My Micro Blog

Posted by: Chisel

My Micro Blog - 02/14/13 04:26 AM

I don't have much input to justify a separate stand-alone blog in the net

So if the sherrifs don't mind , I like to establish a micro-blog thread here in ETS.
Don't worry , all ETS rules will be followed, and then some.

I have done this a few times in other forums and have seen this to be a great alternative for lazy bloggers like me.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/14/13 04:29 AM

I saw this video on You Tube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j76jdUygIUQ

The girl is obsessed with Filofaux planner/organizers

Instead of using it to manage time and tasks to do, she has become addicted to finding the "perfect" planner.

It sort of reminded me of some preppers who have fallen into gear adddiction , so we have got knife-aholics, bag-aholics, etc.


Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/14/13 04:45 AM

Fetishes !!

It may bring a few negative ideas to our minds, but for me I have a "good" fetish. I have befriended my bag.

If you think about it, many times , especially in hard times, and times of stress and conflict, you start to think like ( I don't have REAl friends to trust and count on). I had the feeling many times, and when I thought about those times I remembered that I almost always have turned back to my bag ( GHB or whatever you may want to call it). Sometimes, I had to use the medical pouch for eye drops or alllergy pill, or the knife to open something , or pen & paper to write a to-do list, or the multitool to fix something

In most of these cases, there were people who didn't do anything.
Some were hysterical, but didnt do a thing.
Some wanted to do, but couldn't.
Some didnt even care !!!
but my bag was there and it got what i needed

Another thing is that bags do not argue unnecessarily !!
In one bag/kit, I have got 2 EMT shears. Seems to have happened by mistake, then when I found out I just left them both there to remember that bags "don't mind". This is in contrast to many people who argue for the sake of argument, like a work collegue who always was absent from our meetings, and when we started the work which we agreed on , he always argued and made it difficult for us to finish the work on time.

I have decided on that bag to contain 2 EMT shears, and so far it hasn't said a word !!!
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/18/13 01:41 AM

Events do happen sometimes in thought provoking sequence

First, I had me some tree chopped down and I had to split that wood for fire and cooking

Second, my son tells me he needs to change worn out tires on the sedan, he gets the money, and he brings home two worn out tires. He says : you may find a use for them, dad.

Third, I stumble on this video.

hmmmmm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRuk_jd1f8M
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 06/05/13 08:18 AM

I am not superstitious . But sometimes events are sooo bad, they make your thinking go in a whirlpool. And when things do not make sense and things are not rational or understandable, supertition starts to crawl in
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 06/05/13 09:45 AM

THINGS DO HAPPEN

That's why we prepare

I have always told my kids to not rely too much on technology because it can and will fail . I told them for example not to rely on their "smart" phones to save contacts. Rather they should have additional copies , HARD copies , of those contacts.

Sometimes, in the whirlpool of life we forget what we preach. So there I was, planning for some financial moves and have read the investment analysis of someone I trust . He made some analysis and suggestions in about 2 pages. I thought I "will come back to that website later to study it deeper before acting". I could have printed those 2 pages and put the papers in my bag, but I didn't.

Well, it is now several days that the website is not accessible.
By the time it comes back, the suggestions he gave may not be valid anymore.

Next time, I won't preach anything unless I practice it first

Posted by: Eugene

Re: My Micro Blog - 06/05/13 03:59 PM

Originally Posted By: Chisel


I have always told my kids to not rely too much on technology because it can and will fail . I told them for example not to rely on their "smart" phones to save contacts. Rather they should have additional copies , HARD copies , of those contacts.



I use a Google contacts Thunderbird plugin to sync them down to my local system then I can print out. No sense in entering them twice, once in the phone and once in something else to print. Just sync them back then print smile
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 07/02/13 09:01 AM

Actually, Eugene, my way is a bit less technical

I only store essential numbers in my not-so-smart phone
And I have a spare (older) phone with duplicate list

Rest of the world stay on paper phone list. Many copies around in office, car, house .. everywhere. Updated every 2 years
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 07/02/13 09:11 AM

These days I am supposed to be on 3-week vacation, and a mile-long to-do list. However, in the first few days , I got hit by a health condition where I get dizzy when I do some hard work

Doc hammered me for not having a checkup for 4 years ! New tests revealed I was difficient in several nutrients. I left the clinic with a truck load of vitamins, anitbiotics, and other stuff.

During this vacataion, a few things happened .. and I got dizzier and dizzier. Between going ot post office to find a lost parcel for my daughter, and doing the paper work for my father-in-law's next appointment in a cardiac center, I received phone calls for the wife asking for this or that and I tell her : it would be Thursday , someone else has to do it on Wednesday, 'casue Thursday is a weekend ... she laughs and answers : have you forgotten ???
Weekend is already changed to Friday and Saturday.
Thursday is a working day now !!!

LOL

I stopped the car somewhere and just laughed at myself and my situation ...

Yea, .gov just changed our weekend...
and I have several homemade planner/organizers to modify and change the weekend to the new settings


OK, time for another pill
Posted by: Treeseeker

Re: My Micro Blog - 07/08/13 03:13 PM

Quote:
Well, it is now several days that the website is not accessible.


