Useful emergency items spotted in the new Real Goods cataloguegreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Baygen wind-up SW radio, $109; ditto w/LED light, $149, SW antenna booster, $20; solar option for radio, $25.
Assortment of LED flashlights and lights, most interesting: bright white LED tasklight, runs 30 hrs on 6 AAs, $40.
Solar: radios (SW too), watches, flashlights.
Solar battery chargers, most interesting: can also plug into car cig lighter, has multi-jack for 6v applications, charges many cellular phones, computer batteries, or 6v gel cells. Will run small things, like Walkman or fan. Charges 4 AAs in about 12 hrs of direct sunlight. $39.95.
Solar shower, $15.00
Hand-pump water filter, meets EPA standards for elimination of bacteria and protozoa, good for 500 galls, made in UK, $25.
Grain mill, solar ovens, camp stoves.
Large portable solar power packs
Personal fan, runs 300 hrs on 4 Ds, $25 (effective, OG has one!)
I've ordered the solar charger and water filter singled out above. I already have two solar showers, the fan and a SW Baygen with light, got them right after Fran. For more details on above products, see on-line catalogue at realgoods.com.
-- Old Git (email@example.com), May 25, 1999
With all due respect, Old Git, do you ever go to stores IRL? [grin]
I'm just teasing you, but I've never ordered anything over the internet in my life and I don't intend to start now. I like to SEE it, TOUCH it, compare prices with other places, etc.
I REPEAT...I'm just teasing you. Thanks for the tips.
-- Anita Spooner (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 25, 1999.
Yes, Anita, I sometimes do go to stores! However, I have ordered from Real Goods and other catalogues since well before the Internet became ubiquitous--as a divorced working mother with two (sometimes three) jobs, I didn't have time to shop. Then I had to give up driving due to vision problems. If it weren't for the Lands' End catalogue, I wouldn't know what to do for clothes (I wear khakis and shirts almost all the time). If you ever want to know if a catalogue's reputable, ask me, I've probably ordered from it.
-- Old Git (email@example.com), May 25, 1999.
I hate to shop, so that's why I order off the Internet. I've never had any problems. I've ordered books from Amazon Books, and I got my Helen and Scott Nearing books from Real Goods Catalog. I ordered my grain grinder over the Internet, from Saxon and I've never had a bit of trouble. Most of them have secure lines.
Old Git, I love Land's End turtleneck sweaters. They are practically my uniform in winter. I couldn't do without them.
-- gilda (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 25, 1999.
Lands End, IOHO, has the best cotton T-shirts! Big, roomy, very durable, color stays well after multiple washings. We've pretty much gone standard on their Ts, Vs, Mocks, & Turtles, after trying various other styles/brands. They are perfect for our uniform parts.
We've stocked up on stuff from their discount catalogs -- if the water/electricity is out for long, laundry will be a challenge. We've also stocked up on underwear and socks for the same reason.
Still slowly bulking up on that long list of imported items -- comfortable hardy shoes are a must. Fortunately we're fairly near Nike land and their outlet stores :-)
Thanks, Old Git, for all your practical tips 'n posts ;^)
xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxxx
-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (email@example.com), May 25, 1999.
JC Penney's has a solar powered/wind-up AM/FM radio for around $70.00....
-- Libby Alexander (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 26, 1999.