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Knives and Multi-tools • Re: Zero Tolerance

September 24, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

Good knives. They have a variety of styles, are well built, and have a good reputation. I would agree they worth the money if it “fits” well and you appreciate the design and materials, and have extra cash sitting around. Price will vary based on the steal and handle materials that are used but they would not be a budget knife. I’d say mid range price wise for a manufactured knife. I’ve found them to be very comfortable in the hand. It is a popular knife among the men I know and their booth at Blade Show is usually packed with people trying to handle the knives. For me (female) the folders are difficult to pocket carry due to my smaller pockets. I do have a couple of ZT fixed blades I strap on from time to time when I’m out in the woods. A bit heavy for a longer hike so I don’t carry these as often. No disappointments in performance.

Statistics: Posted by Floridaclipper — Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:37 am


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Knives and Multi-tools • Re: Zero Tolerance

September 24, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

Good knives. They have a variety of styles, are well built, and have a good reputation. I would agree they worth the money if it “fits” well and you appreciate the design and materials, and have extra cash sitting around. Price will vary based on the steal and handle materials that are used but they would not be a budget knife. I’d say mid range price wise for a manufactured knife. I’ve found them to be very comfortable in the hand. It is a popular knife among the men I know and their booth at Blade Show is usually packed with people trying to handle the knives. For me (female) the folders are difficult to pocket carry due to my smaller pockets. I do have a couple of ZT fixed blades I strap on from time to time when I’m out in the woods. A bit heavy for a longer hike so I don’t carry these as often. No disappointments in performance.

Statistics: Posted by Floridaclipper — Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:37 am


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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Harvey – Irma Survivers/ Preppers

September 17, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

Another survivor still in survival mode in north central FL

Locally gas was tough to come by a couple of days before the storm. Non ethanol was the first to go. The traffic getting out of the area was terrible. If one didn’t allow days they would be stuck on the road in the parking lot of death. Many cars couldn’t make it due to the lack of fuel. They ended up in shelters. The shelves were cleared in the stores. Many were complaining that the stores and gas stations should have been better prepared. I held my tongue. I rode it out at home. I’m 30 miles inland from the west coast. I didn’t get out of work until 11:30 PM on Saturday night so leaving wasn’t really an option. I did have safe options to ride it out so I wasn’t too worried.

I did all the usual prep securing outdoor items, staging items I would need for the expected power outage, double checking the generator etc. I did multiple loads of laundry, cleaned the house, and all the other things that are more difficult to do without power/water. All phone service land line and cell went out early in the day. As I was watching the the storm crawl up the west coast and turn inland pointing in my direction the power went out. It’s still out. From there I stayed informed through HAM radio. I did manage to get a few hours sleep. I rode it out solo just me and my kitties so I didn’t have anyone to trade off with to keep watch. The next morning it was loosing steam. I managed to make it out and do a damage assessment for myself and the neighborhood to report in. Nothing too serious in my neighborhood, We were lucky. When I went to report in I was unable to make contact using my base, mobile, or HT. Turns out the repeater suffered some damage. Fortunately I knew the other frequencies that were being monitored.

After the storm the generator was working for everything but the well. I had the power line replaced a couple months ago and they forgot to tie it in to the transfer panel. The past 2 days he’s promised to come out and fix that. No worries. I have plenty stored and it rained yesterday so I actually have more water stored now than when the storm started. I used up almost everything in the refrigerator before the storm. It will not hold temp for any length of time without power. The freezers however are just fine. My biggest challenge is getting the yard clean. My yard equipment is electric (I have trouble getting the gas ones started). I’ve been dragging everything to the curb. When the power comes back I can take care of the twigs and leaves. I did as much raking as I could but I tore my hands up even with gloves. With the heat and humidity it wasn’t surprising to see an infection starting. Medihoney took care of that. I do a little at a time to avoid heat exhaustion. I passed out earlier this summer from it. Being solo I have to be more careful.

Yesterday fuel was readily available. The shelves in the stores are still thin. Comments such as “did they forget to place an order” could be heard. I did cheat today and went to a salon to get my hair washed. I have church tomorrow and it’s a special occasion. I had planned a trip to a church in Hollywood but Irma changed my plans. The power company says power will be restored by midnight Sunday. I’m good with my set up for quite a while if they miss their deadline. I use oil lamps for light or a camp light called Seige by streamlight. It will light up a room and is easy on batteries. O2 Cool is my fan of choice. The generator come in at night to prevent it from getting stolen. There are bright spots of people helping each other but there is a lot of complaining as well. So far no security issues in my area.

