After checking out the various offerings in yesterday’s post’s about skills-classes, it got me thinking about what kind of classes I’d take if I had the time/motivation. And while making robots or screen-printing all seem like great uses of my time and creative energy, I realized there’s a more basic knowledge deficiency which I’d love to rectify. I don’t know how to be a man.
I mean, I am a man. I’ve been one since my bar mitzvah. (Don’t know what a bar mitzvah is? This is what they’re like). But the list of manly things I have know idea how to do is pretty extensive:
• I can’t fix anything around the house, from a clogged drain to a dent in the drywall.
• I can’t fix a car. I don’t even really have a conceptual understanding of how cars work.
• If I was to hunt/kill any sort of animal, I’d have no idea what to do with it.
• I can’t woodwork.
• I can’t metalwork.
• Can’t kickbox or knife-fight.
• Can’t garden.
A lot of this stuff can be learned on ones own, via ehow videos and The Art of Manliness blog posts, but that’s no replacement for hands on experience, especially when you’re in the pocket. If there was some sort of class which offered all of these, at a reasonably fair price, I’d be all for it. And while these are supposedly all things a “man” should know how to do, they’re actually things that EVERYONE should know how to do, men or women. Think about it entrepreneurs. Could be a good idea here.
Henry Goldman wrote this post as his bathroom sink shot water out one of the turney-things that controls water temperature.