2014

The Craziest Thing I Ever Said?

The post-Christmas clean-up is under way – get the presents out from under the tree, clean up the bits of wrappings and boxes, and generally put the house back in order. We’ve got guests coming over tomorrow (really) and it would be nice for them not to have to choose their steps carefully to avoid stepping on something like we do. Sometimes getting from one room to another in this place is like running a Tough Mudder obstacle race, only […]

I had a blow-out kit review performed by a “professional”. My cousin is a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, a trained combat medic, and a civilian paramedic with over 25 years of experience in one of the busiest metro areas in the country. Amongst other great conversation, I threw him my blow-out kit off my chest rig and asked for an honest assessment. Here is his candid feedback.

Field Report: Sweet Potato Pie

The day before Thanksgiving was an all-day snow event – something like 16 straight hours of snow. Accumulation wise, not terribly impressive at only about eight inches, but it was really sopping wet, heavy stuff. Perfect for snowball fights, which I had with the kids, and also perfect for plugging up the driveway with a solid cake of snow that can become the proverbial immovable object. As powerful as my little tractor is, it hardly qualifies as an irresistible force, so […]

Storm Preps

Yesterday morning. 0300 hours. I wake up to an unfamiliar sound – a strange blaring siren somewhere in the house. My first thought is, “Well that was a nice, cozy three hour night of sleep.” The unfamiliar sound turned out to be the alert tone on my new weather radio, triggered by the fine insomniacs at the Albany office of the National Weather Service, who decided that it was absolutely critical that everyone with a weather alert radio know right […]