I was thinking of a 10 skills every man should have sorta post, then realized that lots of people aren't exposed to certain things. So I want to start a string of things that every man should at least experience. I wanted to say that everyman should own, or be competent, but I reckon a 17 foot canoe is not something you keep in a NY city apartment. So on the lines of 10 things every man should experience.....
1. Paddling a canoe, or rowing a boat.
3. Firing a 12 gauge shotgun
4. Splitting a piece of wood in one swing
5. Building a campfire
6. Cooking a meal over open flame
7. Hunting (even if just with a camera if your opposed)
8. Finishing an adventure (white water camping trip, hiking highest peak in your state etc....)
9. Hitting a target with a bow and arrow.
10. Spending the night in a tent, at least a days hike from your car.
I understand certain things don't appeal to everyone, but part of being a man is being well rounded. Not to mention even if you hate em all, you get 10 new stories.
Carl, see my other post "being able to laugh at yourself" we post cause its entertaining, and gives us the opportunity to chest thump a little bit. Maybe you should look at the list and try a couple. I find a 12 gauge is great therapy.
"I find a 12 guage is great therapy"
It depends on who you're aiming at.
I am lucky, I am from Liverpool and within 3 hours travel I could be in front of Buckingham Palace or the Sagrada Familia/ Eiffel Tower/ Collisseum or even in Amsterdam's red light district (an experience, even if you have no intention of buying!)
I hope you have a great time in Spain, I am sure you will fall in love with the place. Where are you going? I am lucky enough to work for a tour operator and we organise sports trips. I have supervised football (soccer) trips to Barcelona (my 2nd home) Rome, Athens and Nuremberg.
Patrick, My daughter is living near Santiago so we will be visiting her. We will also be traveling to Barcelona for a few days. Any chance you know of anyone in either area that rents stand up paddle boards. I'd love to get to do something I love somewhere like spain?
I possess most of these skills! I'm proud of myself because of that, but since I live in the Netherlands it's illegal to carry a weapon and you have to be 21 y/o to get into a firing range... But I can do the rest of all of these, I climbed to the top of Monte Capanne on the Island of Elba and I climbed back down and I've done some camping with my dad and once with some friends.
I have something to add to the list though:
1. Being able to disarm another person (if he's carrying a knife or gun)
2. Being able to hunt without using any regular tools (no gun/bow)
3. Being able to put the needle on the edge of a vinyl record!
I got the USB in the right way on my first try once, but I think it was mostly luck. Does luck count?
My five year old can nail it every time which seems a tad unfair. However, when I explained that we didnt have computers at all when I was a kid he just looked at me as if I was describing life in the stone age.
I am left with no choice but to accept I now come from a period of history known as 'The Olden Days'
Every conversation l had with my father started with " When l was a boy " and all l could think of was horse drawn carts and steam powered atari .
And a mouse that actually squeaks, like in the "What's in your wallet commercial".