Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-31

  • [Reactuate] Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-24 http://bit.ly/5V0jiF #
  • Do other podcasters get long detailed – friendly – emails about the flaws in your podcast? #
  • New @zivity set surprised me and went public today. NSFW. Punk Fine Art http://bit.ly/5bVSLc #
  • Sniper Shoot between heart beats in 130 degrees: http://hulu.com/w/3nq4 #
  • Niece Does Pull http://su.pr/AhyntX #
  • How to Make Butter with Nothing but Cream and a Jar http://icio.us/5ogogs #
  • Man Houston models seem to have a lot of attitude right now. #
  • @sakidoll Surfing MM reading profiles. Sheess. in reply to sakidoll #
  • Just discovered I accidentally double paid my electric bill last month, so this months is $5. #
  • Niece Does Pull 2 http://su.pr/1PEUh1 #
  • Square Foot Gardening http://icio.us/4gsntx #
  • @sakidoll Never even heard of 2kmodels. Looks like a complete rip off of MM without the 250,000 users. OMP ain't what it used to be. in reply to sakidoll #
  • One of the iPad accessories is an SD card reader or USB cord so you can import images from your camera. Could be a studio device 4 me. #
  • Any word on the book format for iBooks? #iPad #
  • Whole debate is dumb, this video is awesome though. Nikon Girl http://su.pr/2IBCUw (Lyrics NSFW) #
  • @joshzytkiewicz Good, that's a format my favorite publisher – Baen.com – distributes their books in. in reply to joshzytkiewicz #
  • My MUA said she had 6 shoots scheduled this weekend and they are dropping like flies. I'm 2 of those and haven't got responses back from Mon #
  • Primadonna models. Arrg. #
  • Model came back with a one line response and still hasn't answered basic questions. Arrg. Is it too much trouble? #
  • Ep 34 – Model Joy Trimble http://su.pr/2egYVN #
  • Want to learn knots? http://icio.us/r0aabl #
  • Survival in Place course. http://su.pr/2AcugY #
  • Just wrote a model I was negotiating w/ and told her it wasn't going to work out. Crazy demands reminds us there are always other models. #
  • Looks like moving the job to Kingwood really isn't going to happen. ๐Ÿ™ #
  • Making bread takes for freaking ever! #
  • This looks like an interesting place to visit. http://su.pr/2IpLdk #
  • cold day hot tea #
  • Top 10 Reasons Why Geeks Make the Best Catch http://su.pr/4UpAMp (First few are kind of Ouch in their reasoning.) #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-24

  • If anyone cares, Here are the pictures the Mrs took of me during the race. http://bit.ly/6c90C2 #
  • [Reactuate] Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-17 http://bit.ly/4MWurt #
  • I am sore. #
  • When I crossed the starting line at the Houston Half Marathon they were playing Iron Maiden, "Run to the hills." #
  • Thinking about doing this for my next training event. Need a place to swim. http://icio.us/gjcsxs #
  • Trying to figure out how much a membership to the KW YMCA is, but it involves matrix math apparently. #
  • My First Half Marathon http://su.pr/A2L0Rh #
  • "The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by those who resist it." – John Hay, Castilian Days II, 1872 #
  • Pranks and Cons videos http://icio.us/wg2wag #
  • No man can be trusted to sit next to a minor on a crowded air plane. http://su.pr/9YASWE #
  • It is not a generator is it had batteries in it. May be backup power, but it ain't a generator. Home Depot I'm talking to you. #
  • I'm going to start a organization to end the vilianous portrayal of bald men. We are always the bag guy. #
  • My Stranded Bag http://su.pr/17GeLI #
  • Had a great time doing more interviews with Shawna and talking castles. #
  • [Reactuate] My Stranded Bag http://bit.ly/68r5OZ #
  • Everything I need to know I learned from D&D http://su.pr/21YPI0 #
  • Where do you buy one of these and what does it cost? Concrete Canvas Shelters http://su.pr/1DaiKn #
  • RT @bwebster: Alright, time to sift through http://bit.ly/8ng6Qc myself and buy some stuff. ( I just bought a unit conversion iphone app.) #
  • You know I don't like the term "Prepper" though I understand that there is too much baggage attached to "survivalist". #
  • Ep 33 – Photographer Andy Silvers http://su.pr/1MFwld #
  • Wow, America is exporting their own mental illnesses. http://bit.ly/5VuiC1 #
  • Possum Living http://su.pr/2Jsbs4 #
  • @SurvivalDave link is broken. in reply to SurvivalDave #
  • @marenkate Depends on what they comment. ๐Ÿ™‚ in reply to marenkate #
  • [Reactuate] Possum Living http://bit.ly/5R1VpS #
  • "You have a great camera and it makes good pictures". "And your mouth makes good comments." from what the duck. #

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My Stranded Bag

I’ve wanted to have a Bug Out Bag (B.O.B), aka a Get Out Of Dodge (G.O.O.D) bag for a while now. I’ve even posted about it before, but I never really did it. Today I put it in my truck for real.

