A useful modification

InspirationI’ve carried keys on carabiners of one sort or another for several years. Once when I was in a theater the keys worked themselves off the carabiner while I was sitting in the seat. I didn’t notice anything until I got up and heard them hit the floor. I thought there should be a way to keep that from happening. I decided to drill the carabiner. Oddly enough I passed by these in the impulse bin at Home Depot while going to get a 1/64 bit to work on the larger ‘biner. It kinda looked like someone’s piercings. So I grabbed a couple of those and dropped the idea of drilling the carabiner. Then I found out about grimlocs on the EDCForums.com website and ordered a few. When I decided to switch my keyrings to the grimlocs I remembered the experience in the theater and decided to drill holes and pass the ring through. While I may not be the first one to do this with a grimloc I think I’m fairly early in the propagation of the idea. I thought about buying more grimlocs and selling them as keyrings. One reason I haven’t is that the people who use grimlocs are usually pretty handy and can do it themselves if they want.

Everyday Carry: When someone pops the question

S*&t Happens

Tires blow. Lightbulbs burn out. Wires come loose. Packages arrive. People get hangnails.

I have a tire iron, a flashlight, pliers, a knife and tweezers.

The tire iron is in the car and and the rest are somewhere on my belt.

I have a number of other things on me like a couple batteries for the flashlight. A while back I loaned the batteries to someone because her camera died and she popped the question. No. We’re not engaged. However I did have to answer that the batteries were for my flashlight. Then the next question was “Why do you have a flashlight?” And that answer was “in case I need it.”

Why is it odd that I carry a small amount of tools? Why isn’t it odd that when these occasional, usually minor irritations to someone’s day happen they’re running around hunting tools or asking to borrow them?

I never pop the question.

Why do you have that? is never something I ask people. I know, probably better than people who do pop the question, that sometimes people come with dishonest intentions. I’m more interested in giving the benefit of the doubt to the rest…to those folks who aren’t up to something.

If I have a flashlight I can light up your work area when you’re changing a tire. It’s a tool. And people have appreciated my having it on me when they’ve needed it. The same goes for the knife or the pliers or the tweezers or a lighter or whatever little doohickey one person has that another never seems to need and thinks no one else does either.

It’s another form or normalcy bias that has people giving the side-ways eye when they see a tiny pocketknife on a keychain. It’s not helpful. It encourages attitudes that that work to divide us, whereas the tool itself can bring people together.

I’d rather be called MacGyver and file off some metal shaving that’s about to cut someone than be looking for a Band-aid, which, by the way, I have in my first aid kits.

Another hole in my EDC preps

I sat in a waiting room yesterday for several hours. I hadn’t charged my phone and iPod fully. The iPod was first to go while I was reading a book in the Stanza library app and checking email intermittently. I had to go there in a hurry so I didn’t grab my bag with the AC/DC kit. I know…cardinal EDC rule broken. I have one Energizer xPal battery. I need another one to keep in my pack. Of course this will increase the weight but there were no outlets in sight.

EDC Bag: Time To Punt

I have an Adidas sling backpack for my EDC bag. I have a lot of stuff loaded in it and quite a bit of that I am not using. The problem I ran into last night was having to remove stuff to get out what I needed at the time. Right now I have everything loaded in there according to the teardrop shape of the pack and having to pull six things out to get to one is not exactly useful. So I’ll be going through everything and most likely looking for a better bag.

Tool Logic Ice Money Clip


I found this on the DailySteals.com website a couple of weeks ago for $1.99. I have seen them on eBay for around $12. It’s no longer listed on the toollogic.com site. It holds about 7-8 bills. I did some maintenance on my glasses using the screwdriver. It features a red LED with a momentary switch so I was not able to keep it on while taking the shots. Overall it has its uses.