Dash Cam: August post so far, video 100, and back to the sort.

97-102 are posted on the South Florida Driving 101 YouTube channel.  No descriptions needed (except for the short butterfly scene 102), count on it there is plenty of crazy.  There are now over 100 videos of south Florida driving craziness and local sights.  Never imagined there would be this much footage.  As this is written there are 700 + videos waiting to be sorted for editing.  Check out the videos for a true south Florida driving experience.

A note about the pedestrian crossings that only use the yellow flashing lights to warn traffic of pedestrians in the crosswalk.  I think it will give the pedestrian a false sense that traffic will stop like its a red light.  As can be seen in the footage if two of the three lanes have stopped and blocked the view of the drivers behind they tend to go around in an open lane if they can without regard to the flashing yellow lights or presence of a pedestrian in motion.

Maybe changing the color of the lights to red may help.  I would react differently if they were red flashing.  The best solution may be another traffic light with a green, yellow, and red.  That would get me to stop for sure and know what is expected of me.  This new yellow lights flashing everywhere thing didn’t mean anything until after seeing them on video paused otherwise they’re passing by like everything else when driving.  Making these videos has made me more aware of how they function.  I wonder how many others are confused by them?

Thank you, everyone who watches these videos. Enjoy!  -13

Lesson 97

Speed trap, Tunnel ride, Truck goes for its first walk?

Lesson 98

Near miss van almost strikes a truck, almost blast thought a red light, pedestrian chaos, bicycle surprise + close call with motorcycle.

Lesson 99

Another cool jet crossing, dK2 oops, leaf falling, toll lane highway robbery?, lost dog finds way home, improperly marked lanes nearly cause accident, cloud formations.

Lesson 100

100 plus and counting!  Truck door opens, cloud formation, bicyclist have issues.

Lesson 101

Finally got a mattress hauler!  Everything looks normal in the video, however when at speed it looks much more interesting, a cooked tour bus, accident scene aftermath,  nice jet crossing, lane line confusion.

Lesson 102

Accident aftermath, pedestrian crossing blunder waiting to happen?, cool butterfly crossing.

Dash Cam: July over, almost there!

Dash Cam 88-96, plus specials, Special 9 and Merge-Exit Madness 5 videos have been posted to the South Florida Driving 101 YouTube channel in July.  July over, almost there!  Getting caught up on editing, nearly to the current date.  Still amazed how much footage we record driving here.  It’s a lot to sort through.  Going to limit the video descriptions.  There some driving experiences that happen in every video, accident scene aftermath, no signal lane cutting, merge-exit stunts, the descriptions get boring to read.  From now on it will only include unusual sights/sighting of cloud formations, aircraft close-ups, wildlife encounters etc. -13

Lesson 88-96 date back to February.  There is a dK2 involved accident(89), a speed trap, wildlife encounters, merge-exit stunts, cruise ships, cool views, stop light free for all, clouds at night, passing on neighborhood streets, Florida Turnpike jackknife, aftermath traffic, and skid marks (6/29), and a side trip to Ocala.

Lesson 88

Short Peacock crossing, caught in a red light, accident aftermath.

Lesson 89

Henry E. Kinney Tunnel ride, Cruise ship drive-by, dK2 gets struck by a car (why we use a camera), one close call with a median barrier.

Lesson 90

Lightening show in several scenes, some choice cuts of merge-exit madness, dk2 lane oops,  Bill Bird Marina Art Deco building, red light chaos -when the lights are flashing.

Lesson 91

New ROAV A1 cameras installed for dK2 and Unit-13, building art, clouds at night.

Lesson 92

Overturned car accident aftermath, muffler dragging, Florida Turnpike trouble on the 28th of June when a truck jackknifed blocking all lanes, traffic backed up for miles, also later are the skid marks, a couple of scenes with FSU bridge rubble.

Lesson 93

Ocala and back.  Cool vintage truck, I-75 south accident aftermath, speed traps, what looks like a trooper driving straight into traffic, storm over the everglades, driver on the wrong side?

Lesson 94

Starts with some fire rescue action, Henry E. Kinney Tunnel ride, sculpture art, smoke ’em if you got ’em.

Lesson 95

Load issues?, motorcycle rider lucky to be alive.

Lesson 96

Pedestrian close call, tree limb on FedEx truck, reflections of the city, express lane “privilege” gets expensive.

