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Active Shooter Events and Response
Active Shooter Events and Response
by John P. Blair
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, Well-rounded Approach to the Subject Matter …, October 14, 2014
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Unfortunately, the term “active shooter event” has become part of modern America’s vernacular and law enforcement, as well as society in general, must find ways to stop the killing as soon as such events start. ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENTS AND RESPONSE claims to be the first book solely designed to combat active shooter events and limit the human cost. The book is thorough, thought-provoking and while it is written primarily for first-responders, it provides more than enough practical information to educate civilians as well.

I find this subject matter quite interesting and somewhat personally relevant. Two years after experiencing an armed robbery (which, fortunately, did not become an active shooter event), I watched Columbine unfold on television and eight years later had the misfortune of living in the town that experienced one of the worst shooting events (Virginia Tech/Blacksburg). Nowadays, it seems like reports of a gunman on the loose is typical occurrence that sadly only seems to get attention if it exceeds a certain body count.

The four authors of ACTIVE SHOOTER are members of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center in Texas and they include the disclaimer that the book is the result of a decade’s worth of research and training. The authors also state that the lethality of Columbine served as the catalyst for law enforcement to develop a quicker and smarter response to such events in order to stop the killing sooner and save more lives. Stopping the killing and saving lives is the core theme that runs throughout the book … all of the implementations, tactics and theories presented are geared toward law enforcement arriving at the scene and formulating a plan that expeditiously stops/eliminates the killing threat.

The book is essentially a training manual that teaches based on the lessons (good and bad) learned from prior active shooter events (most notably Columbine and Virginia Tech). The authors reveal the various types of active shooter situations that could be faced, including the ominous and ever-more real threat of a terrorist-related shooter event (fortunately, the US has yet to experience any shooting event as deadly as Beslan or Mumbai). The book methodically advises law enforcement on how to form an active shooter response team (even noting what personality types are and are not appropriate for such a team) and the steps needed to prepare and train such a team. Referencing prior active shooter incidents, the book addresses the tactics, weaponry, necessary equipment and mindset that is essential when responding to active shooter events. The authors take care to factor virtually any issue first-responders might face (barricaded doors, bombs, multiple shooters, etc.) and provide step-by-step strategies to maximize efficiency and effectiveness while minimizing risk (acknowledging sight angles within buildings, communication, fields of fire, room entry tactics, utilizing cover, etc.). Post-engagement activities and life-saving measures are also discussed once the killing has stopped. The authors make it abundantly clear that there is no single success-formula to combat active shooters and being open-minded is critical if the situation warrants a rapid strategy-change. As a civilian, I found this section both awe-inspiring and sobering ... I’ve read hundreds of World War II combat memoirs and now I’m reading about how to conduct combat operations in a local school or business (says a lot about the world we currently live in).

The later portion of the book specifically addresses the civilian element in active shooter incidents and provides practical information for civilians to minimize one from being a target (how to use halls, doors and locations within rooms, etc.). Additionally, the authors factored the possibility of armed civilians (concealed carry permit holders) in a building with an active shooter; a situation that draws a fine line between helpful and disaster). This section offers sensible advice to both civilians and law enforcement in effort to minimize unnecessary injury or death (if the police mistake an armed civilian as the shooter suspect). I found the civilian portion of the book to be quite informative as the authors explain how the mental/emotional stages civilians experience when an active shooting event starts generally dictates the likelihood of survival. Two case scenarios (a deadly night club fire and the Virginia Tech shooting) are used to effectively illustrate how civilian reaction led to escape or death. An appendix documents each incident labeled as an active shooter event in the US from 2000-2010 … the sheer number of incidents is enough to warrant a need for this book.

The way the world appears to be heading, I found this book providing a wealth of practical knowledge to prepare law enforcement and civilians for such violent events. The authors present the material in a manner that is thought-provoking, easy to consume and (more importantly) easy to remember.


