Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Working On It

My wife, kids, and grand kids like to remind me that I am always saying "Working on it."  Well they are basically right. I am always working on it. In some ways I was a multi-task before multi-tasking ever came popular. Or, is that just really just saying start all lot of projects but never finish any of them. I fear that may be more the truth.

That is one reason I make a effort to post at least once a week for I don't want this to be another start but never finish. My hopes are that when I am no longer posting it will be because I can't make my cold dead fingers  work the keyboard.

Anyway I am trying to finish more of what I start. Example: I have a wood bland made up for a bowl made from red oak and mesquite. It's mounted and ready to be put on the lathe and it sets there waiting on me for the last 4 weeks. Of course it is a 100 degrees in my garage shop. But I really don't mind sweating in fact when I post this I will be getting up and going out to replace the battery in my daughter's car. I guess I really don't have a excuse.

So hopefully I will post next week a photo of a finished red oak mesquite bowl.

One of my projects is what I call my possible bag.  A possible bag was what a mountain man of the earl;y 19th century called a bag that he carried the things he might need in a day or in a emergency situation. I would carry cloth scrap for patches, jerky or pemmican for emergency rations, and spare flint.


Today we might call it a BOB or bug out bag.but it is something I prefer to call my possible bag. But I know that I am not able to physically bug out. So for me it is a possible bag. The things I carry in my possible bag are similar to a mountain man or will be when I am finished with it. The difference is it takes into consideration of today vs early 19th century. for me right now I carry
  1. Ipad 2 w/wifi
  2. current book
  3. magazine
  4. magnifying glass
  5. small flashlight
  6. small sharpening stone
  7. lens cleaning cloth
  8. Nikon D50 w/18-55 mm lens
  9. mid-day insulin shot
  10. back up sunglasses
  11. MP3 player
  12. emergency snack for incidents of when I crash
My goal is to analysis and set-up my bag for what i and how I want. for example I want to add to my bag the following.
  • I want to add a Zaggfolio for Ipad 2. this is a protective case for the ipad that has a blue tooth keyboard that fits into a folio case  I believe that this will fill the need that I have for a keyboard that I occasionally need.
  • 10X25 or 30 monocular for use to view birds and other approaching varmints.
  • reusable water bottle
  • Nikon P7000 rangefinder digital camera to lighten the load and simplify the photo process. . This will be my next major camera purchase. based on reviews and faith in the Nikon brand.
  • spare ipad charger and cable
  • Ipad USB and smart card reader
  • also the usual tings that find there way into the bag.
Currently my bag is a large canvas messenger bag that I bought from Amazon dealer for $20 shipping included. this bag is lined with a water poof liner to protect my electronics so for now I am going to stick with this.
Review of My Ipad 32 g WiFi

I received my Ipad 2 32 gig wifi as a birthday present two weeks ago and already is has become one of my favorite electronic toys. With it I check my email. bank accounts, favorite web sites and watch movies and saved tv show while I am out.

I didn't want a 3g or 4g model because I didn't want to have the fees or tracking abilities on it. But that hasn't been a problem with the easily assessable free wifi sites.

Yesterday my son loaned me his Version 3g modem to use while waiting on him after dropping him downtown Fort Worth. But the Ipad looks for available wifi sites and found a local college wifi that was public and I used it although I was two to three blocks away. Using this site I used my netflix account to watch a movie while waiting for my son to get through with his business downtown. It downloaded the movie without lag time and like nearly all things I have done so far with instant gratification. It has satisfied the reason I had bought a Acer Net book but got tired of the usual windows BS and serious slow response time. In short though I am a newbie to Apple products this experience has made me a believer. 

Two comments to go with the Ipad.

1. I bought for the Ipad 2 a Otterbox and it has lived up to the hype and if you are going to use it outside and has a chance ot be dumped then get the otterbox. As a test I had my 9 year old grandson stand on the face cover of the Otterbox and just as advertise it came through with flying colors.

2.  Don't get so involved with you electronic gear that you forget where you are. I became co engrossed with the  movie I almost missed the guy sneaking up on me on my blind side as I set in my car. He veered off when he saw I was aware of what he was doing.

1 comment:

  1. Dave
    really enjoyed the description of your bag load out---and glad to see that someone else likes to have what they need on hand----great blog!