Just search for it using Google. To the right of the URL you will see a down arrow, click on it and select "Cache." This will show you a cached version of the website.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/26/13 07:39 AM

Thanks Treeseeker
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/26/13 07:47 AM

How do you know you are an "addict"

Well, it is when you start to see things that are not there.
OK, my eyes are not 6/6, but I swear that I saw a link to "Bug out bag" something an hour ago.

"Nope", a whispering voice says, "you are only addicted to BOBs, and it's you did somnething about it. It is maybe time to have a break.

Oh, well, it WAS "Bug out bag" that I saw, Iand I just clocked the link and I am waiting for the page.

Well, I am not sure that Mother Earth News do cover BOBs and survival kits, but that is what I saw.

Web-page appeared
.... and the title said " Bug eat bug " !!!!!

Oh,
now .. that is more like Mother Earth News ... LOL

So, I was seeing things

And I am definitely addicted !!!

Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/09/14 03:53 PM

Is it really prepping, or just a justified case of OCD ?
This is what goes in my mind when I read about people accumulating gear.

There are times when I buy 2 or 3 of something "just in case"
Sometimes I am releived I did 'cause that stuff disappears from the market ( half a dozen of my favorite clone multitool ).

Luckily, I am the kind of reluctant customer
"thinking about something " takes a big chunck of my life
so I didn't accumulate too many knives, bags of other stuff. But still think time to time about the issue of preparedness itself and how much time we should be spending on preparedness.

The best way to go - in my opinion - is to buy whatever you need in your LIFE. To use things for camping, work and other tasks , and so you justify the item even if no disaster happens.

Being prepared does not mean you are necessarily prepared for TEOTWAWKI literally. Life itself , as we live it , is choke full of mini - teotwawki's. A Case in point, my dad's illness did not only mess up many of my plans, it had forced me to think outside the box, improvise, use my tools and bags more frequwetly than I have done before.

I am really thankfull to everyone here for their inspiration and ideas. Although I haven't used the knowledge to start a fire under icy conditions, but the duct tape card, pocket knife, and even the walking pharmacy ( personal medicines in pencil pouch ) have helped me a great deal through multiple sleepless nights during the toughest times of dad's ilness. The multitool came very handy fixing dad's toilet chair whic almost broke in the worst of times.

My word to everyone is to keep prepping
Aliens may not drop on us from the sky, but you may find yourself facing a ton of problems , with nothing but the stuff you have on you.
Posted by: Nomad

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/10/14 01:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Chisel

Being prepared does not mean you are necessarily prepared for TEOTWAWKI literally. Life itself , as we live it , is choke full of mini - teotwawki's.


I propose a new acronym LAWLI. life A We Live It.

Normal everyday life is where the most "emergencies" appear. We tend to think in terms of the BIG event. Little ones can do as much damage.

Thanks Chisel. Preparing for life's everyday hazards a philosophy I have used for years, but never had a word to define it. LAWLI.

Nomad

www.griddowncomms.com
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/10/14 04:13 PM

Thanks Nomad for your encouraging words
It is indeed LAWLI. LOL

One evening the wife had to go to a doctor with older daughter and I had to wait in the car with the younger daughter who had an exam next day. We were in a parking lot with dim light. Hanging the headlight on the mirror and directing it to the book provided all the light we needed. But in addition I removed the lens and reflector from a flashlight to make a battery powered "candle". It was a fun time studying together.

Best part of the fun is that younger daughter now has her own "bag of tricks".
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 10/09/14 10:55 AM

This was not the first video clip where I see this , so it is worth worrying about. The guy starts the stove or fire using a match, BLOWS OUT the match , looks right and left trying to find a safe spot to throw the match.

mmm ... how about throwing it IN TH FIRE !!!!
It will add a few calories(?) of heat, you know.

This maybe a great source of amusement and jokes but in a survival situation, a brains so tightly restrained by habits is not a useful tool. It is just like an axe/knife that has not been sharpened for years.

It is amazing how habbits get hold of our brains.
In one video, people were training for hypothermia coditions, boiled some water , and since it was too hot to drink, they put their metals canteens in a stream to cool them a bit !!!
Wasn't it better to utilize that excess temperature to help dry the wet clothes instead ???? Wrapping the canteen with wet clothes was going to cool the water AND make the clothes a bit dryer.

We have to look into our habbits and try to make them a bit more sensible and more "survival friendly".
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 10/18/14 01:53 PM

Altoids has become an icon of (personal - or pocket - survival kit). But there is another type of container that really deserves its own rank in the container-of-the-year contest (if there was one) !! It is the TOOL BOX !

Alright it is called "TOOL" box, but there is no law it can't be used for anything else. There is even a video clip on You Tube where a guy use a tool box to store his office snacks or lunch.

I use a tool box for several purposes other than screwdriver-plier-hammer kits. Here are few 'unusual' contents I have used such boxes for :

- One box contains sewing stuff
- One contains medical items
- One is used to store extra prep items like (small) knife sharpeners, survival keyrings, tiny compasses and flashlights ..etc.
- One is used to store old watches & accessories

Plastic drawers are available with many different sizes and shapes. They are great but sometimes you need stuff to be portable and organizeable. There is where a tool box will excel
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/02/14 10:01 PM

Losing things sucks, and even more so if you don't how it happened , and the thought it might happen again.

Sometime ago, I have discovered that the car MT (multitool ) is missing from center console. After grinding my teeth , I boought another and put it there. But a few days ago, I disovered 2 more items missing from the car glove compartment : a pocket knife and a wallet.

