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Old 04-17-2016, 02:01 PM   #15
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Finger nail clippers are necessary for men. I have carried finger nail clippers in my pants pocket for fifty years, or more. I can actually wear them out.

At age 65, Doug still had and used well worn nail clippers monogrammed with his initials...a Christmas gift to him from a co-worker at the movie theatre where ushered in high school.

Real men carry nail clippers, and pocket knives.


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Old 04-17-2016, 03:47 PM   #16
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Finger nail clippers are necessary for men. I have carried finger nail clippers in my pants pocket for fifty years, or more. I can actually wear them out.



At age 65, Doug still had and used well worn nail clippers monogrammed with his initials...a Christmas gift to him from a co-worker at the movie theatre where ushered in high school.



Real men carry nail clippers, and pocket knives.





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Old 04-17-2016, 04:09 PM   #17
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:50 PM   #18
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Nope, real men carry a rather large MacGyver-style swiss army knife (made by Wenger, not Victornoix) that contains all the tools they may need, including the corkscrew, tweezers, scissors, and oh yeah, at least one dull knife blade.

My kids were amazed when I used that knife to repair a failed Volvo alternator on the road on a Sunday. The repair lasted for the three months it took to find someone to rebuild the unique to that car alternator.

(There are no dangerous weapons, only dangerous people). Even the TSA respected that knife, as it was well-worn from daily carry.


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Oh well. When I travelled with my bicycle my load was placed on a scale before being shoved into the panniers. The pocket knife was light and I usually broke a nail before the first camp so the stuff was useful. I guess I could upgrade to a bigger contraption now that I camp from an Airstream but I really don't care much anymore about acquiring new stuff to cart around. I'm used to all my old junk. Jim
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Used to the old junk is a really good phrase. I have camping gear and tools over 50 years old that I won't part with. Never went bike camping, but a lot of backpacking as a Scout leader before I got old and got bad knees as a bonus...all three of our boys made Eagle. 😄


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I believe I counted up 18 pocket knives of varying sizes, going thru his things after Doug died.

He often carried two, but always the tiniest Swiss Army knife, with a scissor and a plastic toothpick.

I kept that one for myself.


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Used to the old junk is a really good phrase. I have camping gear and tools over 50 years old that I won't part with. Never went bike camping, but a lot of backpacking as a Scout leader before I got old and got bad knees as a bonus...all three of our boys made Eagle. 😄


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You know, it says something about a man's character, keeping and treasuring old things, is my opinion.

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I recall in 1958 as an 8 year old in the Canal Zone... hiking presented some unique needs.

One was plenty of band aides as the grasses had edges that were very sharp.

Another was a 24"+ machete to cut your way down a path, as the lower canopy grew 24 hours a day... and I grew more slowly. You literally had to whack your way through the jungle on an established path. Then the howling monkeys would drive one, more insane, than I am at present.

It worked great for coconuts, as well, where the Boy Scout knife needed to pry the 'coconut eyes' out to drink, but the machete offered the sweet white meat inside for those lucky owners, now considered bad for your health.

Today if an eight year old was seen with a machete strapped onto their waste... the 911 calls would jam up the system.

I know the pocket knife would be an instant expulsion. Finger nail clippers... I guess depends. The Boy Scout pocket knife was the first real achievement when growing up and carried in your front pocket. Some, taking liberty with theirs, would play a 'game' where the knife would be thrown, stick in the ground and the other contestant had to stretch their foot to it. Who ever could not stretch to the next spot... lost. I, of course, would never fall for such nonsense.

I preferred the Machete... fresh from the jungles of Panama.

What does this have to do with tents or trailers? No more than what brand of toilet paper do you use when camping on other Threads. Sometimes it is best to make decisions yourself and the mistakes make you an independent adult who can amuse children and confuse adults.

Added: Using my right arm whacking anything that stood in my way did give me a great benefit. Playing Little League baseball at 11 gave me the pitching arm for the fast ball, great for a short stop to first base throws and at the plate pulling the ball far out into left field. Can you top that?
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