Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday's Feast

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 a weird 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

Gear Up-Gear Quick Fix Kit

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 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!!!