RANT! Why I won’t eat prepared foods anymore.

Salmonella Infections Linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal Cereal?  Honey Smacks, funny used to be called Sugar Smacks.  Anyone watching these sources of information will know our food supply system is having major issues.  Can’t eat cereal without fear of contamination.  Wow!

Meat prepped/cooked at home, garden fresh produce, bone stock, home is the only safe place I know to eat.  Restaurant inspection apps with terrifying results now, cereal, scary!  -13

Marine Expeditionary Boot: Danner Waterproofing Spray

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In the blog/videos Marine Expeditionary Boot: First ImpressionsMarine Expeditionary Boot: Why I choose the M.E.B. for everyday wear and Marine Expeditionary Boot: Notes of the First 7 Days the topic of waterproofing new boots was left out to make this blog/video.  I’ve read some product reviews stating that the nap and color of the boot had changed after using the Danner waterproofing spray.  Function over aesthetics every time lets find out what happens.

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Wearing the Danner Marine Expeditionary Boot for a few days indoors and deciding to keep them the waterproofing spray was applied before I wore the boots outdoors.  The online reviews made me think the worst.  Drastic color change, ruined nap.  I’d rather have ugly waterproof dry boots than pretty khaki color wet ones.

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The water based Danner waterproofing spray was easy to apply and smelled a little like Armor-all.  Due to the runny nature of the spray I found it worked better if the surface was horizontal.  At first I was spraying the boot in vertical.  As soon as my first spray hit the leather/nylon the liquid ran off of the surface.   It seemed to be better to spray the area, then distribute it evenly by hand.  Washing hands first or wearing gloves will prevent dirt transfer from skin.

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Two, soaking coats were applied, drying in between each coat.  When first applied, before it dried, the surface of the leather did not look good.  It was blotchy, light and dark spots throughout.  It looked bad. Like the discoloration was permanent.  Thought for sure I ruined them.  After drying for several hours the color seems to be unchanged.  Like disappearing ink.  Remember that stuff?

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A quick test under running water resulted in water beading off both boots like car wax.  Not sure how much confidence I have in water based waterproofing.  It worked or seems to.  I’m wondering how long it will hold up.  The real test will be on the fringes of the Everglades and getting the trash can to the curb.  Check out the short video below if you want to see what happened. -13

 

Marine Expeditionary Boot: Why I choose the M.E.B. for everyday wear

My search for boots.  What a change in experience over the past 40 years or so.  I used to be in a place where I had access to multiple individuals wearing the best boots available at the time.  Shopping for boots back then involved asking lots of questions to those who had them on their feet as we spoke.  Checking out company claims then trying on a few prospects in store until I found what worked best.

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2018 the search for new boots is much different.  I’m no longer around multiple individuals with the best boots and trustworthy opinions.  I’m surrounded by bare feet and flip-flops!  Now if I need an opinion on boots I have to watch a video if I can find one or read a rating posted online.  Given the nature of corporations to censor bad ratings, good rating sources must be scrutinized.  Sucks not being able to ask the person wearing them the questions I’d like to.

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Most retail stores won’t carry the kind of boots I would buy.  They’re more of a speciality and much too expensive to have sitting around collecting dust.  In the past there were only a few places that would sell them.  With the internet I haven’t found any local stores that carried any of the boots I’d considered.  They were only available online.  That leaves me ordering boots online.  If they don’t fit ship them back then order the next size or a completely different boot.  Don’t like it much but that’s modern shopping.

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I’m very picky about my boots.  My opinions began to form in the 1970’s.  From first hand experience as a Boy Scout on local hikes to my favorite, advise from infantry soldiers and pilots returning from Vietnam.  I can still spit-shine boots if I have too.  You?  There is  lace breaking, eyelets tearing out, soles falling off, laces caught in pedals, foot rot, leather or nylon/leather combo issues, vents or not, zippers and more.  I could never have imagined all the possibilities of failure or discomfort, it pays to ask questions.  I was really lucky.

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My preferences then evolved from experiences responding to emergencies with a rescue squad, fire department, ambulance service and some related type side jobs.  I no longer look for daily wear boots with NFPA ratings, nothing else has changed.  My requirements are few but hard to find in one boot.  Fit, comfort, materials, reputation, durability, confidence, performance and no excuses.

