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On Being Prepared – A Product Review Series

I’m a believer in being prepared. Go ahead…call me MacGyver (http://macgyver NULL.wikia, but I carry several items around with me at all times and I use nearly all of them every day. A buddy recently asked me about the flashlight I carry, so I thought I’d do a review on it – it’s the BEST one for the money…I checked, over the past 30 years. While I was at it, I thought I’d do a mini review on each item that I carry. (OK, OK! So I’m also tinkering with my website content to see how different content affects site traffic and it’s “product review” content’s turn…still…)

  • A ridiculously large Champ Swiss Army Knife (http://www…NOT this one (http://www But I do carry a smaller Midnite Mini Champ (https://www as a backup.
  • A Bullet Fisher Space Pen (http://www for an emergency pen that won’t leak in my pocket.
  • A SanDisk 8 GB Flash Drive (http://www for moving files to and from client computers.
  • A Zippo 6-foot pocket tape measure (http://www NULL.kyledesigns NULL.html) that I got at a trade show about 20 years ago.
  • A Mini Black Sharpie (https://www, usually for writing kids’ names on cups at Moe’s (http://moes on Kids-Eat-Free-Nights.
  • A Ronson Jetlite Windproof Lighter (http://www NULL.ronsonusa NULL.aspx)… you know, for making fire whenever I want to.
  • A half-ounce bottle of Purell Hand Sanitizer (https://www, for wiping kids’ hands after Moe’s…
  • A compressed 12″ x 24″ Lightload Towel (http://www, for mopping up messes, wiping noses, etc.
  • A Dunlop Jazz III Guitar Pick (http://www…because I can never find one when I need it.
  • A pair of +1.75 reading glasses (http://www I buy 4 pairs at a time at the Dollar Tree.
  • A Streamlight MicroStream LED Flashlight (http://www, the absolute best flashlight for the money. Ever.
  • I also carry a Streamlight Nano LED Flashlight (http://www as a backup, clipped either to my keychain or my jacket zipper pull.
  • About 24″ of duct tape (http://www wrapped around my Blockbuster Video card. I use it all the time…the tape, I mean.
  • About 8 feet of black parachute cord as a 4″ Key Fob (http://www for tying stuff down, fixing broken stuff, etc.
  • A Timex Expedition Watch (http://www NULL.timex, including digital compass, alarms, timer for letting me know when the water for tea is boiling.
  • And last, but not least, my beloved Buxton passport size wallet (https://www with a small Moleskine softcover notebook (http://www in the middle + business cards, Bandaids, BC powder, origami iPhone stand (https://www, a place where money is supposed to go, credit card slots, receipt storage, etc. The one I have now is 7 years old.
In addition to the stuff I carry in my pockets, I am never far from…
  • My iPhone 3Gs (http://www NULL.html)…phone, camera, video camera, document scanner (http://itunes, email, internet, credit card processor (https://squareup, filing system (http://itunes, Bible, music and movie player, gaming system, weather radar, alarm clock… (BTW, the “s” does not stand for Siri. If you would like to contribute to my iPhone upgrade fund, please email me (john null@null johnlocklair

So, that is my EDC (Every Day Carry) (http://en NULL.wikipedia list, as it’s called in society these days. I’ll get going on the reviews soon.

P.S. – Today is Veteran’s Day and I am reminded that I also carry a USAF coin from my friend Jonathan’s (http://plaidzebras NULL.blogspot squadron. I promised him that I would carry it every day until he returned home, to remind me to pray for him while he is stationed overseas for an extended tour, and indeed for all of our military personnel and their families. Jonathan, I am keeping that promise every day and I thank you for all that you sacrifice for our freedoms.