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Friday, September 21, 2007
Appetizer: What is your favorite type of art? Realism...from the Renaissance...especially Albrecht Durer
Soup: When was the last time you got a free lunch (or breakfast or dinner)? Who paid for it? Olive Garden...Carries' Dad got us a gift card, and me and Carrie had a beautiful "Dinner-For-Two"
Salad: On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how emotional are you? For a guy? Pretty emotional...in a weird way...so I'd say about an 8 or 9...for a guy!!!
Main Course: Approximately how long do you spend each day responding to emails? Work E-Mails...about an hour...personal...about 5 minutes!!!
Dessert: To what temperature do you usually set your home’s thermostat? I Don't...but if I did, I'd make it a little warmer...Carrie always has this place freezing...I know...I'm in trouble now...LOL :o)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Here's a great combination of items that will ALWAYS come in handy when you need them the most, and you you can fit just the right amount of stuff you need with out packing too much or too little...and it all fits in a compact LC-1 Compass/First Aid pouch... keeping in mind, this a REPAIR KIT for "In The Field", and should be supplemented with a decent first-aid and survival kit...
Here's what I can fit comfortably into this, and I have used every one of these items recently, and more than once...
- A "Roll" of Combat Duct Tape (about 15 ft.): Marking your gear/, fixing a radiator hose, quickly attaching "stuff" to your weapon, or expedient repairs to rips/tears in your tent or bag
-20 "Gear Ties" (miniature zip/electrical ties): Attaching your Camel-Bak/Knife to your LBV/Tac-Vest.
-5 or 6 Larger "Gear Ties" for heavier attachments
-Light; a few different one's will work, but I prefer the Gerber Recon...just enough light to make those essential repairs in the dark, and it easily attaches to a ball cap/BDU Hat, for hands free lighting!!!
-Cutting Tool; Either a Gerber Eclipse or a Leatherman Micra...both compact and excellent tools!!!
-220 Cord; Similar to 550 cord, but alot thinner, and only rated to...you guessed, 220 lbs. Although this may not hold up to as much constant pressure, this is perfect for a repair kit, as you can pack 10 times the length, and it will still do what you need it to in place of some 550.
-I also included a small cyalume light stick, for giggles...I had the room, and you can always use one of these!!!
I have three of these assembled, although some of the items (Light/Knife/Tool) are interchanged between the one I think I'll have on hand first. I keep one on my CFP-90, one on my LBV, and a third I switch between my ALICE Pack and Spelunking Bag. You can easily change this into a "survival pouch" by switching out the repair items with some life-boat matches, and fishing tools, signal mirror, etc. Also, if you have any recommendations or comments, please let me know!!!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Describe Your Laundry Routine: What Laundry Routine? LOL!
In your opinion, what age will you be when you’ll consider yourself to truly be old? Does NOW Count? Naw, I'm just a little banged up from my job, but I think I will always be young at heart!!!
What is one of your goals? Is it short-term, long-term, or both? Both; Be a Loving Husband to my Wife and provide for my family, as well as making sure our "Baby Bear" grows up to be a positive example in the world.
Name something unbelievable you’ve seen or read lately. I saw a picture of Muqtada al-Sadr's army marching through a town in Iraq...a little show of force, or just trying to intimidate the local populace? And after seeing the way these guys were dressed, I couldn't believe these guys were serious!!! They looked like a bad mix of saturday cartoon badguys, and slap-stick robbers!!!!!! Gimme a break!!! GO USA!!!
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how happy are you today? It's late, and I have to work tomorrow...but my wife and son always bring a smile to my face, and give me purpose...so I'd say a 10!!!
This week's "Good Gear" review will be for the USAF Survival Knife...first let me run through the spec's:
- Cost: $35-$45
- Manufacturer: Ontario Knives (U.S. Based...These guys have been making alot of knives for the miltary for a long time!!!)
- Dimensions: 5" Blade (9-1/2" Overall)
- Knife Material: 1095 Carbon Steel full tang blade, with leather handle, and steel buttcap
- Sheath Material: Leather with metal rivets, and metal plate attached to back to prevent knife from cutting/piercing the user.
This is a nice Knife for the price...nothing fancy, but built to perform...has grooves in the handle and two holes in the top hilt to make a spear (with the included string...or your bootlace, 550/220 cord). The leather handle is anice switch from the polymer handles that are so common these days, and also provides for a good grip in demanding situations. Also has a stone knife sharpener in a pouch attached to the sheath. Black polymer coating keeps the blade "toned down" and a little more resistant to wear. The sheath has a belt attachment at the top...I however, prefer to use some webbing and use it as an ankle knife (Just above the boot).. The steel buttcap can be used as a lite hammer...hard to do with most knives!!!
This knife is cheap (price wise) and tough, and has great balance/natural feel, so I use this as my primary knife when camping...or anything out-doors...it can get most jobs done, and when it does give-out, I'm not out $80-$100. A great tactical alternative for this knife is the SPN-24/SPN-25, still available at http://www.uscav.com/. Great Knife for the price...only wish it had grommets to give you more attachment options...for this, it gets a 9 out of 10. But, when...or if...this knife ever does give out on me, I'll just have to get another one!!!