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10/23/2007 Entry: "How Manly Am I?"

Popular Mechanics has made a list of 25 skills every man should know. I'm going to bold those I CAN'T do, to show you how manly (or not manly) I am. Ladies, you're welcome to play along here, too.

1. Patch a radiator hose
2. Protect your computer
3. Rescue a boater who has capsized
4. Frame a wall (I'm not good with carpentry.)
5. Retouch digital photos
6. Back up a trailer (I should really learn this.)
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 (I suppose if I had instructions.)
19. Clean a bolt-action rifle
20. Change oil and filter
21. Hook up an HDTV
22. Bleed brakes (Cars and carpentry are hand in hand with me!)
23. Paddle a canoe
24. Fix a bike flat
25. Extend your wireless network

How'd you do? Oh, and read the comments on the P.M. site too. Some suggestions to editing the list are pretty good. I, for example, would vote off "extend your wireless network" for "jump start a car." "Changing a tire" seems like it should be on there too. I laughed at "flossing"!

Replies: 2 people have rocked the mic!

Perhaps we could provide some on the job training (and practice) for mixing concrete sometime.

The one I wouldn't be confident at is filleting a fish. I have substantial hands on experience with fish, but not with preparing them for people to eat. I could get meat off the bones, but it wouldn't be pretty or efficient.

Posted by jp @ 10/23/2007 06:37 PM EST

You can tell I am not a guy.

My answer to 8, 10, 13, 19, 20, 24 was to call my dad or brother.

My answer to 1 and 15 was call roadside assistance.

Posted by Amy @ 10/24/2007 01:56 PM EST

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