Good advice makes life easier, and therefore it should be shared. This post is intended to encourage the sharing of “modestly useful” advice among RBCers, i.e., keep it practical but not too heavy, not when to divorce a violent spouse or how to disarm a live nuke.
To kick us off, here are three suggestions from me.
1. If you work in an office, keep a Swiss Army knife in your desk. You might think you wouldn’t ever need it, but then one day you will be trying to screw in a computer cable with your key, or biting a piece of loose string from the hem of your jacket, and you will be glad to have it handy.
2. If you are playing hearts with three people, throwing in a random card as the widow card introduces so much chance as to make the game a crapshoot. A better variant is to explicitly make the two of clubs the widow in every hand (or just set it aside) and have the first trick be led by the three of clubs instead.
3. When drinking port at a dinner party, recall that the port side of a ship is the left side, so you always pass in that direction after pouring a glass for the person on your right. If the person on your right forgets to pass the port along to you, ask if s/he knows the Bishop of Norwich. An experienced port drinker will recognize this cue and just pass the port. If the person says “no”, politely give the required hint by responding with something like “Excellent fellow, but he always forgets to pass the port”.