Train: The Definitive Visual History (Dk Smithsonian)
Train: The Definitive Visual History (Dk Smithsonian)
by DK Publishing
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $30.60
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another DK Gem …, October 13, 2014
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I own several DK books that cover a variety of subjects. While I generally love the heavy graphic presentation DK books offer, those books that are labeled as being affiliated with the Smithsonian are simply the best of the bunch … TRAIN: THE DEFINITIVE VISUAL HISTORY is no exception.

One does not need to be an avid fan of trains to appreciate this book’s treasure trove of historical information and stunning eye-candy. As with other Smithsonian volumes, TRAIN: THE DEFINITIVE VISUAL HISTORY is presented chronologically with every single page brimming with interesting and immensely detailed factoids, informational insets and beautiful, vivid photos lighting everything up. I cannot say enough about the photos, including several montages of a variety of locomotives and/or cars that include up-close images revealing intricate details. The book is organized extremely well with the trademark final pages providing the trademark general information that educates readers on a variety of train-related subject matters such as signals, tracks, etc.

300+ glossy pages in this oversized volume serves as an authoritative reference on anything/everything train-related or a terrific book to simply sit back, relax and flip through with a cup of coffee. With school-aged children in our house, this is yet another quality DK addition to the family/personal library. I look forward to the next subject matter DK/Smithsonian plans to tackle.


Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters
Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters
by Peter Vronsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.15
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1 in 6 ..., October 13, 2014
In an era where modern feminism has pushed equality on every front, there is one area where it appears to be quite acceptable to let men dominate: serial killing. However, studies reveal that 1 of every 6 identified serial killers is, in fact, female. Peter Vronsky details the lesser known and little understood world of the female serial killer in his book: FEMALE SERIAL KILLERS: HOW AND WHY WOMEN BECOME MONSTERS. With so many books written about the men who consider killing others as their life's work, I found Vronsky's book to be quite informative and rather chilling.

The book starts with a lesson as to what defines a "serial" killer, the psychopathological, as well as the criminal/legal aspects. Vronsky then ties everything together with a brief history of female serial killers (from the Roman Empire's Agrippina the Younger to the modern world's most recognizable female serial killer: Aileen Wournos). I found the science and data detailing the mindset of the female serial killer to be quite fascinating and the evidence shows that once a woman decides to commit serial murder, she'll likely be a more prolific and proficient killer than her male counterpart. Vronsky also reveals how modern feminism has loosely embraced the deeds of a monster like Wournos as being a source of refreshing vengeance in the brutal, male-dominated world ... a real-life "Thelma and Louise"-type hero that finally stands up for herself. Vronsky tempers the "you go girl" attitude of feminists with the sobering fact that the victims of female serial killers are more likely to be friends and family ... in many cases, their own children. This section of the book is quite informative and Vronsky presents the material in a witty, sarcastic manner which made the science more enjoyable to digest.

The bulk of the book (about ¾) is dedicated to specific case studies of female serial killers in the twentieth century. Rather than simply listing the women by name or in a chronological order of their killing time, Vronsky breaks down these case studies into specific types of serial killers: women who kill for money/mothers, nurses and caregivers killing their children or those who depend on them/cult serial killers and females as a serial killer accomplice. The case studies, for the most part, are interesting but, Vronsky's tongue-in-cheek asides were a little grating at times and some of the stories were drawn out a little too much. Aileen Wournos, as the first female to be commonly labeled as a serial killer, gets a great deal of attention from the author, as does Karla Homolka (whose killing career included particularly disturbing murder of her own little sister). The case studies of cult serial killers included the Nazi's female concentration camp guards and the Manson family women. I would have liked more information on the Nazi guards, but detailed information of these women has historically been rather scarce. Regarding the Mason women, Vronsky lumped Linda Kasabian with the three most notorious Manson-followers (Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkle) and I don't see how she fits the mold of a serial killer (I don't believe she was ever charged with a single murder, let alone multiple murders). Regardless, these case studies illustrate how proficient women can be in killing, as well as exhibiting a talent for killing "under the radar" (explaining the longevity of their killing "careers"). There are several pages of photos in the middle of the book which I found myself referencing quite often in order to put a face to the names documented in the case studies.

