Thursday, August 18, 2011

Yeah...why not...

Maybe I should start writing on this blog every day or every other day...and actually do it. I'm so sick of all the rest of the shit going on in the world, might as well write about music and some related shit. Do something I am really good at - being a smartass.

"Well now you're here, there's no way back..."

It must be a sign of the coming Apocalypse. There is going to be a movie about Quiet Riot. Aaaahhhhhh...The Summer of 1983. Holy shit, in some ways it seems like yesterday and in eternity...or like someone told me a story about it and I never lived it.

I remember in October 1983, seeing Iron Maiden at The Baltimore Civic Center - with special guest - Quiet Riot. What a blast that was. I had the Metal Health album signed in the Summer of '83 at a record store, too. Yeah, FUCKING VINYL, an ALBUM. I'm OLD. 8-)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Monday, March 07, 2011

Yeah...I'm back...

So, I'm back. I figured I would post things on this blog that don't quite fit on the other blog. This one is supposed to be funny and about things that I like or find interesting that are not "survival" related.

Things like BLACK SABBATH!

I don't give a shit what anyone says, Black Sabbath, best hard rock band ever, period. Best rock and roll band? Well, certainly in the top five or perhaps the top three. They are certainly my favorite rock and roll band of all time.

So, this is what this blog is about. Current, trivial events about Charlie Sheen or Mel Gibson continuing to fuck their life up by killing the geese that lay golden eggs and playing guitar and other shit like that.

Charlie Sheen, hey man...wait a minute, not Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen!!!

One point eight million dollars per week for your show "Two and a Half Men."


You are a funny sumbitch! I can't believe you trashed THAT paycheck.

CHARLIE! What the fuck were you thinking? Have you invested well? I mean, how are you going to continue with the conga line of porking porn queens if you are not bringing in the big bucks from the show?

I am beginning to see a disturbing pattern in Hollywood...

Anyway, I have to be honest, I like Charlie Sheen. I like Mel Gibson, too. I mean, shit, I like them because they are who they are. Some people don't like them for that very reason.

Tony Iommi: Slagging Ozzy and...

Funny stuff...

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Glen & Gary & Glen & Ross

This is like a bad day at my job...

The Definitive Winnebago Man - Jack Rebney

One of the funniest YouTube videos ever uploaded. Sometimes Jack Rebney reminds me of my Dad, sometimes he reminds me of myself. Sometimes what blasts out of his mouth is so pear-shaped, you wonder what the hell is going on. 8-)


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hey, Mel, take it easy...

After a week of off and on reading about the latest Pro - Gold-digging propaganda, I'm just as confused as ever.

Full disclosure - I am a fan of Mel Gibson. Unless he does something incredibly terrible, I will remain a Mel Gibson fan. I'm sorry, but cussing out someone who has obviously pushed his buttons, as she remains calm on the phone, does not rise to the level of "I must hate Mel Gibson."

I'm sorry, he's just a guy that acts great and he makes great movies, sometimes excellent movies. But he is a man and no man is perfect.

Everyone is crying for this woman, don't you know that she pushed, pulled, poked and prodded to get this result? Why feel sorry for her? She deliberately provoked him and recorded him to attain more money in the form of child support. So, in other words, she believes she is going to be PAID, a salary in reality, for listening to the tirade(s).

Do you really believe this woman loved him and can sit there and listen to that and not break down and cry? If she ever cared about him, she would be devastated but she is clearly not and she is very calm, cool and collected. She is in it for the money.

How could any thinking person feel sorry for her? No one knows what words were spoken between the two of them before the recordings but I am thinking she was pushing his buttons like I'm typing on this keyboard right now. And she was doing a good job of it.

The concept that this guy just called her up, panting and in a rage, out of the blue, is utter rubbish. She provoked him to the point of rage and then hung up the phone, prepared the device and waited. Predictably, and sadly, he fell to temptation and called her back.

I sincerely hope that she loses custody of the child and then serves the maximum prison sentence for every single time she illegally recorded him.

She's a penis flytrap and she needs to get punished for using the legal system for personal gain, if nothing else.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Seven Months!

