Esquire’s list of The 75 Skills Every Man Should Master
is surprisingly good. (Also surprising: They present it all on one Web page.)
It seems I score a 53, or 70%. A few data points:
Things I am proud to be able to do: score a baseball game, recite a poem from memory, build a campfire, iron a shirt, give advice that matters in one sentence, cook meat somewhere other than the grill, dress a wound, caress a woman’s neck, and know my poison, without standing there, pondering like a dope.
Things I have not mastered (or have not tried) and am ambivalent about: play gin with an old guy, deliver a eulogy, throw a punch, and understand quantum physics well enough to accept that a quarter might, at some point, pass straight through the table when dropped.
Things I wish I could do: tell a woman’s dress size, hit a jump shot in pool, and make one drink, in large batches, very well.