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Die Happy: 499 Things Every Guy's Gotta Do While He Still Can Paperback – May 2, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Two brothers combine forces to compile the ultimate guy's to-do-before-marriage list. Tim is married but still "fight(ing) the good fight" and Michael is "still a free man." They take advantage of their different points of view, banking on Tim's nostalgia for his bachelor days and Michael's determination to take full advantage of the time he has left. Whether offering predictable ideas, like traveling Europe by rail or "road-trippin' North America" with some buddies, or slightly more original plans like running with the bulls in Spain, throwing a mustache party, or pretending to be someone else for a weekend, they keep readers entertained. The writing style is conversational and candid, and its humor is aimed squarely at the guy's guy ("You're not going to meet your wife in Cancun, but you'll probably take home her slutty sister"). Though at times repetitive; the Burkes themselves happily acknowledge the role formula plays in their schemes: "if you're in search of a good story just get smashed in a different town" sums it up nicely. Though sure to irritate any woman who happens to pick it up (women are divided into two categories: kill-joy wives and drunken sluts), that shouldn't be a problem for the target audience. Most single guys under thirty will enjoy this title-and may even be inspired by it.
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About the Author
Brothers Tim Burke and Michael Burke both work in advertising and live in Chicago. Tim has settled down and is getting more responsible by the minute (which is lucky for his wife and son), while Michael is living it up and working on a lifetime's worth of wild memories. He regularly uses them to taunt his brother.
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The rare exceptions to the "Get drunk and meet hawt girls" entries (The Running of the Bulls, say) haven't enough practical information to fill the back of a postage stamp.
You've read the title of the book, and that's the high point of the experience. Getting out there and doing something that you can look back on fondly in your settled-down is a great goal. That goal will not be facilitated--at all--by reading this meandering dreck.
There is no information in this book, only ideas. If you want to go to TJ and get drunk and laid, you might want some advice on border crossing, what times of year to go, what to bring, and so on. In this book, you'd only get the chapter title "Go to TJ and get drunk and laid" and then a page of "yeah it's awesome you'll totally get laid just go there and stuff." Ideas are nice (the running of the bulls? I'm adding that to my list.) ...but you can get lists of ideas on the internet. Information? No. ...and most of the ideas are junk.
This book isn't good enough to prop up a table leg.
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I'm 23 and it's whatever for me.
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