Going forward Gas powered tools would have been helpful, heavier gloves, more gas cans, and possible supplies for any repairs are the only things I can think of to add. More lights and fans would be a nice convenience. When moving things from place to place things would get out of place/misplaced. I need to reinforce the garage door.

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Natural Disasters • Re: Atlantic (Hurricane Irma)

September 12, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

I made it as well. SW Marion county.

Lost the landine – no problem still had cell and internet
Lost power about 11:40PM on sun – no problem had other ways to keep myself entertained, cook, etc
Lost use of the well due to power outage – no problem, stored water and generator to refill if needed
Lost cell and internet -no problem I’m a HAM and had back up power for my stations.
Lost the repeater – It was damaged in the storm. I found another and ran on simplex
No gas to be found – no problem yet had storage
Lost very few items in the refrigerator the freezers are just fine.
No damage to the house
The yard…big problem. I have a lot of trees and almost 2 acres. Some of the limbs that came down were slammed into the ground inches deep. I’m not strong enough to pull them out. Some are wrapped around the flag pole and other items. I return to work today. It’s going to take days to a week for me to clean this mess up. Nothing I could have really prepped for. The trees were thinned, the ones closest to the house removed but clean up is what it is.

Some of the roads and neighborhoods are flooded. Most traffic lights are out. Many accidents as people do not remember it becomes a 4 way stop. I return to work today and will be taking back roads to avoid that situation as much as possible.

My break is over. Time to get back out into the yard

Statistics: Posted by Floridaclipper — Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:34 am


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Natural Disasters • Re: Atlantic (Hurricane Irma)

September 12, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

I made it as well. SW Marion county.

Lost the landine – no problem still had cell and internet
Lost power about 11:40PM on sun – no problem had other ways to keep myself entertained, cook, etc
Lost use of the well due to power outage – no problem, stored water and generator to refill if needed
Lost cell and internet -no problem I’m a HAM and had back up power for my stations.
Lost the repeater – It was damaged in the storm. I found another and ran on simplex
No gas to be found – no problem yet had storage
Lost very few items in the refrigerator the freezers are just fine.
No damage to the house
The yard…big problem. I have a lot of trees and almost 2 acres. Some of the limbs that came down were slammed into the ground inches deep. I’m not strong enough to pull them out. Some are wrapped around the flag pole and other items. I return to work today. It’s going to take days to a week for me to clean this mess up. Nothing I could have really prepped for. The trees were thinned, the ones closest to the house removed but clean up is what it is.

Some of the roads and neighborhoods are flooded. Most traffic lights are out. Many accidents as people do not remember it becomes a 4 way stop. I return to work today and will be taking back roads to avoid that situation as much as possible.

My break is over. Time to get back out into the yard

Statistics: Posted by Floridaclipper — Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:34 am


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Natural Disasters • Re: Atlantic (Hurricane Irma)

September 11, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

Well I haven’t blown away yet & I still have power for the moment. Oddly the land line is not working. The strongest winds should be here about 3-5 am but the guests are starting now. This is where things start to get scary. I’m tired but don’t have a buddy to trade time watching conditions. The storm is producing a lot of tornadoes. Only one touched down. There are a lot of power outages and the storm has only really just started arriving. Some of the shelters are running on back up power. The lift stations here do not have power and there is a risk of things backing up :'( Fortunately I learned my lesson a while back and I’m on well and septic. 911 is receiving a lot of calls for power outages. Yup. Lights out call 911 ;)

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Natural Disasters • Re: Atlantic (Hurricane Irma)

September 10, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

There will always be contenders for the Darwin awards. I saw a video yesterday of someone in key west trying to take a selfie in front of the ocean. He was washed away. He did survive.

I made contact with a HAM in Ft Myers about 3 this morning. The waves were at 31 ft at that point. Yikes! They are expecting the full impact of the storm in that area. I’m farther north in central fl about 30 miles inland. Mandatory evacuations for mobile and modular homes. Going into work it appeared compliance was an issue. In my area we are expecting significant impact. Winds of 110 mph and flooding from a river. I’m far from the river and not expecting flooding. I am expecting a lot of tree damage but I have removed all the ones close to the house over the years. We’ll be on the right side of the storm so hopefully I won’t have to deal with a tornado. My employer thinks we may be able to reopen for business Monday afternoon :) I’m thinking I’m not going to make it in. There’s no way they will have the roads cleared etc by then. Travel is usually very restricted after these types of events. So long as the house is not damaged (I do not expect issues) I’ll be fine but it sure is not pleasant waiting these storms out.

