleeve tattoos. The edge is gone…let’s leave it at that.

Also, look at the way they set up on stage – with the drums appearing to the far right as opposed to behind the band. This gives the audience a complete view of the band, as opposed to only the lead singer. Very cool from an aesthetic perspective.

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Also, the vocals of Kelly Keagy. It’s not often that the drummer can sing. Another cool difference.

An underrated band, but one of my faves.