Special 9 The long way around to avoid an accident on I-95.  MIAMI US-1 / I-95 TO Fort LauderdalE US-441 / I-595 ONE-WAY TICKET.

Merge-Exit Madness 5 features special crazy drivers from Lessons 76-86.  Plenty of exciting close calls.

Dash Cam: dK2 crash footage

Lesson 89 dK2 gets struck by car passing during turn.  No injuries.  Live here?  Visit here?  Get a dash camera! -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.

 

Dash Cam: June projects & Special 8

June was a busy month for the dash cam project.  Lots of videos released plus a special.  Thank you to everyone who takes the time to watch our driving adventures.  Special 8 features a drive from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami on I-95 south.  Not sure anyone will be interested in watching it but thought it would be cool to have a record of what the drive was like at a particular time in history.  Enjoy the dash cam madness!  -13

 

Lesson 75 is mostly about a freight train with some traffic.  The Goodyear Blimp, see why the Cobra cams had to go.  Imagine if the footage of the blimp had it been working.  Then before the train we get one confused driver.

 

Lesson 76 is a typical day with confused drivers, a busy scene at the drawbridge and a jet fly-by.

 

 

Lesson 77 has zombies on the street, cut offs, no signal lane changers and a truck with a cord hanging off the trailer.

 

Lesson 78 Cut offs, police action, motorcycle in the middle, jet fly-by, confusion and a red light runner.

 

Lesson 79 has something for the art fans, moonlit nights, pylon strikes, bicycle crazy, cut offs, no signal lane changers, a fantastic scene where a jet flies directly in front of the camera you don’t want to miss it, another motorcycle in the middle.

 

Lesson 80 has some drawbridge action, an incredible scene with a dragonfly emerging out of nowhere, getting caught in a wind current disappearing then coming back again, it is another you don’t want to miss it.  Art, motorcycles in the middle, zombies learning to park another typical drive in south Florida.

 

Lesson 81 has the typical cut offs and plenty of confusion.  Drivers doing stupid stuff.

 

Lesson 82 has jet action, a duck crossing, merge-exit madness. Henry E. Kinney Tunnel north bound drive through.  Late comers, night time bicycle surprise and more.

 

Lesson 83 rainy night pedestrian surprise, jet fly-over at night two of them, baby attempts to run into street, more no signal cut offs, confusion.  A semi-truck showing how its done when you need to make that turn.  FSU bridge under construction and motorcycle in the middle you won’t want to miss this one.

 

Lesson 84 is the last lesson released in June.  It features a little art, something for the public rail fans, a death defying lane change, classic cut offs, accident scenes.  Someone changing a tire on I-95 south partially on the roadway and no Road Ranger to block traffic.  Find out if balls really do fly onto the road and confused drivers who are totally clueless.

 

 

Special 8 is a drive from Fort Lauderdale to Miami via I-95 south.  It starts entering I-95 south in Fort Lauderdale and ends in Miami on I-95.  There is a moment when a truck changes lanes we thought for sure was going all the way.

Marine Expeditionary Boot: First Impressions

New boots! First impressions of the Danner Marine Expeditionary Boot (M.E.B.) 53111, GTX, Mojave.  GTX is for the Gore-Tex liner and Mojave is the color code.  These boots are keepers!

Finally found a boot made on a last that fit my feet.  Many brand boots have too much space above the foot.  My foot in other brand boots properly tied would have at least 1/2″ of vertical movement.  When I lifted my foot to walk the boot would shift downward moving the footbed off my foot.  Then on the down step the boot hit the surface first, then the foot onto the footbed of the boot.

To remedy this I used a combination of socks and sole inserts which put my foot at an awkward place in the boot and never worked well.  No more of that with the M.E.B.  I can wear a single pair of socks and skip adding thicker sole inserts.  The fit is more like an athletic type shoe, much more comfortable around the foot.  Snug and supportive without binding.  The leather has no visible flaws, stitching is perfect.  The overall finish and look of the boots are aesthetically pleasing.

Materials quality will be determined through use.  Concerns with the sole are an arch that causes the boot to want to move in a rocking motion.  Maybe this will flatten out after the boot breaks in.  I’m wondering if the sole might stay like that and wear out the protruding part until it evens out.

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There is a short length of stitching that holds the front end of the sole onto the boot as reinforcement.  This line of stitching is not protected and might wear through enough to break the stitch.

