From CV Rick and a couple of other places:
My manly skills are in bold.
Esquire Magazine – 75 Skills Every Man Should Master
A Man Should Be Able To:
1. Give advice that matters in one sentence.
I've done that a couple of times, I think.
2. Tell if someone is lying.
I think this may be a function of my strange brain or something, but I can usually tell. It makes it hard to vote for people.
3. Take a photo.
4. Score a baseball game.
I think I still remember how. I used to do it for fun, back when kids still liked baseball.
5. Name a book that matters.
6. Know at least one musical group as well as is possible.
7. Cook meat somewhere other than the grill.
8. Not monopolize the conversation.
9. Write a letter.
10. Buy a suit.
11. Swim three different strokes.
Not well, but yeah.
12. Show respect without being a suck-up.
13. Throw a punch.
14. Chop down a tree.
I never have, although I bet I could.
15. Calculate square footage.
16. Tie a bow tie.
Isn't tying a regular one enough?
17. Make one drink, in large batches, very well.
Not my specialty.
18. Speak a foreign language.
19. Approach a woman out of his league.
20. Sew a button.
21. Argue with a European without getting xenophobic or insulting soccer.
22. Give a woman an orgasm so that he doesn't have to ask after it.
23. Be loyal.
24. Know his poison, without standing there, pondering like a dope.
25. Drive an eightpenny nail into a treated two-by-four without thinking about it.
26. Cast a fishing rod without shrieking or sighing or otherwise admitting defeat.
I'm just not interested in fishing. Or hunting.
27. Play gin with an old guy.
Nothing against old guys, I just don't know gin.
28. Play go fish with a kid.
29. Understand quantum physics well enough that he can accept that a quarter might, at some point, pass straight through the table when dropped.
30. Feign interest.
Like I said yesterday, I used to be pretty bad at that. I think I'm getting better at it... maybe not.
31. Make a bed.
32. Describe a glass of wine in one sentence without using the terms nutty, fruity, oaky, finish, or kick.
33. Hit a jump shot in pool.
34. Dress a wound.
35. Jump-start a car (without any drama). Change a flat tire (safely). Change the oil (once)
I've never changed my oil, but I know how. The other two I've done more than once.
36. Make three different bets at a craps table.
I don't enjoy gambling. Maybe I'll write about why sometime.
37. Shuffle a deck of cards.
38. Tell a joke.
I've even gotten paid for it.
39. Know when to split his cards in blackjack.
40. Speak to an eight-year-old so he will hear.
41. Speak to a waiter so he will hear.
42. Talk to a dog so it will hear.
Out of the three, talking to the waiter is hardest for me.
43. Install: a disposal, an electronic thermostat, or a lighting fixture without asking for help.
I'm pretty sure I could do a disposal or a fixture; don't know about a thermostat.
44. Ask for help.
I've done it, so I guess I could do it again.
45. Break another man's grip on his wrist.
46. Tell a woman's dress size.
47. Recite one poem from memory.
"There once was a man from Nantucket..."
48. Remove a stain.
49. Say no.
50. Fry an egg sunny-side up.
That's not enough. A man should be able to ask someone, "How do you like your eggs?" and then cook them that way. IMO.
51. Build a campfire.
52. Step into a job no one wants to do.
53. Sometimes, kick some ass.
54. Break up a fight.
Remind me to tell the story of how I broke up a fight on the subway in Tokyo sometime.
55. Point to the north at any time.
It's on my left now.
56. Create a play-list in which ten seemingly random songs provide a secret message to one person.
OK, I can do that, and I have, but mix tapes are teh lame. They just are. The people who get them never care about them as much as the people who made them.
57. Explain what a light-year is.
The distance light travels in one year (thus, a distance, not a time).
58. Avoid boredom.
That's what blogging is for.
59. Write a thank-you note.
60. Be brand loyal to at least one product.
I dispute this one. I think being anti-brand is more manly.
61. Cook bacon.
62. Hold a baby.
63. Deliver a eulogy.
64. Know that Christopher Columbus was a son of a bitch.
65. Throw a baseball over-hand with some snap.
66. Throw a football with a tight spiral.
67. Shoot a 12-foot jump shot reliably.
68. Find his way out of the woods if lost.
If you're lost, doesn't that mean you can't find your way?
69. Tie a knot.
70. Shake hands.
71. Iron a shirt.
72. Stock an emergency bag for the car.
73. Caress a woman's neck.
"I got my technique down and everything, I don't be ticklin' or nothin'."
74. Know some birds.
I actually know most of the local birds.
75. Negotiate a better price.