One of the keys to getting it done was deciding what I wanted it to do. I’m not preparing for the end of the world as we know it even though I am reading SurvivalBlog.com’s book How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It and listening to his novel Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse. Actually one of the things I learned from reading those books is I’m probably better off hunkering down than try to walk somewhere unknown. Also learned this trying to evacuate for Rita.

What am I preparing for? Getting stranded.

There are two probable scenarios my bag is intended to help with. One is having my car break down and have to walk somewhere or stay with it. The other is getting stranded unexpectedly while traveling, for example on the day trip where I go to pick up or drop off my son in Austin. What if my truck broke down in some town in between and I had to stay overnight?

That clarifies a lot of stuff. So here is some of what I did, it is in the order I did things, not necessarily the order of importance. I had a list I’d been building in my head and Evernote. I realized when I woke up early I could get it done in just a few minutes if I just did it. I’d say it took 15 minutes tops to get things together and in the bag.

The Bag Itself.

It is a backpack that I used to use to carry my laptop back and forth to work. It is years old, but in great condition. When I bought it the guy who sold it to me at an outdoors store told me you could put a hose up to it and water would bearly trickle through. I don’t carry a laptop anymore, so it was just sitting on the floor of my office. I took out the laptop interior case and had a great back pack. I chose a backpack in case I have to walk somewhere with it.

A Complete Change of Clothes.

First question, what kind of clothes? Many preparedness people are focused on staying warm. Frankly in Houston that is rarely a problem (for instance it is 76 degrees in mid January), and if it is cold I will be wearing a coat, which is all I’ll need.

Which brings up another point I thought about. What will I already be carrying? There are some things I will almost assuredly be carrying, my gun (Springfield XD 45 Compact), my Leatherman Wave, and my flashlight. Also my truck already has a lightweight jacket for handling unexpected rain.

Back to clothes. I grabbed a pair of lightweight cargo pants from my closet. A change of socks and underwear, and a “used up” pair of running shoes. I run in a pair of shoes for about 300 miles, then they aren’t really good to run in, but they are still serviceable for walking and general wear. I had two pair sitting next to the door to be donated. Pulled a pair out and put them in the bottom of the bag with the socks stuffed in one and underwear stuffed in the other.

Then I went looking for a shirt. I was just going to throw in a T-shirt, but opened my running drawer and saw I had a bunch of “technical” running shirts. Which are made to keep you cool and dry in warm weather. So threw one of them in.

Food and Water

Clothes taken care of, my next thought was food and water. I grabbed a couple of South Beach Bars, each 180 balanced calories. They were good enough for my half marathon run, they would be good enough for sitting on the side of the road for a few hours.

I went out to our back up fridge to grab an unopened bottle of water and noticed I had a case of Gatorade G2. Gatorade has all the advantages of water and then some. It is made to help you not get dehydrated, so why carry just water? I ended up adding one of each. I put the water bottle inside and the Gatorade in a mesh bottle pocket on the outside. Didn’t want red Gatorade to leak all over my clothes if something went wrong. I might need water to clean a wound or something.

First Aid Kit

Speaking of wounds, the next thing on my list was a first aid kit. I remembered I had a little one in a red nylon bag. I found it and opened it to see what was in it. Turns out it was mostly a crushable cold pack, and that pack was broken and had leaked into the bag. All the bandages and medicines were discolored. So I ended up tossing everything in the bag and just keeping the bag. I’ll pack it from my home first aid kit when it dries from cleaning.

Ammo and Extra Mag

I also went to my range bag and pulled one of my loaded magazines for my XD. It is the long 13 round mag. I carry a 10 round shortened mag in the XD to make it more concealable. I also don’t carry an extra magazine on me because it’s bother to need ratio is too high for me. But having one in the truck is was botherless.

