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One of My Favorite Quotes...

“The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.”

Thursday, September 30, 2010

EDC Knife: Benchmade Mini Griptilian

This is what I've been EDC'ing (every day carry) the past few/many years and served me well during those times. It's the ever popular Benchmade Mini Griptilian in green/black. Since this is carried daily, you'll see some wear and tear in the photos of this awesome knife. I basically just pulled the knife out of the pocket and went to town with the camera sort of speak. I also decided to purchase a new knife to replace the Mini Griptilian and retire it for a job well done and wanted to get some pics of it to share.

EDC Knife: Benchmade Mini Griptilian

EDC Knife: Benchmade Mini Griptilian

Product description of the Benchmade Mini Griptilian from Amazon... "The Mini Griptilian features textured Handle Scales (which are very strong and very lightweight). Double 410 stainless liners add strength to the knife handle. The blade is 440C stainless (plain) with a black finish and ambidextrous round thumb-hole opener. The pocket clip can be reversed for right or left handed people. The AXIS lock system makes the knife easy to open and easy to close (it operates identically for right and left handers)." More photo of the Benchmade Mini Griptilian here...

EDC Knife: Benchmade Mini Griptilian

EDC Knife: Benchmade Mini Griptilian

EDC Knife: Benchmade Mini Griptilian

Let me tell you, this is probably my favorite knife that I have ever owned. I've owned my fair shared of blades, but this takes the cake. A relatively inexpensive knife compared to the others and it has never failed me. The action is so smooth and fast, due to the Benchmade's Axis locking mechanism. With a quick flick of the thumb, the blade just whips out. Essentially giving me no reason to look into autos of any sort. They're that fast. I just love it. As you can see, I prefer the straight edge over the combo edge. More photos of the Benchmade Mini Griptilian here...

EDC Knife: Benchmade Mini Griptilian

EDC Knife: Benchmade Mini Griptilian

I also chose the Mini Griptilian for it's size. With a blade a bit under 3 inches, it's not large enough to get unwanted attention. If you know what I mean. There's way too many people out there quick to yell and panic at the sight of a practical tool/knife. So, it's perfect for the casual user and perfect for EDC use. You really can't ask for more...

For more detail info on the awesome Benchmade Mini Griptilian, check out the following links for product info and other related items. You can also view more of my photos by clicking on the images above.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Don’t wait until everything is just right


"Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful."
— Mark Victor Hansen

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Surefire SC1 Battery Spares Carrier

These next set of photos are of the Surefire SC1 Battery Spares Carrier for CR123 lithium batteries that I have laying around. Dusted them off a bit and decided to take a couple flicks of them before putting them back where they belong, next to the other Surefire flashlights when I need a quick light. Some of the best lights that I own that's for sure...

Surefire SC1 Battery Spares Carrier and Lanyard

I have other CR123 battery holders or just battery cases in general and all of them are not nearly as tough as the Surefire SC1. What's makes this even better and worth the money is that it's watertight with the help of the o-ring seal. And let's not forget about the lanyard too. This is also one case I bring when I go outdoors like fishing and not have to worry about moisture getting to the batteries. Peace of mind I say. More photos here...

Surefire SC1 Battery Spares Carrier and Lanyard

Surefire SC1 Battery Spares Carrier and Lanyard

Surefire SC1 Battery Spares Carrier and Lanyard

Here's a product description of the Surefire SC1 Battery Spares Carrier... "For Executive Series flashlight lamps and P-series lamps with integral reflectors. This Impact-resistant, watertight polymer container provides storage for one spare lamp assembly and six 123A lithium batteries. The SC1 is a -must have item for prepared individuals. Batteries and lamp not included. *NOTE: Due to their smaller size, Executive Series lamps do not fit snugly in the SC1. SureFire recommends that Executive Series lamps be surrounded with a user-supplied buffering material, such as plastic foam or cotton, to achieve a snug, rattle-free fit." More photos here...

Surefire SC1 Battery Spares Carrier and Lanyard

Surefire SC1 Battery Spares Carrier and Lanyard

Besides the batteries, I also like to keep a spare bulb, like the Surefire P91 as you can see from the photos above. So it's the perfect carrier to carry extra lithium batteries and bulb when outdoors and in a pinch. The design just speaks for itself. So cool and tactical looking. HAHA!

