Fig Sees three "Truths" in the world: Compassion, Mastery, and Irony
Time for an update. I’m still looking for suggestions.
Now, in no particular order, desirable traits of man:
Know how to mix at least 3 drinks/cocktails. Make sure one of the ones you know is what that special someone likes (and a Shirley Temple is an acceptable drink choice if that someone chooses not to or isn’t legally able to drink).
Always have the materials to make those 3 cocktails on hand. The same justification for the previous holds.
Know how to cook 3 ethnically/culturally accurate dishes from scratch. Also, be sure you know how to intelligently pronounce (within reason) the names of the dishes and give a brief description/history of the dish.
Master every tool in your home, garage or ‘cave’. If you own a tool, know how to use it. You can know how to use tools you don’t own, but you’re a fool to own a tool and cannot exhibit the mastery of it. If you don’t own it or know how to use it, see next trait.
Know when to call a professional/expert. Not knowing everything isn’t bad, it’s human. Pretending that you do, though, is foolish.
Support a charity of personal sentiment. Charitable actions are a good thing, and, in some cases, that’s the only funding for the organization. Do some research, know what it is you find attractive in a cause, know what the money is going for, know what the organization needs, and donate (without expectation of return) as appropriate.
Always have a room/bed available for a traveling friend. It’s all to often that someone needs some help, or is just passing by. Have something available, it doesn’t need to be fancy, for him or her to sleep on. This is also a great time to offer up a drink you know how to make and provide a good breakfast before they move on.
Always have access to a decent bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers. Or, if you’re not bringing the wine, choose an appropriate bottle from the wine available.
Always be firm but fair as a guardian (over your own or others’ children). Discipline is important, as is respecting authority. Be a father (or father figure), teach values, convictions, and that the iron doesn’t need to be touched to prove that it’s hot. [This is the part I’m not in any way sure about. Beyond value, how does one raise a daughter/young girl? Any suggestions?]
Have breakfast (from scratch) for any over night guests. Or, for the married men, at least once a month, a big family breakfast. This trait (rule) also applies if you are the house guest at her (or I suppose his, to be fair) house and her/his children are there that night.
Starting a fire, or being able to get a fire roaring from paper, tinder and a few matches. It’s unlikely you’ll be stuck in the woods without simple provisions, but what about in the backyard? Maybe on the camping trip? Be able to do it: dinner is hinging on your ability.
Be able to knot your own tie (I prefer a double Windsor, personally). You’re more welcome to give this tie to another who isn’t able to on their own. No boasting, no shoddy knots.
Shine your shoes like a Marine (also, to be fair, like a service person).
Be able to say something in a language that isn’t your native one. Standard Romance languages are in style, as are far Eastern languages. Don’t rule out dead languages (Latin [Ecclesiastic or Classical], Greek [Ancient, any dialect, with proper intonation], Sanskrit, Aboriginal American/Mesoamerican) or “obscure” modern ones (Modern Hebrew, Greek, Gaelic/Welsh, or even something from Scandinavia).
Always know which direction is North. Again, not likely you’ll be stuck out in the woods, but if you get lost while on the road (and don’t a map for one reason or another), at least orienting yourself can be valuable.
Be able to lock eyes with a woman and focus on what she is saying, regardless of what she looks like from eyelashes down (practice, practice, practice). Being fair, converse with the person of your amorous desire without letting your eyes wander.
(Thanks Tarrador and Swingacat for the suggestions.)