Question of the Day: Grown-Up Boot Camp

1 07 2007

What are three things you want to learn, and three things you can teach others to do?
Submitted by bookishbiker.

Hmm, it was easy to think of three things I want to learn, but I had a hard time thinking of three things that I’m really “competent” enough to teach. That sounds like I need to rush myself to the self-esteem clinic, huh? (Maybe I just have high standards for teachers….)

Things I want to learn:

  1. How to play the guitar – As you’ve probably noticed, I’m sweet on singer-songwriters. Sadly, I’ll never be one. I can barely keep a melody in my head—let alone sing like a human being (maybe I should put singing lessons on this list). But I could probably play the guitar. Lessons, please.
  2. How to speak German – I took one year of German in high school (I focused on Spanish), and I fell in love with the way it sounds. I’ve forgotten nearly everything I learned that year, but I’d like to start again.
  3. How to meet a beer-loving, sports-craving, brown-eyed handsome man – Actually, he doesn’t have to have brown eyes.

Things I can teach others:

  1. How to write a damn good memo – To bring home the (tofu) bacon, I write memos for a living. Actually, at this point in my life, I mostly edit others’ memos. A good memo should be organized, pithy, and fluid. I can also make sure your mechanics remain, um, sharp.
  2. How to enjoy a vacation in Oklahoma – Tulsa’s beautiful, full of art deco architecture. Or I could find you a great powwow to visit in Oklahoma City (or elsewhere). There are lots of good hiking opportunities, too, as there are many different terrains to enjoy. (I should obviously get paid by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.) When I was in high school, I won a scholarship through a series of exams about Oklahoma history…so I know some good back stories for you, too. Maybe I should just lead a tour. (I could also be a fairly good guide on a tour of DC’s Mall.)
  3. How to think critically about sports – I have a graduate degree in sports sociology, and—when I was in grad school—I taught a senior-level course populated mostly by P.E. majors. Really. So I have actual experience getting sports fans to think about issues such as race, class, geopolitics, etc. It won’t take any of the joy out of being a sports fan, I swear. It’ll just make you a smarter sports fan.

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