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About Grapeshot

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  • Birthday 02/27/1957

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    Other than the usual, Winemaking, 18th Century Artillery, Guitar, Scuba
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  1. I, too have been doing a lot of hiking lately. I have a dedicated pack I set up just for day hikes, and in it, in addition to water and lunch, I keep: A small first-aid kit A battery-based charger for my phone A multitool Small flashlight Pen Compass Deep Woods Off towelettes Butt wipes and some TP/paper towels Face Wipes Small pair of binoculars Lighter/fire starter I usually download a trail map of wherever I am going I’ll pack a disposable poncho if the weather looks “iffy” I also carry a pocket knife in my pocket, and my phone. Reading glasses and sun glasses Kimber pepper blaster (my pack has a specific pocket for a handgun, but this is NJ) If it’s rocky and uneven (like the Sourland mountains) I’ll bring a trekking pole (I’m 63 and have some back problems). This may sound like a lot, but it all fits in a very small backpack. And doesn’t weigh much at all. I used to carry more (space blanket, “survival gear”, etc.) but for most of the hiking I do in NJ if I just keep walking, I’ll get to civilization. Used to do a lot of backpacking, so I am pretty conscious of excess weight. And the most important thing – good boots! If you are looking to expand your horizons, I recommend “AMC’s best day hikes in NJ”, available on Amazon. You can also download the Alltrails app to your phone. The app uses your phone’s GPS, so you can actually find your way if you somehow get off the trail. Have some fun and get off the couch!
  2. Somebody started a thread about guns...
  3. I've been fluke fishing Barnegat Bay with Hobie pedal kayak (a buddy if mine has 2). If you are a fisherman these things are great! The only downside is that when the water is really shallow, you need to kick up the rudder, and if it's windy they are hard to keep on track. Other than that they are great! Expensive, but great.
  4. Just FYI for those that don't know - most masks don't depend upon actual mechanical filtration (pore size smaller than the virus). The middle layer (on a real, medical-grade mask) is statically charged. This charge attracts particles that are small enough to get through the outer layer, and is why fit is so important; if you're sucking air in through the sides the static layer cannot do its job. Most of the masks available to us are more to protect others. And yes, I do wear a mask when I am out shopping or near others. If I am hiking I'll wear a bandanna around my neck, and bring it up to cover my nose and mouth when passing others on the trail. It's not that big a deal. I have lost my father-in-law, a friend, and one of my wife's friends to this so far. It's very real. Don't be a putz. Wear a mask.
  5. If all of you self-rightous keyboard commandos got half as upset and militant about your 2A rights as you do about wearing a damn mask this state would be a very different place.
  6. So, a lot of people in the black powder community build their own rifles and pistols. Is this now illegal?
  7. If you are on a small lot with a well, also remember that the new septic system has to be at least 75 feet from the well. When I sold my previous house we needed to install a new system, and because the lot was long but not very wide, this was a real headache.
  8. Cleaned all my guns. Again. Cleaned out the kitchen pantry, painted it, and organized it. Took all the laundry off the treadmill and set that up again. Cleaned and organized the shop. Learning how to make bread. Picked up my guitar after a long hiatus. You know how they say you never really forget? That's B.S. I sound like a noob again. I also work part-time from home (marketing, writing, editing), and that's still happening, so there's that.
  9. Arthur C. Clark fans will recognize Hanlon's Razor here: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
  10. I've got some .22 LR I'll trade for some hand sanitizer...
  11. FYI - 2 parts rubbing alcohol + 1 part aloe vera gel = hand sanitizer. CVS out of rubbing alcohol? Use Vodka.
  12. Where do you guys live? I was in Flemington ShopRite today and all the shelves were filled (plenty of TP!) and it was just like any other Saturday.
  13. Just use the old gypsy recipe for soup: First, you steal a chicken...
  14. I'm thinking of starting a freeze-dried pork roll company. You can re-hydrate it in a crock pot. Who's in?
  15. BTW - the real test will be when they have to ship it back. I have had manufacturers give me a run-around about shipping it back to NJ.
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