Check out more photos by clicking on the images above. Here are some related products and more info on the Surefire SC1 Spares Carrier..

Joke of the day: Grandpa and the IRS

The IRS decides to audit Grandpa, and summons him to the IRS office.


The IRS auditor was not surprised when Grandpa showed up with his attorney.


The auditor said, 'Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no full-time employment, Which you explain by saying that you win money gambling. I'm not sure the IRS finds that believable.'


I'm a great gambler, and I can prove it,' says Grandpa. 'How about a demonstration?'


The auditor thinks for a moment and said, 'Okay. Go ahead.'


Grandpa says, 'I'll bet you a thousand dollars that I can bite my own eye.'


The auditor thinks a moment and says, 'It's a bet.'


Grandpa removes his glass eye and bites it. The auditor's jaw drops.


Grandpa says, 'Now, I'll bet you two thousand dollars that I can bite my other eye.'


Now the auditor can tell Grandpa isn't blind, so he takes the bet.


Grandpa removes his dentures and bites his good eye.


The stunned auditor now realizes he has wagered and lost three grand, with Grandpa's attorney as a witness. He starts to get nervous.


'Want to go double or nothing?' Grandpa asks 'I'll bet you six thousand dollars that I can stand on one side of your desk, and pee into that wastebasket on the other side, and never get a drop anywhere in between.'


The auditor, twice burned, is cautious now, but he looks carefully and decides there's no way this old guy could possibly manage that stunt, so he agrees again.


Grandpa stands beside the desk and unzips his pants, but although he strains mightily, he can't make the stream reach the wastebasket on the other side, so he pretty much urinates all over the auditor's desk.


The auditor leaps with joy, realizing that he has just turned a major loss into a huge win.


But Grandpa's own attorney moans and puts his head in his hands.


'Are you okay?' the auditor asks.


'Not really,' says the attorney. 'This morning, when Grandpa told me he'd been summoned for an audit, he bet me twenty-five thousand dollars that he could come in here and piss all over your desk and that you'd be happy about it!'

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Leatherman Wave Multi Tool/Knife

Every man/boy should own at least one multi tool. And if you don't and are looking, the Leatherman Wave is one I'd looked into. This multi tool is just awesome and smooth. Fortunately for me, this was given to me by my dad from his work. You can see that by looking at the blade. I have to say that this is the best pair I have owned and I owned a few. Many of the multi tools that I've owned didn't include a leather sheath. So, this holster/carrying case was a welcome surprise.

Leatherman Wave Multi Tool/Knife

Leatherman Wave Multi Tool/Knife

As mentioned, I've owned many multi tools in my short lifetime and some of them cheap. I won't get into naming them, but I vowed never to buy cheap tools again. Nothing pisses me off when a tool failing when you need it most. Luckily, I don't have to worry about that with the Leatherman Wave or Leatherman in general. They're just pretty darn good quality wise and haven't disappointed me yet. More photos here...

Leatherman Wave Multi Tool/Knife

Leatherman Wave Multi Tool/Knife

Leatherman Wave Multi Tool/Knife

It's about the same size and shape as most multi tools of this kind. I guess what sets them apart from the others is how smooth and easy it is when you open and pull out the specific tool needed. I haven't held all the multi tools out there, but I would say is that the weight feels just about right. The Leatherman Wave basically has all the standard/basic tools that may be needed for common issues. More photos here...

Leatherman Wave Multi Tool/Knife

Leatherman Wave Multi Tool/Knife

Here's a product description off of Amazon... "The Wave Multitool From Leatherman: Better than Ever. The most popular full-size Leatherman tool is now better than ever. Larger knives, stronger pliers, longer wire cutters and all-locking blades make the new Wave an essential piece of equipment for any job or adventure. The pliers have been redesigned to withstand more than double the previous squeezing load, and the new bronze bushing makes one-handed knife access a smooth operation -- plus, the one-at-a-time blade selection function means that the tool you want is the tool you get. The versatile Wave comes with a durable and attractive leather/nylon combination sheath." More photos here...

