The Travel Guide: Planning Your Vacation or Business Trip or Building Your Brand

Whether your looking to make your next getaway picture perfect, or seeking fresh marketing ideas for a hotel, I provide travel industry services here:

http://bijanc.wordpress.com

BCB

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Cut N Edge is “Washington Man”‘s Best D.C. Area Barber Shop

One common concern among stylish men, is finding a dependable, convenient barber shop that is well staffed. In this category, no one beats Cut N Edge. The shop is located at 4481 Connecticut Ave., near the Van Ness Metro stop and the intersection with Albemarle Street. The team here, including Leo and Vinny, are experienced, attentive, and amiable. The decor is modern, and the prices are the most reasonable in town. There are tv screens for the sports or news hounds among you. Speedy service is a hallmark of this shop, as about a half dozen barbers are on hand. Browse a current men’s or sports mag while you wait. Got kids? They’ll enjoy the lollipops offered by the thoughtful staff. No more clip joints in your future, visit Cut N Edge.

For more info, please visit:

http://cutnedgebarbershop.com/Contact.html

BCB

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Parva is The Height of Downtown Bethesda Nightlife

Looking for evening activities in downtown Bethesda? You can’t go wrong at Parva at 7904 Woodmont Ave. Only blocks from the Bethesda Metro stop, this restaurant and lounge offers Colombian and other cuisine, and either deejay or band music, in a swank atmosphere. Formerly South Beach, the owners attract popular Latin bands and combos, and plan to open their roof for summer patrons. Another coming attraction is the return of salsa lessons, by an instructor who has a following of 70 strong. Talk about a place to meet new folks! It’s also a great date spot, or for a celebratory dinner.

See more at:

http://www.theparva.com/

See you there.

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Washington Man Guest Blogs On Fitness & Health

My latest guest blogs here (including how to stay in shape during the holidays):

http://themidwestman.com/2011/11/seasonal-fitness-helpful-holiday-hints/

http://kimmurphey.com/2011/11/11/routine-maintenance-how-to-get-the-best-out-of-your-workouts/

BCB

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A Unique Driving Experience: OHV in The Tennessee Valley

D.C. traffic becoming mundane and stressful. Check out my latest travel feature for the ride of your life:

http://www.viewontravel.com/blogs/what-to-see/Where-Rocky-Top-takes-on-a-new-meaning.html

BCB

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What To See: Travel Tips and Quips

I’ll be blogging about tourism here:

http://www.viewontravel.com/blogs/what-to-see

BCB

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“Pan Am” & “The Playboy Club”: Mad Men Knockoffs Miss Mark

The opening episodes of ABC’s new series  Pan Am, and NBC’s The Playboy Club, are cagey attempts to capitalize on the American yen for early 1960′s chic embodied in the critically acclaimed cable tv hit Mad Men. While the two new shows are generally spot on regarding the wardrobe, hairstyles, and decor that marked the era, other details were not granted sufficient attention. The shortcomings include dialogue, character development, and story line.

One area where Mad Men succeeds where imitators fail, is in its accurate representation of period dialogue. Never does a Gen-Y expression slip into the teleplay. Last night alone, the adjective “amazing” was uttered on The Playboy Club. Amazing, (and it’s predecessor, “awesome”) in the context and tone in which it was used during the episode, did not enter the lexicon until The Gilmore Girls hit the small screen, and the boy band Hanson a phenomena.

While The Playboy Club addresses issues such as civil rights and sexual identity (examing the former much earlier than did Mad Men), it suffers from a lethargic, gangster subplot. The Chicago mob story line lacks tension, leaving viewers uncaring. Those seeking an aesthetically hip, cheesecake factory, will find one there.

Which brings us to Pan Am. Okay, these directors also nailed the look, although wide shots of uniformed stewardesses striding through airports are tired ripoffs from the film Catch Me If You Can. One half expects Leo himself to pop up on set any minute. The early ’60′s attitude towards women is a common theme of both series, which one expects to develop further, now that the expository episodes are behind us.

Neither show boasts as many intriguing characters as Mad Men. Both would be well served by better music, background and popular. The quality of the acting is, shall we say, not on a par with that on popular Showtime (The Big C, Dexter, Weeds) or HBO (Hung, Treme, Boardwalk Empire, Entourage) series. If it’s not on the page, and the casts are weak, neither bunny tales nor flights of fancy will survive the November sweeps.

BCB

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