Skills to Pay The Bills

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978), Dragon Dynasty. Hell, yeah.

Daily Post Prompt: If you could choose to be a master (or mistress) of any skill in the world, which skill would you pick?

There are many skills I would like. I wish I was more athletically inclined. I took martial arts as a kid, but I never finished anything. I’d like to be a kung fu master. Not only because of their physical abilities, but because those dudes are so zen. They never let anything or anyone bother them and they only fight for what is right (at least in the movies). I could totally be Gordon Liu:

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978), Dragon Dynasty. Hell, yeah.
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978), new release from Dragon Dynasty. Hell, yeah.

I would love to be a polyglot. To be able to easily learn languages would certainly come in handy. I could work for the United Nations or rich world travelers. I would love to be able to read books in their original languages. I always feel like I’m missing something in translation. It would be nice to have a Hitchhiker’s Guide babelfish that translates everything:

Image from the incomprehensible Hitchiker’s Guide game,

I would like to be a master of mathematics. As it is, English comes easily to me, which I suppose is a good skill to have, but math might as well be a foreign language. I’ve never come close to understanding it really. To me, this:


Looks about as easy to understand as this:


If only I were better at math, I might have pursued a career in science. I would love to be a cosmologist, astrophysicist or research scientist. How amazing would it be to have these guys as coworkers?

Ready? FIGHT! Image from
Ready? FIGHT! Image from