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Contents Introduction Meet the Grandfathers
Chapter One: Pioneering Grow Up: How to plant a tree Aim True: How to split firewood Stay Warm: How to build a fire Get Hooked: How to catch a freshwater fish
Chapter Two: Fixing Get Hammered: How to drive a nail Make Room: How to hang drywall Tidy Up: How to clean your house Hit the Road: How to pack a car
Chapter Three: Leading Soldier On: How to be brave Switch Hats: How to leave work at work Be Critical: How to think about politics Cope Well: How to handle bad news
Chapter Four: Prospering Power Up: How to buy a suit Command a Room: How to give a speech Find Shelter: How to buy a house Keep Your Shirt: How to make a friendly wager
Chapter Five: Thriving Go Grizzly: How to grow a beard Drive 'em Wild: How to wear cologne Stay Cool: How to control your temper Look Trim: How to get a haircut
Chapter Six: Bonding Meet Up: How to introduce people Jump In: How to join a pickup game Circle Up: How to ask for help Say Sorry: How to apologize
Chapter Seven: Playing Grease Palms: How to break in a baseball mitt Stick It: How to shoot pool Play Fair: How to be a good sport Make a Splash: How to do a backflip
Chapter Eight: Dressing Be Dapper: How to tie four tie knots Top it Off: How to wear a hat Go to Press: How to iron a shirt Thread the Needle: How to sew a button
Chapter Nine: Loving Go Courting: How to plan a date Find the One: How to know when to take the plunge Rockabye Baby: How to hold a newborn Tuck In: How to banish monsters under the bed
Chapter Ten: Cooking Be Butch: How to buy meat Head the Table: How to carve a roasted bird Live Strong: How to eat healthy Pump Iron: How to season a cast iron skillet
Chapter Eleven: Hosting Clink Glasses: How to give a toast Get Laughs: How to tell a clean joke Blow Hard: How to play the harmonica Come Again: How to be a gracious host
Excerpt from Look Sharp, page 184-185
How to Dress For a Date Step 1: Check your inventory. Stand in front of your closet and take a good honest look at what you've got to work with. Then take everything you've already worn and put it in the hamper and don't even consider reaching for anything made of sweat-suit material. Hopefully, once you eliminate the dirties and the sweats, you've got a few tops, bottoms, and jackets left. Step 2: Step it up. You want your date to know that you put in extra effort to look your best. So don't wear what you always wear every single day or what you've already been wearing all day long. To look fine you've got to take your style, whatever it happens to be, up a notch. If you're a prep, put on trousers, a button-down shirt, and maybe even a jacket. If you're a jock, wear your best jeans and try a shirt with a collar. If you're a goth, put on a fresh coat of black nail polish and slip a rose into your trench coat pocket. Hey, whatever works. Step 3: Put your best foot forward. Do not show up for a date in ratty, old, smelly, grass-stained sneakers. Make sure your kicks are fresh and, if necessary, polished. Step 4: Practice the ol' "How you doin'?" in the bathroom mirror a few times, to get your confidence up, before you go. That's right, "How you doin'?" Uh-huh More Handy Tips Never wear flip-flops or sandals on date, unless you're going to the beach and you've recently cut your toenails. Even then, it's iffy. Always shower and shave before a date, and put on clean undies even if you think the ones you have on already are okay. A dab of cologne is nice, but don't overdo it, Romeo. See page 120 for advice on how to put on just the right amount. Be yourself, and look like your best you. Never dress like someone else, unless of course you're going to a costume party.