This may be the most inane thing I have ever witnessed. I am sitting at a Starbucks in the middle of the day. Watch people react to a duck. Yes, a duck. Normally this kind of event merrits a few minutes of conversation like, ” hey there’s a duck, let’s get some coffee” or at best “let’s feed it some popcorn/bread/whatever else ducks eat”. The duck was clearly not injured. From my vast experience with ducks *sarcasm* it seemed like he/she was resting and waiting out the heat before flying off to meet its fate with Elmer Fudd.
However the most discouraging part of the whole experience was listening to people’s reactions to a duck at th starbucks. From this point one I will name the duck since it has become such a big part of my day. I will call him Peking.
So the comments about this duck have been:
“I wanna pet it but I don’t want it to attack me” (geese May attack but I have never seen a duck get aggressive)
“Has anyone called animal control to rescue it.” (Just leave the duck alone. What if some threatened to lock you up when you stop to rest and get a drink at the Starbucks)
“That duck looks like good eatin” (I like that guy, finally a practical bystander)
“Why is it lifting its leg like that” (it’s taking a poop leave it alone)
“Let’s feed it a Banana!!!” (Hmmmph I am sure that is exactly what this duck wants)
“He looks hungry throw him a grape” (no comment, seriously?)
“Hey little duck what are you doing in this neighborhood, are you lost?” (At this point I was hoping Peking would use his words just to freak this guy out)
This continues ad nauseum.
I think the worst part is I have just spend 20 minutes writing about a frigging duck. A Frigging Duck!
I dunno what to say about this. It’s pretty awesome.
Another Saturday spent at home an due to budgetary restrictions, we had to cancel a trip to Pismo beach to race dune buggies.
I lieu of Camping and dune buggies I decided to add some awesome to the family car.
Here is what it looked like in the beginning.
I found this stuff called plastidip. It is similar to spray paint except it dries into a layer of rubber sheeting that is completely removable incase you change your mind. Best if all it does not hurt the paint.
The package said it was good for making a bug bra, racing stripe or complete covering.
On to the Saturday morning adventure. Warning! Wear a respirator. I got good case of dizziness and euphoria from the fumes. However I think the euphoria comes from brain damage (google huffing paint).
I’m pretty happy with the result. It is even in my sons favorite color, green. Blacking out the rims added an extra level of badassness to the project.
Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning.
Even though it is not common to see men walk around with hunting knives strapped to their hips I am still a firm believer that a knife is one of those tools that is a part of being a man (or really tough woman).
My dad gave me my first swiss army knife when I was 12. It was a knock off but I still treasured it. It was walking tool kit in my pocket. A symbol that I was responsible enough to carry it and not hurt myself. I gave that same knife to my son on our second camping trip together. He was a little young and he still didn’t use it with out my supervision, but it still meant the world to him that I gave him my very first pocket knife.
Nowadays I carry something less ornate that also complies with our local laws (no knives with blades over 3″ in length). Most of the time it is put to use cutting open boxes that I receive from Amazon, but it does make me feel like that same kid with the tool box in my pocket. It has served me well in emergencies as well as around the campfire. My everyday carry knife is the Tool Logic SLPB2 Tactical Folding 1/2 Serrated Knife Check it out here :http://amzn.to/15k82It
There are those times when you are out in the wild and you need something that is a little more capable. That is when I call upon my Ka-bar Becker BK7 http://amzn.to/YSVLrA
It is a direct decendant of the Marine corps Ka-bar knife my grandfather carried in WWII. This knife can skin a deer as well as chop down a tree and is enough knife to make crocodile Dundee jealous.
picture courtesy of blade forums
Here is Ka-Bar’s latest testimonial about their knives. Kinda makes you wanna grow a beard and then shave it with a freshly sharpened Ka-Bar. Hoo-rah!!!
Categories: Gear, Random Kick@ss Stuff, Reviews
Tags: awesome, badass, Becker bk-7, bush craft, EDC, Ka-Bar, kids, knife, right of passage, swiss army, tactical, tradition
Originally from G4TV. I aspire to do this someday.