Jim Arnold
February 26, 2011
Category: Wellness

Social Security, arguably the most popular social program in United States history, began way back in 1935 as a signature part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. It was the end result of years of competing ideas about what a program of social insurance would look like for the United States – a country that had rapidly changed in the modern industrial era.

The idea was that Social Security would address the permanent problem of economic security for the elderly by creating a work-related, contributory system. Workers would provide for their own future benefits through taxes paid while employed. According to the Social Security Administration, it was an “alternative both to reliance on welfare and to radical changes in our capitalist system. In the context of its time, it can be seen as a moderately conservative, yet activist, response to the challenges of the Depression.”

Over the last thirty years, in anticipation of the needs of the Baby Boomer generation (hello, Daddies!), Social Security has taken in much more than it has paid out. Now that’s changing as the Boom generation retires.

How do you feel about Social Security? Do you think it’s in trouble, like some conservatives would have you believe, or do you think it’s in fine shape, as progressives usually point out? Hunters, do you worry there will be no benefits for you when you get older?

Most politicians agree that some changes have to be made to the program for it to last. Former President Bush wanted to invest Social Security money in the stock market, as opposed to its current...

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RobHeartsDH
January 13, 2011
Category: Wellness

I don't know if this is surprising or not, but more men folk are dying their hair than ever. Specifically to hide or fade away the gray. The NYT article seems to suggest that, like everything else these days, the economy is to blame. With so many men out of work, the older boys find themselves competing with much younger, darker haired fellas and because of this, feel the need to look a little more youthful. The good news is most guys are choosing to keep the gray with demi-permanent products that moderately cover the gray and gradually fade away as hair grows in. Salons have seen a noticeable spike in older men coming in and looking to get their hair colored and/or gray faded to away, much more than in the past.

I can understand the need to give yourself a vanity confidence boost, especially when a job is on the line, but I thought we'd all come to terms with gray being a particularly hot look. Does this mean that Silver Foxes are on the endangered species list? I doubt it. Seems like just a year ago that look, and shortly before that the salt and pepper look, we're both in fashion. Personally, I welcome the day I start to gray. Just as long as it means getting to hold onto my hair a little longer than my grandfather - bald at 26.

I feel like I won't get many arguments from this crowd, but let's break it down. How many of you love a good head of gray? Moreover, how many daddies out there dye, have dyed, or plan to? And be sure to explain...

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RobHeartsDH
December 30, 2010
Category: Wellness

Resolutions are dumb. Most of the time we end up breaking them about a month or two in and feel bad about it when we do. Which is why last year I decided that instead of hard, defined resolutions, I would make loose goals and guidelines for myself that I could carry with me all year long. And after reading my journal this week and looking back on the year, I actually stuck with all of them. Even my soft declaration that 2010 would be the year I got abs came to fruition. Well sort of. Let's just say that if 2011 is the year I cut back on burritos then this would be the year they show through.

The end of the year is also a great time to look back on your relationships. Whether that's looking at the familial, the friendly, or the fuck buddy, they're all deserving of reflection. Mostly to fully realize what lessons you've been able to take away from each. Was there something about that guy you went on a few dates with that you want to find again? Maybe you found yourself in the middle of a breakup and didn't treat your ex with the respect they, in retrospect, deserved. Whatever the case may be, this next year is a great place to continue molding yourself into whoever it is you want to be, and surrounding yourself with the kind of people that will appreciate it.

So besides meeting the perfect daddy or hunter on Daddyhunt, fill in the blank: 2011 will be the year that I ______________.

RobHeartsDH
December 23, 2010
Category: Wellness

For those of you who think getting eight of sleep isn't necessary, think again. Apparently getting a good nights sleep can make you more attractive. Well, more attractive than a sleep-deprived you. Still, it's something to think about the night before a big date.

According to a study, which will be published in the British Medical Journal's Christmas issue, "when untrained observers were shown photographs of the faces of volunteers who had been deprived of sleep, they judged them to be less healthy and less attractive than photographs of the same volunteers when well-rested." Now this may seem kind of obvious, but now beauty sleep can't be as easily dismissed as myth. Seems as though we're able to sub-consciously pick up small visual clues in those that are sleep deprived. So a good night's rest could be the difference between getting a number and getting shot down.

You can read more details about the study here.

Now go get some rest.


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RobHeartsDH
November 18, 2010
Category: Wellness
thanks

With Thanksgiving just a week away, I thought it'd be a good time to start gathering our thoughts on what we're thankful for this year. I've got a laundry list of thanks, but one in particular that I'd like is share is my thanks to all of you out there.

I am so thankful for all you daddies and hunters out there who've been engaging with the blog and contributing amazingly thoughtful comments to each and every post. I thought this before, but you've reinforced the fact that Daddyhunt isn't like a lot of the other sites out there. Usually you'll find a lot of bitchery and negativity in the comments section of gay blogs, but the majority of our commenters are incredibly supportive of one another and often times expand upon the post in delightfully unexpected ways. Everyone seems so genuine and honest, and that my friends is incredibly refreshing. I was really hoping that this blog would be more of a forum, and I want to thank you guys for helping to make that happen.

So that (and the fact that we get to see Jake Gyllenhaal's ass in his new movie) is what I'm thankful for this year. What are you thankful for?



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RobHeartsDH
November 2, 2010
Category: Wellness
The Month Formerly Known As November

While riding in the elevator today, I heard my friend refer to this month as Movember (pronounced MOE-vember). Thinking it was some sort of homorific name change, I was delighted to learn that Movemeber is actually an incredible movement that began building momentum in the early 2000s to raise awareness for men's health and ultimately prostate cancer. The idea is to start the month clean shaven and grow a full mustache over the next 30 days. It functions just as pink ribbon for breast cancer or a red ribbons for AIDS awareness does, but it also gets people talking. As it turns out, growing a mustache is quite the conversation starter which works well for so many of the men participating who are also trying to raise money for this great cause.

Visit their website to learn more about Movember and how you can starting growing your mo. There's even a fun party pack they'll send you if you're feeling inspired and want to grab a group of friends. And just think of all the mustache rides you can offer!

Learn more about Movember.


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RobHeartsDH
October 5, 2010
Category: Wellness

All I've ever wanted to do was to fall in love and grow old with someone. That first part will happen one day (soon I hope), but that second part, well, that fate remains to be seen. The New York Times covers aging gays growing fears of who will care for them as they get older. The article mentions the fact that the homophobia so prevalent in nursing homes has caused some gay seniors to go back into the closet for their own safety.

No one looks forward to nursing homes, heck, most people fear them, but to think that at a time in our lives when we're to able to sit quietly and reflect on the lives we've led, some will have to hide who they are and possibly their defining moments to protect themselves. With bullying and homophobia running rampant in our youth and now this to look forward to, it seems the only "safe" times in our lives are post college and pre-retirement. That small window doesn't really allow us to live the fully developed lives we deserve.

The good news is stories like this one in The Times have been popping up more frequently, shining a brighter light on something few have given any forethought to. Add to that the slowly growing number of nursing homes and organizations aimed at the helping the elder gays and maybe things will change sooner than we think.

Are the fears that David and Paschal have in the article shared?


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September 3, 2010
Category: Wellness

You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
~Walt Disney



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August 23, 2010
Category: Wellness

The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.
~Robert Brault

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August 16, 2010
Category: Wellness

The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life. "Why," I answered without a thought, "now."
~David Grayson


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