Practical things everyone should know.

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  1. wahfreak

    wahfreak Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm finishing up school in June and besides playing more guitar and photography I wondering what I should do/accomplish with my extra time. I have a bunch of parachord and always wanted to learn how to tie knots. This led me to think about skills we should all know how to do. Not just survival techniques but just all around "life" stuff.
     
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    Know how to iron clothes and polish shoes.
     
  3. Johnny Moondog

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    Basic electricity/wiring.

    At some point you will need to replace a lightswitch/thermostat/lighting fixture , etc.

    It's simple - with a few basic tools and a bit of know how.
    (just always be sure that the power is OFF first !!)
     
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    Basic first aid, CPR. I never really thought about it, I was just trained in that stuff when I was working with kids at one point. But I've literally saved several lives.

    Also learn how electricity works.
     
  5. B Money

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    Knowing how to cook would be a valuable skill to have. Not saying you need to be a gourmet chef, but you should know how to prepare a few basic meals.
     
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    Know how to change a tire.
     
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    You should know how money works. You should understand saving, credit, budgeting, investing, etc.
     
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    Fix a flat on a bike.

    Build a fire.
     
  9. Jarrett

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    All good stuff. As mentioned, learn how to cook some, handle finances, basic electrical work, basic mechanical skills. CPR is another good one too. Understanding basic computer networking and troubleshooting helps a ton in today's wifi world as well. Learn how to track and account for calorie input/output now. As you get older and that metabolism slows, understanding how to control your weight is huge.
     
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    Knowing how to keep and attract a girl.
     
  11. Johnny Moondog

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    :agree
     
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    Take a Tire Rack/SCCA Street Survivor driving school. It takes one Saturday and you'll be a better driver for life. The life you save could be your own.
     
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    find the G spot
     
  16. Z_Zoquis

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    Little "life skills" everyone should know:

    - How to make mashed potatoes (I say this because when my younger bro moved away from home for the first time at the age of about 20, he decided one night to make himself some mashies cuz they were one of his favorite things. Trouble was he'd never watched mum make them and he didn't realize you had to boil the taters first. :D He tried all manner of things to get them soft and mashable! Funny story...)

    - changing a tire is the classic one of course

    - some fundamental laundry knowledge is worth-wile

    - a bit of diplomacy/humility. You'll find life in the average workplace much easier to deal with...
     
  17. ShredSquatch

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    How to jump / replace your vehicle battery

    How to wash your clothes

    How to properly clean your house

    How to shoot a gun / gun safety

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  18. Guinness Lad

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    All of these -

    1. Basic finances - how to invest what some of the methods to investing are, credit, banking, debt limits
    2. Cars - Depreciation, maintenance, what to look for when something goes wrong, and you don't sound like an idiot when you do have a problem, financing, i.e being under water with long pay back periods.
    3. How to sew, iron, wash clothes, what to buy, this means staying away from stuff that always has to be dry cleaned, special procedures.
    4. Plumbing, electrical, carpentry, any skills gained is useful, sure beats paying big money every time. I have saved thousands because of what I can do.
    5. Technical smarts, anything related to computers, cameras, phones, etc...
    6. Food and nutrition, learn about your body, don't just follow some basic guidelines, everyone is different learn what foods do to you after you eat them and observe this. Make changes to your diet depending upon what you experience, for example, you eat "X" and every time you do, you get sleepy or break out, stop eating the stuff!
     
  19. Fatboy666

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    /\ all good

    learn how to dress - proper outfits for events, what colors/patterns work
    learn basic house repairs
    learn basic car repairs - flat tire, oil change, replace battery, bulbs
    learn basic guitar maintenance and setup
    how to pack a suitcase, and what to bring
    simple baking stuff - chicks dig that
    make 2 or 3 good meals
    manners
    learn how to chit chat with ANYone, find something in common
    basic sewing
    how to wash clothes
    how to pitch a tent - the kind you sleep in
    how to start a fire in various situations
    how to work basic power tools
    learn a few "campfire songs", so when people find out you play guitar and ask you to play something
    know how to drive a stick shift - bonus points if it's three on the tree!
    basic operation of a boat - what if the captain is injured, someone's gotta get us all to shore
    basic operation of a motorcycle, snowmobile, quad, generator
    where to find an ATM, especially in a foreign country
    how to sharpen knives
    basic card games - rummy, poker, blackjack
    basic knowledge of casino games
    basic mixology and bartending skills
    how to open a bottle of wine
    learn a few words and phrases in many languages - people love it when you at least try


    there's a book called How To Do 100 Things, it has expert advice on how to do lots of the things mentioned
     
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