Friday, November 21, 2008

Additional Rules

I so enjoyed the "1001 Rules for My Unborn Son" that I started writing some of my own. I submitted them to that webpage via email, but I am posting them here as well:

1. When at a diner, follow diner rules: Burgers, eggs, simple sandwiches.

2. At a fine restaurant, trust the chef. Everywhere else, order off the menu; if you want personalized food, eat at home.

3. Food is for sharing; a means, not an end; not for remedy nor gluttony.

4. Get involved: Being a member of your community means being part of it.

5. Treat those in need with dignity, few others will.

6. Mind your tone: It's difficult to speak calmly, with assurance and confidence, but necessary.

7. Grammar counts: have command of a language (or two).

8. Words are tools, maintain a well-stocked and well-used toolbox.

9. Happenstance is a better friend than prescience; you don't need to take credit for all of the good things that happen to you.

10. Real men read philosophy, fiction, and poetry; Not all knowledge has pre-ordained utility.

11. Interests may come and go, but if you don't follow some of them some of the time, they stop coming.

12. If you're bored, then you're boring.

13. Build one lifelong partnership.

14. Curiosity is more fun than faith.

15. Know the scientific method.

16. Thank those who compliment you.

17. Be able to walk a mile comfortably in any footwear you own.

18. Build traditions; allow them to change.

19. Asking people where they are from is insulting.

20. 'What do you do?' is a demeaning and belittling question; see how far you can get into a conversation without knowing a person's profession.

21. Nostalgia has its place, but there are always things that are better now.

22. Watch old movies.

23. Know how to build a fire.

24. Keep in touch with old friends, they'll be happy to hear from you.

25. Love is many things, try to know each of them.

1 comment:

  1. I believe that 21 (Nostalgia has its place, but there are always things that are better now) should be rephrased as "Nostalgia has its place, but there are sometimes things that are better now" because 22 (Watching old movies) and
    24 (Keep in touch with old friends, they'll be happy to hear from you) each imply nostalgia as well as being distinct examples of times when it has it's place and during which there isn't necessarily anything better now.


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