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Natural Disasters • Re: Atlantic (Hurricane Irma)

September 9, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

I have heard great things about how Disney cared for their guests. A popular radio host gave Disney a lot of praise after another storm. I haven’t heard what their plans are for the guests that are already there. Disney is just over an hour south of me. I’m staying put for this one. Some storms I stay and some I go. Each situation is unique. Employers don’t make it easy. By the time they close it’s too late to get out of the area especially with an event this large. I’ll be working until after midnight and then commuting home. It shouldn’t be an issue getting home but I’d rather have the extra time to finish getting set up and rest. I won’t get much sleep during the storm. I’m riding it out solo so I can’t switch off watch duty to someone else.

Currently traffic is an issue. They did open up a shoulder lane to help with traffic flow but contraflow traffic has not been initiated. They still need the hwys to rush supplies south into the area. The window to get out is about at it’s limit at this point. Gas is difficult to come by. I saw one station that was packed with people waiting for gas to be delivered. Cars are being towed off the hwy then the people will need to decide what to do next if they can’t find fuel. Hotels are not an option. They are all booked. I’ve met a lot of tired people, some in tears,most of them without a plan. The shelves are empty of staples unless you are there when the delivery arrives. People are complaining about the lack of bath tissue and bread. Many of the businesses and restaurants will close at some point today. Hopefully the people in hotels thought to pack food. Of note the Orlando Diocese has given the option to the individual churches to decide if they will say Mass this weekend. My church will be closed. The Bishop dispensed the obligation to attend Mass so it will not be a sin. I still plan to go for a few minutes and pray today and tomorrow.

It won’t be pleasant. In my area the worst will be 58 mph winds with gusts up to 109. My hurricane shutters are good to 150 mph and I do not expect flooding in my area. As the storm moves closer the mandatory evacuation orders are issued progressively to the north.The last I heard was that my area has a mandatory evacuation for mobile homes.

Here’s the scale of what type of damage one can expect at the different wind speeds.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshws.php

I hope we will not see loss of life in FL but unfortunately there will be. Some are remaining in areas where there is no question that they should leave.

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Natural Disasters • Re: Atlantic (Hurricane Irma)

September 9, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

I have heard great things about how Disney cared for their guests. A popular radio host gave Disney a lot of praise after another storm. I haven’t heard what their plans are for the guests that are already there. Disney is just over an hour south of me. I’m staying put for this one. Some storms I stay and some I go. Each situation is unique. Employers don’t make it easy. By the time they close it’s too late to get out of the area especially with an event this large. I’ll be working until after midnight and then commuting home. It shouldn’t be an issue getting home but I’d rather have the extra time to finish getting set up and rest. I won’t get much sleep during the storm. I’m riding it out solo so I can’t switch off watch duty to someone else.

Currently traffic is an issue. They did open up a shoulder lane to help with traffic flow but contraflow traffic has not been initiated. They still need the hwys to rush supplies south into the area. The window to get out is about at it’s limit at this point. Gas is difficult to come by. I saw one station that was packed with people waiting for gas to be delivered. Cars are being towed off the hwy then the people will need to decide what to do next if they can’t find fuel. Hotels are not an option. They are all booked. I’ve met a lot of tired people, some in tears,most of them without a plan. The shelves are empty of staples unless you are there when the delivery arrives. People are complaining about the lack of bath tissue and bread. Many of the businesses and restaurants will close at some point today. Hopefully the people in hotels thought to pack food. Of note the Orlando Diocese has given the option to the individual churches to decide if they will say Mass this weekend. My church will be closed. The Bishop dispensed the obligation to attend Mass so it will not be a sin. I still plan to go for a few minutes and pray today and tomorrow.

It won’t be pleasant. In my area the worst will be 58 mph winds with gusts up to 109. My hurricane shutters are good to 150 mph and I do not expect flooding in my area. As the storm moves closer the mandatory evacuation orders are issued progressively to the north.The last I heard was that my area has a mandatory evacuation for mobile homes.

