prk543

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    AR15 Crossbow?

    OregonChick - I think between the potential weight of the swiss army AR and the batman belt sling I wouldn't need a BOB because I wouldn't be able to carry it all! Plus I think that someone beat you guys to the "Swiss Army Gun" idea. I present the Annihilator 2000 from Beverly Hills Cop 3. http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Beverly_Hills_Cop_3#Annihilator_2000
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    Restictions

    Dang, Wardog I thought my commute from KM to Charlotte was bad (about 27 miles each way), you must be going to the north or east part of town. You are correct, Mecklenburg County is the worst that I know of for a handgun permit. I believe that the wait is around 4 weeks. At least NC lets you buy 3 handgun permits at a time for an additional cost of $5/permit. Which is much better than NJ where I am originally from.
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    Hello from NC.

    I have been ghosting the forum for a few months, and I decided to throw my two cents into a thread. Since I started posting here, I figured I would drop in and say hello. I look forward to learning all that I can, and contributing when and where I can. On a personal victory front, I have managed to convince my wife that we should have a couple of days of food and water in the house. For now I just need to convince her that I need some more things for my BOB, and to build her own BOB. I also want to apologize; I am not the best writer which is one of the reasons I married my wife who majored in English! -PRK543
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    Pick a job, any job...

    Default Human, Since you mentioned you have ADHD and as someone who was diagnosed with ADHD in college; I think I can offer some advice to help you out. I know in your original post you said you love science and you are also considering being an engineer, the only down side is you don't like math and Chem. As a person with ADHD I beg you to find an area of study that holds your interest. I started out in college as an Engineering major, and I spent my first year and a half of school fighting tooth and nail to make it. I have managed to learn what it is like to work hard and fail miserably (I think I am a better person for it). I loved every major specific class that I was taking, but as others have mentioned engineering is heavy in math and science. An engineering degree (BS) will require at least 4 semesters of Calculus/differential equations, one or two semesters of Chemistry, and one or two semesters of Calculus based physics. Also depending on your concentration and the field you go into (ex. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical...) you will likely have to work under a licensed engineer for a period of time (usually 4 years) and then take 2 eight hour exams (Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Practice of Engineering (PE)) for a professional license. (If you pursue a BS in engineering, you can and should take the FE immediately after graduation) If you want to be an engineer and you hate math, I would recommend an Engineering Technology degree. An engineering technologist basically does the same work as an engineer, but will do more field work. The University that I went to only required Math as high as Calc 2 and algebra based physics 1 and 2. In most states an engineering technologist can also sit for the FE and PE exams, but after a longer period of time working under a professional engineer. I bounced from Engineering to Geology, and something just clicked for me. Even in the higher level and more difficult major specific classes I found myself paying attention and excelling because I liked and enjoyed the classes. The other important thing that held my attention was that a lot of the classes required labs and field trips which gave me the opportunity to learn hands on. If you are going for a BS in Geology, most programs require "field camp" for graduation which is a 6 week course that combines the information that you have learned with the need to record your observations and and draw a field map. I will warn you that if you do pursue a BS degree, for most majors you will need at least Calculus 2, Chemistry and algebra based physics. Most science majors do offer a BA degree which requires less math and outside science classes, but in this day and age, a BA degree can be less marketable if you do work in your field of study. I cant speak for other majors like biology or chemistry, but I can speak about learned survival skills as a geology major and work later as an environmental consultant. Tasks include Reading and creating topographic maps, Identifying, locating, and marking features on maps, Mineral identification, Identifying potential natural hazards, and Identifying and understanding natural features. One more thing, a pointed tip rock hammer is an valuable item, It can be used as a hammer, pick, pry-bar (breaking some locks), and a weapon. Most importantly, I found a field that I enjoyed and that I could use the nature of my learning disability (ADHD) to my advantage. I use the inquisitive and distraction prone nature of ADHD to not only do my job, but also maintain situational awareness. Just remember if you understand your limitations, you can turn some of your limitations into strengths. -PRK543 P.S. I am worried about having to bug out on foot... I have a tendency to pick up cool looking rocks!