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My requirements narrow the choices quickly.  Goodyear welt fully sewn and a Vibram brand outsole.  A heat fused sole as seen on most boots, once separated from the boot renders the boot useless.  Unrepairable!  Goodyear welt soles can be repaired multiple times.  Can also be field repaired with the right materials.  One should know how to fix one’s boots and have spare.  I’ve never had a Goodyear welt sole fail me.  Every pair of heat fused/glued boot or shoes I’ve tried failed.

Laces.  How laces pass through and attach to the boot is also a major factor in my boot choice.  Only two types of eyelet are acceptable.  One or two piece eyelets or a loop type speed lace combination.  Never, ever, hook type speed laces.  One pair of boots 30 something years ago taught me everything I needed to know about them.

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If I had a pair I would demonstrate the issues on video.  But I made a vow then that I would never buy another pair of boots with them and support that crap ever again.  Anyone who has the responsibility of life and property as a job task, hope the following helps you.

My why- never again of hook speed laces.  The hook in the photo above is a good example.  It’s the first hook located at the top of the boot.  Items can catch that hook and pull it outward forcing the top of the boot inward flipping the lace off the hook requiring the boot to be tied again.  These hooks can also be bent outward so the lace won’t hold or bent in trapping the lace preventing it from being untied.  When attempting to bend it back into place the hook breaks.  Also, the placement of the lace make the hook pull the boot body outward and from above.  Eyelets pull lower and do not cause the inward motion caused by the hook.

Actual never again with the speed lace hooks come from emergency calls I was working. I like many saw the speed laces and thought it would be great to be able to put my boots on faster when a run comes in.  Until several in field experiences changed my mind.

On the roof of a house about to lower a patient down a ladder, the wire part of a Stokes litter catches the top speed hook, flips it out, unties my boot.  Pain in the ass I thought as I quickly tied the boot.  Good thing there were others around it was doing CPR compressions.  Didn’t give it much thought after that.  Seemed like not such a big deal at the time just a hassle.

Not long after that experience I had another cardiac patient untie mishap.  Doing compressions on an arrest I had to quickly brace my foot on the gurney to keep from falling when the ambulance made an evasive movement to avoid an accident.  I was trying to get my footing on any part of the gurney I could.  As I moved my foot the top speed hook caught on the gurney and untied it instantly.

Once part of the hook system comes unlaced it all goes.  That time I was pissed off.  Swore off the boots “never again!” and casually started looking for another pair.

But I didn’t get the message or move quickly enough.  About a month after that I’m chest deep in Spring Creek with a patient clinging to the bridge foundation.   I don’t know what’s under the water but the lace hooks at some point catch on something.  Can’t reach it by hand without going under water.  Not a reasonable or safe option at that point.  Moving my foot around didn’t work so I pulled hard as a could.

It felt like I ripped the boot.  Couldn’t see anything until we got out of the water.  The patient was packaged at that point all that mattered was getting up the embankment into our ambulance.  The way up the embankment was the last time I ever wore boots with speed laces.  On our way to the place where we get back to the road I noticed that two of the hooks were bent.  During a pause as we were preparing to go up the embankment I had the bright idea to bent the hooks back and broke them both.

So, that is the why, of the never again, with speed lace hooks.  There are more  problems I’ve seen over the years when other people were wearing them.  On the opposite end I’ve heard from many people over the years how much they love their speed lace hooks.  I wonder how much they’d like them if any of that was happening while they were being rescued.  Can’t do that to anyone or myself ever again.  It’s hard to believe those things have made it this far on boots.

Shank is also a must have.  Prefer metal over plastic.  Working on a ladder or pushing a shovel you will tell you very quickly if you have them.  The M.E.B has a fiberglass shank.  We’ll see how that works out.

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Leather is a must, some nylon is also acceptable for hotter climates.  As much as I’d like to have vents I have never found them practical in any application.  In some of the driest locations I’ve been there is still a need for the ability to walk through shallow bodies of water.  I’d rather have a boot be a little warm and dry and have to change sweaty socks than worry about wet feet for the shift because I stepped in a puddle of possibly contaminated water in boots with vents.

