Thanks Rev for the series and filling in some of the gaps my survival sewing skills have left me with. Why I didn't take this home ec class when I had the chance, well, I didn't. I thought Pre-Calc would be more important.
I do take issue with a statement you and others make. Will you save money wiith DIY gear. The common answer is "NO, not when you figure in your time."
Time, is the one thing I DO have, and it's not worth that much. I could use it to watch another documentary on The Hitler(History) Channel or REALLY waste it with an episode of Snooky¹ vs The World(which I've never seen.)
The second thing listed is the quality of items produced by the manufacturers. No doubts there. With few exceptions (Yugo) the manufacturers of all products excel in what the DIY guy can do. However, the difference between having a mosquito netted tarp with a zippered side, rainfly, and, for the sake of a patent Spinaker Sleaving (you didn't think HE came up with that did you?) for the cost of a few yards fabric compared to dang near 4-500 dollars?
Let me rephrase that. However, the difference of making everything for the cost of a few yards of fabric and hours of maybe even enjoyable creating to NOT having any gear. Well Sir that is just Priceless. Will my stitching be as even and as fancy as the manufacturer? Nope. Will it get the job done? Ya Buddy.
Make no doubt, I know that given the tools and time my version of a Mercedes would make a Yugo look like a Lincoln. But if it only cost me materials and a little time, I'd be driving the Clean-mobile. I'll never pay that kind of money for a car. (probably never HAVE that kind of money)
You've added to my knowledge base sir, thankee. I hope to actually get out there and create with that knowledge. That's worth more than any 500 dollar, lookie what I bought, sleeping system ever could be worth.
Sides, I haven't seen one of those manufactured Hammocks come in Bright Red and Yellow. It's not like I want to get shot during deer season ya know!
¹ For posterity as her 15 minutes should soon be up, "Snooky" refers to a character who "stars" along with the rest of the cast on a "Reality TV" show on MTV. Here, various individuals are gathered in front of a camera, given a "plausible" set of circumstances and told to "Act Natural". TV Execs in their desire to make as much money possible with as little money expended decided to fire most of the writers and staff and do away with things like, plot, substance, mental abilities over Howler monkey. (normally say Chimpanzee but it turns out they are relatively smart. At least they choose not to watch "Reality TV".
The Execs and most of their now waining audience failed to take into account two things.
1. Act Naturally. Normal people not only do not "Act Naturally" when they know a camera is on them it has been proven to be contrary to the laws of both Newtonian and Einsteinian space, and 3 or the known 14 higher dimensions. There are or rather were, a specific breed of human who COULD "Act Naturally" in front of a camera, they were called actors. They are also, unfortunately, a dying breed, so much so that if you can find an Actor that is any good at their craft, they are automatically paid outrageous sums of money to perform, achieve status that could never be achieved if Joseph Stalk and Jesus, the son of God himself, miracled a direct offspring. They there-upon develop a Super Ego complex and generally set out to solve all of the worlds "problems" while neglecting their acting skills. Usually convinced they poses project decision capabilities regarding the cloning of Human dedicated intellect with Deity offspring.
At least they don't achieve Sports Hero status.
2. Most importantly for this discussion EVERYONE, Sports Heroes and Wild Amazonian Natives in breech-clothes and face paint alike not only have a flip cam, but they've got Twitter and You-Tube accounts. They unintentionally and accidentally produce "Reality TV" without pay or profit, and produce it not on a Weekly basis, not on a Daily Basis or even an Hourly basis. They produce, edit and deliver sometimes with really rocking stolen music on a Moment to Moment basis. Thereby eliminating the need of Studio Executives and their non-acting, self-proclaimed celebrities and undercutting their outrageous profits. They've eliminated the need for TV itself, now relegated to the task of viewing movies delivered on disk by mail or over the internet itself (might as well, nobody would pay to watch this junk in a theater) but also given the option of displaying Twitter and You-Tube Videos. Its thought that by 2015 the demand for TV usage will be so low that the lack of current draw to power now unplugged tv's will eliminate the need to upgrade the worlds electrical grid.
So it ain't ALL bad.
Side note: The former writing staffs have been located now living in Bora Bora and having a "Splendid" time. They were found due to a rather unfortunate, self-gloating moment in which one of them, not to be named, shared by sending a postcard to a former and now suicidal TV Executive with the simple caption of, "Absolutely Enjoying Life. Glad you're NOT here."
They always were a cheeky lot.
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