Knife

Even though I will probably be carrying my Leatherman, I wanted to put a knife in the bag. I went an found my old Kenshaw folder I used to carry and put it in.

Toiletries

Now I was adding smaller stuff and started thinking toiletries.

We have a huge stash of hotel supplied toiletries, so I grabbed a bar of soap and asked the Mrs about a toothbrush. She went and found a little kit from a airline gift. It included a toothbrush, toothpaste and comb. Dropped that in a pocket of the backpack. Strangely I didn’t drop one of the bazillion shampoos in there, need to do that.

Flashlight

I’m going to add another flashlight when I buy some more this weekend. I’ll post about my flashlight next week.

Money

Need to have some extra money in the bag as well, but I’m waiting till this weekend to do that.

Conclusion

The single most important thing I did was just do it. Even though it really isn’t finished, it is in my truck and if I get stranded on the side of the road tonight, I’ll be prepared.

My First Half Marathon

On Sunday I ran the 2010 Houston Half Marathon. 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes.

I am sore today.

My biggest fear was I was going to be cold waiting for the race to start. I walked the .4 miles to the starting line from the hotel and then crowded into the corral with lots of other people. So many people we kept each other warm. Well I was warm from about mid chest down because everyone was so much shorter than me. It was strange.

I didn’t remember to bring a hat or gloves. Borrowed a pair of gloves from the Mrs and it wasn’t that cold.

My wife managed to get to a couple of locations on the course and take pictures of me. It was great to see her when I did. I was able to give her her gloves back at mile 5.

It was amazing how much expensive gear was just discarded on the road. Gloves, hats, shirts. I saw a woman at mile 1 unzip a wicking jacket and just toss it on the ground.

There were so many spectators and it was great to have people cheering you on. Made the whole race seem shorter, not the distance, but the time. Our names were on our bibs and when someone would yell out your name and encouragement it was awesome. Always made me smile and look at them.

The race was well run. My only complaint was that by the time I got to the first two water stops, there was no Gatorade. So I only had water for the first 5 miles, but that wasn’t a big deal. There was water.

What did I learn for next time?

Bring a hat and gloves, though I got along fine without them.

Could have used more calories. I carried a South Beach bar, and ate half about mile 5 and a quarter around 7. By nine I was hoping for gatorade because I wanted the calories. My wife gave me a donut at mile 11, and some people had passed out orange slices at a couple of places on the route.

I need to lose about 20 lbs. I’ve been on the see-food diet for the last month and gained back about 10 lbs I’d lost. If I lost 20, I think I would have been 30 minutes faster.

Will I do it again? Probably, it was just too much fun. Maybe the full distance, but the Mrs said she’d do the half next year, so I’d run with her if she does.

I’m going to take a few days off and then start training for a triathlon in May.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-17

