Lightweight tent: Nemo Obi Elite 1P, reviewed by Kevin Kelly on Cool Tools, this is an ultra-light, elegantly designed, one-person tent. I think it’s a breakthrough design.
Lightweight rain gear: 02 Hooded Rain jacket. Another item I discovered as a result of a recent backpack trip (with outdated gear), also on Cool Tools (here). V. light, waterproof, highly compressible, cheap. I got pants as well.
Sanuk Sidewalk Surfers – “Vagabond” They don’t look like much, but these are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever had. A few months ago my son Will and I were visiting old surfing friend Richard Novak and longboard maestro Wingnut at Rich’s office in Santa Cruz, and all four of us had on the same shoes.
iPhone 5: OMG! Just incredible. Seri alone (which people seem to bitch about): I can say “nearest gas station,” or “nearest pizza,” and lo and behold, there are lists in order of proximity. Camera functions are fabulous: clear videos, panoramic mode. Haven’t even begun to explore possibilities, which seem endless. I want to get more up to speed on a smart phone, because that’s the way the (young) world is going, and important for me to understand as a communicator. Also thinking about shooting photos on phone and blogging on the spot. I’ll be such a modern guy.
Looking for new car I’ve been driving 4×4 Toyota trucks for about 25 years, much of the reason being trips to the Southwest desert, as well as Baja. These days I’m on to other areas of the world, and no longer loving long road trips (too much sitting), exploring wild areas closer to home, so looking for a smaller car, maybe something like a minivan. I want a flat storage area in the back, would take out rear seats, for skateboards, running gear, bunch of other stuff I haul around. I’m looking at the Nissan Cube, Honda Fit. Scion XB or XD, or even a sedan where I could remove rear seats and partition to trunk. Back in the ’60s I had a BMW 2002, such a wonderful machine. I could drive a long ways and get out (say to shoot pics) and not feel at all tired.
Reacher Rolls Again Just finished “A Wanted Man,” Lee Childs’ latest Jack Reacher book. Not as good as previous Reacher novels, but this is still one tough MF of a guy and a page-turner. How Tom Cruise is going to portray Reacher, who’s 6-5″ and 250 lbs. I have no idea. Out of your league, Tom.
Fermentation The Art of Fermentation, by Sandor Katz, forward by Michael Pollan, is the hard cover big brother to Katz’ paperback Wild Fermentation — much like David Arora’s hardcover Mushrooms Demystified is to his paperback All That the Rain Promises and More. So far I’ve made sauerkraut and olives, and plan on pickled ginger, and a bunch of other pickled vegetables. Simple, healthy, fun.