Here’s the scale of what type of damage one can expect at the different wind speeds.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshws.php

I hope we will not see loss of life in FL but unfortunately there will be. Some are remaining in areas where there is no question that they should leave.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Irma

September 7, 2017 Floridaclipper 0
Stahlrosen wrote:
Just saw the latest projection running it up the center of FL :(

Of course. That’s where I’m at ;) North Central FL. Gas, bleach and other supplies are hard to find. Many who haven’t prepared are struggling to think outside the box to get what they need. Case and point fill your own water bottles. Doom and Gloom is everywhere in the media. People are starting to show their nature. Some of the gas stations have police officers there to keep the peace and keep the traffic organized. The lines are long. I keep the tank topped off due to a long work commute. So far I’ve been lucky. In other places it’s neighbor helping neighbor. I’m planning to ride it out. I’m expecting tropical force winds to 120 mph depending on where she turns. Best case is she goes up the east coast and out to sea keeping the upper right quadrant offshore. Worst case is in the gulf and crossing over the state. Either way I’ll have all the main tasks complete by tomorrow and then turning to comfort items. I have to give the Orlando paper some props. With all the scary reporting one columnist did something helpful She posted an article eat well during a hurricane and included recipes. Good tasting food can really brighten one’s spirits.

Hope you all stay safe.

Statistics: Posted by Floridaclipper — Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:04 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Irma

September 7, 2017 Floridaclipper 0
Stahlrosen wrote:
Just saw the latest projection running it up the center of FL :(

Of course. That’s where I’m at ;) North Central FL. Gas, bleach and other supplies are hard to find. Many who haven’t prepared are struggling to think outside the box to get what they need. Case and point fill your own water bottles. Doom and Gloom is everywhere in the media. People are starting to show their nature. Some of the gas stations have police officers there to keep the peace and keep the traffic organized. The lines are long. I keep the tank topped off due to a long work commute. So far I’ve been lucky. In other places it’s neighbor helping neighbor. I’m planning to ride it out. I’m expecting tropical force winds to 120 mph depending on where she turns. Best case is she goes up the east coast and out to sea keeping the upper right quadrant offshore. Worst case is in the gulf and crossing over the state. Either way I’ll have all the main tasks complete by tomorrow and then turning to comfort items. I have to give the Orlando paper some props. With all the scary reporting one columnist did something helpful She posted an article eat well during a hurricane and included recipes. Good tasting food can really brighten one’s spirits.

Hope you all stay safe.

Statistics: Posted by Floridaclipper — Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:04 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Irma

September 7, 2017 Floridaclipper 0
Stahlrosen wrote:
Just saw the latest projection running it up the center of FL :(

Of course. That’s where I’m at ;) North Central FL. Gas, bleach and other supplies are hard to find. Many who haven’t prepared are struggling to think outside the box to get what they need. Case and point fill your own water bottles. Doom and Gloom is everywhere in the media. People are starting to show their nature. Some of the gas stations have police officers there to keep the peace and keep the traffic organized. The lines are long. I keep the tank topped off due to a long work commute. So far I’ve been lucky. In other places it’s neighbor helping neighbor. I’m planning to ride it out. I’m expecting tropical force winds to 120 mph depending on where she turns. Best case is she goes up the east coast and out to sea keeping the upper right quadrant offshore. Worst case is in the gulf and crossing over the state. Either way I’ll have all the main tasks complete by tomorrow and then turning to comfort items. I have to give the Orlando paper some props. With all the scary reporting one columnist did something helpful She posted an article eat well during a hurricane and included recipes. Good tasting food can really brighten one’s spirits.

Hope you all stay safe.

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Prayer Requests • Re: Update on Rebnavy

September 2, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light. MATTHEW 11:28-30

Healer of souls and comforter of the weary, help to lighten the burden of families who are caring for their sick loved ones. Accompany them on their journey and ease their anxiety and fears. Surround them with the love and strength of others, so they may experience the healing presence of the communion of saints. We ask this through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes and in the name of your Son, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. AMEN.

Statistics: Posted by Floridaclipper — Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:02 pm


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Prayer Requests • Re: Update on Rebnavy

September 1, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

Blessed Mary, as mother to Jesus, you lived
the special calling of being His caregiver.
There were times when you didn’t understand, but
you gave understanding.
There were times when you were weary
but you never failed to keep giving.
There were times when sorrow pierced you,
but the other’s pain was more important to you.
You never ceased to give love, care and comfort
even when it seemed that you had no more to give.
Please bless all caregivers in our world with
the special grace they need to carry out their work –
in Jesus’ name.