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The laces that came with the boots are too thin and I prefer to use Mil-spec type 3 paracord so they were changed.  The sole inserts feel comfortable, but I might add some arch support.  I’ve worn them at home for about 7 hours walking as much as possible and am confident they will keep me happy for years.  Since an opportunity presents itself to track these from the start I’ll post periodic updates on the state of the boot.

Next post will explain why the M.E.B. was chosen and a progress update. Video review is below check it out. -13

Dash Cam: Death of the COBRA CDR 840

Death of the Cobra CDR 840 video is online.  The dash cam project started out of necessity.  We have a high incidence of hit-and-run accidents here in the Miami-Dade and Broward county areas.  FHP numbers for 2017, Broward 11,856 Miami-Dade 19,285.  Those are only the hit-and-run numbers for one year.  Hard to wrap around those number huh?  After it happened to me several years ago.  Wish I’d would have had a camera that day!  Lesson learned!

Today, will not drive any form of transportation without a dash cam.  A look at any video posted since this project was started will demonstrate why.  More validation in my mind was how fast the insurance company paid dK2 when they found out that their driver had received citations and dK2 could produce dash camera footage.  They couldn’t write the check fast enough.

The Cobra CDR 840 showed up at Costco sometime either late 2016 or early 2017.  One was purchased for image quality testing.  The camera was used for about a month before deciding to purchase two more.  They were installed in all the vehicles we use.  At first the plan was to delete the footage unless there was an accident involvement.

That changed after a long weekend of viewing several hours of footage.  Watching drivers doing some of the most stupid and dangerous maneuvers a driver could do.  After discovered editing software the dash cam project was born to document the crazy drivers.

That is not what this video is about. The video contains several clips featuring different malfunctions of the camera.  The first scene is from another camera malfunctioning on what I thought would have been really cool.   The Goodyear Blimp floating across the sky would have been awesome to me.  Then it moves through the different malfunctions.  Get ready to enter the Matrix!

After entering the matrix do not adjust your video settings because everything you see is the camera not your video player or computer.  The video ends with an opinion offered as too why we will never use a camera powered like it again.

All cameras worked well at the beginning then all slowly progressed downhill the same way.  Lack of longevity and the power cord did this camera style in for good.  No more cameras with a power cord like the one on the Cobra camera.  New cameras are in operation and collecting hours and hours of footage.  As soon as there is enough footage to  put together a video about the new cameras one will be made.  Check out the video before you buy your next dash camera. -13

 

Austere Medicine: Mega Medic Bag / MOLLE 2 Pack Frame Attachment Points

The first video I made on this bag.

 

The Dyna-Med Mega Medic bag is one of my favorite bags to use.  Only problem is when I pack the bag it gets heavy.  Sometimes 35+ pounds.  I need a better way to move the bag than hand or over shoulder carry with that kind of weight.

I have a broken MOLLE 2 pack frame I like to use for experiments so I don’t break a good one.  By chance I laid the frame next to the mega medic bag setting on a table one day.  It was easy to notice how close they were in size so I set the bag on top of the frame and this is the result.

A video how I modified the mega medic bag to attach to the MOLLE 2 pack frame.  It’s not a how-to, it’s a how I did it video.  The process was simple but time consuming.

Put the bag on the frame, pick the best spots to attach webbing.  Mark it, get the dimensions for the webbing, mark, then cut the pieces.  That process took maybe 45 minutes to an hour.  Once the webbing is ready its sewing time.

I knew sewing was going to go slow.  The pieces I’ve added would have been sewn on much sooner in the assembly process reducing the time drastically.  The time was no problem since quality/accuracy is more important to me than speed.  The webbing straps make it easy to attach to the MOLLE 2 frame.  Think this took more like an hour plus but I’m not sure.

I did notice over the last few videos how bad the audio is so I’ll attempt to make it better. Several issues there that must be addressed.  After I’ve updated the kit contents I’ll make another video about the bag to include kit content and modifications. -13

Video of modifications.

Video Projects: Like a hot knife. Video satisfaction?

Come one, come all!  See what happens when I cut webbing with a rope cutter!  Sound like clickbait?  I think so too. So, thought I’d make this video because it seems some people like this kind of content.  This comes from another video project I’m working on at present.  Going to post it to the YT and see what happens. -13