This is kinda off topic but I can't think of a better place to ask it.
I was thinking about making up a car emergency tool kit. I'm having
trouble thinking up what would actually be useful when stuck on the
side of the road. One of those jumper/tire pump things could be very
useful but what else might one really need. I could include a socket
set and such but it's not like I've got a car parts store in the trunk
so I'm not sure I would ever find a reason to use them. So here is
what I have so far:
hammer, to wack stuff
multihead screwdriver, to screw stuff up or down
vice grips, to grab stuff
pliers, to hold stuff
needle nose pliers, to get into small areas
Any other suggestions?
Battery charger. Duct tape. Water. Oil. Work gloves. Funnel. Small
plastic tarp for getting under car. Small shovel. First aid kit.
Blanket. Snacks. Drinking water. Reflective plastic heat blankets. Cell
Rope (sufficient strength for towing).
Sealed can of gas with stabilizer.
Carpet samples (for traction in mud).
Fuses (both kinds: electrical and flares).
Soap and/or hand-cleaning gel.
Flashlight with spare batteries.
.45 caliber automatic with two boxes ammunition
Four days concentrated emergency rations.
One drug issue: antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping
pills, tranquilizer pills.
One miniature combination Russia phrase book and Bible.
One hundred dollars in rubles.
One hundred dollars in gold.
Nine packs of chewing gum.
One issue of prophylactics.
Three pair nylon stockings.
A good list with many useful items and a few tongue-in-cheek.
Nylons, lipsticks, rubles, Russian phrase book, chewing gum (and
prophylactics) come straight out of WWII, when those items were used
Instead of Russian phrase book, consider Arabic.
All lists made by and for males. No items needed by females.
No. Those items were used by males to buy females from defeated
nations in WWII Europe.
Their inclusion in the list is outdated. Maybe it's all a joke?
It must be, since list doesn't include a basic first aid kit.
Females might need toilet paper, sanitary products, towels, and
In addition to the male "clean shirt" it might be nice to include
spare garment(s) for females as well.
Most women carry comb, lipstick, compact, etc. in their purse anyway.
Nylons would be nice to replace fan belts, however, which do not
appear on the above list.
Which doesn't mean (a) that it wasn't copied from WW II lore and (b)
wasn't prepared by a well-intentioned male.
Cell phones should be a given in this day & age.
Some drinking water would be a welcome addition to the four days'
Also radiator water and anti-freeze might come in handy.
Dear handmaiden of Pericles, please see imbedded comments:
Is there one woman - anywhere - who doesn't want lipstick, nylons, gold,
soap, or tranquilizers? And, aside from the gold, is there a man that does?
Not a "joke." The official name is "parody."
Real men don't need piddly bandages. They don't have time to bleed.
They might "want" them, but need? Nah. Just like watches (there's a clock on
Some claim women do their best work sans garments.
The list was not copied from WW II lore nor was the list was prepared by a
God save us from the wrath of the northmen and protect us from females
without a sense of humor. Here's one:
Back to the list, however. Please check:
Search for "nylon" to see the above list in context.
"Handmaiden" my foot! Aspasia was the CONSORT of Pericles!
She would not accept one of the only two possible roles of a female in
5th Century BCE Athens: Matrons; stay home and make babies, or
Heterae - entertain the guys) *
*The formation of the city-state in ancient society, coincident with
the growth of trade and money, gave new desires to that portion of
society released from care by the labor of the slaves. Supported by
the luxury loving master class, certain women, the heterae, were able
to rise far above the average and to give a glamorous foretaste of the
intellectual possibilities of womanhood. It was under the stimulus of
the heterae that art and poetry and science were developed in classic
Greece." From: http://www.weisbord.org/Feminism.htm
Aspasia, however, an educated and strong woman, chose to be neither a
baby-factory nor an entertainer of men. Supported by the powerful
soldier-statesman Pericles, she proudly took her place in public life
-- unheard of in the "phallic" society of her time.** **Yes, there IS a book called "The Phallic Society" about the "Golden
Age" of Athens.
Someone else pointed out that it came from "Dr.Strangelove" which
reflected the Cold War mentality. Gen. Buck Turgidson, as well as
Major T. J. "King" Kong" would have been officers in WW II
Couldn't access site, but in general...
Hmmm...guess I bit again. Not totally lacking a sense of humour,
but allergic to tacky male jokes.
Interesting new article by Christopher Hitchens in Vanity Fair on the
subject of male/female sense of humour.
The best 5 bucks I ever spent for emergencies was on a tire patch kit.
One of the ones with self-vulcanizing rubber strips and a big sewing
needle with a handle to push them in the hole. (It's nice to have a
pair of pliers to remove the nail/screw too). Usually, if you notice a
leak before it gets too low to drive on, you can patch it on the side
of the road faster than you can change the tire, go fill up with air
(an air pump would be nice too) and not have to worry about it again.
I keep one of these in each car...whether it runs or not. :)
I also like to keep a coat hanger or large nylon wire ties for things
like supending a dropped exhaust. I haven't needed this myself since I
started carying it, but I've helped out a few other people.
GPS navigation system......
this single item is probablyt the best bucks i ever spent.......
works in car or on foot, would have prevented that disaster whewre the
2 kids and mom survived while dad died trying to go for help
Cell and CB, whenever traveling away from streetlights and road signs. In
isolated areas like pacific NW has scattered all over, a disposable Very
(sp?) pistol might not be a bad idea, aside from the chance of starting
forest fires. A red star shell gets a lot of attention, as long as it gets
above the horizon of a potential rescuer.
Actually, they had 3 cell phones. They were too far from
a service area to make a call. However, some cell company
engineers did eventually sniff some traces of their
*attempted* calls which ultimately led to rescue of the
mom and two kids.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
you can buy a external cell phone yagi antenna, for well under 50 bucks
it will provide service in far away locations. if the cell system
detected these failed calls they would of gone thru fine with a yagi.
I helped a friend with a cottage in a no service area, with that yagi
he gets 4 bars:) but is terthered to a cable when usiung the phone.
nice al;l cell phones ave a standard jack, under one of those small
plastic covers on your phone.
Anyone who has used a GPS navigation system like a garmin street pilot
KNOWS its way better than a compass. One day they will be mandated in
all new cars for safety!
On Fri, 08 Dec 2006 03:32:48 GMT, "Stormin Mormon"
I think they did have a cellphone. That's how they eventually found
And you never go past your exit? Show a little compassion for a dead
man and his widow and orphans.
And there was supposed to be a closed, locked gate on the road they
took, but vandals had cut off the lock.
Children are being taught to sit down; if lost, and not wonder away. I
wish this dad would have stayed with his broke-down car.
"My doctor says I have a malformed public-duty gland
and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore
excused from saving Universes."
Me too. I don't want GPS. The odds on getting lost and suffering a
permanent injury because of it are very low.
If I had to go to clients all the time, and was short of time, a GPS
might be necessary for work. But probably not. I find reading the
map and finding a place to be one of the most fun things I do.
Sometimes I eschew the map, even. Went to a party in Atlanta, had
looked at the map on the way from the airport before I got to the
party. Then I decided to find my hotel without looking at the map
again. Just headed northwest, and then north, and then a bit
northeast, and I found it. It was great.
He did for 3 or 4 days. It would be difficult to know what to do
after that long a period.
By checking his tracks in the snow, it turned out that he walked 10
miles in a circle however, and died only a mile from his car.
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