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Field Theory: 25 Things you need to be a man

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  • Rob Hosking,

    For the fellow Paul Kelly fans...
    'Song of the Old Rake'

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I neither grow nor clean potatoes. I order them as a side dish in the form of rosemary roast potatoes at Floriditas or pommes puree at Duke Carvell's No. 6 Swan Lane Emporium.

    Completely off topic, but I got a slow cooker for my birthday and used it for the first time on Tuesday to make corned beef with garlic, onions and bay leaves in the liquid.

    Oh. My. God. I will never be the same again. Why isn't everything in the world cooked like that?

    Since Nov 2006 • 6162 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Dude, you should try lamb shanks with red wine in a slow cooker: unreal.

    Suburbanites unite!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3640 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Dude, you should try lamb shanks with red wine in a slow cooker: unreal.

    Suburbanites unite!

    I think that's going on the must-try list for our slow cooker as well.

    Side question: is "suburbane" a recognised adjective yet?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1550 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    Tom:

    I prefer "suburbanality" myself.

    How about "Suburbistan?"

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4213 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Mr Semmens: I am afraid that I was referring to Mr Beard. Should you feel that your honour remains impugned, then as the challenged I shall exercise my choice of weapon, and nominate rhum babas, Mr Beard to be my second in the event of indigestion.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2947 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    We got a slow cooker because my wife wanted one and I figured hey, it was on special. It's easily paid for itself several times over. Great for stews, great for dhal.

    neither grow nor clean potatoes

    But what will you do when teh ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE comes? You'll wish you'd scrubbed some potatoes then, let me tell you.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    But what will you do when teh ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE comes? You'll wish you'd scrubbed some potatoes then, let me tell you.

    I believe I shall dine rather finely on BRAAAAAIIINNS! Crumbed and lightly panfried with celeriac remoulade, of course.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1039 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    According to Russell's new sponsor, the zombie apocalypse is not coming.

    Instead, this Star heralds the imminent emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher, and the beginning phase of the total transformation of every aspect of our lives.

    And there was me thinking it was a streetlight in that new subdivision out by Wainui...

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4437 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Regarding slow cookers, I use the wood-stove. And I do slow cooking in the wood stoves oven. Thats got nothing to do with being manly, it's just way more satisfying than electric cooking. It's more humanly.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2642 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Instead, this Star heralds the imminent emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher, and the beginning phase of the total transformation of every aspect of our lives

    No ordinary sun...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1550 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Dude, you should try lamb shanks with red wine in a slow cooker: unreal.

    My girlfriend is a lamb shanks nut.

    She doesn't read PAS and she's probably drooling anyway.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6162 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Here you go Kyle: say it with shanks.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2947 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Good recipe Stephen J - thanks! I've bookmarked it for the next time some family or friend shoots a busher lamb-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Good man skill: Asking for "trade discount" at man shops.

    If you wore a tool belt - you know, the standard carpenter's codpiece - you'd be given the discount without having to flap your yap like a girl.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3420 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    If you wore a tool belt - you know, the standard carpenter's codpiece - you'd be given the discount without having to flap your yap like a girl.

    Don't make me drive my scooter over to your place!

    Since Nov 2006 • 2642 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I meant Toyota starlet!

    Since Nov 2006 • 2642 posts Report Reply

  • Margaret,

    At my girls' high school (circa 2002 mind) we could take these life-skill modules - they always seemed to me to be some weird sort of recipe for an ideal 'lady'. The ones I can remember were : crafts, public speaking, walking, entertaining, self-presentation (which was how to put on make-up and have good posture) and out of left field - flying.

    Also, of all my friends the one who can do the most 'manly' things (diy, car stuff, fuses etc.) is a girl learnt it all at girl guides.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2007 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Seems to me the whole matter boils down to-

    you're an adult (yay!)
    Can you deal with most domestic stuff - & reasonably forseen stuff, pertinent to your environment?
    YES! = big tick.

    NO- o dear. Learn to.

    And *never* ask me to survive in a city!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson,

    dc_red wrote:

    If anyone has any advances on: "take foot off accelerator, point wheel in direction you'd ideally be going, resist urge to slam on brakes really hard, hope for the best" ... well, I'm all ears.

    This may apply for rear wheel drive cars (depending on the cause of the skid), but for front wheel drive cars you should point the wheels in the direction you are trying to go, and keep your foot on the accelerator (but not too much) so that the front wheels are trying to drag the car in that direction.

    Lifting off the accelerator in a front wheel drive car while going around a corner, is asking for the back wheels to overtake the front wheels. Stay under power, and resist the temptation to turn the wheel more and more if the front wheels are sliding. Try to drive out of it.

    (Here's hoping no-one ever needs to put this into practise :-).

    Cheers,
    Brent.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Gale,

    Quite apart from the fact that such barns of blokiness are normally situated in godawful suburbs, the only real reason that a gentleman need visit such a place is for picture hooks.

    What if he needs a drywalling knife to temper some chocolate?

    tha Ith • Since May 2007 • 457 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    ...some weird sort of recipe for an ideal 'lady'. The ones I can remember were : crafts, public speaking, walking, entertaining, self-presentation (which was how to put on make-up and have good posture) and out of left field - flying.

    Same. And of all those things, which spoon to use, posture, how to match your lipstick to your shoes, the one which has come most in handy in life is how to change a bloody tyre.

    (And no, I wasn't taught to wait by the side of the road until a nice man comes along and changes it for you.)

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I'm joining the thread with much lateness, just to make the point that according to the list in the post I doubt I even qualify as a member of the species, let alone a bloke.

    (What's a "car"?)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7352 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I'm joining the thread with much lateness, just to make the point that according to the list in the post I doubt I even qualify as a member of the species, let alone a bloke.

    Giovanni, your Italian and you don't live with your mum. And, I have seen you drink double strong latte, OUT OF A BOWL. Relax, you are a bloke.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2642 posts Report Reply

  • Kim_Wright,

    This list is very dubious, judging by how many of the criteria I meet I guess I could consider myself an honorary man. I blame my dad; he always wanted a boy and I spent my childhood trekking around wrecking yards. However, although I can competently do about three quarters of the stuff on that list , I am most definitely not a man.

    I agree with Islander, its more about being an adult, than man or woman skills. For example I can do all the automotive stuff but how unusual is that - anyone who owned a British car in the 80s compulsorily had to learn a great deal of maintenance skills just to keep the bloody things going. Still love the old Vauxhalls though. Bring back tail fins I say! mmmm

    Wellington • Since May 2009 • 40 posts Report Reply

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