Friday, October 26, 2007

Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.

Okay, some of us might have to turn in our "Man Cards."

Popular Mechanics has a list of 25 Skills Every Man Should Know.

Oddly enough, bow hunting skills and computer hacking skills didn't make the list.

Every man should know how to...

1. Patch a radiator hose
2. Protect your computer
3. Rescue a boater who has capsized
4. Frame a wall
5. Retouch digital photos
6. Back up a trailer
7. Build a campfire
8. Fix a dead outlet
9. Navigate with a map and compass
10. Use a torque wrench
11. Sharpen a knife
12. Perform CPR
13. Fillet a fish
14. Maneuver a car out of a skid
15. Get a car unstuck
16. Back up data
17. Paint a room
18. Mix concrete
19. Clean a bolt-action rifle
20. Change oil and filter
21. Hook up an HDTV
22. Bleed brakes
23. Paddle a canoe
24. Fix a bike flat
25. Extend your wireless network

How well did you fare on this exam?

I have to argue with the list, at least a bit. They've overestimated the value of some, but neglected others. My additions:
  • Change a car tire.
  • Swim.
  • Open a tight lid on a jar.
  • Make coffee.
  • Skin a buck
  • Run a trout line.
  • Live off the land.
  • Catch catfish from dusk 'til dawn.
  • Spit some Beechnut in that dude's eye.
  • Cook steak on the grill, having created a charcoal fire.
  • Make an omelette.
  • Tie a bowline & taut-line hitch.
  • Tie a tie (bow tie is for the advanced class).
  • Make chili.
  • Unclog a drain or toilet.
  • Use jumper cables.
  • Change his child's diaper.
  • Balance a checkbook.
  • Change spark plugs.
  • Set up a tent.
  • Talk intelligently about religion & politics, arguing a point without shouting or fisticuffs.
  • Train a dog.
  • Ride a horse.
  • Ride a Harley.
  • Water ski.
  • Drive a car with a standard transmission (stick shift).
  • Cauterize the wound from an arrow using only a knife, gun powder, a stick to bite, the heel of a revolver, some whiskey, and a cheap cigar.
  • Exterminate fire ants ... with extreme prejudice.
  • Use duct tape to fix any and all broken things.
What did I miss?


At 26 October, 2007 14:07, Blogger Jade said...

Gunny wrote:
What did I miss?
Cleaning the bathroom, silly! :ob
Sigh...what most women wish!

At 26 October, 2007 15:20, Blogger GUNNY said...

Let's be a bit more realistic ... baby steps:

Lifting the seat before and lowering the seat after.


At 28 October, 2007 10:47, Blogger Lionel Woods said...

When I can get a woman who can cook like Martha Stewart and is as gentle as the wife on Little House on the Prarie, and cleans like a full time maid, then I will consider the list. LOL!!!

At 28 October, 2007 16:56, Blogger Jade said...

Gunny wrote:
Let's be a bit more realistic ... baby steps:

Lifting the seat before and lowering the seat after.

Ahhh... but Gunny most 2-3 year old boys are taught that during potty training, no? Surely we're past that point... LOL!! :ob

At 28 October, 2007 17:12, Blogger GUNNY said...

There's a phenomenon of regression that has been thoroughly documented, typically linked to the time spent in college or otherwise living on one's own or only with men folk.

For some reason this skill takes years to relearn the 2nd time.

I've (re)mastered it, but I think churches should seriously consider starting support & recovery groups for Wives Of Seat Offenders (W.O.S.O.).

At 29 October, 2007 04:02, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Title: Napoleon Dynamite

I just don't get the toliet seat contoversy. Hey, we guys have to lift it up, so why can't the women meet us halfway and put it down? Now, if the guys don't lift it up, that's somthing the women can complain about. Otherwise, they're doing the same amount of work that we're doing. (Actually less since they have gravity helping them out when they put the seat down.)

At 29 October, 2007 19:40, Blogger GUNNY said...

You know, if we were back in 1982, we'd never have any problems with toilet seats.

Nice job, Anon! You're the winner.

At 30 October, 2007 09:29, Blogger Oilcan said...

A grown man ought to be able to kill a mouse or spider without fear or reservation.

Sorry Gunny, you're out.

At 30 October, 2007 10:48, Blogger Jade said...

Guys! I thought the list is suppose to be what the girl wants in a boyfriend! :o) Courtesy to the lesser vessel is a plus!


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