 

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That was a long ass winded way to get to this place wasn’t it?  The Danner Marine Expeditionary Boot has what I’m looking for.  Snug, comfortable out of the box.  No excessive foot movement within the boot that needs to be filled with insoles and socks.  There is enough head-room over the top part of my foot to allow comfortable movement/flexing of my foot and toes.  Like a glove fit.  I did add *arch support like I do with all my footwear it was no surprise.

Leather/Cordura outer for durability and comfort in hotter climates like we have in Florida.  A Gore-Tex liner so I can keep my feet dry when the water isn’t deep enough for rubber boots.  We often have storms that leave standing water that require wading.  Eyelet and loop speed lace combination works great.  It’s easy to fine tune the laces.

Goodyear welt construction with a replaceable Vibram outsole.  Danner says this boot is recraftable meaning they can repair the boot but not in every case.  Based on past experience a good cobbler may also fix issues if the factory wasn’t able or not available.  Then there is a USMC reputation for durability and confidence when my or someone else’s life depends on it.

I made notes of wearing the boot in the blog Marine Expeditionary Boot: Notes of the First 7 Days I’ll make an update video/blog in six months.  We’ll see how the boots are holding up and if my opinion changes.  Also there is a video review below check it out.  -13

 

*NOTE: Spenco Total Support Max will not fit this boot.  After trimming the insole to match the factory insoles I attempted to put one into the boot.  With or without the laces in place it was so difficult to get into place I was sure I would either break the plastic support of the insole or the edge of the plastic support would tear the inside of the boot or liner.

The insole seems like it might be too wide or inflexible to work properly with these boots.  I was able to angle them into the boot after much trying, aggravation and fear of damaging something during the process.  Once in the boot it was clear it would not work in any way at all.  In place the insole wanted to push up down the length in the middle as if it was being folded in half.  Not a drastic bend, just a small raised area from lateral compression making them unusable in the M.E.B.

Marine Expeditionary Boot: Notes of the First 7 Days

Thought it might be a good idea to make notes from my first week wearing the M.E.B. and keep track of how the boots felt each day.  I’ve never kept notes on boots before but in the age of the internet and censored reviews it may help others make a wiser choice when purchasing vital items like boots.  Don’t want company propaganda, I want real people sharing their experience.  Here’s my first 7 days wearing the Danner Marine Expeditionary Boot

For those interested and for consistency I’m wearing Darn Tough Cool Max socks exclusively.  I’ll blog/video about them after I’ve worn them longer.  At present they are comfortable to wear and help keep my feet dry when moisture builds up.

Day one notes are in the blog and video Marine Expeditionary Boot: First Impressions

Day two feet feel good.  No hot spots or rubbing.  Still new stiff but soften up a little with body heat/moisture.  The fit is snug and well fitting.  Will need more arch support than the original insoles provide.  It feels like the space is slightly empty in the arch.  I have high arches I expected to add them and ordered *high arch insoles in anticipation.  When standing stationary the rounding on the sole is noticeable.  My ankles are wanting to tilt inward or outward.  Depends on where I position my body weight.

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Day 3 sat on my ass all day in front of a computer, boots on.  Comfortable, so much for day 3.

Day 4 of boots on my feet.  Light duty day.  Grocery store, water the plants, worm bin maintenance.  Really hardcore test huh?  There are some notable experiences.  The addition of an insole used for high arches helps the boots fit a little more snugly.  Unexpectedly making the boots feel much more like they had been made for my feet.  When I first put on the boots I had over tightened the lace in various places causing fatigue.  Once this was addressed the comfort and fit felt good to be wearing.

Day 5 working on projects required me to be knelt down after several minutes noticed a pressure point in the same place on the inside ankle bilaterally.  Not bad because I try not to spend time working like that because it is uncomfortable to work in any way.  It could get uncomfortable when kneeling on the ground or in a confined space for a lengthy period of time.  The shifting weight/switching sides or slightly moving could help remedy or give some relief.  I make a note so if you’re in a predicament out there you won’t be surprised.  It won’t keep me from wearing them and it’s a position humans don’t normally spent time much time in anyway.

 

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Ankle pressure point when kneeling.