Well, seven is a lucky number...I guess...for some people. I have to re-fire this blog up. I started another one but now I feel the need to keep this one going for my fiery Rock and Roll and other commentaries!

Without it becoming, "Tony Iommi, all the time."

Instead of starting my website a long time ago, I should have just started a Black Sabbath website and made some money off of all of the CDs that could have been sold off of Google ads on it. 8-)

I likes me some Sabbath.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Response to The Washington Post Review of The Road

This is my entire comment on her review of The Road.

"'The Road' finally resembles little more than a highfalutin' zombie movie with literary pretensions."


"At its best, "The Road" offers a profound portrait of parental devotion and a child's instinctive love of mercy and justice and gratitude, but McCarthy's fatal sense of cruelty and hyperbole make the trip a bummer."

You're describing what makes it realistic. Even our world right now, at times, has a "fatal sense of cruelty." Any rational and logical person would expect that to be magnified by tens of thousands of times in a situation like the book and movie depicts. Of course it's a "bummer." It's the end of the world as we know it. It doesn't have a clean, crisp ending with a new beginning as you see in something like Roland Emmerich's Trifecta of Non-Depressing Doom; "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow" and "2012." The "happy ending" in McCarthy's "Road" is simply the fact that although the boy's father died, the boy will live on, hopefully.

You seem to be lamenting the fact that the movie didn't have this wonderful ending with blue skies and warm weather and a kiosk that sells iPods, iPhones and laptops. Here is to a realistic "disaster" movie, The New McCarthyism, it lacks the sturm und drang of Herr Emmerich but retains the flicker of humanity while showing the dregs of same.

The Road - Excellent Movie...

I went to see The Road yesterday. It is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I was expecting a horrible nightmare of a film, I really was. It was delayed at least three times, I stopped counting, and I figured the whole project was in deep trouble.

For those that could not make it through the book because they didn't care for McCarthy's writing style, the movie is the book come to life yet it's so different because it is a will probably like the movie where you didn't like the book.

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Long and Winding...ROAD...

Oh...are they ever going to release this movie? Just checked because I have not seen the trailer on TV and it was supposed to be about October 16. I went to the OFFICIAL website and it had at the top of the page October 16, 2009 but it wouldn't load so I refreshed the page and that changed to November 25.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Just the lyrics from a wonderful song...

"Have no fear in your heart...
though you feel you've been broken and lost...
there's a place where we will meet up again...
there's a place that mends your hurt and takes you in...
there are times faced alone...
when you find all the holes in yourself...
you don't have to walk the night on your own...
I will say a prayer for you to lead you on...
I will say a prayer for you when you have gone..."
- Bird York

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Patrick Swayze

Dead at the age of 57. 57 is a magic number, cancer won its battle with my Dad when he was 57 as well.

Rest easy.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The Long...and...Winding...ROAD...

It looks like THE ROAD is going to be out on October 16.

Let's just hope they don't try to turn the book into some type of screwy Chuck Norris movie.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Buddha on The Road...

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." - Buddha

I am a big believer in nothing nowadays...or so it seems. If I told you what I really believed, you might think I finally went over the edge. Rest easy, it's not that bad. It's not that bad...for one thing, I'm not going to tell you what I really believe! I guess the fear of being ostracized is a sanity-check all its own, innit?

Perhaps in my self-imposed religious agnosticism and political atheism I will finally achieve the epitome of pessimism. Know this: I care not about this world or much of anything in it except my family and friends. I don't care about tomorrow and I don't care about yesterday. All I care about is today. Yesterday's face is one of sadness and Tomorrow's is one of fear and apprehension. You can take your "Global Warming" fears and the rest of your (true) paranoia and soft terror and shove it up your lower vent, I don't need it. Here is Wisdom, Let him who hath understanding reckon The Two Names of The Beast - capitalism and communism. It's all smoke and mirrors to get you and I in the same place - slavery.

Rest easy in your chains tonight.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Road...less traveled...

I have been waiting since last Fall for "The Road." I finally purchased the book last week and finished the book yesterday.

