Sunday, October 23, 2005


While I'm in a book-recommending mood, I thought I'd write about THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK. There are several different versions, including one on surviving college and one on surviving at work. I have the original one (above title), along with THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK: DATING & SEX.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating and Sex
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating and Sex

The original book includes things such as how to fend off a shark, how to take a punch, how to deal with a charging bull, how to jump from a moving car, how to deliver a baby in a taxicab, how to land an airplane, along with thirty-four other crisis situations. The authors take no stand on what could have happened to get you into one of the situations. It's simply that you're there - now what do you do? They've talked to "experts" in each particular field to develop their recommendations of how to handle each crisis.

The volume on dating and sex includes chapters on how to determine if your date is married, how to fend off an obsessive ex, how to escape from a bad date, how to deal with body odor, how to deal with a bad kisser, how to survive if you wake up next to someone whose name you don't remember - and about thirty other situations in the realm of dating and sex. They take no position about right and wrong. You're in the situation - now what do you do?

Both books are at times humorous, interesting, and sometimes informative. Definitely nothing deep - but a good read when you want something in short, to the point chapters. And who knows - there's a reader somewhere, someday, sometime who will find him/herself in the path of a charging bull - and having read this book will save the day.


Joan said...

I just added Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook and Children's Story to my ongoing "books to read" list.

Beth said...

I actually was in front of a charging bull one time :). Actually, we were sitting up in the stands and the bull didn't seem interested in coming up the stairs.

But he jumped out of the arena over the barrier directly in front of us and when he did, I wasn't at all sure he wasn't coming on up those stairs!

A charging bull is a pretty scary sight when you are right in front of him - no matter how far up in the stands you are!

It was at a bull fight in Mexico - Casa de Toro.

Anyway - point is - you never know!! The survival book just might come in handy!!!

PS: I got my hat autographed by the matador :)