Puzzle is that both were in a small bag (almost size of EDC organizer !! So, who would take the time to open that bag, pick the wallet only , ZIP the bag closed again, and put it back into the glove compartmrnt !! ?

Along with the wallet was a nice 5-LED flashlight (2xAA batteries). It is still there ! The bag is nice with a number of carabiners around it and 2 scissors, which are still there.

BTW, the MT wasn't alone either. There is still a swiss army knife, a nice small LED flashlight (3xAAA) and they are still there. Actually I thought the MT itself was almost invisible compared the the orange flashlight because MT was in a black pouch in the dark center console which was black on the inside !! At night, you have to touch it to know it was there.

Anyways.
Losing stuff makes you feel depressed.
And not knowing how it happened makes you even more so.
Posted by: Eugene

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/03/14 02:13 AM

Originally Posted By: Chisel
Losing things sucks, and even more so if you don't how it happened , and the thought it might happen again.

Sometime ago, I have discovered that the car MT (multitool ) is missing from center console. After grinding my teeth , I boought another and put it there. But a few days ago, I disovered 2 more items missing from the car glove compartment : a pocket knife and a wallet.

Puzzle is that both were in a small bag (almost size of EDC organizer !! So, who would take the time to open that bag, pick the wallet only , ZIP the bag closed again, and put it back into the glove compartmrnt !! ?

Along with the wallet was a nice 5-LED flashlight (2xAA batteries). It is still there ! The bag is nice with a number of carabiners around it and 2 scissors, which are still there.

BTW, the MT wasn't alone either. There is still a swiss army knife, a nice small LED flashlight (3xAAA) and they are still there. Actually I thought the MT itself was almost invisible compared the the orange flashlight because MT was in a black pouch in the dark center console which was black on the inside !! At night, you have to touch it to know it was there.

Anyways.
Losing stuff makes you feel depressed.
And not knowing how it happened makes you even more so.


The one night I left my truck unlocked in years someone got in and found the little bag under the drivers seat with a flashlight, batteries, compass, radio, change, etc.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/04/14 04:41 AM

After losing those items I started double and triple checking.

So far, I have found the doors unlocked 2 times.

Old age, I think
I am just happy I didn't put anything irreplaceable in that wallet. Only COPIES of driver's liscence and business card.

But who knows : If I have put in there the real driver liscence and real car registration card, this considerate thief might have left them behind. LOL
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/04/14 04:47 AM

New - unrelated- entry:

Last night I was in the car listening to the radio and there were a number of situations where the word "evacuation" were repeated : In Egypt , in Lybia , and a few other areas

The phrase "bug out bag" came to mind, but it really really sucks when you know you are "evacuated for good" from your home. Gives a totally different meaning to "bugging out". Your heart sinks. You only hope that you have the ability to forget and move on.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/04/14 04:59 AM

It is amazing how people destroy themselves

People who smoke or take drugs ? Yes, but there is another type that destroy themselves from within for no apprent reason.

We - me and my brothers - have noticed our father totally giving up and repeating his wish to die, only because he isn't willing to put some effort in his own healing. He doesn't tolerate any pain during the physiotherapist work on his legs. Even before his injury he wasn't willing even to take his own regular medicine (which was only 2 pills a day).

Right or wrong , we burst in anger and told him HE was pushing himself to die and that many others have had similar probklems and recovered including our mom.

He is still insisting that problem is elsewhere. He blames his sons to be negligecting him, and blames the absense of his cane for not being able to walk. We cannot convince him that depending on his cane is still dangerous when his own legs are not trained enough.

Dad's situation has taught me that believing in yourself and strenghthening your own abilities is your first step to survival. Blaming others is the first step in the opposite direction.

Posted by: Eugene

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/04/14 01:07 PM

Originally Posted By: Chisel
New - unrelated- entry:

Last night I was in the car listening to the radio and there were a number of situations where the word "evacuation" were repeated : In Egypt , in Lybia , and a few other areas

The phrase "bug out bag" came to mind, but it really really sucks when you know you are "evacuated for good" from your home. Gives a totally different meaning to "bugging out". Your heart sinks. You only hope that you have the ability to forget and move on.


Thats why you have layers to your preps. Have a basic BOB for the jump out the window because the house is on fire in the middle of the night situation. Then have more layers for the two days warning to evac before a hurricane.
Anything I would want to take in the latter is always at the ready. expensive tools in their tool boxes, original pictures and important documents are in their binder in the safe. Pictures on the walls are copies so I don't have to gather those.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/04/14 03:34 PM

There is another dimension in the thought of evacuation

Communities differ. Some are nomadic by nature and some stay in the same land for generations. Modern age "nomads" exist among people who will jump at the first chance of - for example - a better job 1000 miles away. And there are those who won't leave the land for whatever reason. To the latter, a forced evacuation may seem like TEOTWAWKI.

Posted by: Eugene

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/05/14 01:09 AM

I plan for both. There are many people who will come on some forums and declare "I'm bugging in not out". But to me to only plan to bug in is to not prep to bug out. I believe you need to prepare for both.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/05/14 04:39 AM

Quote:
I believe you need to prepare for both.


Off course
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/05/14 04:47 AM

Amazing how everyone seems to follow the CROWD, not their own instincts or their brains.