I can't figure out why Blogger has removed Jay's old "World of Tomorrow" blog but I feel as though I should, once again, simply delete this one because you just never know when you are going to violate someone's silly fucking Terms of Service for not sucking the theoretical penis of whatever wants to promote.

I remember back last Fall that people were complaining on talk radio that blogger was suspending blogs or removing their blogs because they didn't support a certain candidate who ended up winning. Can you believe that happy crappy? 8-)

Welcome to the free medium, I'm amazed they are not charging for this shit. Anyone remember all of the old free online photo accounts? They all went to charging people once they had a ton of shit on their website and it was, "Pay us or it's all gone, have a nice day." Sort of what this will eventually turn into but they have never made the software really good enough or reliably enough to actually have the balls to charge for it.

There are a few free photo sites still around, I guess sooner or later they will follow those that came before them and start charging. You would think with all of the POP-UP TRASH those fuckers have that it could remain free forever! You would think America Online would be free as well...considering the amount of shit they have flapping all over the place as soon as you sign on.

Anyway, that's the thought as of late, waiting for "The Road" to come out in the movies and thinking about deleting this thing again and just focusing on the website I have.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving Spirit

I arrived home from work this morning,
as I usually do,
the sky was gray with the occasional blue,
I watched as a deputy exited his car as the snowflakes flew...

Sometimes I am reminded,
in the form of a hammer blow,
that man is the stinkiest of creatures,
at times...the lowest of the low...

Pause for a if you can,
it is six days from Thanksgiving,
a month from peace on Earth,
good will man to man,
and cast a thought out for someone,
who comes home later today to nothing,
and is expected to just go on living.

Me? I pay my rent because I'm not that unlucky yet,
I am a good tenant, I'm not supposed to care,
yet I know luck can fade and fate is hardly fair,
I watch strangers pick through personal belongings...
I just stand and stare...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bloody Hell!

Ahhhh...Glen Campbell!

"Sunflower, good morning,
you sure do make it like a sunny day,
Sunflower, fair warning,
I'm gonna love you if you come my way..."

SCRRRREEEEEEEEEECCCCCHHHHHHH!!!! (Needle raked across record violently...)

Now for a dose of reality:

"I’m travelin’ down the road,
I’m flirtin’ with disaster,
I’ve got the pedal to the floor,
my life is running faster,
I’m out of money, I’m out of hope,
it looks like self destruction,
well how much more can we take,
with all of this corruption?

Been flirtin’ with disaster,
Y’all know what I mean,
and the way we run our lives,
it makes no sense to me,
I don’t know about yourself or,
what you want to be - yeah.
When we gamble with our time,
we choose our destiny."
~ Molly Hatchet, "Flirting with Disaster"

Now, a drum rool for THE MAN...

"The odds of you being killed by a terrorist are practically zero. So I say relax and enjoy the show. You have to be a realist, you have to be realistic about terrorism. Certain groups of people, certain groups, Muslim fundamentalists, Christian fundamentalists, Jewish fundamentalists and, just plain guys from MONTANA...are going to continue to make life in this country very interesting for a long, long time. That's the reality. Angry men in combat fatigues talking to God on the two-way radio, muttering incoherent slogans about freedom are eventually going to provide us with a great deal of entertainment...especially after your stupid fucking economy collapses." George Carlin, "You are all diseased" 1998

This country is in deep, deep trouble and it doesn't really matter who won or lost because there was no man for this season.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Road: Go see it when it comes out...

Click on the title of this posting to go read about the movie. They don't know when this thing is coming out. It was supposed to be around the end of November and now they're hinting at December which probably means some time in 2009.

Viggo Mortenson has played Lucifer in "The Prophecy," he resurrected Kowalski from the old 1971 movie "Vanishing Point" in a remake by the same name. He has played a self-reformed Irish Gangster in, "History of Violence" and a Russian Gangster (no spoliers!) in, "Eastern Promises."

"The Road" is probably going to be something to remember...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New Cover for Guitar World

Click on the title "New Cover for Guitar World" up above to see who is on it. 8-)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Zombie Squirrel! Forest of The Dead...

