In my post-windstorm SHTF Equip AAR, I showed you the device I call “The JumpBox” and considered it the Star of the Show.
As an FYI, I have given “The JumpBox” a name: Darrell
Also, I have recently come into possession of a brother of his, whose name is also Darrell.
The co-worker who had given me Darryl after he took a spill off the back of dude’s truck bought himself a new one with more cranking amps (though I don’t know why, the guy is only jumping his snowmobiles) and I asked him about Darrell’s replacement. He said he’d sell it to me for $25. I tried to hesitate before I whipped out my wallet, but I don’t know how well I succeeded.
Another pair of items that have recently come into my posession are these backpacks
They are partnership models of these from the American Red Cross
A friend of mine gave them to me after I mentioned to him about the re-posting of the By Ourselves series during a pre-Christmas get-together at a mutual friend’s house.
His employer is a “Partner” with the ARC and they get these backpacks at a heavy discount to keep in the workplace. The building he works in had a major plumbing failure during the windstorm and it burst nearly directly over their emergency supplies, including these packs. His employer told him and his fellow employees to take the stuff home and the company would order new ones. But here is the part I didn’t understand: The packs are waterproof and everything inside of them is wrapped in sealed plastic. My friend said that his boss didn’t care; if someone wanted them for their home, they could take them. He took one for himself, his wife and each of his two kids. Then he realized they were two-person packs and was going to take two of them back until he talked to me. I, of course, accepted.
The food is good for three more years, as are the water packets. After thoroughly drying the packs themselves, about the only thing I see wrong with them is that they are missing the AA and D cell batteries and the glowsticks. These were most likely pilfered by my friend’s fellow employees and are easily replaceable.
One of these goes in the wife’s car and the other goes into my truck. And I am enjoying my second-hand Christmas presents.