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Trucks Builder
Trucks Builder
Price: $0.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 10 year-old liked it, November 29, 2014
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My 10 year old boy liked this.


The Cost of Courage
The Cost of Courage
Price: $12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by a very impressive young woman!, September 19, 2014
I had the good fortune to meet the author Kelly Estes in person at the Spirit of '45 Day in 2012 and we chatted for a few minutes. We talked about why she wrote this book, her experience with veterans and her community service. I came away very impressed by this young woman, and I expect to see her accomplish great things in the decades ahead. You heard it here first folks!

I bought the book from her and she was kind enough to sign it for me. I consider it to be an investment, not just a book. I have no doubt her autograph on this book will be worth something one day.

Now, about the book. She told me this is a fictionalized account based on what her uncles went through during the war. The story moves along very fast, told from the perspective of the brother who flew bombing missions against Germany and who is shot down and taken prisoner. While a prisoner, he finds out his brother was killed in action flying on the Doolittle raid against Japan. Though the surviving brother is crushed, he continues on, doing his best to survive and help other POWs during some very difficult circumstances. Once liberated, the brother must now deal with the survivors guilt he has, surviving when so many of his comrades, and his brother, didn't.

Yes, the ending brought a tear to my eye.
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1776: Illustrated Edition [Illustrated Edition in Slipcase with Removable Replicas of Documents]
1776: Illustrated Edition [Illustrated Edition in Slipcase with Removable Replicas of Documents]
by David McCullough
Edition: Hardcover
20 used & new from $13.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, but not as cool when you actually start trying to read the documents., September 13, 2014
This is a very odd book. First of all, it is not the full book 1776. It is little bits of the book with accompanying replicas of historical documents in pouches that are distributed throughout the book, most often including replicas of letters to and from Washington.

At first, it feels like you are touching history, but due to how the documents are recreated, many are almost impossible to read without spending a great detail of time deciphering them.

I sure like the idea of this, but it lacks in execution.


InkJoy 700 RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Black Body/Black Ink, 4-Pack
InkJoy 700 RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Black Body/Black Ink, 4-Pack
Price: $7.99
16 used & new from $2.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These pens are aptly named. They really are a Joy to write with., September 9, 2014
For years I never cared what sort of pen I had. If it put ink on paper, I was happy.

But recently I've become a big fan of these Paper Mate Inkjoy pens and especially the 700 RT. These are now my favorite pens.

First, the pen itself, for being cheap enough to be disposable, is quite nice looking. It's got a metal button, clip and tip. It's got a nice hourglass shape that is glossy black or white. It has a rubber grip for your fingertips. The ink flows from it with very little pressure on the paper, it doesn't skip and it has a good color to it. The ball point of the pen feels as though it is gliding on the paper with little friction.

Well worth the $1.50 or $2.00 a pen for the satisfaction you'll get using it.

And if you want to be real cheap, you can buy refills for the pen instead of disposing of it and buying new ones. Refills are roughly 40 cents per.

The 300 RT versions of this pen are also cheaper and very good. The feel and writing quality is the same, but no metal accents.


BIC Cristal Stic Ball Pen, Medium Point (1.0 mm), Blue, 10 Pens
BIC Cristal Stic Ball Pen, Medium Point (1.0 mm), Blue, 10 Pens
Price: $4.01
50 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised just how good this pen is, September 3, 2014
I saw these pens on sale at the local store for 99 cents for a pack of 10. The packaging talks about how much smoother they write. I remember these pens from my school days and have generally avoided them because they always required a lot of pressure to write, the ink skipped and generally they were not very good. But I figured for 10 cents a pen, I'd give them another try.

They've improved A LOT since I was a student. First off, they really do write much smoother than back in the old days. They lay down a nice line of ink with no skipping. And it doesn't take much pressure on the pen to put the ink down.

Pros:
It's cheap. Depending on where you buy, it's anywhere from 10 cents to 30 cents a pen.
It writes very nicely.
Doesn't require much pressure.
It glides smoothly across the paper.
The ink doesn't skip.

Cons:
For the Blue pens, the ink is a lighter shade. I'd prefer darker. The black pens won't be an issue.
The pen has an octagonal shape with ridges. For those who grip a pen tightly, it can be slightly uncomfortable.

This pen has come a long way over the years and is now an excellent, and cheap, pen.


