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re-purposing, or how I find new uses for old junk

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I have this obsession. I can't throw away anything that may have some use I never thought about. It seems I'm especially attached to cases, boxes, and pouches in which to store stuff. The latest re-purpose was a small, black belt case for an old (cheap) leatherman tool wannabe that was probably made in China. My carry piece is a Keltec P-11 and it turns out that my extra mag fits in the case perfectly and rides all day on my belt, looking just like a leatherman tool pouch.

Look around at things with your head turned sideways (like a curious puppy) and you may find something staring at you that you've never taken notice of before.

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I'll jump in here. I recently recieved a box of military surplus items from a buddy of mine. One of the items was a Raine walkie-talkie belt pouch. Since I don't have a radio of this size I wondered what it could be used for. 2 30 rd AR mags fit in the main pouch and a 20 rounder fits in the smaller front pouch.

 

Another item was what appears to be a belt worn camera pouch (non military). I added a shoulder strap I had laying around and use it as a last ditch kit of sorts.

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oh man here come the hoarders!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just kidding. I'm kind of the same way. I have a ton (probably literally) of empty prescription bottles that I use to put gun cleaning solvents in, lint and cotton for tinder, have thousands of water proof and strike anywhere matches that I don't like in the box so I put them in the containers and tape around the lid to make it pretty much water tight but I keep the cardboard in there too because that also makes good tinder. And i'm sure there are plenty of other uses for them as well....besides the trash can which is my wife's preference lol

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It seems I'm especially attached to cases, boxes, and pouches in which to store stuff.

 

 

lol, finally i can admit to mine as well. i have the same obsession. draw string bags as well. just found one made of chainlink. but yes, cases, bottle, boxes and bags.

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Compact mirrors (the kind that are used with powder cosmetics). It's like I anticipate a serious shortage of small, handheld mirrors in the future. I have them tucked in a bathroom drawer, in my car, in every purse, in the kitchen... At my old job, I actually kept some mounted near my computer monitor so I could see people approaching me from behind. My only saving grace is that I don't wear that much makeup, so I don't wind up with dozens of them every year like I would if I were my sister.

 

Books - once they are in my possession, they will never leave. I'm always shocked by secondhand bookstores because I can't imagine anyone willingly parting with books. What if you don't quite remember what a book said? What if you want to verify facts again? This is why I have 5 six-foot book shelves in my house, a box or two of books at my parents' house, and undying gratitude to the inventors of ebooks for the 2,000+ titles I have on my Kindle that didn't force me to convert my garage into a library. I'm also borderline superstitious about the idea of getting rid of any religious texts, which is why I have three Bibles in addition to the family one, a copy of the Tanakh, the Lives of the Saints, and a book I was tricked into buying by a Hare Krishna... even though I am not really a fan of any organized religion.

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OC the book thing is not unnatural there are some I don't keep like any fiction or biographies

 

I am more a manual or how to type love sausage making and long term food storage

and a few books on electrical and electronic and batteries from ancient times to present.

 

not really a fan of any organized religion, no one should be we should all be wary of our religions

I am responsible for myself as are others we need to take the time to investigate for ourselves

anything we consider suspect including interpretations as they can be twisted.

I understand some can be touchy about these subjects but some are interested so I that is my take on it.

 

I do not mean to mesh the understanding of the words translator or interpretor but they are quite different

and anything we do not understand needs clarification and that goes from religion to survival techniques

as it is the dexterity and positioning are as important as the idea I noticed that many speak of making

fire with a hand drill but do not mention that a pinch of fine sand in the socket or groove helps sometimes

and a socket need a cut for a chimney or air draw and also a place for the ember to build.

 

it is the nuances that are difficult to relate to the reader in textual form and that is why books have pictures LOL.

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Yours sounds like a useful library, Snake! If the world ends and we need to come up with new forms of government, my books might be handy - I have loads of them on political thought, philosophy, economics, and women's rights. (I was a political science major in college, plus I bought quite a few books from and about the Founding Fathers, etc.). I also have a ton of quality literature - complete works of Shakespeare, most of the books by Steinbeck, poetry anthologies, and soon. I also have a lot of what you could probably call "junk fiction."

 

As for the various interpretations of religious texts, I completely agree. The Tanakh actually makes for more enjoyable reading of the Old Testament, IMO. And I have King James, New American Standard, and New Revised Standard versions of the Bible... a couple that have really great pictures in them, too! LOL It is interesting to compare the nuances between translations, some of which actually make the meaning rather radically different.

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OC well lets not say junk, I used to when I was young loved many of the early scifi book I robot etc.

grew up in that era and many of the books you posted are ones I have read and would be an interesting

library in a post whatever world If I had the where with all I would have a library as yours and probably many of the same books would find there way in

 

it is just that I have not a lot of time and unless it is something I am specifically interested to read

I just don't anymore.