Leatherman Wave Multi Tool/Knife

Now the question is, is it worth it? I know it's somewhat costly and for some definitely out of your price range. It also doesn't help that I received the Leatherman Wave multi tool from my dad. If I never did get this from my dad, it would be a matter of time that I'd be buying this to add to the drawer of everyday tools. The others that I've owned just don't last long. So yes, it's worth it. It won't break down and it'll last you as long as you use it as it's intended to be used. Like, don't use it as a hammer. It'll be your only multi tool you'll need for a long time.

There are more detailed photos of my Leatherman Wave and sheath by clicking on any of the images above. If you're interested, you can check out the following links for more info and related products to ones like I'm showing.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Inspiration: Avoid destructive thinking

"Avoid destructive thinking. Improper negative thoughts sink people. A ship can sail around the world many, many times, but just let enough water get into the ship and it will sink. Just so with the human mind. Let enough negative thoughts or improper thoughts get into the human mind and the person sinks just like a ship." — Alfred Montapert

Friday, September 24, 2010

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

The Streamlight Twin-Task 2L used to be my emergence car flashlight. And it still is in one of the other cars. But this one has since been put to fishing duties and stored in one of my primary tackle bags. It replaced a 2AA Maglite that had a LED bulb, but the alkaline batteries don't do well in the heat in the bag and the changing temperatures of the garage when not in use. When that happens, the batteries leak. And that's the main reason for having the Streamlight there instead. The CR123 batteries are just awesome for emergency purposes.

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

As you can see, it's not that big. Not as long as a 2AA Maglite, but it is thicker. It also has a clicking switch/button near the head of the flashlight. Since it's a Twin-Task, it provides light via xenon and 3 LED bulbs. Click once, the xenon light comes on, which also happens to be focusable. Click it a second time, the xenon turns off and the 3 LED lights turn on. A third, back to xenon. For practical purposes, the LED's are much more useful as well as brighter. The LED is not a thrower, but one that floods. The xenon bulb doesn't provide much light. I prefer more. But maybe that's because I prefer Surefire incandescent lights instead. More photos here...

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

The first two images of the Streamlight Twin-Task 2L is how it looks stock and out of the package. Since it does fishing duties, I added some paracord and wrapped it around the body. The knurling around the light may be aggressive for some, but not for me. Surefire lights have a more aggressive knurling. When out fishing, with wet and slimy hands, it's not enough. The paracord provides just enough gripping surface. Plus you can always find uses for rope when out there catching the big one. It does have a lanyard, but it doesn't work well for me since I have big hands. More photos here...

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

The build quality of the Streamlight is pretty good. It can also take a decent amount of abuse. Not the same abuse a Surefire light can, but it's also a lot more inexpensive too. I just have to make sure I don't drop it the water. I don't think it's waterproof or even water-resistant. We'll see how well it does when it happens and I'll report back how it does. Here are some photos to compare it other lights with the same batteries. From top to bottom: Streamlight Scorpion, Streamlight Twin-Task 2L, Surefire E2E with an LED KL1 head. More photos here...

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

Well, it's no Surefire. But I'm not asking it to be. It's served me well when being used as an emergency car light and hopefully it will continue to serve me well for fishing duties. I don't see why it won't. It's perfect for general purposes and it's enough for most jobs out there. There might be other better lights available right now, but this light will continue to play a role in my household until it breaks down.

Click on any of the images to go directly to the photo gallery. Here are some related product links...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I will become what I know I am

"Look me in the eye, it’s okay if your scared, so am I. But we’re scared for different reasons. I’m scared of what I won’t become and you’re scared of what I could become. Look at me! I won’t let myself end where I started, I won’t let myself finish where I begun. I know what is within me, even if you can’t see it yet. Look me in the eyes, I have something more important than courage. I have patience, I will become what I know I am."
— Michael Jordan

Inova X1 LED Flashlight

Just like knives, I have a number of flashlights at my disposal. The Inova X1 LED (light emitting diode) flashlight that I have is one that I keep in the camera bag. It's small, light and uses AA batteries that are conveniently found at many stores. It's definitely not my brightest light, but it's plenty bright to use while digging through the backpack when the job calls for it. So, here are some pics of it.

