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Gary Cole is not Gary Oldman

I just figured out that the very versatile actor that played roles from Sid Vicious and Sirius Black to Mike Brady and Cotton McKnight is in fact two different people that spell and pronounce their last names differently, Gary Oldman and Gary Cole

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To light a candle

I was trying to light a birthday cake the other day. I went through my stuff and found all these exciting ways to build a fire, none of which work to light a birthday cake:

1. Matches – Should work, except these are waterproof matches that I picked up sometime in the 1980s. I’ve shuffled them from kit to kit until I finally discovered they are so waterproof they won’t light. At least not on the scrap of matchbox I had for a striker. They went in the trash and I’ll replace them with regular wooden matches.

2. Spark rod & cotton ball tender – This is my primary firestarting method for any kind of outdoor fire, charcoal cooking, etc. I didn’t want to light one indoors, though.

3. Road flares – Even worse than the cotton ball for indoor use.

4. 12V cigarette lighter – I was going to try this but then I realized my car doesn’t even have one.

Eventually someone found a matchbook with two matches. I fumbled the first one and then gave it to smoker to light the candle. (Ex-smoker, so she didn’t have a light.)

The morals:
1. Be ready for small stuff, not just big events.
2. If you’re going to take the trouble to carry gear with you, you’d better know how to use it.
3. No matter what you think you have covered, something new will always pop up and surprise you.

Emergency Preparedness
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