Winter Motorcycle Safety

Winter Motorcycle Safety

Surviving the Winter on a Motorcycle – Guest Post   Today, I’m excited to introduce Gina Williams to you as our guest today.  Gina is passionate about motorcycle safety, and I asked her to give you some safety tips for winter motorcycle riding.  How does that fit with survival, you may ask?  Great question :)  Bikes are a great survival tool to maneuver around and through traffic in both evacuation scenarios, and if roads have experienced trauma, but those situations don’t always happen during the warm summer months.  Here are Gina’s tips on winter safety: Winter conditions are some of the worst for those that love to ride motorcycles.   Some motorcyclists even cease riding altogether during the winter months due to its harsh conditions; the most common months for riding are between May and the fall. However, for those whose only vehicle is a motorcycle, or those who refuse to let weather get in the way of their fun, here are some tips for surviving the winter on a motorcycle. Adjust Your Riding Gear No matter what time of the year it is, you should always wear the right gear: Protective gloves and shoes. A protective jacket and pair of pants, or a full-riding suit. A Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet, at all times. The winter, however, requires that you wear heavy winter clothes in addition to your protective clothes.  So you must make sure that either you have gear specifically for the winter or that your all-year gear can accommodate this additional bulk. In particular you will need to: Utilize a pair of waterproof winter gloves, which...
Black Swan Theory

Black Swan Theory

During a recent project at work, I learned about The Black Swan Theory.  Basically, it’s the idea (and this is my generic summation) that a major event is so obvious in hindsight, it should have been expected.  A Black Swan is defined as a cumulation of these three factors: It’s a surprise (to the observer) It has a major impact. In hindsight, it’s so obvious it should have been predicted. Think 9/11…or the current ebook revolution/extinction of paper books. As I thought about a sequence of major events (the internet, ebooks, Occupy Wall St., the downfall of the SOPA/PIPA acts, and this recent reversal of the Komen foundation’s support of Planned Parenthood) I started wondering about the next Black Swan. The internet has changed the way we think, the way we interact, the way we learn: Kids can now search youtube to find a video on calculus that makes sense to them if they’re not getting a delivery method from their teacher that works. An earthquake is tweeted before the news can report it.  (100% of our real-time first-person news can come from individuals experiencing events vs. what makes good ratings on TV) As individuals, we’re no longer subject to gatekeepers who can filter our voices….EVERYONE has a platform. The phenomenal growth of Pinterest indicates (to me) how badly we want to share beautiful knowledge — photos, inspiration, attaboys, DIY projects–as a community. (something we’ve lacked here in the US for at least a hundred years) So what IS the next Black Swan? Obviously, it’s not possible to predict a Black Swan, the point is merely to account for the...
1 year old ~ 1000 followers ~$1000

1 year old ~ 1000 followers ~$1000

Milestones Rock. I’m always super humbled whenever I hit a milestone. I started this blog a little over a year ago, on June 16. Since then, I’ve migrated over to a .com from .blogspot, figured out some sort of schedule, and for the most part, found a groove that works for me. Summer schedule with two little boys has definitely forced a bit of creativity on me when it comes to posting, and I’ve been a bit lax about it – – I’d just rather be outside watching them smash chalk to smithereens on my patio than sit behind a computer — thanks for hanging in there with me. Survival prep is a funny thing. We scramble and save and prepare for something in the hopes we’ll never ever have to use it. Well, I do anyway, there are some people who can’t wait to say, “See, I told you this country was headed for the shitter.” I’d rather live today to the fullest, not having any idea what’s coming, or if all the premonitions, or conspiracy theories, or prophesies will ever come true. I’d rather live to 112 and look back with glee knowing I outlived my wheat. AND I’d rather have a storage of money and food on hand….just in case. Thanks for giving me a place to spout my own personal version of nonesense, and for hanging in there with me to find the gems amid the rambling. I hope you get as much out of this as I do. Appreciate ya! Jen Wanna win $1000? I’m part of Simply Stacie’s Boost Your Buzz $1000 Summer...

Online Solar Estimate Tool

Have you heard about 1BOG? It’s a community of users working together to bring solar to their neighborhood at cheaper prices through quantity. Basically, the more users who are interested in solar, the cheaper the price. It takes a certain number of users in an area to tip a deal (think Groupon) and SLC is still lagging behind. Are you signed up for your area (tip the deal for your neighbors, even if you’re not interested…) Now they have a new tool to estimate your monthly solar savings. You input you address and it pulls up a google earth map, you outline your roof, indicate the compass orientation, and it tells you how much you’d save with solar generating a portion of your energy. Pretty cool. (At current rates, it will still take me 25 years to pay off the panels, at my $40/month savings, but as more people get solar, the price will continue to drop) What’s your savings? Online Solar Estimate Tool – Estimate Solar Panel Cost | 1BOG.org. Jen Share...
Today’s Customer Service

Today’s Customer Service

Walmart v. Glover Nursery This weekend I had the opportunity of experiencing customer service from both ends of the spectrum and it made me ponder things far beyond the return policy on the back of my receipts. End #1 occurred at Walmart. Now, some of you may say I got what I deserved for shopping at Walmart, but – until this weekend – I have been a long time devotee of Walmart. Great selection, cheap prices, no-questions-asked return policy. As a mom of toddlers, I need a scenario where the prices are affordable and I can bring things back when they break. Last month I bought a dual DVR for my mom to use when she had the boys for a week, and it stopped working while they were on their trip. By the time they got back, and we had the 4th of July, 31 days had passed from the time of purchase. I didn’t think anything of it, since I’ve returned everything from MP3 players to alarm clocks when they didn’t work. Fast forward to 45 minutes at the return counter – and Walmart has a new policy – 15 days for electronics. “But it’s broken.” I said. “Sorry.” Walmart employee said, pointing to the sign. “I don’t want my money back, just one that works.” “New policy.” End of conversation. WTF? I asked to speak with a manager, and when she got there, she opened the box, rifled through the contents, and walked away. No discussion, no attempt to console me, or offer me an explanation. Just shrugged and walked off. End #2 of the customer...