My Favorite Tools: #1 – Buck 110

Buck_110

 

About $35 virtually anywhere. I have several, Mrs. Matson one, and each kid at least two.

Good steel, keeps an edge, and fantastic geometry for anything from cleaning game to (i suppose) sticking in a fellow human. So ubiquitous here in the deep south that any dot gov minion would not even think twice to see that pouch on your belt that says ‘Buck’.

I have cleaned countless whitetail with this one, gutted many a fish, and carved off shavings for a fire while out on the trail. And, while there are better, more tacticool EDC ones out there, you could do much, much worse.

You should stop reading this post now, and go get a couple. One to keep on your person and one to put away somewhere safe.

It’s a tool, and a damn good one.

 

An economic canary

Not Denninger, but what he posted about this morning. Karl’s link here. Reuters link here.

Shares in Orlando, Florida-based Darden fell almost 9 percent in premarket trading.

The company now expects earnings from continuing operations of 25 cents to 26 cents per share for the second quarter ended November 25. Costs associated with its purchase of Yard House USA Inc would cut earnings by 5 cents per share, while Hurricane Sandy would reduce EPS by about 1 cent.

Analysts, on average, expected fiscal second-quarter earnings, excluding items, of 47 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Darden expects same-restaurant sales to be down 3.2 percent at Olive Garden, off 2.7 percent at Red Lobster and down 0.8 percent at LongHorn Steakhouse during the second quarter.

This is an economic canary in a coal mine. Here’s why…

No one in my immediate AO cooks anymore. They Kroger/Publix on an almost meal to meal basis, and most of that is pre-packaged & processed junk. No one cooks. When they go out, the frequent the places mentioned above. This is the land of Chili’s, Longhorn, bad Mexican, and QSR.

The next ones you will see is the fast food chains saying much that same, followed shortly by Dot Gov saying that they have struck a deal with McD’s & BK to accept EBT funds.

Seriously folks, it hasn’t even gotten bad yet.

YMMV, another PT related post…

This post will be prefaced with a statement that I have uttered similarly in the past:

“I have not served in the military and have no combat experience.”

However, I do think I have something to offer when it comes to PT and how to make yourself better, faster, and stronger.

From everything that I have read and come to understand, combat consists of short, violent expenditures of tons of energy. If you are able to go from zero to insane in 2 seconds and maintain that for 5 to 10 minute periods, your chances of survival go up. I would say ‘exponentially’, but I have no idea.

So, if the above statement is somewhat true, the following activities will help you out.

  1. Mountain biking. This consists of brutal climbs followed by wild expenditures of hand eye coordination after being severely exhausted. Having the ability to precisely control yourself after vigorous exercise strengthens these skills.
  2. Wind sprints, then knot tying. I do this all the time. Run 100 meters all out, usually with weight, then try to coordinate precise sequences with paracord.
  3. Yoga. Strength and flexibility are a given. It helps you get better at almost anything. You can get the basics free online and on YouTube.

YMMV. Something to think about.

I ride almost everyday. I stretch and sprint almost everyday. These things help you shape your body. More later on how to hone your spirit and heart.

Rough waters ahead. 

 

Some Updates if Anyone is Still Reading

So, business travel. Yeah, well, it’s unpleasant as hell, especially since 75% was to effing Detroit.

Beginning tomorrow, that’s over. I said ‘this too shall pass’ and it has. New day gig and it’s all in Atlanta with zero travel. Good times. That means more blogging, and more time to focus on my other side projects.

Speaking of side projects, the Drone Company has been a wash so far. I had some success with prototypes, but to be honest, the cost and complexity were too great for your average non techie. I’m still pursuing, though along a different set of lines. More soon, and this time, I mean it – seriously I do…

Last, but not least, my software company launched it’s app last week. Good stuff. Only on Android at the moment, but we are headed for the Apple frontier in just a few weeks. This concept has some interesting possibilities. One of which is the potential to make ludicrous amounts of money that will allow me and Mrs. Matson to build even more tribe and put in place some community based plans that only lots of capital can accomplish.

So, in closing (and i know i have said this before), stay tuned. Time is short, but likely not as short as you think or have been led to believe – more on that later as well.

In the meantime, watch your six and keep your powder dry.

Radio Matson is back on the air.