Overall, FEMALE SERIAL KILLERS provided quite an eye-opening education on a rather nightmarish subject (women who kill friends and family). Having read several books on the subject matter, I believe this book trumps other similarly-themed books in that It provides a more thorough and exhaustive approach on the subject matter.


The Good Old Days: The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders
The Good Old Days: The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders
by Ernst Klee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.26
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4.0 out of 5 stars Casual Killing …, October 13, 2014
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Ernst Klee’s THE GOOD OLD DAYS differs from most books on the Holocaust in that rather than writing a historical perspective, he provides damning evidence of the extent of German involvement in mass murder.

THE GOOD OLD DAYS is mostly a collection of correspondence, testimony and other documents from those who witnessed, facilitated, ordered and/or participated in the murder of Jews on the Eastern Front. While names like Mengele, Himmler and Heydrich are innately associated with the Holocuast, they aren’t among the cast of characters in this book. Klee reveals that “ordinary” Germans on the Eastern Front were well aware of the systematic slaughter of innocents and witnessed numerous “killing events” first hand. Cooks, orderlies and Wehrmacht enlisted men reveal, in chilling clarity, the casual nature of the killing … even the killing of children. While history has shown that simply “following orders” has been the trademark rationale for those accused of such crimes, Klee’s book provides evidence of the willingness to ignore events, if not participate in them (directly or indirectly). The accounts are disturbing in that many of the happenings detailed are small-scale (when compared to Babi Yar or Auschwitz), but frequent and extremely brutal in nature … the murders happened as opportunities presented themselves … anywhere, at any time and by any means. Many of the numerous photos throughout the book serve as visual evidence that supports the specific events being described.

I’ve read numerous books on the subject matter, but THE GOOD OLD DAYS really hit a nerve in that it documents the role of “ordinary Germans” in the Holocaust and casts doubt over the over-claimed innocence of the “average” German soldier. This book proved to be a sad and disturbing read, but it provides a perspective of events that is seldom seen … that of the perpetrator. I found it somewhat ironic that, as I was reading this book, the eerie news of ISIS brutality in the Middle East started to dominate the news. Once again, the world is watching (immediately and with vivid clarity thanks to YouTube, Twitter and Instagram) innocents being slaughtered by those worshiping a cancerous ideology … and doing nothing about it.


Spot it! Disney Frozen - Alphabet
Spot it! Disney Frozen - Alphabet
Price: $12.12
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cards too Small …, October 5, 2014
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My daughters and I are big fans of the original Spot It! Card game, so SPOT IT! DISNEY FROZEN seemed to be a no-brainer. Unfortunately, what could have been a nice version of the addictive, easy-to-learn-and-play card game was tainted by the size of the cards and the small, detailed images on them.

WHAT IT IS:

- 55 round cards with 8 images of items/characters related to Disney’s “Frozen” movie in addition to letters of the alphabet. The cards are made so that each card possesses an identical image (of varying sizes) to every other card in the deck … the point of the game is to “spot the match”. There are 4 modes of game play and all of them are quite simple and fun.

- Because the images on each card are randomly put in various positions, the letters “M”, “N”, “W” and “Z” are underlined to avoid confusion in identifying them.

- The game accommodates 2 to 8 players and is geared for children as young as 3.

- The cards and instructions come in a handy, round metal tin that can be conveniently stored in a purse, glove-box or pants-pocket.

THE ONE PROBLEM THAT MAKES IT SUB-PAR WHEN COMPARED TO THE ORIGINAL:

- The original Spot It! has the same number of images on the cards (8), but the images are simpler and easier to render because the cards are larger. SPOT IT! DISNEY FROZEN uses cards that are smaller than the original and I found the detailed “Frozen”-themed images much harder to discern (especially the smaller images).

The game itself is still fun; the “Frozen” theme and letters were a big hit with my youngest daughter. But, my enjoyment of the game was somewhat diminished by my need to get closer to the cards to see the images clearly.


