Possessed by Possessions

ONE DAY, as a friend was sorting through her things, she pointed to a pot and said, “That doesn’t belong to me anymore.” It wasn’t that someone else was about to take possession of it. She simply no longer felt ownership. She didn't feel connected to it. It didn’t fit...

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Test: Heating with an UCO Gear Candlelier

THE CRISCO CANDLE HEATER I TESTED EARLIER was a completely amateur contraption. But what result would I get with a professionally designed and manufactured candle-based heater? To find out I bought the UCO Gear Candlelier Candle Lantern.UCO Gear’s promotional...

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Test: Self-Heating Food

THERE WAS SOMETHING NEW to me in the camping foods section at Walmart. I wasn’t particularly interested in prefab pizza. What caught my attention was that the pre-fab pizza was self-heating. Just add water. Any water at any temperature. So no need to boil water first....

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I Think We’re Coyotes

I’VE ALWAYS HAD A FONDNESS FOR COYOTES. Perhaps because I like dogs. Perhaps because I sympathize with hapless Wile E. Coyote (really, the Roadrunner is a jerk).  I smile whenever I see coyotes or hear them yipping and howling. While camped at Fortuna Pond near Yuma...

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Bob Rebooted: What Have You Got to Lose?

NOT KNOWING YOU, I can’t even begin to guess at how you will react to being a nomad, but I can give you some thoughts. My first suggestion is to ask yourself, “What is the worst that can happen?” If you try it and decide it isn’t for you, you don’t really have much to...

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