IF YOU ARE EASILY DISTURBED OR OFFENDED, DON'T READ WHAT FOLLOWS OR LOOK AT THE PICTURES! I am posting this in such a way that you are warned so you don't have a right to complain and claim some type of offense at this...









So, I'm on the phone with Ken yesterday and my Son runs down the hallway to inform me that a squirrel is eating a bird. My Son, ever the practical joker, I think, "Yeah right...squirrel eating a bird." I don't even remember what I said to him...

I look out the back window and, to my absolute amazement, there is a common gray squirrel eating a bird! I grab tha camera and I shot a rather crappy picture of this zombified squirrel, who shall from this day forward be referred to as "George" for "George Romero," then I went outside and shot a few more pics of the CARNAGE OF THE LIVING DEAD.

Just a note, this is not a prank, this is 100% true. I have never heard of anything like this. My Wife has never heard of anything like this. Ken, who has actually raised a couple of squirrels and like myself, has watched and enjoyed squirrels for years...has never heard of this type of behavior from Gray Squirrels.

The photos are graphic, so, don't complain.

Zombie Squirrel 2: The Aftermath...

These are the really bad pictures.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Happy Birthday!

And, you know it's your birfday, don't you? You want me to sing you a song Kenneth?

Oh happy birfday to you,
the sky is so blue,
with dead leaves all blowing,
some dirt flies too... 8-)

Monday, October 20, 2008

The DVD Player this weekend?

I tried to make it through the latest Indiana Jones movie and I just couldn't. A neighbor let me borrow it for the weekend and I just couldn't get into it. It comes as no surprise to me, I never really "got into" the whole Indiana Jones thing from years past.

So, I fell back to a good, old creepy movie filled with chilly Octoberness.


This movie is the Black Sabbath of horror movies, errah, if you ignore the fact that Black Sabbath took their name from a Boris Karloff horror movie titled "Black Sabbath."

What's in the CD Player?

Well, this weekend it was back-to-back listening of Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Sabotage." Looking out the window at the Octoberness of it all, leaves swirling around in eddies of chilly air.

Who am I kidding? Black Sabbath is basically a staple of my listening tastes... I like classic rock, or heavy metal, whatever you want to call it. Sometimes just psychedelic rock...

I can usually be found listening to The Doors, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and more modern hard rock like Metallica.

Black Sabbath's fifth album, "Sabbath Bloody Sabath" has a rather haunting album cover, the back of the album being a family mourning a dying relative and the front of the album showing, perhaps, what is going on in the other realm... Interesting, eh?

"Sabotage" is much more subdued by comparison. Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward's red tights...egad...

Both "Sabotage" and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" are far more artsy in nature than the First Four Black Sabbath Albums. They still have the heavy edge of earlier Black Sabbath offerings, but also have the rather eerie keyboards that you would find in more subdued music. Rick Wakeman, Keyboardist for the band Yes, was brought in for "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", for example.

Interesting music, to say the least. Contrary to the critics and some people who shall remain unnamed, they remain one of the most popular bands in the history of modern music. 8-)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Black Sabbath and Tony Iommi

Where did the term "Heavy Metal" come from? Most people point to the lyrics of the 1968 Steppenwolf song, "Born to be wild."

Specifically, this line:

"I like smoke and lightning...heavy metal thunder..."

Ultimately, who knows!

More importantly, who cares? Even if the term came from the Steppenwolf song, I know who hammered the nails into the coffin and sealed the fate of the music world inside of it...that "hard rock" or "heavy metal" would endure basically forever, much to the ire of music critics who were in love with Led Zeppelin but looked down their nose at the likes of Black Sabbath.

In the early days of Hard Rock there was a concept of Heavy and Light, the band names "Iron Butterfly" and "Led Zeppelin" instantly spring to mind as examples. On the first two Black Sabbath Albums, there was a whole lot of "Iron" and "Led," but very, very little "Butterfly" and "Zeppelin." No, it was, as one reviewer in a guitar magazine I once read, "Sturm und Drang." (Not to be confused with the Finnish metal band "Sturm und Drang" which probably took their name from that article on Black Sabbath.)