Sometimes, I walk lazily around our work area going from a building to another or waiting for something in my car. In those moments I have noticed a few things among non-human creatures.

One of the most amazing scenes I have seen is birds following the crowd. I thought only humans did that.

There are kind folks who bring some bread crumbs or wheat grains or whatever and spread it in some areas. This is left for birds to feast on. This food is spread in more than one spot, birds come in and may concentrate on one. Amazing thing is that other birds coming late do not seem to grab the opportunity of the other dish or spot with no one around, rather seem attracted to the dish where everyone else is fighting.

hmmmm
We are not alone , I have discovered.
Posted by: UncleGoo

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/05/14 03:33 PM

https://web.stanford.edu/group/stanfordbirds/text/essays/Flock_Defense.html

Flocking defense...works for some dangers,doesn't for others...
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/06/14 05:08 AM

Thanks UncleGoo

That was interesting and educational

I also followed the link to Mixed-Species_Flocking

https://web.stanford.edu/group/stanfordbirds/text/essays/Mixed-Species_Flocking.html

The birds that feed are a mix of doves, ducks, sparrows, and white-cheek-"something" (forgot the name of the bird. LOL ) beside a few other species.

And , yes, cats are all around. The other day I saw a duck with only one duckling. They were separated from the rest of the ducks (about 20) . Someone indicated the duck used to have about 10 babies a few days earlier.

My attitude towards animals is that I love them so much as to NOT have them as pets. If they die or something I can't stop blaming myself. Rather I put a feeder in my garden where they eat and drink and go. The mother duck mentioned above had the baby with a large pond separating them from the rest of the ducks. This pond is man-made and constructed from concrete ( just like a shallow pool ). Actually it was just made for landscaping - not with ducks in mind. The ducks were added later. It had high concrete edges that didn't allow ducks in or out so easily. Only one spot was added for exit/entry to the water. This - in my view - had contributed to the sad demis of the small ducks. If they were in the middle of those 20 large ducks , no cat would dare approach them.

Posted by: UncleGoo

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/07/14 12:07 AM

Hey, the predators need to eat, too. ;-)
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/09/14 03:57 PM

LOL

You are right

One ineteresting species of "predators", I have noticed , is low-paid workers doing gardening or cleaning jobs around the area. I have no idea if they were to blame too for disappearing ducks, but I have seen some of them grabbing migrating birds which landed near the pond.

hmmm
I may ask them for some training in (Urban Survival)
Posted by: Mark_F

Re: My Micro Blog - 11/20/14 04:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Chisel
Losing things sucks, and even more so if you don't how it happened , and the thought it might happen again.

Sometime ago, I have discovered that the car MT (multitool ) is missing from center console.

...

BTW, the MT wasn't alone either. There is still a swiss army knife, a nice small LED flashlight (3xAAA) and they are still there. Actually I thought the MT itself was almost invisible compared the the orange flashlight because MT was in a black pouch in the dark center console which was black on the inside !! At night, you have to touch it to know it was there.

Anyways.
Losing stuff makes you feel depressed.
And not knowing how it happened makes you even more so.


DW commandeered BOTH of my leatherman waves for her crafting kits. Might be a good place to look for yours as well. wink
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 12/24/14 06:19 AM

LOL

Maybe

You know, losing the MT has confirmed a principle of ( keep the best for last ) that I have been sticking to for years. I have several MT's and have always used the ones I liked the least while my favorite MT's are hidden in a drawer.

The logic is that our market will not keep the "best" ones for long. They do disappear after a few months. So, it doesn't make sense to consume the good ones while the "bad" ones are stored safely. "BAD" does not mean necessarily low quality or easy to break for example, but could mean anything from having tools that I do not need, to being too large for my hand (as in the one I lost) or other features that make me less satisfied using that particular MT.

I was disturbed to lose this one, but was a bit relieved that it wasn't one of the favorite MT's.

Now, one of my favorite MT's sits in the center console
I am hoping that nothing happens to it.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 12/24/14 09:12 AM

After watching a few dozen videos of bushcraft, I came to like it a lot. By my nature, I love being alone , doing my own things in quiet natural places. Problem is : how do you do (BUSH)crafting, when you are surrounded by sparse vegetation and oceans of sand ? LOL

Maybe I should be carrying a small folding shovel, instead of a knife, and make sand castles instead of wooden spoons.

LOL
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: My Micro Blog - 12/24/14 01:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Chisel
The logic is that our market will not keep the "best" ones for long. They do disappear after a few months.


Perhaps we have different criteria for "best" but all of my favorite models of multitool have been on the market for some years and still are.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 12/24/14 03:50 PM

Quote:
Perhaps we have different criteria for "best"


Definitely

My "like" and "dislike" are mostly based on design: like how big/small, or which tools are included and which I would consider as "dead weight".

One of my favorite pocket knives is a cheap folder ( about U.S.$ 6) made in Pakistan. It doesn't hold an edge but doesn't have to. Most of my work (90%) can be done by a dull knife, and if sometimes a sharper knife was needed I have the options of (a) the second blade which is rarely used and (b) other knives in my bag or car.

This knife I use every single day and like it so much, I bought two more.

So, it depends what you do and what you need.
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: My Micro Blog - 12/24/14 04:19 PM

Originally Posted By: Chisel
My "like" and "dislike" are mostly based on design: like how big/small, or which tools are included and which I would consider as "dead weight".


