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  •  I taught my daughter: (5+ / 0-)

    First, understand, I'm a man.  I taught my daughter:

    -- How to use every power tool and hand tool in my workshop and tool box.

    -- How to work on her car:  Check fluids and tire pressure; add oil, coolant, air in tires; recognize when something's wrong; change a tire.

    -- How to shoot -- pistol, shotgun, rifle.

    -- How to build a house.  As a teenager, she was with me every step of the way from clearing the lot to final inspection when we built our first house.  She can frame, install siding, install roofing, wiring, plumbing, flooring, tile, drywall, paint, trim.

    -- How to garden.

    -- How to bathe a cat.

    -- How to sight in a .22 rifle and shoot groundhogs.

    Now she's a high-powered DC attorney who bills $XXX and hour and knocks down an obscene amount of money plus bonuses.  She still drives her 12 year old truck.

    Never taught her to fish.

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