Looking at my 2017 EDC (every day carry / extended daily carry) and retooling things for 2018 has been kind of frustrating. I have plenty of bags and I’m thinking of getting another… I’m kind of a bag junkie… but I want to both increase my prep level while letting go of a lot of the items I know I didn’t use last year or that can come out. I put together a list at Amazon so people can see the kind of things that I normally carry (or will be carrying) as an “off body” EDC.
One of the items I’m considering changing up is my writing platform. Moleskine is not usually far from my pocket or car but there are other options.
Field Notes – A trusted Chicago brand of notebook since 2007. They have a wide assortment of different sizes and lined / unlined / and dotted ruled note books. The price is right too are about 10 bucks for a pack of 3. There is a cult following behind the Field Notes brand and users are typically loyal to the core.
Rite in the Rain – A brand I learned about when I started Geo Caching and they’ve been around since 1916. You can literally write on these pages when they’re wet and they have the same form factor as a Field Notes but they’re a little more expensive at 7 or eight bucks each. The wife has one and I have their pen.
Field Book – I’m not super familiar with Field book by Elan. Elan is chiefly an educational supply manufacturer with many of their products geared towards teachers. Their Field line is aimed specifically at surveyors. These pocket note books are around 10 bucks for a set of four and, like Write in the Rain, they’re water resistant. I have read, though, that sharpies tend to smear if not fully dry. They might actually be too indestructible for my purposes.
I would be interested to hear what anyone has to say about any of these three options. I plan to try each out and see what fits. They’re all about the same size and shape and I think these are the perfect dimensions for a carry around notebook. I will more than likely do a review when I have them so keep an eye out for that.
Here we have two pictures. The one on the left came from a sub Reddit called Accidental Renaissance and the one on the right is a famous photo of athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the 1968 Olympics.
On the right, we have children who, for good or ill, have been indoctrinated at an early age to feel a certain way about the national anthem. They’ve been told… something. They’ve observed…. something. On the left we have two thoughtful young men making a statement about human rights and solidarity which would later be taken as a show of “Black Power”.
While we might look back on Tommie and John with admiration, we should look at these kids, and this is just my opinion, with pity. While the athletes believed something and were simply showing the solidarity and a connectedness we should all feel, these kids don’t feel that or embody it. Too many times have we seen protests by people who don’t know what they’re even protesting. What did the parents say? “Don’t pledge allegiance to a corrupt and crumbling system that longs to be changed but instead defiantly raise a closed fist, the fist that will one day clutch that system and crush it” or was it more like, “Damn the government. I think I’ll piss on it” or maybe it was more simple than even that.
Do I agree with the pledge in schools? Not really. I don’t think children should have to participate in school prayer or any show of patriotism and I think they both amount to the same thing…. empty gestures. Your relationship with God and your love of country are two things that shouldn’t be questioned in school or in public under any circumstance. But I would ask that children not participating in either be respectful of those who would and that’s what this boils down to.
I agree with the football players who take a knee but I know, understand, and agree with why they’re doing it. I understand it has to do with police violence and not that they’re just crapping on the flag or disrespecting this country. These men, and Tommie and John too are patriots. These children are parrots and the parents should be ashamed.