Yup, and critically, for me, how well those tools work.

At risk of threadjacking here. Will start new one.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/11/15 08:48 AM

Quote:
Yup, and critically, for me, how well those tools work.


Some of these models work quite well, considering they are inexpensive and made in China
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/11/15 09:04 AM

Today's 2¢ is about "private time".

I have managed to find a way to "cheat" ( morally and legally off course ) and have my own few-hour escape from home and work. A workday of the week is not included in my work contract, so at work they assume I am at home and vice versa. I can spend those few hours enjoying myself or doing what I want/like to do until it is time to pick up my daughter from school.

Last few weeks, the weather was good and I made most of it relaxing on the beach or some parks here and there with some coffee and snacks.

Weather is changing now to higher temps. And I am wondering how to manage this weekly "great escape" from now on. I thought of all possibilities but couldn't find the prefect answer.

Going to a hotel is too expensive considering I don't need bed, shower, or the 24 hours. It is only about 4 hours on one day of the week. OTOH, I need the A/C and a hotel room is perfect for that.

A cafe is another good option. AC & toilet are available, but taking the EDC bag and a laptop ( for watching movies ..etc.) I don't think a cafe is safe enough. Once I go to the toilet, I may have to pack everything.

Well, I will think of something. It is really great to be away from it all for a few hours now and then. It helps you to unwind and come back totally fresh.
Posted by: Ian

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/11/15 01:50 PM

Form a small group at the café to look out for each other on your meet ups. Many retired people do this, just look around whilst you are there.

Have a quiver of 'roosts' available, going back to the same café base week after week gets boring.

Have you considered a library?
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/11/15 03:27 PM

Thanks Ian

Actually I am trying to run AWAY from people. To be ALONE.
A cafe is OK IMO because everyone is minding their own business, looking at their smart phones or sipping coffee silently, or a couple talking to each other. After ordering coffee and muffin, no one comes and asks me anything. That's the beauty of it.

The other day, I was in the office trying to have a break and use it to call my son and talk about his low grades at school. A guy stood there waiting for me to finish and help him on something. That bothered me alot because he was just standing there and I couldn't talk freely to my son.

This is why I want to have some time ALONE, away from office and home.

A library is a great idea but will be "dry" without tea or coffee
Also, again, once i go to the toilet (I am 60 yo), I will have to secure the EDC bag and laptop.

I wish there was something between a cafe and motel room.
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/11/15 03:27 PM

Originally Posted By: Chisel
I have managed to find a way to "cheat" ( morally and legally off course ) and have my own few-hour escape from home and work. A workday of the week is not included in my work contract, so at work they assume I am at home and vice versa. I can spend those few hours enjoying myself or doing what I want/like to do until it is time to pick up my daughter from school.


My job has no set hours or workplace. If I skive off for an afternoon to go to a coffee shop, the range, the beach, or for a hike, nobody I work with gives a hoot as long as everything that needs to get done gets done.

As for your coffee shop scenario, I don't leave my laptop unsupervised for a second. If I don't know someone well I won't leave my laptop with them and then it does have to come with me into the restroom. To avoid funny looks and to protect the rest of the gear in my laptop bag, I bring my laptop in my bag.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/11/15 03:41 PM

Local twitter accounts are humming with pictures and tweets about a little girl (Sara) who has cancer. No single hair on her head but the big smile on her face makes up for it.

She broke my heart

It was only a few days before a courageous lady (Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi) tweeted about the removal of her second breast due to cancer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samia_al-Amoudi

No matter what your problem in life is, there is always someone with bigger problem. And it is these people who teach us courage.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/11/15 03:50 PM

Quote:
To avoid funny looks and to protect the rest of the gear in my laptop bag, I bring my laptop in my bag.


Thanks Chaosmagnet

My laptop is 15.6 inches. It will not fit in the EDC bag. A smaller laptop is a great solution but my 60 year old eyes will have trouble reading it.

Maybe it's time for another bag to contain the laptop plus misc. stuff. Then a cafe will be just great.
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/11/15 08:58 PM

This is my laptop. There are many like it but this one is mine. Without me, my laptop is useless ('cause like, dude, I have serious encryption on it). Without my laptop, I am...well, I can get a lot of work done with my iPad, but for serious work I really need it.
Posted by: barbakane

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/12/15 12:26 AM

Originally Posted By: Chisel
Thanks Ian

Actually I am trying to run AWAY from people. To be ALONE.
A cafe is OK IMO because everyone is minding their own business, looking at their smart phones or sipping coffee silently, or a couple talking to each other. After ordering coffee and muffin, no one comes and asks me anything. That's the beauty of it.

The other day, I was in the office trying to have a break and use it to call my son and talk about his low grades at school. A guy stood there waiting for me to finish and help him on something. That bothered me alot because he was just standing there and I couldn't talk freely to my son.

This is why I want to have some time ALONE, away from office and home.

A library is a great idea but will be "dry" without tea or coffee
Also, again, once i go to the toilet (I am 60 yo), I will have to secure the EDC bag and laptop.

I wish there was something between a cafe and motel room.


Try a bookstore. Where i work, people sit there for hours and no one disturbes them at all. Find a quiet corner with an outlet, get a coffee, and enjoy. Problem solved...plus the wifi is free.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/12/15 04:17 AM

Quote:
Try a bookstore. Where i work, people sit there for hours and no one disturbes them at all. Find a quiet corner with an outlet, get a coffee, and enjoy. Problem solved...plus the wifi is free.


