Skip to comments.Skills Every Man Should Know?
Posted on 05/02/2014 8:59:22 PM PDT by MNDude
Today a young guy at the office got a flat tire. A bunch of young guys gathered around in the parking lot and I was amazed how none knew how to change a flat.
I commented this had to be one of the top things all men should know.
What would be some of the things you would include on a list that all men should know how to do? (Like change oil, etc)
To have a gun handy wherever possible and know how to retrieve it and shoot it fast and accurately.
How to change a light bulb.
How to replace an air filter.
How to shoot a gun.
How to cook a steak.
How to shoot, field strip & clean.
catch a fish, clean it and cook it.
shoot or trap game, skin it and cook it.
Dress out a deer
Filet a fish
Lift 100 lbs. effortlessly
Pretend to listen
Better have gloves and a coat to change a tire in the winter.
How to use an axe and a buck saw.
I went as far as to teach my son how to use tire irons and replace tires in the driveway.
How to drive a stick shift.
I can change a tire but just about every time I’ve needed to, a man has stopped to help. Which means he takes over, and I offer him some baby wipes when he’s done.
This is a thank you to you men out there.
Google Robert Heinlein and things a man should know. Very enlightening
To keep spare serpentine belts in the trunk and know how to install them with tools you keep in the vehicle.
Sharpen a knife. Use a firearm. Squash a cockroach. Save a spider. Lefty loosey righty tighty...
Fix a leaky faucet.
Put air in your tires.
Hang a picture.
Good gosh, the list would go into the hundreds for a REAL man!
How to hunt, shoot, fish, build, fix, rig, machine, weld/solder, write, lead, follow, protect, grow, store and be faithful.
After that, pretty much whatever you do, learn to do it well. Learn also how to maintain your tools and machines.
They last longer that way, and your not beholden to others for taking care of your...stuff.
How to build a lean-to in the woods and insulate it with leaves or moss. How to use sweet gum twigs to brush your teeth. How to use bay leaves as toilet paper and how to wad them up and clean your hands with them.
Knowing how to be a gentleman should be high on the list. I’m glad you encountered a few of those type of fellows out there.
Rudimentary military tactics such as overlapping fields of fire, how to flank an opponent.
How to grow foodstuffs.
Basic economics (how the world works)
How to start a business.
How to plan a military campaign.
How to steal a kiss.
How to clean a weapon.
How to sharpen a knife, axe, machete and hatchet. Also know to keep the tools used to sharpen.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Robert Heinlein pretty much covers it here. I’d say ‘act alone’ covers the tire thing...
Personally, I’m still working on ‘conn a ship’ and ‘die gallantly’. Haven’t mastered either of those yet. The rest is done.
I never thought my son paid much attention to when I was doing stuff.
Some gal tweeted about him fixing her closet door using only his leatherman and the metal part from a three-ring binder. He tweeted something like “I guess it’s in my genes”.
I think a lot (most?) of it is believing you can do it. I recall gutting my first deer, alone, using a few pages torn out from an Outdoor Life magazine at the age of 16. (At night with a flashlight).
To be willing to march into Hell for a heavenly cause.......
True, and wisdom that was passed to me when I was still a wee lad. Quality tools cost less in the long run.
“Ride, shoot straight, and speak the truth”
- adapted from Persia by Jeff Cooper
It doesn’t get much more basic than this. Reading the thread, I’m surprised no one has mentioned shoe shining and taking out the garbage.
Let’s focus, people.
Among all the things listed here so far...
I’ll be the one to say:
Learn FIRST AID!!!
Basic and Advanced.
If You need it the time to learn it is NOT WHEN YOU NEED IT!!!
I could add many more but I gotta try to get some sleep.
Yes. And not only do quality tools cost less in the long run, they lead to much less frustration.
That's something my father tried to teach me when I was young. But when I became a young adult, I tried to save a few bucks, and I learned the hard way that my father was right.
When Mrs. Chandler was my child bride, I taught her how to change a tire. She hasn’t had to do so in several decades, but she could if necessary.
Even if they never do it.
How to put on a raincoat in a very darkened room.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
Male news gatherers and on-camera reporters definitely seem to be an endangered species in the television news industry. And my local newspaper seldom shows a male child or youth person involved in a school activity.
Why just men?
The gals need to know how to change tires too, FRiend.
Unfortunately washing hands isn’t on that list. :-0
How to make love to a woman-—
The reporter was told that Welk could not meet with him because he (Welk) was out back cleaning the stables. Upon reading that, my respect for Welk tripled.
Eve noticed how its harder to get dressed in the dark since they stopped putting tags in clothes?
I wont be wronged, I wont be insulted, and I wont be laid a hand on. I dont do these things to other people, and I require the same from them. The Shootist (1976)
Well, there are some things a man just cant run away from. Stagecoach (1939)
Out here a man settles his own problems. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Dont apologizeits a sign of weakness. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Sorry dont get it done, Dude. Rio Bravo (1959)
Well, son, since you havent learned to respect your elders, its time you learned to respect your betters. Big Jake (1971)
Women should know tooo!
Pitch a tent and build a good campfire
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