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Monthly Archives: February 2015

23 Feb

I wear glasses.  It is winter in Chicago.  A poor combination, at best.

It’s 7 below this morning (actual temperature) and if I have to walk any distance at all – from the car into a store, say, I have two choices when I get inside.  I can A> keep my glasses on and see absolutely nothing because they fog up, or B> take them off and see absolutely nothing, because I need glasses to see.

Since it looks a little goofy (and can be painful) to walk around with opaque lenses, I normally take them off and stand still …

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20 Feb

In my last blog I complained about the cold and was looking forward optimistically to warmer weather.  As I sit here typing this, it’s -1 degrees outside and with the windchill anywhere between -20 and -30.  I’m going to complain again about the cold and keep on looking forward optimistically to warmer weather in this blog too because what the hell else am I going to do?  Ten minutes outside and my jeans feel like they’re frozen to my legs and the feeling in my face is pretty close to non-existent.  I guess that doesn’t matter though because without gloves …

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13 Feb

Well, it’s Friday here and not payday so to stop myself from buying a new folding knife I am going to write about folders instead. Since I was young, I have been overly interested in knives. To me, they are the oldest form of functional art. From workhorses to show pieces, there’s a knife out there for every purpose and I have yet to find a knife that can do it all. That’s the recipe for a collector’s dream.

My first knife was a Buck knife lockback folder given to me by my grandfather. It was a modest length clip …

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04 Feb

One of the most important and overlooked items in your night vision set up is the helmet. Most PVS-14s come with a plastic head mount that is called the “skull crusher” and for good reason. Wear the skullcrusher for more than an hour or so and you’ll be ready to wear a helmet. A good helmet supports the weight of the monocular on your head and allows you to be in the field longer without neck fatigue.

The Skullcrusher – A great way to try hands-free use, but not a long term solution.

There are many options for helmets available …

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