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Other Outdoor Gear / Re: An interesting inflatable lantern.
« Last post by Sarge on June 15, 2018, 08:03:06 AM »
A friend brought one (maybe a different brand) on a couple trips and it was pretty handy. It was bright enough to see to move around camp but not so bright as to kill your night vision. It did not attract a bunch of insects like i expected. I'll probably get one.
General Discussion / Re: Alone Season 5
« Last post by Moe M. on June 15, 2018, 06:42:23 AM »
  I have my Direct TV box set to record the whole series,  the last two seasons I did miss episodes through forgetfulness, this season if I forget it's on I can watch it when ever.

  Last nights episode one was a wake up call for two of the competitors,  Sam Larson had a momentary flash back of his first experience on Alone in which the stresses of the experience caused him to break down, the loneliness of missing his family,  and guilt of not being with his wife when their baby was born all came together to cause him to push the Tap Out button, but he rallied and got back to building his temporary shelter.
 Carliegh on the other hand (no pun intended) had a freak fishing accident right out of the gate,  I say freak accident because I've never seen an incident where a fish caught a fisherman with a fish hook,  she actually caught the fish, but in the process of trying to control the wiggling fish the hook came loose and buried itself deep into her right hand,  after a full day of trying to get it out (it was buried in the tendon that controls thumb movement) she was forced to tap out to avoid any further damage to her hand and prevent a serious infection.
 I felt bad for her,  it's got to be tough to have that much of yourself invested in something and be disqualified in just 5 days because of something like that,  on the other hand even though she stuck it out for a long time on her previous try (86 days),  she's young and has a certain innocents about her that robs one of the confidence that she could make it to the finish line.
 The survivalist that I have a tendency to route for is Nicole,  she did well on her first try (55 days),  like Sam,  the loneliness and missing her family got to her,  I also think her illness played a role in her decision to Tap Out and go home,  though she had been lamenting over her continuing on,  the decision to Tap came pretty quick.
 The thing for me that separates her in my mind from the rest is her resilience and fight,  back in 2003 she was diagnosed with MS,  it's a debilitating illness, one that robs the person affected of motor skills,  balance, speech, sight, and reasoning ability,  most people who have it don't survive or function for very long,  Nicole has taken an aggressive role in fighting the illness with diet and lifestyle changes, and has kept physically fit and emotionally strong,  at 50 years old and having fought a debilitating illness for the last 15 years (a lot longer than most MS sufferers survive) she's competing in a contest that most young people with her survival skills wouldn't even attempt, and deserves a lot of credit.
 Next week we get to meet more of the competitors and hear their stories.     
General Discussion / Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Last post by Old Philosopher on June 14, 2018, 10:58:23 PM »
I told you I'd drive you nuts with my new, tool.

General Discussion / Re: Random thoughts and observations
« Last post by Phaedrus on June 14, 2018, 10:54:10 PM »
Yeah, there's probably not a single "right" answer applicable in every application.  The way I see it, if I'm carrying concealed I can always reveal my sidearm if there's a good reason to do so.  But it's not always easy to hide the sidearm if you're OC'ing.  As Old Philosopher points out being armed often makes you feel free do things and I can appreciate that.  I've stopped to help people knowing full well that if it was a ruse on their part I had an HK P2000 on me.  Of course, I try to make sure that being armed doesn't make me overconfident and lull me into entering a situation when I should know better.
Other Outdoor Gear / An interesting inflatable lantern.
« Last post by wsdstan on June 14, 2018, 08:42:44 PM »
I bought a new watch today and they were giving away inflatable lanterns with them.  It is kind of neat, solar powered, 12 hour battery life per charge, and good for about 300 charges.  Their website says they will last from 2 to 10 years depending on often you use them.

It weighs next to nothing and hangs from a cord or wire or whatever.  Three modes: dim, bright, blinking.  Here is a link to their website.

This the light inflated and on dim.

This is the solar end and the strap to hang it up with.  The round dot is the switch.

General Discussion / Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Last post by Old Philosopher on June 14, 2018, 08:41:55 PM »
Nice pics OP.  The first one is really beautiful and you could process that a bit and it would look like one
of Bierstadt's oil paintings back in the 1800's.

Kinda like this, Stan?

Custom Knives / Re: New filet knife from Crashblades
« Last post by Mannlicher on June 14, 2018, 06:24:00 PM »
My son gave one of these to his brother in law, and kept the other.  The other day,  between the two lads,   they cleaned 100 pounds of Sea Trout and Kingfish.  The knives were said to have performed perfectly,  and were still sharp.
General Discussion / Re: Alone Season 5
« Last post by wolfy on June 14, 2018, 06:16:27 PM »
FIRST EPISODE TONIGHT....8pm here, but check your local TV schedules. :popcorn:
General Discussion / Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Last post by Old Philosopher on June 14, 2018, 06:15:18 PM »
Thanks, guys. It has so many bells and whistles, I just have to stick with what I know from the 'old days'.  For the past 15+ years I've had digital equipment that was like trying to paint the Mona Lisa with a 3" house brush!
Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Anti bushcrating area for the wife...
« Last post by xj35s on June 14, 2018, 05:48:28 PM »
We decided not to try and move and re level the 4x4's. So for the final leveling I drilled one hole in the bucket and put a lag screw into the 4 x 4 . then one lag bolt into a small 2 x 4 on the end for a handle. we leveled the bucket with the mason line and just swiped the 4 x 4 across leveling the last part of the dirt. Did that on each corner. I'm wetting it down with a sprinkler to get it consolidated. Tomorrow we'll use a rake and get any high spot or low spots filled in. The pathmark Paver molds are forgiving and the crete will fill gaps underneath anyway.

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