The man with the hammer in his hand, that would influence so many other people in the years to come was none other than Black Sabbath's Guitarist, Tony Iommi. Along with Bassist Terence "Geezer" Butler and Drummer Bill Ward, both of which had a hand full of nails in their hand in their own right - they changed "Hard Rock" forever. Ozzy Osbourne, Vocalist as everyone knows, also played a large part in securing the whole Heavy Metal concept and he, possibly more than anyone else up to that time, defined what a "Front Man" was going to be in years to come. He also played Harmonica better than Jim Morrison. 8-)

Mr. Iommi has been called, "The Godfather of Heavy Metal" and anyone who has heard The First Four Black Sabbath Albums might tend to agree if they are honest. It doesn't matter if you like that genre of music, "Heavy Metal," the fact remains, it was the bludgeoning riffs and power chords from Tony Iommi that would spawn hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other people to pick up a guitar and try to figure out what this unique British Gentleman was squeezing out of a thin Gibson SG and a Laney Amplifier cranked up to ear-hemorrhaging levels. A few of those inspired people went on to make music of their own.

One online interviewer asked Tony Iommi if he ever met Jim Morrison of The Doors. Iommi said that he was too stoned to remember. Another interview with an "expert" on The Doors stated that Black Sabbath was billed to open for The Doors on August 31, 1970 at the Montreux Casino in Montreux, Switzerland but The Doors canceled the show. They were canceling a lot of shows back then, primarily due to Jim Morrison's personal excesses, as usual. I have been unable to find out if the concert ever took place at all. It would have been an interesting show, to say the least. Two guys with very distinctive guitar styles both playing Gibson SGs, Robbie Krieger of The Doors and, of course, Iommi. Oh, and enough gloom and doom between Black Sabbath and The Doors to easily fill a mental institution.

I cannot remember if I was six or seven years old, I heard this song on Baltimore's premier (at the time) rock station, WKTK. It started out with these heavy bass drum beats, like a heartbeat...or footsteps... Then the strangest thing happened, this incredibly bizarre sound came out of the speakers.

I'm sitting there and the hook was in me and I didn't even know it yet. After those nine bass drum beats there are three reverse bends on the E string (open).

You pre-bend the E string, open, by placing the index finger of the fretting hand behind the nut at the top of the guitar's neck. And you pick the note and slowly release the tension on the E string. Then you can give it a slight shimmering vibrato by vibrating that string behind the nut. When you combine this with a screaming high gain amplifier that is distorting, you get what you hear at the beginning of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man."

That was it man! The power chords that came after that, just this stomping song the likes of which I had never heard before...and I was hooked forever.

I grew up listening to OLD COUNTRY MUSIC which is totally different from the pablum-like Pop-Meets-Poop that passes for Country Music today (With a few noticeable exceptions, of course...).

Songs like, "Young Love" by Sonny James, "I Never Picked Cotton" by Roy Clarke AND Johnny Cash, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," by George Jones and so many more I could list them for the next hour and not cover half of them.

Being thoroughly indoctrinated into the syncopated, popping, CHUGGA-CHUGGA and TWANG! of the country guitar, I was most intrigued by this distorted, dirty and incredibly sinister sound that a guitar could be coerced, if not tortured, into blasting out.

I still love Old, Classic, Country Music to this day which, in my opinion, has more to do with Hard Rock than new Country Music does with anything...

I love music. I don't care what kind of music you love as long as you love something musical. I don't have much use for people that hate music. How can you have a soul and not love music?

Some of us have been through unpleasant things and we don't necessarily enjoy happy music which is more like ingesting Zoloft than simply living with the way things are combined with our own personal experiences.

Who is this Man with the Gibson SG?

This Gentleman is not Tony Iommi, nevermind the Gibson SG and the almost spooky similarity in appearance the way this guy's head is turned. This is none other than Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser of Blue Oyster Cult. Blue Oyster Cult was always a bit more progressive in some ways, more than I had a taste for...however, songs like "Don't Fear (The Reaper), Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You" are Heavy Metal Classics. I happen to love them. "Cities on Flame (with Rock and Roll)" and Blue Oyster Cult's cover of The Doors "Roadhouse Blues" are favorites as well.