 

Day 6 88°F/31°C, 65% or so humidity, thunderstorms on the way.  Perfect time to move stuff into storage.  Moving around obstacles, pushing heavy carts the tread kept traction on pavement, concrete and painted concrete.  The arch or roundness of the tread is noticeable.  Since the sole isn’t flat the ankle tends to tilt lateral until it settles.  So far not a deal breaker it is something to be aware of.  It may be the way I walk, when I do there is a rolling feeling when the toe part of the boot moves into the next step to push off.  Not so sure how descriptive that was it is demonstrated in the video.

The heat build up but was never uncomfortable.  I’m sure the tan color helped when in the sun.  The socks and the Gore-Tex liner may be helping with moisture buildup.  The socks were very wet with sweat.  The liner of the boot felt dry.  After a change of socks it was back to normal.  No noticeable hot spots or rubbing.  An issue that surprised me was the top speed lace loop on the left boot pressing into my leg.  The way the boots are tied, the wrap around of excess lace presses one of the lace loops into my leg.  Just the one on that boot.  The right one, nothing tied the same way.

 

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Top speed lace loop pressure point.

 

After experimenting its clear it had to do with the way the lace crossed the loop and amount of pressure on it.  Fine tuning that really helped.  It hasn’t been a problem after the adjustments.

Had to go through some mud and wet sand typical of Florida after the storm.  Shortly after was able to hose them off.   All of the dirt washed off.   The leather beaded water like car wax.  My feet were dry.  This was after I’d changed socks.  The boots stayed dry inside no problem. So far, good comfort without all the excess padding.  My feet are liking these boots.

Day 7 putting the on boots is getting faster.  The paracord lace has stretched and is settling into the memory spot it develops after regular use.  No hot spots, rubbing or compression on the foot, ankle, arch or lower leg.  As long as the laces are adjusted properly.  My heel fits into heel cup well adding to the comfort.  Although boot has a glove like fit on my foot there is enough space to flex the foot and toes as is sometime necessary for comfort.

The tongue stays centered like no other boot I’ve worn.  With the help of a tool from the window glass industry I like to call a tongue fid I’m able to keep the tongue centered and free of bunching that causes pressure points.  The tongue fid is stout but flexible plastic.  The tapered end has rounded edges.  It works really well for pushing the tongue into place as the boots are laced up.  Those double folds can cause gnarly pressure points and be hard to move once the boot is tied.  Sometimes it can also be used it for scratching parts of my leg or ankle without having to take off the boot.  Some itching can’t be ignored.

The heat factor isn’t as bad as I thought it might be.  In south Florida heat and humidity are part of life here.  It’s expected.  These boots don’t seem overly hot here.  At this point it does seem I can feel a difference in temp where the Cordura is.  It seems to be cooler than the foot.  The foot area does build up moisture.  The Darn Tough Cool Max socks are making a difference in a different way than I expected.  Watch for a blog/video soon.

At present, they’re comfortable boots.  Over the next six months I’ll take more notes and video with an update.  Check out the blog Marine Expeditionary Boot: Why I choose the M.E.B. for everyday wear and video below. -13

 

 

*NOTE: Spenco Total Support Max will not fit the M.E.B.  After trimming the insole to match the factory insoles I attempted to put one into the boot.  With or without the laces in place it was so difficult to get into place I was sure I would either break the plastic support of the insole or the edge of the plastic support would tear the inside of the boot or liner.

The insole seems like it might be too wide or inflexible to work properly with these boots.  I was able to angle them into the boot after much trying, aggravation and fear of damaging something during the process.  Once in the boot it was clear it would not work in any way at all.  In place the insole wanted to push up down the length as if it was being folded in half.  Not a drastic bend, just a small raised area from lateral compression making them unusable in the M.E.B.

Dash Cam: July so far, catching up

Dash Cam 85-87 and another Special Aircraft.  Getting closer to catching up posting all the footage two cameras can capture.  Trying an experiment with the video title format.  From now going forward I’ll title the videos “Florida You Need A Dash Cam L-” with the number of the video following the “L-“.  It’s an experiment to see if the videos will get more views or attract more subscribers.  It will be interesting to see what happens.

 

Lesson 85, What happens when a driver puts a drink on top of car?  Scooter and motorcycle in the middle and everywhere.  Plenty of cut offs and no signal lane changes.  Short ride through the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel.  A couple of merge close calls.

