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Date Posted: 10:22:59 10/29/06 Sun
Author: silas
Subject: Not the Houdini thing again
In reply to: Tom 's message, "Re: Why discourage blanket rolls?" on 06:55:30 10/29/06 Sun

I own a Fed issue double bag knapsack and possess a Mexican pack harness so it's not about gear. On long distance marches, blanket rolls are much easier on the shoulders. I agree that there is a point where one looks like the Michelin man when the roll is too large.

The one I carried up Rich Mountain was about as big as I'd be willing to carry. I had a blanket, sheet of drilled canvas, multiple pairs of socks, a bag of toiletries, some extra food, and few other things inside.

I'll have to do some marching between now and the event to see how much stuff is do-able in a blanket roll. There's always that pivital set of questions no matter how you pack your stuff: How much is enough? How much is too much.

[Y]ou aren't going to be tied to a tree if you show up with a blanket roll. You will be tied to a tree for other things. Just kidding. No tree for you, Silas.

I haven't done the Houdini escape stuff since junior high school. In ninth grade, I won the school talent show with my old magic act.

I didn't do any escape stuff in the performance because the school principal forbid me from using water on the stage. I had intended to escape from a water filled whiskey barrel which had been locked closed from the outside. Just as well. I barely fit in that barrel. I vanished things and made them reappear instead. Much more entertaining, but there's something to be said for audience anxiety when it counts the seconds someone is underwater, and the count goes beyond sixty and approaches one hundred twenty.


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