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    Striving for Understanding novuslotus's Avatar
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    Talking MacGyver gadgets - did you catch that Superbowl ad? :)

    For those of you who are into PDA convergence devices, Swiss Army knives, multicompartment backpacks, and who think that duct tape in your back pocket is as essential as a wallet, then my question is for you.

    What all do you need to be the ultimate boy scout, the man with the gadget or tool for all occasions, the convergence master, a MacGyver-ite?

    I'm really looking for some constructive and super-compact ideas, ranging from things that will fit in my pockets (like my XV6600 and the 53,421 things hanging off my keychain) to things that will fit in my backpack, to things that I should stow in my car, etc. etc. For that matter, if you have any ideas on better pockets and better backpacks, I could use that info too.

    Hope this sparks some interest - it would be great to hear what you all have to say, what ideas have worked for you and what hasn't, what's cost-effective and not, your own MacGyver-ish stories, etc. . . .

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    I carry my i730 with me where ever I go.
    2 GB SD card.
    TomTom GPS navigation sw with BT GPS.
    I can do everything I can do in my office. In fact it is my virtual office. (e-mail, Web, converted DVDs, Weather, etc...)

    I drive a Rang Rover equipped with:
    - 2 meter Ham radio
    - hand held 2 meter radio
    - CB radio
    - army blanket
    - large square battery flash light.
    - emergency kit.
    - collapsible shovel
    - jumper cables
    - can of tire fix
    - tools
    - medical kit
    - 2 Flares
    - poncho
    - MRE
    - large umbrella
    - Golden Retriever
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    Oh, my... I will have to think about this one and make some time to post to do it justice.
    John

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    Golden Retriever - awesome!

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    I like red heads too!

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    I like red heads too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by novuslotus
    Talk about an off topic reference to Golden Retirevers! Besides I thought they were blonde. And isn't the topic of THIS thread Best Blonde Joke Ever!

    Anyway.... I had this exact converasation with a friend whom I travelled alot with in my yonger more adventurous days... We came to the conclusion that all we needed to carry was a swiss army knife and a bic lighter wraped in duct
    tape! Anything else was extra!
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    I drive a Jeep Wrangler with:

    CB Radio
    BT GPS
    Arkon Powered PDA Mount
    Belkin FM Transmitter
    Blankets
    Tool Kit
    Emergency Kit
    Tow Strap
    Roll of Duct tape
    Umbrella
    Lantern-style flashlight
    Chem light sticks

    Pretty much ready for off-road adventures...

    And then I carry my handy-dandy latest Treo 700W with a 1GB SD card w/music and backup/restore files and my Jabra BT800 BT headset. Of course, I also have my work ID badge with a SanDisk 1GB MiniCruzer USB drive on the neck strap with ActiveSync (3.8 and 4.1) and many of the PPC apps I may need. And my Socket E300 SDIO WiFi card for those days I want to go wardriving.

    Ahhh, good times...
    John

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    All that sounds good to me - now I just need a Jeep Wrangler to put it in.

    So, apart from duct tape and a lighter, I tend to carry around a pocket flashlight, USB drive, lock, compass, and my keys. Probably not the smoothest idea in the world consideirng how lumpy my pants look.

    Anything else we don't have on our lists so far?

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    One more thing you need on your list: A good head on your shoulders... MacGyver had a degree in Physics if I recall and Indiana Jones was an Eagle scout.
    mark
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    Quote Originally Posted by MGuzzy
    One more thing you need on your list: A good head on your shoulders... MacGyver had a degree in Physics if I recall and Indiana Jones was an Eagle scout.
    mark
    Hmmmmmmmmm, ........I'm a dad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MGuzzy
    Indiana Jones was an Eagle scout.
    Indiana Jones "IS" an Eagle Scout. Once an Eagle, always an Eagle. I am an Eagle Scout with a bronze and gold palm. Anyone who has ever earned the Eagle rank, is always an Eagle....

    Sorry that's one thing that bugs me when people mention it, and I always have to explain it...
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    Mr Railing! Great to here from another Eagle...(insert secret handshake here, ther that ought to throw 'em)... not to one upsman you but I got as far as a a Silver Palm... plus 20 years or so as an adult leader. Anyway I would agree with you that Indiana Jones "IS" an Eagle if he was a REAL person... For real people that point bugs me too.

    Mark_A_K ... I'm a Dad too.... that definetly qualifies...Boy does it!

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    I should have received the Silver Palm, but I was one merit badge short and I got a little fed up with my leaders in the troop. Once I received my Eagle, they quit trying to help me progress and expected me to stop working on rank progression and help all the other scouts. I did help, but every time I wanted to get another palm, they dragged their feet and didn't sign off on the paper work. I had the time in to get the palm, but never was able to get signed off on my last 3 merit badges I earned, which would have given me the one I needed.

    I volunteered in a troop while in college for 5 years, and then have been volunteering with an Explorer post around my area, as well as a teacher for around 6 merit badges. I also head out for OA retreats and give them a weekend or two a year. Most of the time they just call when they need another adult, as my schedule is so busy I can't be there on a regular basis.

    I also had the opputunity to go back to Philmont (originally went there when I was 16) and be on the Inspection Team. This time I didn't have to hike to the backcountry camps, I got driven to them. It was nice to see the backcountry while being clean...

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    Gotta love those smilies.

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    hmm.. What do I carry. Bit different list from most of you.

    PPC6600
    2G Sd card
    USB Thumb that will unlock any computer on my site
    zippo
    21 Inch ASP
    Handcuffs
    Cuff key
    Custom made .45 auto
    2 spare 8rnd mags of 230G Corbon PowrBall
    OLD Emerson CQC7
    Govt ID
    and my Fedral Police Badge.

    and thats on my body. we wont get into what I have in my car. lets just say my trunk is all custom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stealthy-One
    hmm.. What do I carry. Bit different list from most of you.

    PPC6600
    2G Sd card
    USB Thumb that will unlock any computer on my site
    zippo
    21 Inch ASP
    Handcuffs
    Cuff key
    Custom made .45 auto
    2 spare 8rnd mags of 230G Corbon PowrBall
    OLD Emerson CQC7
    Govt ID
    and my Fedral Police Badge.

    and thats on my body. we wont get into what I have in my car. lets just say my trunk is all custom.
    NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I didn't mention my pistol but along with the other stuff I mentioned above I carry a Walther PPK and two spare clips....(on my body)...and my concealed hand gun permit of course.

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    Yeah I normally have my Springfield XD9 with me as well, and of course the permit. Kind of funny how many computer people carry...

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    for some of us its our jobs to carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stealthy-One
    for some of us its our jobs to carry.
    Most be nice to get up everyday to a job you love!

    I wish I could do what you do!


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