What’s in your skill set?

by Susan Olsen

Robert Heinlein

Robert Heinlein

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”  – Robert Heinlein

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    Yup. Have done and can do most of those things on that list.

  • Basel lll

    IWK, you can die gallantly? Prove it.


      I said most – idiot. When the time comes, I’ll check that one off the list too, however.

  • C. dog e. doG

    ?Plan an invasions using ladybugs as frontline against aphids.
    ~Butcher a hog. Does roadkill count?
    ?Design a building. One better than that, built my cabin, replete with bunker.
    ?Write a sonnet. All my missives are in sonnet form ‘cuz they from the heart.
    Incomplete. Trying to balance New Hamster’s gas tax account right now.
    ? Build a wall. See Design a building.
    X Set a bone. I’ve picked them, but never set them.
    X Take and give orders. Meh, not my style.
    ~Cooperate and act alone; mastered one, difficulty with other.
    ?Solve equations: 221 democrats caucusing under Concord’s gilded Dome raise taxes at twice the rate of inflation, how long till Grate State of New Hamster goes bankrupt?

    ¿Change a diaper. Does my own count?

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