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September 26, 2013 - 8:42 am

This guy:

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Wrote this article:

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The list itself, undermined as it is by the author’s choice of avatar, is mostly good but too metrosexual for me. I own most of the items on it. It does leans a bit too much on drinking. Seriously, every man should own a flask? To me that’s the sign of a man who already has or will have a problem.

The list is glaringly missing:

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A man knows his limitations. Life is hard enough. Get the map to help you get where you need to go.

And:

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A firearm, chosen by you for your needs and comfort level, and the knowledge and wisdom to use it safely for self-defense. It’s a dangerous world out there. It will always be a dangerous world out there. If you live in the country, you have dangerous varmints. If you live in the city, you also have dangerous varmints. In the event that you grow up and become an adult, others will depend on you for their safety. The first item on my list will help you make wise decisions. The one directly above will help you be ready to protect your loved ones and yourself. That’s what a man does.

And:

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A working knowledge of major sports. Know how to catch and throw footballs and baseballs. Know how to dribble a basketball. You won’t believe how many doors this will open, plus you won’t look like a doofus when sports come up in conversation. Sports always comes up in conversation whenever a few men talk about anything. Always. Know what “How ’bout them (insert name of local sports team here)!” means.

What would you add to the list of things a proper adult man should own?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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So, in the first place.... why "by 30"? A good parent has taught their sons the importance of taking care of their personal business well before they start high school.

Out here in Texas, that list would mostly be laughed out the door:
1. A pressed white dress shirt, nice charcoal or black blazer and 1 new pair of Wranglers
2. 1 pair black dress boots
3. 2 pair well made work boots
4. Livestock – the outside of an animal is good for the inside of a man
5. A tool box – along with bailing wire and duct tape – and the knowledge to use them
6. A wallet without any credit cards and a life without debt
7. Soap.... all kinds
8. An alarm clock and the ethic to always be on time
9. A roof over your loved one's heads
10. A pistol, rifle and shotgun; along with the skill and knowledge for their use and the tools for their care.
11. A good well made pocket knife that will last you a lifetime
12. A bible, and a seat in church as often as you can get yourself there
13. A reliable truck and if not a working knowledge of mechanics, then a reliable manual and the initiative to properly maintain your (and your wife') vehicles.
14. A job - any job - A real man doesn't place his ego before feeding his family. If you can't find a job where you are - then go to where the jobs are, even if it means your family will stay behind.
15. Generosity - Even when times are hard, you still have something of yourself to contribute to your community.
16. A kind word - It will never be wasted.
17. Respect - for those in your life.
18. An address book, a package of stamps and envelopes - always hand write Thank You notes, condolence cards and congratulations.

I'm sure there are more - I just always thought that a good parents job was to teach their children to build a life.
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Okay, that's not a tool kit. That's something that someone who pretends to be male owns.

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Absolutely, Bryan. Those three items were conspicuous by their absence!

Abarca's article should have been "every self-respecting man over 20," not 30! The list screams "recent-college-graduate" -- cognizant enough to realize he needs grown-up items, but not mature enough to discern just what they are.

Stocking up on booze paraphernalia sounds like the sort of thing a newly-minted twenty-one year old would do, because he finally CAN.

Grown up clothes and real shoes? Well, duh. Towels and ironing boards? How did he survive from 20 to 30 without them?! A wallet? So, at last, you won't have to stuff your money in your sock?

At thirty, some of this list should be refined, and the rest discarded. A "black suit?" Please, at thirty, every man, rich or poor, should have one bespoke dinner suit, and be in situations where he will use it. "Stocks?" Perhaps saving, paying off your debts, a low-risk mutual fund, some precious metals?

Sigh. The result of the juvenilization of men, right there in black and white.
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Tools do not come in a kit. They live in an old metal box given to you by your dad when you were a teenager.
50 weeks ago
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I think a French Press is a when you hip check a winger along the boards playing hockey...
51 weeks ago
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...and, to the douche modeling the dark suit and most Hollywood male stars - and Bono - a RAZOR.
51 weeks ago
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Real adult sized tools, not a tool kit. Part of being a man is learning to do maintenance and repair so you can fix the essential things in life when they break at inconvenient times. Women wait on AAA. Men change the tire or tighten the loose battery cable and continue on their way. When problems happen, a man should be working to fix it, not waiting for someone else to bail him out.
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If I may humbly contradict: when sports comes up in conversation, the one fellow who knows nothing about them is the only one who DOESN'T look like a doofus.
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If this is what passes for being a man these days then God help us!

This is a poser list and says more about projecting an image than being a "grown-azz man".

Notice, for instance, he mentions having books - but NOT that you should have read them.

The vast majority of this list is all about image, whereas a real "grown-azz man" knows that image doesn't count for a lot in situations where stepping up and being a man matters.

That nicely tailored suit and expensive black shoes with nice socks, accented by the cologne as you try to open the wine bottle with double hinged wine key as you try to impress your date with your nice clean bed sheets and your shelf of unread books ain't gonna do diddly squat when some hood rat selects your date for unwanted attention.
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I don't waste my time with team sports. I can't find any thrill in watching a bunch of roided up dudes in spandex crashing into each other. Go hiking, or fishing, or shooting, or lift weights. Those are man-sports.

On a side note, I'll take my .357 over the 9mm any day.
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Watch hockey then. No spandex there.
51 weeks ago
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Or maturity, either.
50 weeks ago
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I notice he didn't include a barbell and a set of dumbbells.
51 weeks ago
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Real men don't drink wine. We drink Laphroig neat.
51 weeks ago
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Laphroig drunk neat is exactly like jet fuel drunk neat. Don't try it at home. I still have 4/5ths of a bottle a friend gave me years ago. You MUST add water to make it taste like scotch, real man or not.
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There are plenty of self-respecting men over 30 who don't drink alcohol. Personal choice. I can't think of any man drinks that require special glasses or tools worthy of a top 40 position on the list.
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I forgot the ladder. You have to have a ladder.
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