"Godzilla," in particular, almost pays homage to Black Sabbath's stomp-festival song "Iron Man." As a matter of fact, when Blue Oyster Cult has played Godzilla live, they start the song off with heavy bass drum stomps, footsteps...they play it much in the way Iron Man starts out. The power-chording in Godzilla has such a similar feel to Iron Man. I'm not saying that they ripped Sabbath off, either. As a matter of fact, they toured together in 1980 - what could possibly be one of Heavy Metal's most wonderfully titled shows, "Black and Blue."

Donald Roeser actually sang Don't Fear (The Reaper), Godzilla and Burnin' for You, very talented man.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


I remember walking out of the bedroom and into the living room and seeing that second plane slice into that building. I cannot even remember if that was one of the multiple replays, I believe I watched that live on television. If not, it was within five minutes of it happening because it felt like an eternity before I watched that first building come straight down into the ground.

I was not really surprised because it had to happen sooner or later. Pearl Harbor wasn't the last, after all. I was stunned at the magnitude of it all.

Then the second building came down.

I turned to my Wife and asked her if she had filled out a money order for some bill we had coming due and when she said she had not, I told her we better go and cash it in. We did, we went outside and it was just such a beautiful sky. They had already started to shut the airspace down across the country, we did not know that yet. I believe we heard about the Pentagon being hit when we were in the car and that ratcheted up our own anxiety quite a bit as they could have flown over our apartment on the way to striking that target.

The news reports of that morning had us looking up, there were reports of three, then two and more plane unaccounted for as I recall. I wondered if they would shoot that one down, surely they had to be doing something along those lines.

We cashed the money order so we would have the extra money in case this was an extended, catastrophic incident. We went to the grocery store and purchased even more food and other necessities just in case but everything turned out all right for us. For a few thousand American Citizens, the day did not end well.

Here is to remembering them. No empty jingoism, no nothing else except remembrance and sadness for the loss.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Cheapskate Survival Kit for 2008-2009

Back about eight or nine years ago, I wrote an article for my website titled - "The Cheapskate Street Survival Kit." It has been one of the more popular articles I have written.

Originally, I was reading about young women being attacked at colleges across the country and, in general, people complaining that really excellent gear...well, it costs a lot of money!

Now, thanks to one arsch-hut hurensohn, going on a killcrazy rampage at Virginia Tech...I don't know that I could suggest that you carry anything in that environment (college) now. That is to say, I don't want to be held responsible if you get caught but the general idea a long time ago was this, campus police, like all law enforcement, cannot be everywhere at once. They're not god, after all. To further that line of thought, there was a micro LED light from Inova at the time, an extremely inexpensive fixed blade and a Comtech Stinger which is a rather interesting and very effective little impact weapon.

The continuation of the idea was to use the light to check things out in your general area and if someone jumped up in your face or otherwise tried to drag you off, hit them with everything you had in the face, when they covered up, keep hitting them, kick them - do whatever you have to do! Immediately escape from the area and as you are doing have the fallback of something even more serious in the form of a knife.

That's a condensation of ideas that were going on when I wrote it, the basic idea was...try to make people safer. I know the criticisms abound, "They should be taking Krav Maga!" Or insert your martial arts flavor of the week, month, year or decade...that's true. But you can get some degree of safety now and something like boxing or Krav Maga can then make you hell on wheels with a Stinger in your hand...or perhaps a Kelly Worden Designed "Travel Wrench."

The Boker "Camo Defender" is a steal at twenty bucks. It was also designed by Terry Trahan!The overall length of the pocketknife is 7 3/4 inches and has a blade length of 3 3/8 inches and it weighs just over 6 ounces. Aluminum scales with a steel liner, the knife is rock solid and has three opening devices, a cutout, a stud and a flipper than can be used in a wave-like manner if you are carrying it with the tip oriented up. With four carrying positions, a four position clip, you should be able to find something that suits you.