  • Exploring a Theme http://su.pr/19fWoH #
  • Do feedburner numbers make any sense? They change by the hundreds every day. #
  • Pull Image One Hope Hoffman http://su.pr/2ZTpOX #
  • Accidentally flashed the new girl at work & she said, "That's something you don't see in Seattle." …Of course I'm talking about my pistol. #
  • @masonworld Pinup models don't have to conceal anything. ๐Ÿ™‚ in reply to masonworld #
  • Sometimes my email contains the strangest things. #
  • Podcast page has new ranking for most popular episodes. @cyantist #1 @pgshooter #3 @roxyvandiver #8 @floofie #10 http://su.pr/8WmPol #
  • Wonder what it looks like when Shawna and I review images on the back of the camera? Check out the podcast page. http://su.pr/8WmPol #
  • If someone with your same name contacted you and wanted to interview about your name, in person, for a film, would you say yes? #
  • Google Me, a movie about a guy you meets 6 people with his same name he found on Google. Really good. http://su.pr/4C2mvI #
  • This animation is creepy! http://su.pr/4w8rTd #
  • Currently reading 'How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It.' by James Wesley Rawles http://bit.ly/73Jltt #
  • Setting a timer via Dish Network's website on my DVR is WAY easier that the device itself. #
  • Pull Image Two Hope Hoffman http://su.pr/2jHnTu #
  • http://icio.us/rp0c2r #
  • LifeSavers Muffin Top Commercial http://su.pr/2JF4JE (What is like to be a nice guys sometimes.) #
  • 1 thing I like about my boss he just said the last line of our new lease was a deal breaker."Carrying of firearms on premises is forbidden." #
  • Just wrote and submitted an article to the SurvivalBlog.com article contest. #
  • Ep 32 – Model Melissa Mazza http://su.pr/2fJ9zi #
  • @masonworld Right now I'm really digging Coda from Panic software. Of course it is Mac only. http://bit.ly/17zDjM in reply to masonworld #
  • Couldn't figure out how to get Houston Marathon live updates channeled to FB and Twitter. But the mrs and I will be get text msgs. #
  • Bout time for the birthday festivities to start. #
  • Massage finished and this is my big gift. http://twitpic.com/y45v8. Now off to CPK for dinner. #
  • RT good inspirational video on Frank Kern's blog http://masscontrolsite.com/blog #
  • Want to buy a used missile silo? http://icio.us/lu53pm #
  • "Public displays of religiosity work just as well as feigning psychosis. " The Privacy of Smoke http://su.pr/1br5Yr #
  • "Public displays of religiosity work just as well as feigning psychosis. " The Privacy of Smoke http://su.pr/1br5Yr #
  • @Model_Melissa Wow, Melissa. Texans last week and Southerners today. I wonder why we think Yankees are rude? in reply to Model_Melissa #
  • @Model_Melissa That makes it sense. in reply to Model_Melissa #
  • Tonight Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex presents Jordan Fuchs Company in Thicket and Strange Planet http://bit.ly/4Ejksq #
  • At Barnevelder wait for performance to open. #
  • Now sitting in the round. http://twitpic.com/y9jgw phone going off. #
  • Comment on the performance. "end" is not a good safe word #
  • Waiting on a model. Then getting gas. Checking into magnolia hotel and walking to flying saucer for dinner. #
  • Awake. Getting ready to run Houston half marathon. #
  • I am totally unprepared. Forgot hat sunglasses and bag to check stuff. #
  • http://twitpic.com/yhp71 in my corral. #
  • Corral moving forward. #
  • Cannon just went off. http://twitpic.com/yhrkf #
  • Just passed Davis HS. 2.5 miles. #
  • 5 miles. #
  • Over half. http://twitpic.com/yi45t #
  • Peeing at the turn around made me me feel so much better. So many supporters on the course. It is like running a parade. #
  • First real pain mile 12. #
  • Injesting protein then sleep. #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-10

  • [Reactuate] Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-03 http://bit.ly/6DN1Ce #
  • I think I have a case of the Mondays. Now I'm going to have to kick my own ass. #
  • How To Not Seem Creepy When Communicating With Models http://su.pr/2lfaKC #
  • Still time to be part of The Photography Instructor Mastermind http://su.pr/2Q9dXK #photogs #photography #photo #
  • FYI, new shirt never washed with embrodery on it can cause you to be searching for bandaids for the runners use. #
  • Podcast Hosts Shawna Rencher And Ron Davis http://su.pr/2OMVlX #
  • Actually making progress today. Feels good. #
  • Just found out how much Flex I need to file. And got a bunch of suggestions on where to mine that money. #
  • Just bought tickets to the Jordan Fuchs dance performance Jan 15. http://bit.ly/4nOddq #
  • Great new comments on this post How To Not Seem Creepy When Communicating With Models http://bit.ly/7QosEx #
  • Ep 31 – Photographer Garry King http://su.pr/3crLB5 #
  • I am so cold and my thermometer on my desk says it is 70 degrees. What's up with that? #
  • Shawna Rencher Is a Bad Ass http://su.pr/2nxzL4 #
  • "The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything." – Friedrich Nietzsche #
  • 10 stars without makeup and without retouching BUT the use of classic in-camera tricks to hide aging and blemishes. http://su.pr/9GqCnk #
  • Another new avatar, this time very photographer-ie. #
  • From O. Mag: "Polygamous men live nine years longer than the average human life span." Via Style's FB page http://su.pr/4vaZ3s #
  • Shawna – Two Themes Together http://su.pr/5bxp5n #
  • Just schedule pre marathon massage and chiro appointments for next week. 9 Days till Houston Half marathon. Hope it warms up some. #
  • Looking at a list of regions of Texas and they are things like "Western East" "Eastern East" "Southwestern West". What? #
  • It is SO cold outside and in. #
  • Uploaded a new set for Zivity and added a few images to my iPhone Portfolio. #
  • @christinebpc So is that open to any Houston photog? Or do you have be a wedding & portrait type? in reply to christinebpc #
  • Back from a great shoot doing Pull and Dark Shower with a beautiful, tiny model. #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-03

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