Amen

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Prayer Requests • Re: Update on Rebnavy

September 1, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

Blessed Mary, as mother to Jesus, you lived
the special calling of being His caregiver.
There were times when you didn’t understand, but
you gave understanding.
There were times when you were weary
but you never failed to keep giving.
There were times when sorrow pierced you,
but the other’s pain was more important to you.
You never ceased to give love, care and comfort
even when it seemed that you had no more to give.
Please bless all caregivers in our world with
the special grace they need to carry out their work –
in Jesus’ name.

Amen

Statistics: Posted by Floridaclipper — Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:47 pm


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Prayer Requests • Re: Update on Rebnavy

August 31, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

Father, look upon those who are ill and their caretakers in the midst of illness and pain may they be united to Christ, who heals body and soul; may they know the consolation promised to those who suffer and be fully restored to health through Christ our Lord. Amen

Statistics: Posted by Floridaclipper — Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:15 am


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Prayer Requests • Re: Update on Rebnavy

August 31, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

Father, look upon those who are ill and their caretakers in the midst of illness and pain may they be united to Christ, who heals body and soul; may they know the consolation promised to those who suffer and be fully restored to health through Christ our Lord. Amen

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Natural Disasters • Re: Gulf Coast Hurricane

August 29, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

I admit I do not watch the news as closely however I did catch somethings ie the storm was huge, gaining strength, expected to linger and produce alot of rain. That’s enough for me to get out of town in that area. While the local recommendation was to stay in place I can’t help but remember a trip I took there in 2015. Due to a serious medical issue we drove through the night from FL for a multitude of appointments at a major hospital there. We arrived about 5pm just as the rain was starting. In the morning the city was under water. Getting to the hospital was a significant challenge as the roads were flooded and there were multiple road closures. The hospital was understaffed and overwhelmed as the staff (who knew the roads) couldn’t get there. We were well taken care of and pushed ahead as we had a very tight schedule of appointments but I observed the experience of others and that was scary. The news was reporting flood related deaths. Harvey was expected to be much worse. I get that the officials were recommending not evacuating but that just wouldn’t have made sense to me based on that experience to stay. We left the following morning and had a great deal of difficulty getting out of town. Not being critical of anyone who chose to stay we each make our decisions based on available information and our personal responsibilities are different for each of us. It is a lesson though to not blindly trust what the officials tell us is in our best interest.

Keeping those impacted by the storm in my prayers.

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Natural Disasters • Re: Gulf Coast Hurricane

August 29, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

I admit I do not watch the news as closely however I did catch somethings ie the storm was huge, gaining strength, expected to linger and produce alot of rain. That’s enough for me to get out of town in that area. While the local recommendation was to stay in place I can’t help but remember a trip I took there in 2015. Due to a serious medical issue we drove through the night from FL for a multitude of appointments at a major hospital there. We arrived about 5pm just as the rain was starting. In the morning the city was under water. Getting to the hospital was a significant challenge as the roads were flooded and there were multiple road closures. The hospital was understaffed and overwhelmed as the staff (who knew the roads) couldn’t get there. We were well taken care of and pushed ahead as we had a very tight schedule of appointments but I observed the experience of others and that was scary. The news was reporting flood related deaths. Harvey was expected to be much worse. I get that the officials were recommending not evacuating but that just wouldn’t have made sense to me based on that experience to stay. We left the following morning and had a great deal of difficulty getting out of town. Not being critical of anyone who chose to stay we each make our decisions based on available information and our personal responsibilities are different for each of us. It is a lesson though to not blindly trust what the officials tell us is in our best interest.

Keeping those impacted by the storm in my prayers.

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Prayer Requests • Re: Update on Rebnavy

August 29, 2017 Floridaclipper 0

I’m so sorry to here this news. I’ve enjoyed his posts here.

May the comfort of Blessed Virgin Mary be with him and his family. Saying the Marion Rosary now and the Divine Mercy Chaplet today at 3 PM for their intentions.

Jesus I Trust in You

Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.

Think, O God, of our friend who is ill,
whom we now commend to Your compassionate regard.
Comfort him upon his sickbed, and ease his suffering.
We beg for deliverance,
and submit that no healing is too hard for the Lord, if it be His will.
We therefore pray that You bless our friend with Your loving care,
renew his strength, and heal what ails him in Your loving name.

Amen.

Statistics: Posted by Floridaclipper — Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:55 am