Fruit Friends Squeezable Fruit, Apple, 3.2 Ounce (Pack of 32)
Fruit Friends Squeezable Fruit, Apple, 3.2 Ounce (Pack of 32)
Price: $24.43

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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Tasty …, October 1, 2014
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FRUIT FRIENDS SQEEZABLE FRUIT (Apple) is simply a single-serving of pureed apples in a convenient squeezable container (that kids will surely like). Made solely from pureed apples (and ascorbic acid/Vitamin C), it’s an all-natural product with each individual packet amounting to the equivalent of one apple. I found the biggest difference between FRUIT FRIENDS and other comparable products is that FRUIT FRIENDS doesn’t add water to dilute the puree … I felt the apple flavor is more pronounced. The texture is smooth, not chunky, so it’s suitable for all ages.

The packaging is convenient in that it doesn’t have to be consumed at once (the cap screws back on). This eliminates the mess that most single-serving apple sauce containers generate once their foil lids are pulled off.


Thermatek Heated Memory Foam Travel Pillow, Black, One Size
Thermatek Heated Memory Foam Travel Pillow, Black, One Size
Price: $24.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Cozy …, September 30, 2014
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Most travel pillows I’d previously used were simply “okay”; the THERMATEK HEATED TRAVEL PILLOW is one of the most relaxing, comfortable travel pillows I’ve ever used.

WHAT IT IS:

- A “U-shaped” pillow that fits around the neck for support with the optional benefit of heat.

WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL:

- Memory foam with a silky-soft/plush cover. The memory-foam pad is somewhat firm and provides added comfort and support. Extremely comfortable/cozy and accommodates larger necks. The pillow itself isn’t tapered like most pillows, it’s slab-like thickness adds more support.

- There is a pocket/sleeve that accepts disposable “heat packs”. This is an added benefit for those who are seeking a therapeutic angle to their travel pillow. The pillow comes with 2 disposable heat packs; additional heat packs must be purchased separately.

I found this pillow to be quite luxurious and useful. The pillow alone (no heat) is great to use when working at the computer, watching television, reading and travel. The memory foam and plush cover make this pillow comfortable to use for longer periods than the other travel pillows I’d previously tried. While I like the soothing option of heat, the added cost of buying additional replacement heat packs must be considered (each pack generates about 8 hours of warmth) will temper my need for heat. Heat or no heat, the THERMATECK HEATED TRAVEL PILLOW is wonderful.


Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile
Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile
by Nate Jackson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.42
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ever Wonder About the 99% of NFL Players That Aren’t Superstars?, September 27, 2014
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While a small percentage of “all-stars” get all the attention (good and bad) in the NFL, most of the league’s rosters are comprised of no-names that couldn’t buy a headline. But, if NFL players were compared to the Fortune 500 companies, these no-names would reside in the 50-500 slots as they too represent the upper-crust of their sport. Former Denver Bronco’s tight end Nate Jackson is one such no-name player and SLOW GETTING UP is his honest and entertaining account of being a “fringe” player who fought to earn a roster spot each and every year of his professional career.

I generally avoid reading most player-written books as they often prove to be nothing more than an effort to cash-in on a recent championship season and rarely offer anything insightful … the stories are the same, only the names of the players and teams are changed. Many years ago, former All-Pro Atlanta Falcon Tim Green wrote an “insider’s” perspective of life in the NFL (“The Dark Side of the Game”) that was billed as an expose. Unfortunately, Green’s storytelling failed to raise an eyebrow and was actually quite boring. But Nate Jackson’s book actually sheds some light on the highs and lows of what being an NFL player has to offer and the manner in which he tells his story makes SLOW GETTING UP an informative and enjoyable read.

I hesitate to say that a big reason I found SLOW GETTING UP so enjoyable was that I had never heard of Nate Jackson before, so right off the bat, there was an expectation that he’d spill his guts (figuring he had nothing to lose in doing so). Another plus factor in the readability department is that Jackson is both intelligent and humble. His witty and self-deprecating writing-style portrays him as an open, honest and believable individual … confident, but in no way egotistical. What Jackson manages to do (that Tim Green could not do) is give readers a perspective of all those players who make the team, but don’t get the fortune and fame … in other words, the majority of the league. We get that fly-on-the-wall perspective of the undeniable perks that come with being a professional football player: a decent paycheck and the local fame that garners a lot of female attention. On the other hand, we also get a clear understanding of how uncertain, unforgiving and unhealthy an NFL career can be. Jackson’s “tell it like it is” approach gives readers a “ground zero” perspective of the NFL as both a game and a ruthless business. A team environment where, ironically, self-preservation (for coaches and players) is the most common virtue, but individual success only matters if it results in the team winning.

