Up shot the sun showering golden beams of light upon the forest. The air grew warmer, but the little band did not cease its rapid pace northward until noon. Then at a word from Ross all halted at a beautiful glade, across which ran a little brook of cold water. The horses were tethered at the edge of the forest, but were allowed to graze on the young grass which was already beginning to appear, while the men lighted a small fire of last year's fallen brushwood, at the center of the glade on the bank of the brook.
A typical story told my America's favorite storyteller, Mark Twain. Before radio and television, Twain entertained Americans in newspaper, magazines and books. He was the Will Rogers and Bob Hope pf pur parents' generation and the Jeff Foxworthy of today.
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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