Inova X1 LED Flashlight

The Inova X1 is not that large. It's about four inches and about the thickness of a marker. The flashlight design is very simple as well. It also has a lanyard, but I have no use for it as my hands have a hard time getting through them. If it wasn't for the lanyard, I can see the flashlight rolling away from me. It also has a momentary button located on the back of the light and with a twist, you can have the light constantly on or off. More pics here...

Inova X1 LED Flashlight

Inova X1 LED Flashlight

Here's a Amazon product review... "The X1 from Inova delivers the X Series uncompromising lighting performance, reliability and durability in a sleek design that's just 4 inches long by 0.72 inches in diameter, so it fits easily in pockets, briefcases, toolboxes and anywhere else.


This advanced, pocket-sized light projects a uniform circular beam up to 100 feet--and offers up to 1.5 mile signal visibility. Power regulating circuitry provides maximum, uniform light output brightness for up to 2 hours.


The crush-proof, water-resistant X1 is designed, engineered and manufactured to provide reliable operation in extreme environments. Activating the X1 sets into motion a finely engineered sequence of events, which culminate in a perfect circle of peak brilliance. Switch-to-piston pressure joins the supplied AA alkaline battery to an intelligent power regulator that steps up battery voltage for constant, maximized light emission up to 10 hours.


With its 65-foot effective range, 1.5 mile signal visibility, and operational range of -40 degrees to +50 degrees C, the X1 is a true power player for its class, size, and price." More pics here...

Inova X1 LED Flashlight

Here's a product description from Amazon... "Projects a constraint, non dimming, optically pure light up to 65'. Sleek barrel shape 3.9" long by .72" diameter. Patent pending three mode switch cap enables easy, one handed control for momentary and constant on/off light with no chance of accidental activation in transport. The cap's .156" diameter opening permits use of a parachute cord lanyard. Uses AA alkaline batteries. Maximized light emission up to 2 hours. A patent pending light chamber directs diode generated light to an anti reflective, double coated glass lens that concentrates this energy into a potent beam. One mile signal visibility and operational range of -40 to +50 C. Sealed, recessed lamp/lens assembly is encased in a stainless steel head. All critical mating surfaces are held to .0005" tolerance. Aircraft aluminum hardcoat anodized body. Waterproof construction." More pics here...

Inova X1 LED Flashlight

Inova X1 LED Flashlight

Click on any image to go directly to the Inova X1 LED product photos or click here. Here are some products related to the flashlight that you may find of interest.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2010 SD Chargers Schedule Magnets

First off, what a great and convincing win this past Sunday when the San Diego Chargers defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is how the team should of looked against the Kansas City Chiefs. Damn rain! But oh well... Before the game started and as we entered Qualcomm Stadium, we were given these promo 2010 San Diego Chargers Schedule Magnets. As you can see, the branding/design has been carried over from the ticket designs I posted a few weeks back. Here are some pics of them...

2010 San Diego Chargers Schedule Magnets

2010 San Diego Chargers Schedule Magnets

2010 San Diego Chargers Schedule Magnets

2010 San Diego Chargers Schedule Magnets

All I got to say, GO BOLTS!!! Lets do it again next week and the week after that. And the week after that and so on...

Joke of the day: Ferrari as Collateral

An Italian walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the loan officer. He tells the loan officer that he is going to Italy on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000.


The bank officer tells him that the bank will need some form of security for the loan, so the Italian hands over the keys to a new Ferrari.


The car is parked on the street in front of the bank. The Italian produces the title and everything checks out. The loan officer agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan.


The bank's president and its officers all enjoy a good laugh at the Italian for using a $250,000 Ferrari as collateral against a $5,000 loan. An employee of the bank then drives the Ferrari into the bank's underground garage and parks it there.


Two weeks later, the Italian returns, repays the $5,000 and the interest, which comes to $15.41. The loan officer says, "Sir, we are very happy to have had your business, and this Transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire.


What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000?"


The Italian replies: "Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return?"

Monday, September 20, 2010

Columbia River Knife and Tool K.I.S.S.

