Once you get an idea of how things ought to be, it's hard to stop thinking about it. And as documentary filmmaker Walker Lamond started to think about the kind of son he would want to raise, he began to offer pithy advice via a blog he called "1001 Rules For My Unborn Son."
The blog -- a collection of music, aphorisms and photos -- gained a following and, as these things do, morphed into a book that is set to be released on October 27. The idea was to help create a set of rules that embodied the advice his father had offered him.
A number of Lamond's rules are about eating and etiquette. I've pulled out eight that are reasonable suggestions on how we all ought to live, regardless of age or gender.
393. Never Eat Lunch At Your Desk. Nailing down a sandwich while hunched over your keyboard eliminates the concept of a lunch break. Even if you just face away from your desk, it's enough to stop and actually taste what you're eating.
384. All Drinking Challenges Must Be Accepted. Even if you lose the challenge -- you always end up with a story or a night that is memorable for those who can remember it.
375. Don't Pose With Booze. In the era of Facebook and pictures on Twitter, the above drinking challenges have a way of lasting well beyond that night.
252. If You Attend a Late Night Party. Have An Exit Strategy. Every night out has a moment when things go from epic to epic fail. The key is to have an out when you're headed down that path.
194. Have a Signature Dish, Even If It's Your Only One. Whether it's a first date or an important dinner -- you always need one dish that can double as a conversation piece because great food elevates every evening.
100. Have a Reliable Hangout. Everybody needs one friend that is a bartender. They are the ones who make sure you're not holding booze in photos, but have booze at all other times.
27. Eat More Vegetables. Takes Care of The Ticker. Michael Pollan is a best-selling author for a reason.
15. Don't Flatten Burgers On The Grill. It Squeezes Out The Juices. You can't say this when you're at somebody's house for a barbecue, you can only forward this to them and hope they get the idea.