Earlier this semester, I stumbled upon 1001 Rules for my Unborn Son in a bookstore in Charlottesville. The description of Walter Lamond's book reads, "Boys need rules. One man's instructions for raising a thoughtful, adventurous, honest, hardworking, self-reliant, well-dressed, well-read, well-mannered young gentleman." Lamond takes it upon himself to record these 1001 rules before he "becomes old and uncool." While the book itself is witty, quirky, and downright accurate, what made it even better was that Lamond created an online blog version. After spending hours perusing the pages, here are a few of my personal favorites of the first 500 or so:
22. Girls like boys who shower.
23. Learn to tie a bowtie.
35. Crabs are Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs, steamed with Old Bay. No exceptions.
47. Watch a lightening storm from a safe spot. But watch em.
49. Call your mom.
59. Socks are not necessary in the summer, no matter how formal the occasion.
85. Learn to sail.
99. Nothing good ever happens after 3am. I promise.
140. Never sit down on a ballfield. Take a knee.
154. Ask your mother to dance.
161. The keys to throwing a good party are a working stereo, Christmas lights, and plenty of ice.
181. If you ignore history, it will ignore you.
189. Learn to drive a stick shift.
212. Make yourself useful on a boat.
229. Write letters. On paper.
233. Go down fighting.
258. No vanity license plates.
272. If the teacher forgets to assign homework, keep quiet.
281. You aren't done raking until you've played in the leaf pile.
304. If you choose to wear a tie, commit. Button your top button.
332. Suck it up.
345. Remember the Alamo!
352. Don't wear a club tie in England. They mean something there.
384. All drinking challenges must be accepted.
408. Don't let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.
410. Sometimes your best bet is to bet on her.
418. Go Navy. Beat Army.