In my corner of the world, bookstores are just that ( shops selling books and stationary). There is only one such store that allows people to sit and read, but that's it. A few chairs here and there.

OTOH, some of our cafe's do have small libraries of fiction and non-fiction. And the best pert is that they are not crowded on workdays.

Seems that a cafe is my best bet once I find a bag of my taste that can hold the laptop as well as the rest. A backpack is great for such purpose, but it is mostly considered a "school bag" in my community. So far, I haven't seen a guy in my age carrying one.
Posted by: hikermor

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/12/15 04:31 PM

Rearrange the straps so that you have a "briefcase" - a more age appropriate image. There are bags out there - Eagle Creek is one brand - that actually allow you to do that.
Posted by: Alex

Re: My Micro Blog - 02/13/15 10:41 PM

Also with smaller laptop/phone/tablet screens one could use a cheap reading glasses with great results.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 08/26/15 09:43 AM

Today's post has to do with "realistic" preparedness. To be prepared for REAL life inconveniences and things that do happen more frequently or more probable to happen than an earthquake or volcano ( in my area at least !)

A few weeks ago, I drove to my hometown to spend a couple of days with my mother and brothers. But things happened suddenly and I had to stay there for a few more days. I was not prepared.

Yes, I was living in a house, actually in my own room with a separate bath. Yes, food was available, and every life need is provided. But I was not prepared for NOT being back home, in my own house.

Several things needed me to be back. My daughter depended on me to take her to school daily, my stock portfolio was in a case of a roller-coaster and I needed to be there to act. I didn't have my laptop, and didn't have my password which is written in a small notebook inside my "portable-office bag".

Not only that , but if my stay gets any longer, I would not have enough "nice" clothes to meet and visit people in those circumstances (someone diagnosed with cancer, lots of visitors ..etc.).

I have stored some used "casusal" clothes in that room, but nothing for real occasions. Have stored some tools and even copies of contact numbers , but not banking and investment info.
The GHB and car trunk bag had firestarting stuff alright, but not what was necessary to attend to the portoflio mess while I was there.

Back to the drawing board. Learning from the experience and planning to become a bit more prepared next time.
Posted by: TeacherRO

Re: My Micro Blog - 08/29/15 08:29 PM

Good points - travel with more of your needs -- esp if going by car.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/04/15 04:22 PM

Yes

After what happened I have easily decided to multiply the emergency cash in the GHB/BOB (always with me) by a factor of five. But other decisions are not that easy, especially stuff to be stored there.

For example.
I'll add some nicer clothes, but there is no guarantee that next emergency will require nicer clothes. May require something else. Also, they may be needed too far in the future when I am fatter or thinner (planning to lose weight).
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 10/03/15 06:24 PM

An old Nokia phone was abandoned at home . It is the basic model that has a "flashlight", or torch, at the top. I took it as an emergency phone. charged it 3 months ago, SHUT IT OFF, and put it in my GHB/BOB

Today, I switched it on , and it read FULL battery.

Great little gadget for emergencies
Posted by: NAro

Re: My Micro Blog - 10/03/15 07:22 PM

Caution there: I tried this with an older phone (Razr) on the Verizon network and found that the phone can not be booted up if it has been inactivated (which was the case, since I migrated to another phone). Verizon confirmed that once the phone was deactivated by them it was a brick unless I wanted to have it reactivated (at a cost... of course). So in MY case this idea won't work. YMMV
Posted by: Mark_R

Re: My Micro Blog - 10/03/15 11:22 PM

Originally Posted By: hikermor
Rearrange the straps so that you have a "briefcase" - a more age appropriate image. There are bags out there - Eagle Creek is one brand - that actually allow you to do that.


Eagle Creek, Solo, Timbuk2, Briggs and Reily, Manhatten Portage, and a number of other brands all have "convertible" laptop backpacks. They're adaquate as both a backpack and a briefcase, but don't really shine as one or the other. Business oriented backpacks, like Samsonite, have become fairly common.

For laptop security, every laptop and desktop I have ever been issued came with a cable lock, automatic backup, and hard drive encryption. One particularly security concious (paranoid) employer issued cable alarms. If you made it 20 feet before all he11 broke loose, you were doing better then most.
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/20/19 01:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Chisel
Dad's situation has taught me that believing in yourself and strenghthening your own abilities is your first step to survival. Blaming others is the first step in the opposite direction.

I don't think to call a person out on something is inherently a bad thing. The real question is, what are you going to do with it? To sit and pout and say, "it's that person's fault" will get you nowhere.

I think football would be a good illustration. A person on your team catches the football and is going for a touchdown. You run alongside him. The teammate lets the ball slip from his hands. Will you stop in your tracks and yell at him? "Dummy! You should have held onto the ball." Or will you grab the ball before it touched the ground and go for the touchdown?

Someone else may have fumbled the ball; so what? You grab that ball before it can touch the ground and go for the touchdown.

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/20/19 02:24 PM

WOW !!!
Jeanette, I have even forgotten about this thread
You resurrected it from deep under.