 

 

Lesson 86, Features the I-95 North exit from 836 East where drivers like to drive past all the other drivers waiting their turn to get to 95 and cut line.  They can be seen in the rearview mirror either getting out line to drive ahead or simply skip that and try to cut in line.  As a rule we cut them off and won’t let them in.  Some drivers can’t be made to wait for anyone this video is full of it wait until you see van driver.  A cool jet crossing.  dK2 where am I confusion.  Jump ramp tow truck?  A drawbridge break part of coastal living.

 

 

Lesson 87, Starts with a diver that cuts through the median to get past other traffic who then gets rear ended.  Motorcycles in the middle stunt drivers.  A scooter driver on the phone.  Typical late use of turn signal.  Quick trip from Fisher Island to Terminal Island.  Peacock crossing.  Building art.  Park there you’ll get a ticket.  Driving along, light traffic, no zombies in sight, almost there you realize, wrong exit!

 

 

Special 7 is all about aircraft crossings.  It’s surprising how much of this kind of footage gets recorded.  We had pilots in our family so I like this type of footage.  It seems like some of it is really a once in a lifetime chance to capture.  Like in 74 the jet is captured through the bridge with a nice flyover.  The Goodyear Blimp, dam those cobra cameras!  My favorite in this one might be the bird in 85.  Hope you enjoy.

 

What? Why? Where? Firestarter Kit Contents -Part 2

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In the blog What? Why? Where? Firestarter Kit Contents -Part 1 a follow up to the blog and video Vacuum Sealer Projects: FIRESTARTER topics covered what to store and carry kit contents with, this time it will be the What? Why? Where? of the content within the kit.

Kit contents will be in the order they were placed into the pouch in the video for simplicity.

The tins used to hold the pine heartwood were recycled packaging from ThruNite Ti5T penlights we use in our medical kit or on person.  The unknown type metal tin measures about 3″ x 4″.  They were used because they were here and the wood will most likely puncture the vacuum packaging at some point during long term storage.

Having a few on-hand I was surprised I found uses for them.  I’ve looked for similar style small metal boxes online and found a few that may work for a kit like this or others.  Keep in mind they may not be necessary at all.  Check the one shown here it’s offered individually and in multi packs it might work for those who want to experiment.

The high pitch content pine heartwood that went into the tin boxes was wildcrafted.  Whenever on the trail I keep an eye out for natural resources and collect every chance I get.  Those that don’t have access to natural resources can find what they need.  One place to look is a local source that sells fireplace or outdoor fire pit supplies, maybe a lumber mill.  They may carry it as a fire starting aid.  If not available local it can be ordered online.


 

Alcohol prep pads offer the pad and package for combustibles.  I prefer them in case I get pine pitch stuck on my hand or tool.  Pitch or tarry natural resins can foul up tools and adhere dirt and abrasives to the skin.  Neither good for survival situations.  They can and would be used for starting a fire however there are many other options to choose from first that might perform better.  Also count on one or two being dry.  It happend to us all the time in the ambulance. The pads in the photo link below are the same brand we used at many of the EMS and contract services from my past experience.


 

 

Book matches can be used in several ways.  The obvious, start a fire.  Mix with tender for heat intensity.  Or pass them to a lighterless smoker in need.  Other matches could be substituted that might be more fire starting oriented but they might not have the same functionality as the book matches.  Book matches by the box can also be found in most local grocery stores.


 

 

Next is the magnifying glass.  I’ve only started fires with one for practice. With a little help from the sun it will get a fire started.  I burned small spot on my hand without trying.  It’s amazing how intense that focused light can get.  This is one fire starter I do not want to be without.  The one in the video I’ve had since I was a child.  The only two like it I have were taken from broken binoculars found in the woods on a hike.  I like the one below because of the compact 1 1/2″ size and the case to protect it.

In the video the fresnel lens is never seen. That is because its packaged with the heartwood tin to prevent damage yet is easily accessible. Thought I would put it here with the magnifying glass since they’re similar in nature. These things are so compact, flexible and lightweight there is no reason to not have one in an emergency kit. A fresnel lens is also a good backup for reading glasses.

