Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Newbie Preps, pt. I Can't Recall

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.

In the continuing saga of gearing up Purple Pack Lady, here are a couple of updates on what's been happening. 

Vehicle Safety
In a post several months ago I mentioned buying The Club 3000 for both of her cars after losing a set of keys and having one car go missing overnight only to be found several blocks away in good shape. I thought it was a brilliant choice as the twin hooks make it very difficult to remove in a very short time.

As with most "Good Ideas", there needs to be agreement on the idea used to fix the problem. Both parties need to see the problem in the same light and then agree on the solution, and the user of my Great Idea isn't happy: "I don't like this, it's too heavy." At 4 lbs it's not that heavy (to me at least), but PPL is decidedly petite, so I think it's more a case of "awkward to use" and not "too heavy to lift" in her case. I think the issue is the overall size and how it mounts, and after 8-12 hours running an Assisted Living facility a travel pack of tissues may be heavy and awkward to handle. 

Lesson learned: Ask questions. Talk more. Listen. Buy slowly.

A Successful Addition
In a post just one week before the above, I discussed adding flashlights to Purple Pack Lady's cars. The Nitecore P12GT was much more successful and appreciated than The Club 3000. 

I attached Velcro to the carrying case and then to the driver's door pocket (please read the information in the post for specifications).
While this flashlight isn't the smallest or the brightest or have the best  combination of features, it fits what I need and has been accepted as useful; so useful that the one in my sling bag has been 'acquired' and now sits on a nightstand. "It's bright and I can turn it down for walking around at night." At this point I call it A Win.

Summer Excursions
If things settle down for both our jobs (ha!), there is camping in the future! Or at least car tripping to a campground. Hey, it's a start for an urban dweller that is bothered by the sight of generic fence lizards. 

I may even be able to use a paid reservation from three years ago if the rest of Northern California doesn't burn this summer.

Recap And Takeaway
  • Gear for someone else needs to fit not only their size but mindset. A really well designed piece of equipment that I liked certainly didn't fit my friend.
  • Nothing was purchased this week.
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NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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