Pilot MR Animal Collection Fountain Pen, Matte White with White Tiger Accent, Fine Nib, Black Ink (91141)
Pilot MR Animal Collection Fountain Pen, Matte White with White Tiger Accent, Fine Nib, Black Ink (91141)
Price: $18.75
4 used & new from $16.94

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent looking reliable Fountain Pen for $15. Good pen, great value!, August 28, 2014
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This review is for the Pilot MR Animal Collection Fountain Pen, Matte White with White Tiger Accent, Fine Nib.

After several days of using this, I have this to say about it. For looks, it's an OK looking pen. I think for a little bit more, they could have made it much nicer looking.

The nib, which is Fine, writes on the thicker side of Fine. If you write with the nib upside down it will lay down a finer line.. The nib is a bit scratchy. Not a lot, but a little bit. It lays down a smooth steady line with no skipping. Other than right after I put the ink in, I haven't had to prime it at all. It is always at the ready. The nib is steel and not very springy. You won't get a lot of variation in the thickness of your writing by pushing down on it harder.

I like that it can use the converter or the cartridges. I prefer cartridges and 12 of them are available for cheap here on Amazon. But a converter is supplied if you like to use your own inks.

The cap posts securely and the pen has a nice feel and weight to it.

The pen comes in a nice, but not elegant box, complete with 1 ink cartridge and instructions.

Overall, it's a solid pen that writes well, and for $15 it is a very good value for a reliable fountain pen.


X450 Kurve Vanilla Fountain Pen by Bulow®
X450 Kurve Vanilla Fountain Pen by Bulow®
Offered by Paramount Goods LLC.
Price: $14.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful looking, but lousy pen, August 21, 2014
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This is a very attractive looking pen. Sadly, that is the only good thing I can say about it.

The writing quality is just awful. It gives me a very inconsistent flow of ink, sometimes running dry in mid-word so i have to go over that word again. Also, the cap does not fit on the end of the pen securely when posting it.

UPDATED: After another few weeks, I wound up throwing this pen in the trash. Even an old 10 cent ball point pen wound up writing far better than this piece of junk. Would constantly dry out between uses, unlike my 2 Pilot fountain pens. It simply became unusable.


Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse
Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse
Price: $2.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prepper Porn, June 9, 2014
People into Prepper Porn will like this story. I mean, everybody has a cabin in the woods stocked up with a year's supply of food right? And an older model truck just in case an EMP hits? And constructed Kill Zones in their home, a "pod" in their basement like a panic room, right?

The story itself is about the USA subjected to an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) which destroys the electrical grid and all electronics, and how this ex-military guy leads his street on how to survive it. And I generally dig these stories, but it gets old that these stories are always told from the viewpoint of a doomsday prepper who donates fantastic sums of his income into preparing for disaster.

So far, I've only read one of these stories told from the perspective of an ordinary guy who wasn't a prepper. Who got through their ordeal through smart and brave leadership. I wish there were more stories like that and less prepper porn.


Reliance Products Aqua-Pak 5 Gallon Rigid Water Container
Reliance Products Aqua-Pak 5 Gallon Rigid Water Container
Price: $22.06
8 used & new from $16.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Water storage container, as long as you don't lay it on it's side, June 2, 2014
I bought one of these to test because I wanted to start storing an emergency supply of water. My idea was to store 6 or 8 of these on their sides under my bed. The built in water spigot sounded like a great idea.

The good is that these are sturdy and great for storing water. As everyone says, they are BPA free and I stored just plain city tap water in mine for 3 months with no ill effects to the water.

The bad is the damn thing leaks out the screw top when stored on it's side.

So I've bought 2 of these to store in the back of my closet, but still looking for a better solution to store 30 or 40 gallons under my bed.


Clore JNC300XL 'Jump-N-Carry' 900 Peak Amp Ultraportable 12V Jump Starter with Light, CEC Compliant
Clore JNC300XL 'Jump-N-Carry' 900 Peak Amp Ultraportable 12V Jump Starter with Light, CEC Compliant
Price: $69.15
5 used & new from $69.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Has proven itself to be useful over and over again and a breeze to use, February 12, 2014
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I've had this product for 8 months now and have been very pleased with it. In that time, I've jump started 4 different cars a total of about 8 times, and the Jump-N-Carry is a breeze to use. It makes jump starting so much easier than breaking out cables and getting another car involved.

What I'm impressed with is the how long the internal battery holds a charge. i don't know what the recommended interval for charging is, but I've gone as long as 3 months and the built-in charge tester still says it has a full charge. I keep it in my trunk where I see it all the time, and just every now and then, I'll check the charge level. Always full.

Well worth the money.


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