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27 Mar

This morning was a cold but beautiful early-spring morning in the Chicago suburbs.  We had a bit of snow last night but shortly after, we were treated to a bright blue sky.  The little amount of snow that accumulated in my area melted quickly.  In our yard, we have a few shepherd’s hooks hanging with bird feeders which were just filled with seed.  I also have a finch sock, but that will go up in the next couple of months.  This was the first morning I really noticed a lot of birds in the yard so far this year.  Risking …

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20 Mar

Spring is just about here, which means a return to outdoor activities. So since I previously discussed folding knives, now seems like the perfect time to talk about fixed blade knives.

Unless you are working outdoors most of the time, it is uncommon to see fixed blades carried everyday. Whether this is because of local ordinances that restrict blade length, the general stereotype associated with carrying fixed blades, or just because it is usually more knife than is needed I cannot say. In IL for example, you are not restricted by blade length but by intent. So basically, if asked …

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13 Mar

As spring finally arrives, we can look forward to spending more time outside. One of my favorite outdoor activities is camping. Camping can be a cheap and relaxing hobby that can be as rough as you would like. You can reserve a campsite at a state park and have all the amenities close by – an outhouse, potable water, and even restaurants. Some people prefer this style of camping as it allows you to not become too “uncomfortable” if that is a hang-up for you.

You can also go more rustic. Get a tent, a backpack with some gear, and …

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05 Mar

For this discussion, I wanted to talk a little about the Night Vision Monocular, Biocular and Binocular Goggles. Here's a brief summary of some of the differences. Often we are asked about the features and benefits of these three platforms.

The monocular, biocular, and binocular night vision goggles (NVG's) consist of three major parts: objective lenses, image-intensifier tubes, and eyepieces. The objective lens gathers available light and forms an image on the intensifier tube; the image is then amplified by the intensifier tube, and the eyepiece magnifies that intensified image.

The monocular, biocular, and binocular goggles differ in the following …

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26 Feb

I like German things.

I like German cars (between my wife and I, we have owned nine Volkswagens).  I like German beer.  Apparently others like German beer as well, as there are over 1300 breweries in the country.  I love my niece Amy, who was born in Darmstadt, Germany, thanks to the United States Air Force.  Well, thanks to my brother Keith, who was IN the United States Air Force.  Wanted to clarify that.

John Banner, who played Sergeant Schultz on Hogan’s Heroes was from Austria, but still, he seemed like a guy you could hoist a brau with, and …

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20 Feb

Fishing is a hobby that I’ve participated in my entire life, but have never really given too much thought to.  It's just something I go out and do.  When I get involved in a hobby I usually research whatever it is I’m doing so I can get good gear, know how, and any kind of insight into it.  Fishing has just kind of always been there.  I don’t get out fishing nearly as much as I would like to anymore but I try to make it out at least a few times a year.

My tackle box has usually been …

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13 Feb

Living in suburban Illinois, we have plenty of opportunities to use binoculars. But more often than not, when I am using them I find myself an hour or more away from home. Not far enough to pack a whole backpack, but enough that I bring some essentials with me. As usual, Maxpedition has me covered.

I love Maxpedition gear. Like Mercedes, they believe in the best or nothing. Their gear is made from 1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant ballistic nylon, coated in Teflon fabric protector, zipped up using YKK zippers, reinforced with double stitched stress points, and overall built like …

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