I've always been fascinated with knives, even when I was a small child. Even at a young age, I was given my own pocket knife to keep and use. As years past, the interest in knives never really manifested into a hobby. But that was until I was introduced my first quality knife as a gift. It was my idea of quality for the meantime before I really got into it. And this knife that started it all, the CRKT (Columbia River and Tool) K.I.S.S.

CRKT Columbia River Knife and Tool K.I.S.S.

CRKT Columbia River Knife and Tool K.I.S.S.

The CRKT K.I.S.S. is a 2.25 inch serrated folding knife is also a money clip. I personally never used it as a money clip in my day to day lifestyle, but did test it the first time I got it and work well enough. I just preferred to use a wallet for all things money related. The K.I.S.S. is sporting the tanto style blade and the back side of it is flat. More photos here...

CRKT Columbia River Knife and Tool K.I.S.S.

CRKT Columbia River Knife and Tool K.I.S.S.

Here is the product description taken off Amazon.com on the CRKT K.I.S.S... "The Columbia River Knife and Tool K.I.S.S. ComboEdge Stainless Steel Folding Knife strives to Keep it Super Simple.in The K.I.S.S. knife features a unique two-piece construction with an integral frame lock. A handy thumb-stud allows for one-handed operation, while the powerful frame lock snaps the blade in place for safe and effective use. The K.I.S.S. blade features a high carbon AUS6M stainless steel blade with a triple point serrated combo edge and Tanto-inspired flat backside. The handle is constructed of the same high carbon stainless steel for a clean, seamless aesthetic. The K.I.S.S. knife features a pocket clip, which can also double as a money clip, for easy storage and security." More photos here...

CRKT Columbia River Knife and Tool K.I.S.S.

CRKT Columbia River Knife and Tool K.I.S.S.

Keep in mind, this was my EDC (Every Day Carry) knife for over a year, many years ago and did get some use. I just recently took these flicks of it to share. So, it does have and show some wear that are visible in the photos. Maybe even a little bit of grime. After serving me for many months, it has been retired to a drawer in the desk and was replaced soon after with a Kershaw Leek. And even that has been retired many years ago.

Click on any of the images to go directly to my Columbia River and Tool K.I.S.S. photo gallery or click here. Just in case the CRKT blade does interest you, check out these links...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Inspiration: The only path to serenity

"Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity."
— Tao Te Ching

Thursday, September 16, 2010

San Diego Restaurant Week on September 19-24, 2010

It's that time of year again. What is it? Restaurant Week in San Diego of course! Here is what's on the flier, "Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in San Diego. Held twice annually, this beloved culinary tradition features more than 180 of San Diego's best restaurants offering fixed price, three-course meals for $20, $30 or $40. There are no tickets or passes required. Food lovers may simply dine out at as many participating restaurants as they like during San Diego Restaurant Week, to explore new dining opportunities or enjoy old favorites.". For more info, check out http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

San Diego Restaurant Week on September 19-24, 2010

Epson Promo Box Cutter Utility Knife

I got this Epson branded promotional give away box cutter a few years ago. They were giving these away when promoting one their awesome printers. Anyways, since I've been posting about other box cutters like the Superknife and Husky, I decided to dust this one off and shoot a couple flicks of it. So, here are some pics to satisfy you visually...

Epson Promo Box Cutter Utility Knife

Epson Promo Box Cutter Utility Knife

This looks very similar in size and shape to the Superknife as you can see below. I feel the Epson branded one is better in design/function. I ranted earlier in a post about the Superknife that I have doesn't have the ability to swap out blades without a tool. The Epson can and that's a big plus in my book. It also has a safety on it, but I don't find much use out it and I'm not saying it doesn't work, cause it does. More pics here...

Epson Promo Box Cutter Utility Knife

Epson Promo Box Cutter Utility Knife

Another thing I like about the design of the Epson is that the blade goes in much further into the body/handle than the Superknife. Not much of a big deal for some, but it's something I really find pleasing. More pics here...

Epson Promo Box Cutter Utility Knife

Epson Promo Box Cutter Utility Knife

Click on the images to find more photos of the Epson branded promo box cutter knife or click here. Here are some related products/links you may find of interest...

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