Few parts of the shores of old England present more beautiful and romantic scenery than is to be found on the coast of Cornwall. There are deep bays, and bold headlands, and wild rocks, and lofty cliffs, and wooded heights, and bare downs, and yellow sands full of the most minute and delicate shells, so delicate that it is surprising how they could have existed in the rough and boisterous ocean, and been cast up whole from the depths below. In one of those beautiful bays, many years ago, a large party was collected, on a bright afternoon in the early part of autumn. Among the party were persons of all ages, but most of them were young, and all were apparently very busy. Some were engaged in tending a fire over which a pot was boiling, and others were collecting drift-wood thrown up close under the cliff, with which to feed it. Two or three young ladies, under the superintendence of a venerable matron, were spreading a tablecloth, though the sand looked so smooth and clear that it did not seem as if the most dainty of people could have required one.
Not so long ago, men were men. They spent their Sunday afternoons building things with their bare hands, they didn't pay someone else to change their oil, and they certainly didn't sip anything that was pink in colour, expensive and came in a cocktail glass. Then the modern world happened and, somehow, man was redefined...smoothed over...watered down. He became 1/10th man and 9/10th Calvin Klein Obsession cologne. Prowess was no longer about making the perfect jump shot, it was about Prada and prosecco. You can't blame men entirely; after all, "guy knowledge" isn't imprinted on the Y chromosome. Of course, neither is self-respect when you have to pay someone else to change your flat tire while you and your date stand on the side of the road. "How to Back Up a Trailer" is "real-guy-reference-guide" to over 100 skills every man should know or possess. AUTHOR: Kurt Anderson is a man's man who knows how to get it done. A monthly columnist for Family Handyman and regular contributor to Outdoor Life, Mr. Anderson knows how to handle himself in and outside the home. When he's not building a house from scratch, you can find him riding (and repairing) his motorcycle, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and fixing things he's managed to foul up.
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