What makes Jackson’s take so interesting is that he made the Denver Broncos’ team for six consecutive years despite being an undrafted free-agent and suffering from compounding injuries year-in-year-out, including his time in college. Jackson even survived a position switch (form wide receiver to tight end) that required him not only to mentally adjust to a new position, but transform physically as well. Although he didn’t get his first start until his 5th year with the Bronco’s he proves that being a “bench-warmer” on a professional team isn’t such a bad thing (he ended his six-season active career with 27 receptions for 240 yards and 2 touchdowns).

The most common thread throughout the book is directly related to the book’s title: injuries. Jackson gives us a first-hand account of how the NFL is more of akin to Valleydale Foods than a sports business … it’s a real meat-grinder. During the course of his career, Jackson suffered numerous injuries, including: separated shoulders, multiple concussions, off-the-bone groin tear, torn MCL, broken leg, nerve damage, broken fingers, plantar fasciitis and a variety of other trauma-related damage. The recurring injuries resulted in him spending one season with NFL Europe and enduring a steady, career-long regimen of rehab, pills and shots (including a half-hearted attempt of taking HGH). Through it all, however, he persevered as long as he could his body couldn’t meet the demands of the game. Jackson’s account shows how the NFL is unforgiving in its never-ending search for fresh, healthy young men to chew up and spit out.

SLOW GETTING UP proved to be fun, page-turning read … there are no sticking points. The sincere and humorous approach Jackson takes is what really made the difference … there is no hint bitterness or “axe to grind.” I found the book serving as a more factual, updated, written version of the Mac Davis/Nick Nolte film from the 70s (“North Dallas Forty”). Nate Jackson’s football career may be over, but his writing ability may just be taking off.


The Secret History of Wonder Woman
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
by Jill Lepore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.94

4.0 out of 5 stars And I Always Thought Linda Carter WAS Wonder Woman …, September 26, 2014
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Not being a fan of comic books, I still saw many comic book characters become standard Saturday morning cartoon fodder when I was a kid. My formal introduction to Wonder Woman was courtesy of ABC and it’s campy mid-70s primetime drama featuring a winsome Linda Carter exhibiting all of the super-heroine’s cache of gadgets and powers (I can still envision the primitive special effects that emulated Wonder Woman’s “invisible” plane). What drew me to Jill Lepore’s book more than anything was its title; I knew there must have been some unique background that led to the creation of Wonder Woman and all her powers. Far exceeding what I expected, THE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN proved to be an extremely interesting study of early 20th century American social history.

I always imagined that comic book characters were the products of creative minds’ daydreams … a great deal of fantasy. Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston was an extremely bright, creative and ambitious man who simply couldn’t cash in on his education and jack-of-all-trades expertise until he started (late in life) to creatively express life experiences and his adulation for the women who spearheaded the suffragist movement in the early 20th century. Lepore’s book is not a simple history of Wonder Woman, but a very deep study of the secretive history of her creator and the strong, independent women who inspired him. To some extent, THE SECRET LIFE OF WONDER WOMAN is more an expose as the secrets of Marston and the delicately crafted façade he created were so secretive, even some of his children weren’t informed who their biological parents were until they were young adults.