Thanks
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/20/19 02:29 PM

I have nothing to blog about today, except that my knee problem has taught me so many things. For example, my home office (aka man cave) is in the upper floor of the house, and it has suddenly become inaccessible for approximately two months. This has made me think about so many things. One of them is how to beef up my bag to somehow compensate me when my own den is inaccessible. I have to make sure that most of my important stuff is in the companion bag and laptop.
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/20/19 03:45 PM

I understand the importance of maintaining a journal. In your case, a blog. There are also times where (even if you have material from your life) you can't get it down on paper. It frustrates you because you want to record what happened; you are somehow unable and don't know why. It's not just me. I have seen this same thing happen to another person I know.

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/20/19 03:58 PM

We have psychological experts who can tell us why . But in any case, we do not tell the world every bit of our lives. No one is interested to know why I did this or didn't do that. So, we write a little bit that maybe, just maybe, interesting to some prepper folks in a prepper forum, or a few handyman stories in a handyman forum, or share very old pictures with those interested in old pictures, and so on.
Posted by: Russ

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/20/19 05:42 PM

In this age of digital everything — in spite of all the talk of paperless this and paperless that — I was just at Staples and there were shelves of paper, journals, spiral notebooks and steno notebooks... and pens and pencils.

People have blogs so that when they write something people they don’t even know can read and know what’s going on in their life or just in their head.

Back to Staples — bought a new Parker Jotter with gel ink. I already have Parker pens in both rollerball and plain old ball point, fine and medium points respectively. I’m going to reteach myself how to write in cursive... Maybe keep a journal...
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/20/19 05:49 PM

I only write and keep the interesting parts. A record of one's life can come in a variety of forms. During a journalling hiatus, I continued to record my life via e-mail conversations.

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/21/19 04:00 PM

My son and daughter have just started working a few months ago. I advised them to keep a work journal. I kept a 100 page notebook in my work bag and wrote things like phone numbers of visiting engineers, or what projects we were starting ..etc. The 100 page notebook filled up and I started a 200 page notebook but retired when it became half-way full

These journals are very useful. For example you need to remember someone phone number six months after you met them. Or you need to write self-evaluation at the end of the year. You will definitely forget the details of what you were doing, unless you write them down.
Posted by: Phaedrus

Re: My Micro Blog - 09/21/19 11:19 PM

Sounds like a fine project, Chisel.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 04/03/20 04:40 AM

Long time no blog ...

By mistake I have deleted a folder that contained files and videos about prepping, bushcraft and stuff. Can't get them back. As if this corona stuff is not enough. Grrrr

Several issues are brewing in my head.
One son working in another town, and we are thinking whether he should get an unpaid vacation to stay with us until the CV mess is over.

Daughter is a doctor. CV is all around her. I thought that mothers are the softer species, but dads are also soft when their kids are so close to danger.

Trying to engrave the prepping mentality in their heads ASAP without freaking them out or looking like paranoid.
Posted by: nursemike

Re: My Micro Blog - 04/03/20 01:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Chisel
Long time no blog ...



Trying to engrave the prepping mentality in their heads ASAP without freaking them out or looking like paranoid.


I used to worry about looking like a paranoid, but my wife observed that the ship had already sailed.

Took off a lot of pressure.
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: My Micro Blog - 04/03/20 02:13 PM

This reminds me of when our house flooded and I had the correct homeowners insurance rider. One of my relatives said, "That was lucky!" No, it wasn't.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 04/04/20 08:45 AM

Very few people believe in planning ahead.

Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/03/20 08:50 AM

There are increasing signs of people getting depressed for being locked down in their homes. Some are depressed for not being able to 'have fun' any more. No cafe, no playground ..etc. But on the other hand, some glimmer of hope appears among this pessimistic atmosphere.

In our corner of the world, a guy (calls himself Ghaith), travels around the region, finding cases of the poorest of the poor, the most unfortunate , the most needy , and offers them help. He never showed his face (shown from the back always).

As great his work is , some episodes have shown even greater souls out there. One of them is a very old Egyptian doctor who devoted his life to help the poorest of the poor, and the needy in his area.

Ghaith and his team tried to have an interview with this elderly doctor, but he refused. Finally they had to trick him by calling him to help someone. After some talk, Ghaith asked him to accept a large sum of money to build a better clinic in a 'better ' area. Doctor refused and suggested the money goes to charity, saying that he does not need much to live. He lives on a few sandwiches, as he said. He added that he prefers to stay where he is in that area because he wants to live among the poor whom he is helping. All he accepted from Ghaith was a new stethocope, but refused anything else.

TV program interviewed a few patients who explained they cannot afford medical bills and the cost of extensive anlyses. Then showed the doctor examining samples under a very old microscope, saying that he saves the patients money by doing whatever tests he can by himself.

Guys !!
There is still alot of beauty in the world.
A lot of hope, and many decent people out there.
Posted by: Phaedrus

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/03/20 10:08 AM

Indeed, there's still much good in the world! Thanks for shining a light on some of it, Chisel. smile
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/04/20 07:50 PM

The other thread ( what have you done to prep today ) made me think about some dilemmas that affects decision making

My philosophy on tools is buying mostly manual tools. Only power tools I have are 3 drills and two saws ( one is a jigsaw, and one circular saw that I got as a gift).

This philosophy has been proven over time, again and again. It makes me happy to see that I was right in more than one occasion. Hand tools gives me much needed excercise, and there are other benefits.

