The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 13

For the thirteenth day of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want an Optimus Single Burner Hiking Stove.

Its, small, light, and can burn anything from white gas, kerosene, diesel, to jet fuel so it will be relatively easy to get a ready fuel supply for some time.

Psychologically there is something very important about having a hot meal, especially when it starts to get colder.  Take the lid off your can of soup and pop it right on top of the burner, and in under four minutes you will be eating hot food.  This is a very useful tool for when you can’t risk a fire because it will draw too much attention, and especially when your room hopping in a city looking for supplies.  You can’t build a fire on the thirtieth floor of a high rise to cook, but with this single burner stove your worries are over – well, except for the undead that is.

The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 12

For the twelth day of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a Hallagan breaching tool.

The biggest problem most people are going to have after the undead rise isn’t just safety, its supplies.  People who survive the first week or so will most likely have some type of safe haven – but no matter how secure, they are going to have to go out and get supplies at some point.  As days tick by, supplies are going to get harder and harder to find.  The obvious places are going to be hit first and emptied out.

After a few months things are going to get scarce and you’re going to have to work to get your dinner.  That’s were the Hallagan breaching tool comes into play.  It is a two man operation, but it is a very fast way to get through doors.  When toilet paper gets scarce enough and your going into an apartment building taking down doors one at a time this is the tool you will need.

When your done playing hide and seek with the crack heads in the abandoned warehouse practice your door breaching skills with the Hallagan.


The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 11

For the eleventh day of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a set of ATN PVS7-3 Night Vision goggles.

Night is one of the most dangerous times for us survivors.  A flashlight is great if you can risk it, but what if you weren’t able to make it out of the city before dark on your last foraging trip, and now you’re trapped, the undead shambling everywhere around you.  Using a flashlight is going to attract a lot of attention, but you need to keep moving until you find a safe place to hole up.

That’s where the night vision goggles will save your bacon.  You will be able to move without attracting any attention once you practice the art of using these.  Just like everything else, practice, practice practice.  Go find yourself some crackheads and a bus.  Take everyone to an abondoned building (there are plenty around thanks to the economy) and just before dark, tell them you have ten ounces of crack in your pockets, then switch off the ligths and see if you can avoid them using the night vision.

Great training, and great fun.


The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 10

For the tenth day of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a Riot Shield.

At just over five pounds it gives you the protection you need when you’ve run out of ammunication and your going to town on what’s left of the old folks home with your baseball bat or machete.  You need to learn to use you legs to push away as the undead hit the shield, then use the brief opening to take the head shot.  You can’t use it to just hold them off, they will rip your arm off while they pull the shield away if you let them.

Now’s the time to practice (preferably on the front lawn where all the neighbors can see you) – so go pay five of the the local junior high football stars to play an interesting game with you.  You get a nerf sword and they have to pull you to the ground.  If you can keep them at bay and beat them into submission with a nerf sword – you win.

Plus, when the undead start to eat your neighbors and they see you succesfully battling your way to the minivan with your riot shield, you can spare just a moment to give them the finger for all the times they called you crazy behind your back.

The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 9

For the ninth of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a Hitachi NR90GR Gas Powered framing nailer.

This is the most awesome home defense device out there.  Its not a weapon, but it’s going to help you secure just about everying.  A single fuel cell is going to drive up to 1200 nails.  Imagine how many doors and windows you can secure with that?

When the power goes out and there are no more power tools, a lot of people are going to be in shock. Simple things like cutting a piece of wood or building a simple structure will take more time, and be more difficult. The Hitachi nail gun is going to give you just a bit of extra time to survive.  Every moment your not driving a nail with a hammer is another door or window you can secure.

Maybe the one that keeps you alive….

The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 8

For the eigth of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a pair of Wiley-X Tag 1 tactical gloves.

The highest risk location for small injuries in the post apocalyptic world is your finger and hands.  Broken glass, sharp metal, the debri of our old world, all just waiting to scrape and cut your hands and fingers.  Protect your digits from everything with these tactical protective gloves.  They are not only made with kevlar for scratch and puncture resistance, but also with nomex, making them fire resistant as well.

I also really like the above the wrist protection.  There are other great tactical gloves out there, but I like these because they come halfway up my forearms.

The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 7

For the seventh of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a long bladed machete.

Its not a weapon for the feint of heart.  Chopping through a few zombies dressed as nurses or worse, boy scouts and girl scouts will cause most people to hesitate, which will get you killed.  And that is just the psychological aspect of it.

Physically and technically the machete is the more difficult weapon to wield versus a non edged weapon.  Flesh and bone can bind around the blade if you strike wrong, and you can easily cut yourself in the frenzy of combat, which even if its just a small cut, can kill you if you get infected blood in it.

Practice, practice, practice.  High and low strokes, practicing to take the neck and then the legs. If you can’t kill them, taking a leg out will greatly reduce their speed. There are two major issues with using a machete.

The first is all about skill, but you can overcome this by practicing and making sure you feel comfortable with the weapon.

The second is much more difficult to deal with.  Psychologically the impact of close in combat with a weapon like a machete is devestating.  Even though they are just undead, they look like people.

I hope you can deal with it…

The Hunger Games – Book 3

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really struggled with the third book in the series. I couldn’t put the first two down, and that carried into the third book, but the energy just didn’t carry over.

It felt like the end was rushed and the author was forced at the last minute to change it. It just didn’t flow like the other two books.

Spoiler Alert…

The one truth Katniss always had was the love for her sister. It makes no sense to kill her off at the end. The same impact could have been had just by killing the children or other medics. Katniss still would have or could have had the same urge to kill coin.

And there is no way they would have found her not guilty by reason of insanity…please!!! Someone would have asked her why she did it, and then people would have known that at the very least, the key figure in the rebellion thought the new government was willing and able to kill innocent children and their own medics. The only logical conclusion would have been to kill Katniss.

And there is no way she would have let Gale and Beetee survive. I think she would have hunted them down and killed them both if they designed the bomb.

In the end, the third book left me scratching my head. Sure, she ends up with Peeta, but what could have been an okay third book really sucked in the last thirty pages.

The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 6

For the sixth of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want an Ash baseball bat.

They are light, very strong, and are a great way to take down a zombie or three quietly and safely.  The risk of splatter is there, but less so than if your using an edged weapon, so even if you get surprised and don’t have your gas mask on, your likely to be just fine.

When your picking your bat, make sure you look at the grain and find one with long flowing lines.  Short, choppy grain is a likely sign the bat will not be as strong as a piece of wood with long grains.

A wooden baseball bat might seem like a simple device, but it’s light, easy to get, and you can keep one in a display case behind your desk at all times. Just tell people your a baseball fanatic.