Competence. Now in convenient book format
30 must-have life skills every capable adult should perfect before turning 30.
You’re old enough to own property and have a family, but can you safely open a bottle of champagne? Or change a flat tire? 30 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do Before Turning 30 provides idiot-proof instructions for mastering these and other essential, face-saving, and possibly life-saving skills.
You’ll learn how to...
1. wrap a present
2. start a successful fire in a fireplace, at a campsite, and in a barbecue
3. finish a piece of furniture
4. get a raise
5. order wine at a restaurant without getting stiffed
6. parallel park in three breathtakingly beautiful movements
7. dance a “slow dance” without looking like an idiot
8. use a full place setting properly, including chopsticks and Asian soup spoons
9. clean your place in under 45 minutes, when friends, relatives, or prospective lovers are coming by unexpectedly, and soon
10. hold your liquor
11. cure a hangover
12. do the Heimlich Maneuver
13. use a compass
14. change a flat
15. jump start a car
16. open a champagne bottle
17. send a drink to someone’s table
18. cook one “signature meal”
19. whistle with your fingers
20. take good pictures
21. fold a fitted sheet
22. remove common stains
23. sew a button
24. carve turkey, lasagna, and birthday cake
25. hold a baby
26. change a diaper
27. keep a plant alive for more than a year
28. make dogs and cats love you
29. help someone (an older or ill person, a woman you’re trying to impress, your mother) out of a car
30. write superior thank you notes
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A competent twenty-something (though she can’t drive a stick shift), SIOBHAN ADCOCK has written for numerous sites and zines, including iVillage and Nerve, and was an editor at Anchor Books. She lives in New York City.From Publishers Weekly:
Adcock, a freelance writer and former editor at Anchor Books, offers her take on popular how-to-fix-anything guide books. In a generous tone that captures the mindset of her 20-something audience ("The secret to making friends and influencing people... is knowing how to do stuff"), she offers readers advice and hints on wrapping presents ("If you are going to put a bow or ribbon on, make sure it coordinates somehow with the paper"); ordering wine at a restaurant ("the least expensive wines are usually marked up the most"); and holding a baby ("chances are good that unless you have hooks for hands you will someday be asked to do it"). While the selections themselves do seem arbitrary (they are arranged in such categories as "Skills that Save Time or Money," and "Skills that Save Face"), there's no harm in mastering each one.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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