Sit. Rep. #160: Coast Guard Ready, Fire on the Go

1- I just learned that “Semper Paratus” is the slogan for the US Coast Guard.  To them, Semper Paratus means “Always Ready.”  I chose it because I translated the Latin phrase into “Always Prepared.”  Either way, my personal salute is to each member of all of the branches of our military service.

“I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.”  ― Oprah Winfrey

2- Matches, lighters, strikers, flint and steel, compression or plunger starters, magnifying or lens glass, exothermic chemical reactions, spark igniters, bow or fire or pump drills, and/or a fire saw are all different tools to start a fire.  Have you ever considered how to transport fire if you have none of those above?

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Bracket or Shelf Fungus – Picture By: Pauline Bernfeld,

A tin can hold an ember.  Light a broken bracket fungus (also called a “shelf fungus”) and it will smolder.  Take a bundle of branches, wrap them with grass or vines and place the hot ember into the middle.  Or combine any or all three methods above.

A transported fire will start your cooking fire quicker and easier at your next campsite.  Always keep a constant eye on your ember while you are en route.  When necessary – stop, build another fire and start over with a new ember.

“We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.”
― Thomas A. Edison

3- Meeting Plans and Notes:
Cold Weather First Aid and Emergencies

Y: I tried to catch the fog yesterday.
Z: Phooey! I bet you Mist.


A: What do you call a virus on a doctor’s computer?
B: Well it could be malaria, a bacterium, kidney failure, a heart murmur, or gall stones for starters.  We will have to run some tests and then send it to a specialist.

Semper Paratus,

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