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Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Pets
« on: September 07, 2019, 04:01:09 pm »
A week and a half ago we had to let go of Hex.

We found a bump on his head a month ago, immediately took him to the vet. Vet said it was most likely a knock on his head, and gave us some steroids to treat it, but less than a week later, it was bigger.

I'll fast forward through all the ensuing vet visits. Turned out to be an incredibly rare and insanely aggressive cancer. Hex was getting CT scans multiple times a week and if you flipped through them fast enough you could see the tumor growing daily. From the time we first saw the bump to it being inoperable without risking brain damage was less than 14 days. The tumor had literally eaten 25% of his skull.

We made the decision to let him go on a good day before he started having seizures. My wife and I took a week off to do bucket list things with him and have all the people who have loved him see him one last time. I think more people came by to say goodbye than showed up at my wedding. The vet came to our house and we euthanized him in our living room, with Jody and I telling how much we loved him as his heart stopped.

Things are finally getting back to normal around here. His sister is starting to eat again. She's been kind of lost. Jody doesn't cry every day anymore. But I haven't had a good night of sleep in four weeks.

When we got the death sentence from the vet, I immediately put down a deposit for a new pup with our favorite breeder. Jody has been wanting a pup from a particular sire for a few years, and he's retiring in Jan. I just knew that I wouldn't be in any mood to look for a second dog anytime soon after Hex passed, so I front loaded that. It was a good move, it's really weird only having one dog. We've been putting together a list of things that we did right with Hex that we would do again and things we will be sure to never do again.

Also: everyone should have veterinary insurance. We blew through 5k in three days. We were looking at another 15k if we had another week to treat. We only paid 10% of our bills thanks to insurance.

Thanks for listening.

Accessories / Re: The (Less intimidating) Watch Thread
« on: September 07, 2019, 02:49:35 pm »


Accessories / Re: The (Less intimidating) Watch Thread
« on: September 06, 2019, 10:55:35 pm »
One thing to be aware of: it's smaller than most modern watches. You might want to try it on or something similar in size before purchasing it. The website says it's 36x33. That's a little confusing, I think it's actually 36 across. I'm not sure why they're giving the other dimension.

I have been in love with this watch for years and the reissue is perfect. It really has been stripped down to the bare essentials and is the perfect minimalist watch in my opinion.

I have it on a grey Haveston NATO (just came in a couple hours ago), and the whole package is super low key but highly functional and comfortable.

If you get the watch, buy whichever is cheaper, both of the strap options suck. I'm not really happy with the leather strap that comes with it. Also: I paid full retail. By the time your birthday rolls around it should be a couple hundred bucks cheaper. I just had to buy it NOW because I've been lusting for it for so long.

Accessories / Re: The (Less intimidating) Watch Thread
« on: September 06, 2019, 05:31:07 pm »
On my 6.75” wrist. Changed the strap out for a silicone nato. I have some nylon natos coming in from haveston and phenomenato coming in soon, as well as this coming in from japan


Accessories / Re: The (Less intimidating) Watch Thread
« on: August 31, 2019, 07:50:10 pm »


I thought about the price of the Khaki Mechanical Pilot, and for the extra couple hundred dollars, I think it might be ok considering that you get a a total 100m water resistance vs 50 on the Field watch (I get a nervous twitch with anything less than that), and there really isn't anything like it on the market case shape wise or size wise unless you want to get a ladies watch. I'm not particularly happy with the mineral crystal, we'll see how it holds up. I may wind up seeing if I can find an aftermarket sapphire crystal in the future.

For me it was a no brainer since I have been hoping for a reissue of the W10 for years.

Accessories / Re: The (Less intimidating) Watch Thread
« on: August 30, 2019, 08:54:53 pm »
I dunno. It’s just not a collab that makes a lot of sense to me. They’re both super tough and purpose built, but so is my Vitamix...

Accessories / Re: The (Less intimidating) Watch Thread
« on: August 30, 2019, 07:09:35 pm »
I'm not sure I'd go for it. If you look at G-Shock "collabs", all they do is slap someone else's logo somewhere on the watch.
I wouldn't buy a watch because it has MORE branding.

Accessories / Re: The (Less intimidating) Watch Thread
« on: August 30, 2019, 02:17:36 pm »

Accessories / Re: Pocketknives/Kitchen Knives/Fixed Blades
« on: August 09, 2019, 04:07:17 pm »
I’m surprised. I thought that was outside your size range

The Resource Centre / Re: Random questions to which you seek an answer
« on: August 09, 2019, 09:20:28 am »
Yeah, I get it. Should work ok.

I keep one of these in my glovebox for when I get "Granddoug I want to go (insert random request from a 4 year old here)"


Been thinking of getting one of these for padding around Vegas/spelunking with the dogs. I have one of their chest packs and I'm pretty impressed with it's build quality


The Resource Centre / Re: Random questions to which you seek an answer
« on: August 08, 2019, 10:40:20 pm »
How heavy is your load going to be?

My main gripe about these packs is a single shoulder backpack starts to wear on that shoulder after awhile. A two shoulder can be a one shoulder or a two shoulder and you can change from right to left if one starts to get raw.

Accessories / Re: The (Less intimidating) Watch Thread
« on: August 04, 2019, 08:43:32 pm »
That's a sweet G-Shock. Been eyeballing it for awhile.

It's not stupidly heavy but it certainly weighs a lot more than it's resin counterparts.

Accessories / Re: Pocketknives/Kitchen Knives/Fixed Blades
« on: June 29, 2019, 03:50:55 pm »
Yeah, probably not.

Benchmade kind of screwed over Doug Ritter with the Rittergrip plus their recent drama has got me reticent on adding anymore to my collection.

A shame, the Bugout and Bailout look pretty nice.

Accessories / Re: Pocketknives/Kitchen Knives/Fixed Blades
« on: June 27, 2019, 12:11:05 pm »
Have you considered this?


I’d take that over the original

Accessories / Re: Guns.
« on: June 25, 2019, 06:49:37 pm »

Been using the Hill People Gear Runners Kit bag for a little while now. It's pretty comfortable, but now that summer is here you can definitely feel the extra layers of fabric sitting on your chest preventing ventilation. Still, it's the best way for me to carry for two legged threats while running. A little slower on the draw than my usual appendix carry though.
If I were concerned with four legged threats I'd open carry. I've heard too many stories from my friends that live in rural areas to slow down my draw.

The other thing I got a month ago and am completely in love with is my Dene Adams Phantom 360 belly band. I shoved an old appendix holster I wasn't using anymore because I found a new holster I prefer as well as a Blueforcegear double pistol mag pouch on a Raven Concealment Pocket Shield. Everything is held in the belly band with industrial velcro. I use this holster when I'm wearing pants with no belt, like gym shorts while walking the dogs. Its amazing.
My regular holster has been a Tenicor Velo for the last six or seven months, it's fantastic. Two extra mags carried on belt with a couple Snake Eater Tactical IWB pouches.
How has that Blackhawk holster been working for you?

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