Strangely enough violence on TV does not interest me I do like a good who done it but I do not like CSI

go figure more into the new Sherlock holmes on PBS or any of the old ones including charlie chan etc.

some film noir and old comedy the new comedy leans too hard on bad language I am not a prude I know all the words and sometimes between breaths use them but for TV unless after 10pm I do not think it is needed.

"little pitchers have big ears" scenario I think children should be children and allowed to be a child lord knows

life is short and becoming a grownup ain't all it is cracked up to be "as we thought when we were young"

 

I have gotten into watching perry stone he uses all the translations of Aramaic Greek and Hebrew and any other language of the first century and previous to give some insight to scripture I find it interesting

and try to research his findings and see if I can come up with the same conclusion.

 

I cant wait until they come out with a kindle that is built like the panasonic tough book then I think I will jump in

I am rough on equipment so it's got to be durable. also I want to have all the good stuff like color and music

video in multiple formats and 4G Internet also combined, it will come so I am waiting waiting, hurry up!

 

I looked at this review and thought I would wait a bit longer due to the lack of an expansion card if I were them

I would just go with usb flash drives cheap efficient color coding if wanted I would like to see a socket so it ain't hanging in the wind waiting to get broken off IMO

 

http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/amazon-kindle-fire/4505-3126_7-35022491.html

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I hope they make a tougher and more adaptable version of the Kindle for you, and soon, JCMS. I absolutely adore mine and am never without it. FWIW, I opted to get a "regular" Kindle instead of the Fire because I didn't want the color. I wanted the screen that doesn't have glare, which any tablet PC-type device will have, so that reading would be more enjoyable. But I do want a Fire simply to play with it.

 

Sometimes I suspect that the people who enjoy violence as entertainment are those who are the most removed from it. It's easy to watch as a detached spectator if you have either never experienced it or have never seriously considered that it might be something that could happen to you and yours. I like the scary supernatural sort of horror movies and books, but the "gore porn" stuff that is more graphic and realistic leaves me feeling an uncomfortable combination of freaked out and unclean.

 

And I agree - a lot of language that is used now during early evening hours shocks me. I may not have the cleanest vocabulary, but it actually makes me sad when I hear young kids using even fairly innocuous words like "crap" or "butt" in everyday conversation; I remember being scolded and told that wasn't a word to use in polite company, and that "bottom or rear-end is more than descriptive enough, young lady." Civility is a precious commodity these days.

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OC,

Civility is the oil that allows society to function without the need for duels! Minus civility and everything falls apart.

 

I like the Fire for the color in outdoor guides, bird and plant guides, first aid texts, etc. My brides B&W Kindle is easier to read, has a longer battery life, doesn't need wi-fi but does need a light for use.

 

Advantages to both and I like both a LOT.

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change with to without

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I have this obsession. I can't throw away anything that may have some use I never thought about. It seems I'm especially attached to cases, boxes, and pouches in which to store stuff. The latest re-purpose was a small, black belt case for an old (cheap) leatherman tool wannabe that was probably made in China. My carry piece is a Keltec P-11 and it turns out that my extra mag fits in the case perfectly and rides all day on my belt, looking just like a leatherman tool pouch.

Look around at things with your head turned sideways (like a curious puppy) and you may find something staring at you that you've never taken notice of before.

 

Man, I'm glad its not just me! I have alot of pill bottles, altoid tins (great for re-use) and assorted pouches, cases, etc. You can always find a use for them.

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Civility is the oil that allows society to function with the need for duels! Minus civility and everything falls apart.

 

This is so true!

 

I'm always shocked by people who don't say "please" and "thank you" to their closest friends and family members. I asked a friend about that once (after noticing that her family didn't do that) and she laughed and told me, "We're comfortable. We don't need to put on airs or act fancy around each other."

 

That always struck me as exactly the opposite of the way the world should work. I'm a courteous person out of habit, and am polite to strangers unless given a specific reason not to be. But I go out of my way to be thoughtful and polite to the people I see the most - they deserve my respect and appreciation far more than anyone I encounter outside of my home. AND, from a more mercenary standpoint, if they feel I'm rude or have ignored the kindnesses they have done for me, then they are also in a position to extract a much deeper and longer-lasting punishment on me than some guy at a bank or whatever.

 

As far as civility helping to avoid duels, I think that may be another one of those "mindset" things that could help people fare better after TSHTF. Offering a sign of respect - addressing someone as "Mr." instead of "Hey, you" or saying something complimentary before jumping into negotiations - can stop a lot of needless posturing and bickering, and in dire circumstances, you don't want to wind up in some kind of standoff with an unknown quantity when everyone is armed and frazzled if you could have avoided it by simply asking nicely instead of demanding.