 

 

WetFire’s claim “Lightweight, safe, and easy-to-carry, UST’s WetFire Tinder 12-pk is guaranteed to light in windy or wet conditions.” Tested, they work for this project. Some notes about handling WetFire. In use it left an oily residue on my fingers that smelt like zippo lighter fluid.

Only removed by soap and water. Water alone did not remove it. In the future I’ll only handle the cube with a barrier. In a survival situation the last thing I want on my hand is an oily flammable substance with no soap and water to wash off. They work so well and have a way to handle them they seem like a much better modern substitute for trioxane bars that are becoming more scarce and expensive as time passes.

 

There is one match on planet earth I do not want to be without in a survival situation requiring fire. Watching the company propaganda video and self testing would lead an individual to draw one conclusion. Must have UCO matches just in case. Check out this company video, then click the matches photo and get some.

A small bulk pack like this was used to make the individual sealed packets. Each packet of five matches contains two individually sealed strikers. From the looks of it these will work when necessary.  I have a lot of confindence they’ll work.

 

 

The natural fiber tender was another wildcrafted addition.  Over the years I’ve passed by cedar tree falls with bark falling off, worked in woodshops collecting planner shavings, made charcloth and sought out any fiber that will hold a spark.  Never seen any store offer natural tender.  I’ve always had to wildcraft the natural tender.  As of this writing I have no experience with the commercially available tenders.  If a suitable one is discovered I’ll write about or make a video of it.  Always looking.

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The Doan Magnesium Firestarter has been on my person whenever I’ve spent time away from home in the woods, hiking or in camp or wherever since a Boy Scout leader showed us how to use them in 1970’s.  Lost all of them along the way.  Now days, always keep a few on-hand for replacements or new kits. Note about the Doan Magnesium Firestarter: there are fakes and pure junk out there make sure you are getting the Doan brand only.

First choice for fire starting any fire if I have it is a Bic lighter. Won’t use any other lighter from bad experiences.  Among all the other fire starting kit available I have some caveman fire starting skill but have no interest in ever starting a fire like that if I don’t have to.  Flick my Bic or work up a neolithic sweat?  Pass me the lighter!

 

Light my Fire Swedish FireSteel is a great way to throw some sparks at tender. A pile of Doan’s Magnesium scrapings, tender and shower of sparks from this should get it started if my lighter won’t do it.  I like this as a way to put sparks into tender over the flint striker on the Doan Magnesium Firestarter.

 

A Victorinox Swiss Army Pioneer or Camillus 1760 knife is in each kit mostly to provide a sharp edge to use with the Doan and FireSteel and other fire preparation task.   A sharp edge is required to use the Doan’s and FireSteel.  Doan’s is supply your own sharp edge.  The FireSteel supplies one that last all of a few second in my hand.  The part I prefer to use for creating sparks is the awl.  Holding the awl/knife body close to the striking surface gives good leverage to create a shower of sparks.

That is the kit contents.  The lighter and book matches are the only spark generating items in the kit that won’t do well when wet.  The pine heartwood, magnifying glass, WetFire, UCO matches, Doan Magnesium and FireSteel can be temporarily submerged, have the excess water shaken off then used immediately.  That is the What? Why? Where? of the FIRESTARTER kit.  Ever have questions click on the Contact tab or leave comments below. -13

Worm bin notes: More trash than you can eat? Call friends!

Update 9 for bins 2 & 3.

1JUL2018- Bin 2 & 3, moving worms from bin 3 over to 2.  There is a noticeable difference in consumption between the bins.  Both bins have an odor from the mangos.  The smell is only noticeable when removing the cardboard layer and expected at this point in the process.  Surprising how there is no smell only feet away.

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Bin 3 1JUL2018

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Bin 2 1JUL2018

There was a buildup of moisture on the lid and cardboard in 3.  Looked like it was about to rain.  The amount of worms were not as visible as I thought they might be so I only scooped up a few handfuls to move over to bin 2.  See how this affects the bins before moving more.  They’re usually more concentrated making it easier to move with less casting loss from the donor bin.

This time the food was evenly distributed and it seems so were the worms.  In the past they did not receive as much as once so they gathered in more concentrated groups.  Easy pickings when it’s time to move them.  They’re in bin 2 now so lets see what happens next.

