my darn(ing) useless skills…

Saturday night on a drive home from hanging out with awesome college girlfriends I was listening to some late night radio…you know how those evening shows go…random tidbits of information which you ignore waiting for the next slow jam from the past to come on the air.  Well, during this car ride something actually caught my attention.  The host of the radio show was listing the most essential skills of modern times (this part not so interesting):

  1. Googling
  2. Operating a mobile phone
  3. Connecting WiFi

He only listed 3…but for the whole list visit here.

The next part was what caught my attention.  He started listing skills that people no longer need to know.

  1. Darning (Darning is a sewing technique for repairing holes or worn areas in fabric or knitting using needle and thread alone)
  2. Knitting
  3. Polishing brass/silver
  4. Baking fresh bread
  5. Putting up a tent
  6. Writing postcards
  7. Sewing
  8. Knowing the phone numbers of friends
  9. Servicing the car yourself
  10. Understanding pounds and ounces
  11. Dinner party etiquette
  12. Writing letters
  13. Speaking a foreign language
  14. Knowing capital cities
  15. Understanding feet and inches
  16. Putting up a shelf
  17. Planning your route in advance
  18. Being able to change a tire
  19. Having neat handwriting
  20. Knowing how to spell long words

Not only do I dedicate the majority of my free time to many things on this list…I am now even MORE interested in acquiring these skills.  I’m actually rather offended.  I ordered a darning foot for my machine just last week (#1), I crocheted a beanie on friday night (#2ish), I sewed a quilt; which I gave to a friend on sunday (#7), I started my quest to visit every state capitol last summer (#14), I put up a shelf in my room by myself in may (#16). Apparently my skills are USELESS! Whatevs…onward ho!

I hereby commit to doing each of these listed useless skills and will document my acquisition of said skills on this blog.