Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Reason #6 - Makeshift Gardening Tool

It's spring time, and you just might be outside un-uglifying your yard. That's what I've been doing the last week or two. In the process, I discovered another way my knife is an indispensable tool.

The main task was to redo the flower bed in front of the house. We put down some garden fabric weed block stuff. Some of the plants I had, I wanted to keep which meant cutting holes in the fabric for them to grow through.

A little bit of slice and separate action did the trick for my monkey grass. Just another reason to carry a knife every day.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Reason #5 - Appease the Toddler

Kids can be awesome and enrich your life in many ways. They will also make totally random, illogical demands of you, challenging the limits of your sanity.

Case in Point:

I like to do small things for my son, small things that brighten his day. Slurpees from the local 7-11 are a great (and cheap) way to reward him for being good. The whole affair is a fun activity. He walks in with me, grabs his own cup, we fill it up, grab the lid and straw, he puts it on the counter, and I pay. Simple right? Well, it wasn't so simple the last time.

First off, they had exactly one lid for the small cups. Of course, this would be the time the Slurpee machine decides to expel it's delicious red stuff all over the place. It was a mess, and somehow I got the lid dirty. There were no more lids for that size cup. So, we upgraded and got a large cup. With that large cup came a big red straw instead of the normal size green straw. I had no idea how grave a mistake I had made...

We finally made it back into the car and were on our way down the road. I offered the Slurpee to my boy, and he denied! He said "No, down!" but I wasn't quite sure what he meant by that. This went on for a couple of rounds and he started freaking out the way toddlers sometimes do.

"Is the straw too big?" I asked, reaching for anything that could come to my mind.



We pulled over, because his fit was abating, but still in high gear and I needed both my hands to fix the problem. And so, here is the method for appeasing your toddler's ridiculous demands by shortening a straw on the fly.

1: Fold the straw where you want to make your cut.

2: Put the blade of your knife behind the fold.

3: Slice away from yourself, common sense.

4: Put the straw back and hand your kid the damn Slurpee and remember, this is exactly why you carry a knife every day.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Most Astounding

Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson expresses his thoughts on the most astounding thing about the universe in this inspirational and beautiful clip. Dr. Tyson, has become a leading voice in the scientific community. He's articulate and inspiring, quite possibly the next Carl Sagan.

Like Sagan, Dr. Tyson has done tremendous work for our country's space program. He's had a direct impact on the inspiration and goals of NASA and the United States of America's national space exploration goals. Take a minute to read more about this guy.

Reason #4 - Destroy a Credit Card

I received a credit card in the mail for an account that I didn't have any more. It was a mistake or something, I'm not sure. But the important thing is, I needed this bad boy destroyed. So I'll take you through the steps.

Sure, there are machines made for this kind of thing, but not everyone has a super beast mode shredder in their office. Why spend hundreds of dollars on a shredder that might not get that much use when you have a perfectly capable credit card destroying tool in your pocket? Here's how it's done.

1. Fold that card in half.

 2. Puncture the card in the middle with the tip of the blade.

3. Pull the blade through then flip the card and finish cutting all the way through. (This can be hard, credit cards are thick and laminated, but it will go through. Hopefully, you have a good quality knife that won't break under the pressure.)

4. Throw the card away!

And just like that, you've taken care of a credit card you didn't need. Take solace in knowing no one is going to be swiping that bad boy at the gas pump this summer and remember, this is exactly why you should carry a knife every day.