The bottom portion of the flipper is a guard, so this should put to rest the most paranoid among us when it comes to being cut by liner lock failure. The liner lock is not an easy lock to produce and this one looks really, really good and I have literally examined worse on knives that cost (literally) twenty times what this one costs. This one is sharp as a straight razor, just the way knives should be.

It also has areas where skateboard tape-like sections grip your hand. I modify knives all the time with a 3M product to gain a better grip on knives.

The pictures say it all!

Letalis Urbanus I

I just wanted to post some thoughts on the Urban Survival Series below. Those posts were written about three years ago or so. At least three years.

After I obtained them once again, I was going to edit them and take out the minor profanity which is real world and funny but not necessarily the right "feel" for a book.

I did not edit them before re-posting them here. I like them that way to be honest. I think people can handle a little adult language on adult subjects. Especially when the statement is not only true but humorous as well.

There are opinions that have changed and information in the Series that should be tweaked, for example...

Purell mixed with Aloe Vera is a better choice for an antibacterial hand wash because alcohol is a drying agent and it can crack your skin open which allows more germs to potentially enter your body. The spread of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) makes this a very important thing to consider. Yet, the Purell with Aloe Vera in it as a skin moisturizer is not a very good emergency firestarter. So, you can carry both, it's really not that problematic to do so.

Flashlights are always changing, Nichia LEDs which can be found in Photon Freedom MicroLights and Energizer Penlights are really excellent lights to have in your kit. Now we have high output Cree LED flashlights which are performing at over 100 lumens for two hours or more on two AA batteries, yes, you are reading that correctly. This is amazing!

I posted the following on a forum August of last year.

Most of the time when you buy a flashlight from a company that makes batteries...well, it usually sucks in my experience.So, it was with much caution that I put down ten, hard-earned dollars on a penlight from Energizer. Like Steve McQueen, I toss pennies around like they are manhole covers.I am pleased to say that this little LED penlight apparently has a better switch than the Streamlight Stylus, it still has the exposed LED like the Stylus, but that's a small complaint.It sips power, as you would expect from an LED flashlight and the AAA batteries will be easier to obtain than the bizarre AAAA batteries of the Streamlight Stylus.The Energizer penlight is easily five to perhaps seven times brighter than the Stylus. In fact, I have a Chinese made Dorcy that is a monster (in size) for an LED and takes a carriage that holds three AAA batteries and this Energizer penlight is almost as bright as the Dorcy.I picked mine up at Office Depot, look for the Energizer Flashlight display, not just a battery display.You will NOT be disappointed with this penlight, it packs a wallop, you would be able to see someone hidden in a dark parking lot at 100+ feet with this thing.

RIGHT NOW, as of September 1, 2008, The Energizer Penlight is the BEST BUY for an every day LED flashlight. When I originally posted that, inevitably, someone had to come in and say, "So and So is selling a blankety-blank light and..."

This light is attractive because it is a penlight Oftentimes, hammerheads that frequent forums just start posting without thinking or they are defecating on everything in order to pump something for someone else. Penlights are attractive because they are in the form of a fat pen without being as cumbersome in diameter as a Mini-Maglite and the true penlight is sans head. That is not to say I don't use the venerable Mini-Maglite. I have converted the two I currently own to LED status and on one of them, I have the anti-roll accessory on the head and then I placed a flip-up red lens attachment from a circa-1992 Sure-Fire 9P flashlight, an Old Boy for sure...

A lot of the gear that is valuable to us like Messenger Bags and various daypacks from Maxpedition to Dana Design have something called pen loops, which, contrary to popular opinion, have nothing to do with Penn & Teller, magic's answer to Jay & Silent Bob. A blowhard and an enabler.

I paid $10.00 for one at Office Depot and I highly suggest you go out and get yourself a couple of them. You can see two of them in the pictures above - one next to the folding knife from Boker on the right hand picture and next to the Motorola Razor...more on the Boker folder...soon. There is a new Cheapskate Survival Kit for 2008...