On the other hand, aging and multiple health issues (including arthritis) makes power tools more attractive. Time to time, I have to go through the same arguments. But most of the time, the original philosophy wins.

Two months ago, I bought a multitool. It isn't the typical Leatherman-like multitool. Rather it is about a foot long, and designed as a combination of three pairs of pliers and a hammer-head. It became handy in a project I was doing in the garden ...
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/04/20 07:54 PM

Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/04/20 07:56 PM

This picture shows the third pliers jaw in the top, as well as the nail puller within the 2nd pliers jaw


Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/04/20 07:58 PM

BTW, the one I bought is only a clone
Around $ 10

Adds capabilty and versatility to the "mobile tool kit" that I take around , from my daughter apartment to my son's room in the other town. These multitools help solve the many unexpected challenges during DIY jobs.
Posted by: Phaedrus

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/04/20 08:06 PM

I have a weird love of tools!
Posted by: hikermor

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/04/20 11:05 PM

As a certified gadget lover, that looks intriguing....Source??
Posted by: Doug_Ritter

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/05/20 01:33 AM

Originally Posted By: hikermor
As a certified gadget lover, that looks intriguing....Source??


Just search Google: Elora 493-1 Multi-Tool
Posted by: nursemike

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/07/20 02:53 PM

fencing pliers

I am a fan of fencing pliers Because they have the pointy part on the back for pulling staples, and the crimping jaws for twisting barbed wire and attaching battery cable lugs,

And it looks more tomahawkish.
Posted by: teacher

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/07/20 10:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Phaedrus
I have a weird love of tools!

I follow the "cool tools" page and webcast for their suggestions on interesting/ excellent tools.
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/08/20 12:47 AM

Originally Posted By: teacher
Originally Posted By: Phaedrus
I have a weird love of tools!

I follow the "cool tools" page and webcast for their suggestions on interesting/ excellent tools.

We all have our unusual interests. I like first aid and well-designed pre-made survival kits. The pre-made kit must be well-designed, and in my opinion, only two of them have reached the zenith of their respective categories: the PSP and SEVENTY2. I bought one of each.

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/08/20 10:21 AM

One of the most interesting tool I have bought is a multitool of another kind. I am technologically challenged and do not know how to post a foto, but I'll try to describe it as close as possible.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/08/20 10:21 AM

Posted by: Phaedrus

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/08/20 10:25 AM

Looks like a balisong.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/08/20 10:25 AM

Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/08/20 10:34 AM

OK. The multitool that I have is essentally a butterfly knife

However, the knife is sort of a "full tang" knife. Meaning that it has another half on the other side, and that other half is a multitool. To visualize it, look at the two pictures and merge them into one tool : knife on one side, multitool on the other, and you can fold the handle to cover this one or that one.

The multitool I have is a bit different. It is as thick as the knife. It has a saw back, a serratic edge, a few nut drivers, a mini prybar, and nail puller.
Posted by: Barry1968

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/11/20 07:41 AM

Nice tools man!
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 05/21/20 08:39 AM

I have learnt a few things and grown wiser since my teen years, but a few illogical things still stick from those younger years. One of them is the (Superheros). I have no clue why we still hang to stuff that we know is fiction.

I like Mon El and Ultraboy
For some logical reasoning I never liked the Fat Boy who turns into a ball !!!

Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 07/17/20 05:22 AM

Got really disturbing news in our corner of the world.
A guy and his wife went out shopping for their new home. When they returned, they saw 4 of their kids stabbed to death, and the fifth hanged !!!!

(kids are in college and high school age)

Needless to say, everyone around is shocked.
We live about 100 miles away, and we are really upset.

Investigation is still on, but rumors say the oldest boy did it , and hanged himself. They're saying he was under the influence of a famous computer game that induces the urge to murder and suicide. If this was the real reason of the crime, it gives a lot of food for thought. We usually prep for loss of job, or being lost in the desert, but not for losing our family because of a game.

Very disturbing indeed.
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: My Micro Blog - 07/17/20 07:46 PM

This is very sad news. I cannot imagine what they must be going through.

Originally Posted By: Chisel
under the influence of a famous computer game


A famous writer claims that violent video games desensitize people to violence. As a peaceable person who enjoys violent video games, I researched this claim. The evidence at broad scale suggests the opposite is more likely to be true. I cannot rule out the possibility that someone with major underlying mental health issues might be badly affected by something like that however.
Posted by: hikermor

Re: My Micro Blog - 07/17/20 11:09 PM

Is the role of a "famous computer game" definitely determined, or is this just a hypothesis (speculation)?
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 07/18/20 02:52 PM

It is too early to be sure of anything.
Only rumors and "people saying" at this stage.

But it is scary howsoever way it turns out.
Posted by: Chisel

Re: My Micro Blog - 07/18/20 02:57 PM

I wonder if the year 2020 has tested us enough !!!

In February and March I saw a few jokes and black humour about 2020
One of them said :

FOR SALE.
Almost new, only two months old
And has a unique number.

That was before Corona decided to get serious
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: My Micro Blog - 07/18/20 03:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Chisel
I wonder if the year 2020 has tested us enough !!!

Mom and I are prepping for September.

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: My Micro Blog - 07/18/20 03:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Chisel
In February and March I saw a few jokes and black humour about 2020
One of them said :

FOR SALE.
Almost new, only two months old
And has a unique number.

That was before Corona decided to get serious