Cold Weather Ahead


With the temperature dropping recently I’ve been debating picking up something warm to wear at or to work.  I’ve been debating between the following two:

Condor Men’s Summit Zero Lightweight Soft Shell Jacket Condor Men’s Alpha Tactical Fleece Jacket
CondorSoftShell CondorFleece

At the moment I am leaning more towards the Tactical Fleece.  Partially because I already have a nice Pea Coat but it’s not something I would wear around as much inside.  I really like the Soft Shell Jacket, especially the stow away hood but as silly as it may seem, the placement of the side pockets bothers me.  I like to put my hands in the pockets of my jackets when standing idle or cold and the placement of them on the Soft Shell inhibits that.  Whichever one I get I’ll do a review on and let you know what I think.

Another reason Amazon is awesome!


While browsing Amazon about a week ago I noticed a spotlight ad for Amazon’s newest device Echo.  After running through the marketing material I was pretty impressed and ready to give one a try.  That’s when I saw it.  “Sign up to request and invite and If selected, you will receive an e-mail with an invitation to purchase in the coming weeks.”  Needless to say the marketing worked, now I really wanted one!  Fast forward to today where I again find myself pining over the Echo and looking for a way to coerce an invite.

Being in a playful mood I crafted the following email and sent it to Echo Customer Service Team.

“Greetings follower of the Amazon,

I have been enraptured by the whisperings of the blessing of Echo.  What
sacrifice dost thou demand that I might receive an invite to partake of
such bounty?  I have virgins ready to push into volcanoes, forsake me not!

Your loyal follower,

Joshua of the clan Terry”

Must to my surprise a few hours later I received one of the best responses to one of my emails to date.  Just in case you needed one more reason that Amazon is awesome I submit the following reply.

“Warmest greetings Joshua of the clan Terry,

I am Katie McCloud of the Clan McCloud.

Echo surely is a blessing, as we require no sacrifice for thou to request an invitation to experience its wondrous bounty.

I beg of thee to follow the link below to request thine invitation to join our throng of loyal Echo followers.

I do preach patience, my son! We expect to begin sending invitations in the weeks to come. Alas, I have no information on how the mighty few that will be bestowed the honor of receiving an Echo will be chosen.

Thanks be to thee for thy never ending fealty.”

Katie, where ever your at thanks for making my day!

Initial Impressions for the new Google Inbox


Google’s new Inbox service seems to have slipped right by me as I only found about it last week.  Its being rolled out in typical Google fashion, that is “the limited invites to create buzz and demand”.  While its fun to be on the inside of this loop it can be frustrating to be left out.  Luckily there is an easy hack that I won’t bore you with.

It’s different.  My knee jerk reaction to different can sometimes be negative so I have to remind myself not to let old age creep in and to still keep an open mind.  I can see where they are going with it and after my initial, “yea but how do I …” questions are resolved I think I’ll have a better idea of what I think about it.

Stay tuned!

A pretty good little Emergency Ration for your 72 hour kit


I was browsing through some simple food options for camping or a 72 hour kit when I came across these S.O.S. Emergency Ration bars.  The reviews seemed pretty good and I was in the mood to “try new things” so I went ahead and ordered a couple.  After trying one I was pretty impressed.  Almost all of these types of rations will contain Coconut to supply the calories.  While I enjoy coconut I’ve had bars in the past that made me think more of drinking coconut tanning oil!  The S.O.S. bars however don’t overpower you with it.

The other interesting thing that I noticed is that, in my opinion at least, they didn’t seem to increase my thirst.  Granola bars can sometimes be very dry or worse yet a sticky mess.  I didn’t experience that with these at all.  With a 5 year shelf life I don’t mind having a few of them around to throw in our vehicles or take camping.  I ordered some more to stick a few in my 72 kit, but I think the rest will find more use on my camping trips.