8JUL2018- Bins 2 & 3, clearly the addition of worms from bin 3 over to 2 made a big difference.  The before and after shown in the video is amazing to see and demonstrates why it was a necessity.  When opening the bins there was no foul odors and it looks like I’m keeping the roaches out.

Forgot for refill my water sprayer before I started so none of the bins were sprayed this time.  I’ll give them a spray Monday or Tuesday they won’t need much.  Bin 2 didn’t look like I’d added anything except that all the excess was leveled.  Bin 3 had the low spots created when removing worms on JUL1 that will slowly even back out.  By the next time they’ll be close to unnoticeable. It is another interesting thing to see happen in these bins.

Wasn’t much to do but add more waste and let both bins equalize with all the changes.  I have to get better at taking stills for all the reasons I use them.  When I don’t it bites me in the ass every time, that and the autofocus. Check out the video below for some good close ups of the worm transfer.  -13

Worm bin notes: One meal at a time

Update 7, Bin 1, One meal at a time and lots of poop is how it will be built. Watching this process is fascinating.  Waste in, waste out, soil.  No foul odors or unwanted insects.  Looks like the population is growing.  There were plenty of the roly-polys and a few worms visible.  Didn’t want to disturb much so they will settle in.  When they’re hard to see like that they are usually directly under a food source.  Rather leave them be so they can flourish.

I’ll wait another few weeks or so before digging around in there to see how the worms are doing.  Next time I film these bins I’ll try some different views for a closer look inside the bins.  Check out the state of bin 1 in the video below.

Facebook, Twitter, bye, bye.

The Unit13FREMSLT project is on a deletion spree!  Facts: Facebook & Twitter censor information.  Shadow banning if they don’ like you.  That makes them useless as a promotional tool for the promotion of free expression.  It’s a shame they ruined fantastic ideas.  They like many websites want people to login putting personal information at risk.

After watching the history of those companies and the experience of others it seemed clear what was next.  Clean up the risk and take out the trash.  The trash is Facebook, Twitter and other companies run like them.  Delete them.  The risk is all the websites that require login’s.  Those accounts will be deleted unless currently active.

Over time it has become too much to keep track of all the login information and keep it safe.  The amount of maintaince required of any site using messaging/notifications is unbelievable.  Invitations for social media sites are like someone handing me a trash can and pile of notifications and messages to send straight to the trash.  No thanks I don’t have the time.  I also believe if people are really that interested it isn’t that much of a hassle to check the site.  I do it all the time.

Online my time is limited to posting videos, my blog and an email account.  The rest is busy in 3-D real time actually doing things.  Anyone else doing this kind of thing? Cleaning out the tentacles that consume time?  Every time I delete another sites login I feel better.  -13

It went something like this, Commie K. O. ! Instant Karma?

Didn’t I mention this kind of response in the past?  While I was enjoying the air conditioned comfort of my office, this average, everyday American and his friends were out exercising freedom in Portland, OR.  Amazing footage.  From where I’m sitting it looks like he could have shot the thug with the baton in self defense.  That, would have been boring and risked all those people in the background.

Better than that, the freedom-fighter catches a baton strike with one hand and delivers the K.O. punch with the other.  This kind of thing has been going on for a while now but this footage is particularly good.  Watch it and you will know why it was worth watching.  Especially if you enjoy thugs getting what is so well deserved.  It’s all fun and games until somebody gets K.O.’d. Then you call people like me.  “medic!” -13

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Music appropriate for the occasion

What? Why? Where? Firestarter Kit Contents -Part 1

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In the blog and video Vacuum Sealer Projects: FIRESTARTER kit parts were mentioned but not focused on.  The items are worthy of a separate blog/video with more detail but was too much at once.  Seems like separate topics.

The vacuum sealer technology that impressed me so much back in the 70’s still does today.  It’s not very complicated or all that special on the average day but when put into use is worth every penny spent.  It seems it gets used as much for packing supplies and equipment as it does food stuff.

Presently the Vacuum Sealer Project(VSP) uses a FoodSaver FM2100 purchased from Costco in 2016.

They’re available in black and white. The kit has a port and hose attachment that will allow the user to vacuum seal reusable zipper pouches and canning jars. Canning jars will require a Canning Sealer Kit, it includes options for vacuum sealing large and small mouth canning jars.  Ours has successfully sealed nuts, rice, beans, matches, snacks, tea, sugar, salt and other items one might store in a canning jar.