What impressed me about the book was Lepore’s dedication to providing a scholarly approach of the subject matter. I never thought the history and inspiration behind a comic strip character could be so complicated … and interesting. The first two-thirds of the book is mostly a biography of Marston’s somewhat fascinating life (he “invented” the lie detector) and it proves critical in deciphering Wonder Woman, her powers and her purpose. Marston’s reverence for the suffragists and their plight serves as the catalyst behind Wonder Woman and reading about his life serves somewhat as an education on the women’s movement itself. Marston’s public life as an educator, filmmaker, author, researcher and inventor provides the perfect cover for his secret personal life that included a long-term polyamorous relationship with two women with whom he fathered children. I found it ironic that the roles within the house seemed to contradict the feminist environment Marston so embraced: one wife (Elizabeth Holloway) worked to support the household, the other wife (Olive Byrne) cared for the children and Marston was given space to pretty much do as he pleased. This secret scandalous lifestyle was deftly managed and only became known to a few (which was a likely cause for Marston being blackballed from having an academic career). Lepore ties much of Marston’s life to Wonder Woman and her story lines. From the bullet-proof bracelets (Olive Byrne wore the bracelets in lieu of a wedding band), her “truth lasso (Marston’s lie detector) to every storyline having Wonder Woman being chained by men (a reference to women having to free themselves). The complexity of Marston’s life and how he managed to express it through Wonder Woman is intriguing. Lepore also delves into the particulars of Wonder Woman’s unique role in the comics, censorship trouble and the challenge presented by the belief that comic books were (at the time) devious and detrimental to society (I can’t imagine how “Two and a Half Men” would have been received in those days).

THE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN isn’t an easy read. In fact, much of the difficulty I had involved Marston/Holloway/Byrne’s efforts to hide their family by using fictitious and combinations of their own names for the children … it took me a while to keep track of who-was-who. Lepore cites over 70 pages of sources, so the entire book is extremely detailed. In addition to an appendix that lists the titles and release dates of Wonder Woman comics, the book is peppered throughout with photos and numerous excerpts of Wonder Woman strips. Overall, THE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN is an effective and well-executed presentation. I honestly didn’t anticipate such a rich history lesson from a book about Wonder Woman, but that’s what I ended up getting.


InterDesign Wavz Shower Caddy, Blue/Chrome
InterDesign Wavz Shower Caddy, Blue/Chrome
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2.0 out of 5 stars Why Can’t Anyone Create a Decent Shower Caddy?, September 25, 2014
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The WAVZ SHOWER CADDY fall in line with ever other shower caddy I’ve owned … adequate. This caddy design looks nice and could be great if it was actually designed to handle the modern products people use in the shower.

WHAT IT IS:

- A dual-shelf wire caddy designed to hang from the pipe connected to the shower head.

- Features of this caddy include two hooks on the bottom sides of the unit for hanging items like washcloths. In between these two hoods are 2 pair of smaller hooks that appear to be designed for holding razors.

- The wire bottom of the top shelf has 3 circular openings to accommodate holding shampoo bottles upside-down.

- The front and side walls of the shelves are covered with a textured, translucent plastic (mine is blue) that adds aesthetic appeal.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS CADDY:

- The hanging loop at the top of the caddy includes an inner wire-hook with a rubber sleeve designed to “hug” the water pipe. This wire-hook can be bent to provide a snug fit, but its effectiveness depends on how far the water pipe extends form the wall and whether or not your shower is a fiberglass stall or tile. In my case, the thickness of the shower stall combined with a short water pipe forces the caddy to tilt back. To eliminate the tilt, the caddy would have to hand on the downward slope of the water pipe and it won’t stay in place (it slides to the shower head and tilts forward).

- There are no backs to the shelves and there are no suction cups on the unit to hold the caddy in place; it swings when bumped.

- The wire shelf bottoms are rather flimsy and do not provide a stable (level) platform for shampoo bottles that are more than half full. The bottom of the shelf bends under the weight and bounces back when the weight is removed; this causes the other items in the caddy to bounce around.

- One aspect of the caddy I was looking forward to using was the pair of “razor hooks”. Unfortunately, these hooks are designed to razors with a defined “t” shaped head (like disposables), but not the 3-5 blade razors that are the rage these days. They serve no purpose in my shower.

This shower caddy appeared to be a winner, but it failed to me meet the simple demand of providing a stable platform for shower products. The designers apparently didn’t feel it was necessary to consider the type of shower products people use these days when putting this product together.


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