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This chart was some one’s attempt in 2011 I DONT KNOW WHO to catagorize and label poopers by their usage of certain poopisms.


The following pic is my old friend MSTradock’s reinterpretation of the pic with all the bugs ironed out


How many of these poopers do YOU know or remember? None I bet.

Drunk Turtles Part 2 (hell XD)

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Mikey stuck his tongue out….then he smirked when she turned away…then pinched her ass.

Millie looked under the table “alright june bug come on out of there,” what a dork and a light weight too.

About role-playing

It’s okay to not role-play with OC’s

It’s okay to role-play with OC’s

It’s okay to make OOC posts

It’s okay to take a break every once in a while

It’s okay to be lazy

It’s okay to drop threads

It’s okay to start new threads, even if you’re owing someone something

It’s not okay to make someone feel shitty about what they do, what their preferences are, or how long they take to reply.

It’s their hobby, their style, and their rules. Not yours.

Vehicle Every Day Carry Items (VEDC)

July 13, 2011 By Creek 28 Comments

This is a guest post by JJ Johnson (JJSERE1). JJ is a former USAF Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Instructor and currently runs his own survival blog which can be seen here: http://www.realitysurvival.com.  He also has a YouTube Channel with several survival/self-reliance related videos which can be found here: http://www.YouTube.Com/user/RealitySurvival

Most people in America spend the majority of their time split between three places:  their home, their place of work and in their vehicle.  Numerous excellent articles have been written on what emergency gear and supplies to keep in your home and to a lesser extent at your workplace.  A lot of good material has also been written on Bug Out Bags (BOB) and Every Day Carry (EDC) items as well.  This post will focus on items related to vehicles and what items to keep in them with two primary areas of concern.  First, Vehicle Every Day Carry (VEDC) items. Second, items for your Get Home Bag (GHB).

Most of us rely on our vehicles on a daily basis and would probably also need to rely on them in an emergency situation.  In any emergency or survival situation that does not involve the destruction or mandatory evacuation of your home, your first priority should probably be to get home.  Of course that is assuming you don’t need immediate medical attention.  Home isn’t only where you hang your hat, it’s also where all your stuff is.  Stuff or resources are the key to making it through tough times happy and healthy. So, with that in mind all of the items on this list are geared towards getting you home.

Here is a list (and some of their possible uses, if its not self explanatory) of all of the items I recommend keeping in a vehicle all the time. In no particular order of importance.

  • Jumper cables
  • Two tow straps – Vehicle extraction.
  • Small bag of easy light charcoal – fire starter / signal fire.
  • 5 road flares – Emergency distress signal, fire starter.
  • Come along – Vehicle extraction.
  • Bobby Stick / Club – Self Defense, fire starter.
  • First aid kit – Medical, Fire starter.
  • 12 Volt Air Compressor – Refill a flat tire, Light, Signal.
  • Extra fuses – Vehicle repair.
  • Siphon pump – To transfer gasoline from one vehicle or gas can to your vehicle.
  • Hat
  • 2 – 40 ft sections of old climbing rope – Vehicle extraction, emergency repelling to assist another, etc.
  • 2 – carabineers, a figure eight and enough rope for an emergency swiss seat.  
  • Extra batteries – For GPS, Spotlight, etc.
  • Bottle of Excedrin – Medical, Energy boost.
  • Binoculars – For locating nearest civilization (if you travel in rural areas).
  • Gloves – Personal protection.
  • Extra 550 – Multi Use, Fire, Shelter, Improvising, etc.
  • Seat Belt Extractor /Cutter – To cut jammed or locked seat belts after an accident.
  • Cell phone charger
  • 120 Volt to 12 Volt Inverter – For powering a laptop or other potential communication device.
  • LED Spotlight – Distress signal, warn oncoming traffic of your presence at night, work light for vehicle repair.
  • Mag Lite – Distress signal, warn oncoming traffic of your presence at night, work light for vehicle repair, self defense.
  • Tire Repair Kit
  • Valve stem tool and spare valve stem cores
  • Roll of black tape – Multiple Use, vehicle electrical system repair, improvising.
  • Roll of duct tape – Multiple Use, temporarily stopping leaky hoses, improvising.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Sun tan lotion – For long walks in sunny or desert environments, fire starter.
  • Insect repellent
  • Ice Scraper – Snow removal, improvised digging device, self defense.
  • 2 Gallon Gas Can – With Gas.
  • One gallon premixed water and antifreeze (Note: Don’t ever use anything that has contained antifreeze as a drinking water container.  Also don’t attempt to drink any fluid that contains antifreeze, even if its been boiled.  Antifreeze is poisonous.)
  • Entrenching tool (E-Tool) – Not seen in this picture, because I think it was left in a prairie dog field on my last trip to West Nebraska.
  • Tool Kit – Includes: Basic Socket which has Phillips and straight, metric and standard 3/8 sockets and wrenches, ¼  inch multi-bit driver, variety of ¼ bits, hex wrenches, needle nose pliers, adjustable wrench, spark plug sockets, wire cutters, 3/8 drive flex universal adapter, 6 inch extension, 3 inch extension and 3/8 ratchet.  Also added is a small hack saw, 2 pair of vise grip locking pliers, standard and metric deep well sockets, a leather man, a bigger adjustable wrench, a roll of electric wire, a roll of utility wire, a standard pair of pliers, a 2 pound hammer, another ratchet and a bag to carry it all.