A note about liquids and countertop sealers like these.  It will not seal any liquids without risking the appliance.  To properly seal liquids or items that require a small amount to be present will need a vacuum chamber sealer.  That is another topic for the distant future at this point so I’ll stick to the present.

Canning Jar Kit

Experience has shown that it is easier to load pouches and seal wet items like lasagna, juicy meats, precooked dishes when they’re very cold or nearly frozen.  That reduces the chance of vacuuming up liquids into the sealer.  It also helps to fold the end to be sealed over so that nothing can contaminate the sealing surface.  If there is anything on that area of the pouch it will not seal properly.

The FoodSaver is not the only vacuum sealer on the market this is the one the VSP is familiar with.  Shop around there are many options.

Now comes the most important part of using vacuum sealer pouches for emergency supplies. Opening the package when it is needed. Anyone who has ever tried to open a vacuum pouch packed item that does not have a tear-notch will understand how difficult to impossible it can be. The pouch wants to give and stretch.

The worst case scenario would be not having use of all limbs, that said the next worst by VSP standards is where one is reduced to use of one hand, one foot. One hand and foot could open a package with tear-notches. There are various ways to manipulate the package, body, foot and/or hand and make it work.

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The simple single cut and vee shape notch work well and are easy to make with scissors. An edged tool on a cutting surface would also get the job done.  There is an issue with the vee shape.  If the point part of the vee is over-cut it may drive the tear in a lateral direction making it difficult to open.  Another reason to put two or more notches on each pouch.

Experience in commercial sewing rooms led VSP to purchase a 1/16″ x 1/4″ 45 N pattern punch for the purpose of making tear notches.  Visible in the photo above are samples. The consistency, ease, quality and peace of mind when a situation calls for every advantage are worth the cost of the tool.  Tools like it are an investment.  The tool would be worth its weight in gold if the simple cut it created help open a package with life saving contents.

1/16″ x 1/4″ 45N Pattern Punch

The last item added to the kit was added only by chance.  If a friend of the VSP hadn’t given the drawstring tote-backpack to the project we most likely would not have seen them at all.  The quality of the materials is not up to any regular or heavy duty use.  However all the tote-backpacks have to do is work well once during an emergency.

It would be a great place to gather fire making materials and/or carry other useful items if it was the only bag one had. Plus, folded, it fits the kit so well. Got to have it!  VSP has accumulated several of these for use in our fire kits.  Having a few on hand might also be a good idea if one is considering making kits in the future. For this purpose there is confidence it would last long enough until help arrived.

That’s all for part one, a clean, dry place to put all the good stuff in and an easy way to get it out.  Next time the What?  Why?  Where? blog will be the components for making fire. -13

Death From Above: A cautionary tale of firearms safety.

This very short video, less than one minute makes the point that not everyone should own firearms and how important firearms training is.  The video is multiple view still images of an unknown caliber round that was discovered on our screened porch the morning after July 4th.  It had enough force to impress a flat area on the side and mushroom the tip of the round.  The end picked up paint from the floor.  It’s is clear to see in the images.  I think it would have penetrated skin had it struck someone.  Thats all about the video the rest is a rant you might want to skip.

Don’t be the idiot who only fires his gun on New Years eve and July 4th into the air in celebration.  If that is you, get training, go to the range and shoot or sell it!  Anyone doing dumb shit like firing into the air is too egotistical to be able to handle the responsibility of safely carrying or owing firearms in my opinion.

Every single person I’ve met that would commit such an act has always demonstrated to me they were egotistical and wanted everyone to be scared of them.  Wanted everyone to know they owned firearms.  Ever met those guys?  Shit-talker-know-nothings.  They think they’re so good with their firearm they need no training or practice.  We know the reason they don’t go is because the facade of bullshit they created won’t stand up to scrutiny at the range.

Once again I’ll be skipping the outdoor activities for the air-conditioned safety of my home.  I’ve worked with the military, intimately familiar with some explosions, fireworks are pretty but they don’t compare to real stuff exploding. -13

For information about your Second Amendment Rights or Firearms Safety visit Gun Owners of America