Your Clothes Smell Like an Ashtray

Where does it say in the rules for good grooming that your clothes can reek of smoke? Nowhere. What they do say is that you should be neat and clean, and by that I mean smell nice with no telltale residue that gives your status away as a smoker. These day, smokers aren’t as popular as they once were. If you care about your appearance, you won’t want brown tobacco stained teeth, a wrinkled upper lip, and a stale breath. Sounds awful because it is. We are here today to encourage you to take a good close look at yourself and your attire.

Smoke gets into fabric and lingers there, sometimes permanently. You need to wash and dry clean anything you wear while smoking or you will carry the smell with you everywhere you go. “Here he comes,” is the pervasive thought of those around you. You won’t be popular for long.

If you are reading this blog, you like expensive clothing and to be well dressed. It is frustrating for guys to have clothes that smell bad all the time, giving their secret sin away. It also goes for outerwear that isn’t dry cleaned often enough. The odor is deep down within the garment.

If you smell like an ashtray, you can do something about it. I already mentioned frequent washings and dry cleaning after reading about it on Facebook – yes, I know it can get to be expensive. But smoking in itself is a darned expensive habit. The cost of one little pack is prohibitive. Add it up for a month and you will be shocked. The conclusion that No More Smoke Smell came to is that it is hard to get smoke out of clothing but while you wait to clean them, there are a few things you can do. Wearing cologne helps but it doesn’t always mask odors unless you lay it on thick and that becomes unpleasant. It is better to spray some Febreze or a similar deodorizing product in front of you. Walk through the mist and it will adhere to what you are wearing. If you spray yourself, it might make your clothing look wet. It would be too much saturation in any case.

Throughout your day, go outside and “air out.” Better yet smoke outside as much as you can. If it is breezy, so much the better. It will help prevent the smoke from penetrating your clothing fibers. Indoors, you can stand in front of a portable fan. It won’t dissipate all the odor but it will help reduce its intensity.

People who smoke get used to the smell so if you are in doubt about your own situation, ask a family member or friend. If they are honest, you will now know where you stand. The good news is that you can do something about it. Change often and you will present a clean persona to the world.

Unique Hobbies for Men

I spend a lot of time counseling men on dressing for success and creating the right image in their work and social spheres. In the process, I hear a lot about various hobbies which I find interesting since they are not the usual suspects like sports, music, or camping. Many industrious guys like beermaking, cabinetry, wine collecting, or metal detecting for gold and coins. I had to know a bit more about the latter and immediately went on line. Here is what I found.

A metal detector enthusiast enjoys coin shooting. It is not really some pipe dream of striking it rich on gold nuggets, but for fun and amusement. There are clubs that meet regularly to talk about potential hidden riches. It is all about location I am told. You can find coins in certain likely locations like showgrounds, schools and playgrounds, beaches, churches, river beds, old stores, parks, and camp grounds. Most men who indulge pick one or two to explore. If they don’t get lucky, they move on. I have been told that you can find anything from new to relic style coins (such as Roman).

The whole enterprise hinges on the right coin shooting detector, which you can locate at Finding a Fortune.  For example, if you are getting your feet wet in a river or stream, your device must be waterproof.  Then there are the land only detectors that range from $100 to $1,000. Wow! You better be a true aficionado. Plenty of blogs online and Facebook pages will guide you here. They will counsel you about understanding the feedback from your device in terms of different types of coins. Experts bench test it at home with existing coins, real and junk, to learn to evaluate the results. Who wants to dig up bottle caps for example? You then will know how to configure the right settings. Otherwise, you might be sorely disappointed.

The metal detector has a depth indicator. If not, do not buy it. It is now standard on most models. It should give about four levels while you are searching. A cheap one will not go as deep as a better unit. This is common knowledge. What may not be are the types of coins you may unearth in various locations in your area. A given coin will produce a tone which will help you guess what you have found. This is called audio feedback, a feature used with headphones. An experienced coin shooter knows quickly how to evaluate the different tones. But you don’t have to rely exclusively on sound.

You can also tune your metal detector as to its sensitivity. Trial and error works for most until you know. Using the same device helps. If you change it, you will have to start over.  High sensitivity will give you too many readings and a lot of junk. Low settings will make you miss your mark. It must be just right—the perfect zone. And then there is ground balance which is automatic now with metal detectors. Most of the time the auto setting is fine. Real pros know how to adjust it further starting at neutral and moving up or down according to the type of soil that exists in your chosen location. The ground balance gives off a sound signal. It is quiet for negative balance and gets louder as the coil goes into the ground. As you might expect, positive will get louder.