 

I like the Fire for the color in outdoor guides, bird and plant guides, first aid texts, etc. My brides B&W Kindle is easier to read, has a longer battery life, doesn't need wi-fi but does need a light for use. Advantages to both and I like both a LOT.

 

Good point about the color being useful for outdoor guides and the like... Hmm. Now I need to add the Fire to my Christmas list! LOL

 

And have I mentioned that I love that you call your wife "my bride"? It's less matter-of-fact, so it conveys an impression that you still think of her as she was on your wedding day, or as this bright and shining prize, or something like that. It's lovely.

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OC,

Even with my kids and grandkids it was and is always please, thank you, sir, and ma'am. They were never (at least not more than once) under the delusion that they had a choice, but the politeness made the task palatable.

 

As far as my bride goes, she gave me the gift of herself 43 years ago, it is to remind me of what a special gift that was and continues to be. No man takes his bride for granted - some are willing to be negligent of 'the old lady' (Lord I HATE that term) - and all who know me know that NO ONE, especially not even our children (they each tried it .... ONCE) may be disrespectful of my beloved. It is all about the attitudes.

 

Thank you for the complement, by the way.

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Capt Bart, in my family, it was always please and thank you, but things are so casual in this part of the country that it was rarely sir/ma'am. However, we did always know that you address adults as Mr./Mrs./Ms. unless they instructed you to do otherwise. (I know to Southerners it would be fairly appalling, but as children it was not uncommon to call your friends' parents or older friends of the family by their first names.)

 

Your explanation makes so much sense to me, Capt Bart. What a lucky pair you are - you to have a beloved bride you cherish, and her to have someone who not only loves but truly respects her. I agree "the old lady" is horrible; how you refer to and think about someone really does impact the tenor of your relationship. My best high school friend's parents always called each other "my love" and "lover" (much to the mortification of nearby teenagers) and they truly were sweethearts, not just spouses.

 

The comment about your children not disrespecting your bride made me laugh because I can relate - my dad is incredibly slow to anger, but he's an erupting volcano if you are disrespectful of or hurtful towards my mom. I literally cannot think of a time when he said a critical word about her to us (and the extent of my mom's complaints has always been, "Why does it take so long for him to make a quick trip to the grocery store?" - the respect is clearly mutual). I imagine that your children also treat their spouses with a fair amount of consideration, too.

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Well folks, an armed society is a polite society. I think somebody smart said that once. I loss of civility is a hallmark of a failing society, and our next generation is being raised as a gang of self-centered little horrors. I made the mistake of taking my daughter (not quite 3 years old) to a birthday party this past weekend. Parents kept commenting on how well behaved she was, always with a "please" and "thank you" from her, while their own kids acted like they were trying out for a road production of Lord of the Flies. Several times little ruffians of 5 or 6 years old (older siblings of the kids invited) ran by and almost knocked her down without so much as a second glance.

 

I like my Kindle Touch for the battery longevity and because I have big fingers (makes typing on my Blackberry a real chore), so the touchscreen on the KT is easier for me to use. Plus, I use my Kindle's text to speech function so it can read to me when I drive. Using the headset, not much different than an audiobook except the voice is more boring. I know, doesn't help my situational awareness, but really, the less attention I pay to my 45 minute to an hour commute each way, each day, the better for my mental health.

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like I say I am waiting on the next gen kindle but it has to have a memory slot or I just cant see it

 

I down load a lot of PDF's and have movies music and recipes pictures of all kinds of projects and as Capt Bart

 

mentioned a color one for flora and fauna identification pictures would be nice and the speech function sounds

 

cool.

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Tinder, that is a great idea.

 

I save jelly jars, wash them out and repurpose. When I come back from the range I always have a few rounds left over in my range bag so I have a row of the jars where I deposit the leftovers until I have enough to fill a magazine. The jars are clean, dry and I have dropped a little silica packet in each one just in case. Each jar is labeled on the outside soI don't get them mixed up.

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oh man here come the hoarders!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

LOL Tinder.

 

Not much for hoarding here. :P But yes I will find a new use for old junk, "recycling" I call it.

If not it gets trashed. However, since I'd gotten worried about Y2K and have been prepping for that long I've got stuff (freeze dried food,) that was about to expire so I decided to have training day a year or so back and guess what I discovered? During the show and tell with the family. Explaining the how to's of safe coleman stove and lantern operations I found that the generators were totatlly stopped up on the liquid stove and lantern. So not only did we have

a great meal that day, they all learned to dismantle and clean the stove and lantern parts down to the fuel tanks.

Needless to say pipe cleaners, solvent and a air compressor was very handy.

My daughter said, dad why don't we just use the propane stove and lantern? My answer was, no better time for you guys to learn to do this than now. So we now have a training day once a year.

 

So some good advice would be to get it out and use it every now and then.

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