Also not pictured here, that should be added for older vehicles is a few quarts of oil, and transmission fluid, an extra serpentine or V-belt(s) for your specific vehicle and any unique tools that are required to change it.  During fall and winter an extra sleeping bag or wool blanket would also be prudent.  If you drive a newer vehicle (within ten years old or so) that is well maintained, the likely hood of needing the spare oil and belts or hoses is pretty low as long as you keep up on your vehicle’s preventative maintenance.

 

GET HOME BAG

I also recommend keeping a Get Home Bag (GHB) in your vehicle in case it breaks down beyond repair, gets stuck in a ditch or for whatever reason you just have to leave the vehicle and go on foot. 

This bag is smaller and lighter than a full 72 hour bag (BOB). I guess it’s more like a 24 hour bag.

 Its purpose is to contain just the items that may be needed to get home on foot, even if it’s a long hike.  Again in no particular order, here is a list of what I recommend for a Get Home Bag.

  • Small backpack
  • Emergency credit card – With at least a $3000.00 credit limit.
  • Prepaid calling card – With 60 minutes or so of time on it.
  • $100 cash – Pay for a ride, buy spare parts or food, water, etc.
  • Bright colored poncho – shelter from rain, signaling.
  • Old broke in tennis shoes – Better for long walks than dress shoes, boots, or high heels.
  • Thick wool socks – Change of socks so feet stay dry and avoid blisters.
  • Umbrella
  • 4 Bottles of Water
  • Emergency Water Filter Straw – Can be used with empty water bottles to re-stock on fresh water for the long walk.
  • 4 granola bars
  • Collapsible baton – Self Defense (Note: Check your local laws to ensure these are legal for carry).
  • Small handgun and ammo and holster (Note: Ensure you carry in accordance with local & state laws, be licensed if required.)
  • Combat field bandage – Medical, Fire Starter.
  • Triangle bandage / kravat – Multi use, medical, water filter (not purifier), dust filter for face, etc.
  • Toilet paper
  • Candle – Fire starter, Signal, Night travel (cut the bottom off of a water bottle and stick the candle through it to shield from the wind).
  • 6ft x 8 ft Tarp – Shelter, ground tarp for working on vehicle.
  • Cigarette Lighter
  • Magnesium Fire Starter / Fire Steel
  • Pitch Wood Club – Fire starter, Self Defense
  • Compass / Signal Mirror – Navigation, directional day time signaling (A couple flashes in a drivers eyes will get their attention – just don’t hold it on them as it could cause an accident).
  • Led flashlight – For night time travel and vehicle repair.
  • Emergency road flare – Emergency distress signal, fire starter.
  • Folding saw – Collecting fuel for an overnight fire if needed, removing debris from a road, etc.
  • Fixed blade knife – Multi use.
  • Handheld CB – Signaling and Communication
  • Handheld FRS / GMRS Radios – Signaling and Communication
  • Notepad and pens/pencil – Leaving directions, destination and contact information.
  • Road map – Finding ways around obstacles or detours.
  • Handheld GPS – Waypoints to home and friends houses or rally points preloaded.
  • Shemagh – Head cover, scarf, dust filter, water filter, Wet down put on neck to avoid overheating, etc.
  • White  cotton towel – Waving it at passing cars is an emergency distress signal, to clean up with after repairing vehicle
  • Wool stocking cap
  • 6 hand/foot warmers
  • Gloves

All of the gear fits nicely in a small backpack and it all weighs only about 22 lbs. But once you put on the tennis shoes, socks and drink the water, the weight drops a few pounds.  A little heavier than most will be used to carrying on long walks, but it isn’t over whelming and will give you plenty of resources to deal with a wide variety of situations.

While all of the items have multiple uses, the cash, prepaid calling card and emergency credit card are in all likelihood the most useful in most real world emergencies.  If you had a long walk the extra socks and tennis shoes would also come in very handy, especially if you have to wear nice dress clothes to work.  High heels or dress shoes aren’t fun on long walks. Well, I’m not personally aware of the comfort level of high heels, but my wife tells me they aren’t great…

So it may seem like a lot of gear all in all.  But when you start exploiting all of the hiding places in vehicles you would be surprised what you can hide away for safe keeping until it’s needed. Here are a few pics of what it looks like in the truck.

As you can see it all tucks away quite nicely and the only thing that is taking up any floor space or foot room is the GHB.

For my own vehicle a few additional items I would like to have, but haven’t purchased yet are a portable battery booster/jump starter and a high lift jack. I also plan to add two 4 foot 2x10s with 1/4 “ grooves cut across them every couple of inches and painted with traction paint on  both sides.  Boards fashioned in that manner will go a long way in vehicle extraction and negotiating rough or rocky terrain.  

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What items that aren’t listed do you carry in your vehicle that could be useful in getting you back home?

This is a guest post by JJ Johnson (JJSERE1). JJ is a former USAF Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Instructor and currently runs his own survival blog which can be seen here: http://www.realitysurvival.com.  He also has a YouTube Channel with several survival/self-reliance related videos which can be found here: http://www.YouTube.Com/user/RealitySurvival

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