Usa Travel Stories, Page 10

A Good Backpack Harness

A Good Backpack Harness
A 14 year old girl in Ghana, West Africa picked up my 25 Kilo bag full of books, put on her head and walked one kilometer with me to show me a hotel. This was an ordeal, I mean, carrying 45 plus kilos for a five kilometer walk is nuts.

I kept looking at the girl, 25 Kilos on her head, my backpack was making me walk like a cripple. Without my front bag, I was out of balance.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individual_Integrated_Fighting_System

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Indiana, United States of America
Small Town USA
Friday, March 7, 2008
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I would propose, that this harness has some essential ingedients that is the long-term better backpacking engineering needed to make the perfect backpack.

The top of the head is best balanced.
The balance is needed of front and back.

Hmm, someone please, go and...
Please send out the assistant to check out them Sherpas on Mount Everest, see what a porter has to say, and also stop on the way back, ask some Asians about their bamboo stick seesaw thing.

A Good Backpack Harness


Testing my Windmill Backpack

Testing my Windmill Backpack
I stumbled on a great way to test my Windmill Backpack if it ever leaves the dream stage and becomes a pack.

I guess that is not true, I do not think these boys are going go just test my bag or even let me play with their toys.

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Indiana, United States of America
Small Town USA
Friday, March 7, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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Take you pick, it seems to have many names.

SSC
United States Army Soldier Systems Center
Natick Army Labs

As I understand, the US Army has a gear research facility in Natick, Massachusetts.

Wiki Quote:
The SSC is sometimes called the "Natick Army Labs", although this designation more properly refers to one of its tenant units, the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center.

Page on wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natick_Laboratories

The Army page:
http://www.natick.army.mil/

The Windmill Backpack is moving along, however I have decided not to use Rodney from the Philippines or make the backpack in the Philippines. Rodney can only find sub-grade quality materials, therefore, if I personally need to go to Korea, Taiwan, China, and Japan to buy materials, I may as well make the pack closer to the source, a lot cheaper, say in Hong Kong, or China.

Second option and becoming a better idea daily is to make the backpack in Canada or the USA.

I cannot enter the USA for more than 30 days or pay many taxes. The USA allows me to earn up to 80 thousand outside the USA, so I could go to Canada, same as the USA with an self-identity problem to resolve.

What I need to do is buy all the top quality materials, free of the Asia problem of sub-quality and copies, never does anything work culture. I think the first 100 could 10 times easier be made in the USA. In the USA, I can just call up a vendor, say sent me this, pay by credit card and I have what I need, while Asia is tantamount to doing drug deals, with hired guns, cash money, many stupid things, not to be trusted farther than you can throw them. Yes, it is cheaper, but takes 10 times longer to get something done, I really do not want to live in China or the Philippine watching people sow, and I can buy a machine cheaper and make the bag myself. Which, is a good idea, I truly think I am the best person on the planet to sew this bag up.

I guess I should find a place in Canada, there is that Mountain Coop place on the West Coast, and seems to be a cutting edge gear store.

Testing my Windmill Backpack


Status a way to Group People

Status a way to Group People
People are racist, judgmental, petty, more or less in the closet bigots who keep saying to themselves they are open minded.

Ask yourself a question:

Do you think foreigners are smart?
The Mexican, India, China?

A QUOTE:
“We cannot bring ourselves to believe it possible that a foreigner should in any respect be wiser than ourselves…”
-- Anthony Trollope (1815 - 1882) British novelist. Orley Farm

I often find myself thinking,
“Why are all the low-class Mexican coming to the USA?”

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Indiana, United States of America
Small Town USA
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
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I guess I give them low status, I do not think them as status symbols for the country.

I wrote a post about how people groups themselves, by country, race, religion, motorcycle gangs, there are many ways to group, saying I am part of this club and I am not that club.

Now, I need to add the word “Status” to this list:
Numbers of Groups of People

I was in the airport in Korea and this Canadian girl was making some angry and insightful comments about the Nigerians in Korea. As she said or explained, I guess the Koreans consider the Nigerian as unfit to associate with, some special grouping for the Black Nigerians in Korean.

I tend to think of Asians as extreme racist, I believe they consider white supreme and off colors less than, and black as being inferior.

I asked,
“Are Korean Racist?”
She said,
“No, they just care too much about Status.”
“To talk with Nigerians would be to lower their status.”

In reverse, I suppose to have a Ferrari Car, or to Fly First Class, would be a status symbol. The reverse is to be a Hobo, and live in five dollar a night hotels, taking the bus.

I admit, I am outrageously status conscious, this is one of my hobbies, I am totally enthralled with status symbols, ideas, and how a person improves or lessons his or her status on the planet. It is amazing how much work a person will do to look cool.

I was mulling this status idea around in my head, decided I need a cup of coffee in the airport. I went to the water fountain, filled up a cup of water, walked back over to the electrical outlets close to the seating. I plug my one-cup cooker into the wall electrical outlet and wait. Many people are watching, I think to myself, I suppose they think this is low status or low class, I think paying four dollars for a cup of coffee is something a lemming does.

I do not care they drink four dollar cups of coffee, I think it funny, I love to be status conscious, I mean, I constantly am aware of others people need to be upper class at any cost.

Macho in a way, death before dishonor, never admit they spend their whole paycheck, or have no remorse in billing everything to their employer.

Sometimes people make fun of me, I say,
"Now do you ever see me working, you work, and I play."

Status a way to Group People


Faster Metal Detection in Airport

Faster Metal Detection in Airport
I would propose this is as a simple solution that truly increase the speed of going through the metal detectors in airports.

This little envelope is the solution. (The start of the solution)



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Indiana, United States of America
Small Town USA
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
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There is often a line up to 25 meters long of people going through metal detectors in Airports. This line is a good thing; they want to protect me and everyone on the plane from crazies who would carry a gun, weapons or bombs on the plane.

The problem is people do not prepare for these metal detectors. People do not think until they are two feet in front of the machine, then suddenly they understand.
- Ooops, this machine detects metal. -
- My coins in my pocket are a problem. -

I enjoy going through these metal detectors, and as I go hop on through the workers look surprised.
- Ooops, there No Metal, and there is NO alarm. -
I then say to the workers, -
- I have practice! -

I often look at business people and think,
- You must be a very stupid businessperson when you cannot even prepare and anticipate for the metal detectors. -
(Not the person I want to do international business for me.)

Well, we got to get these business people thinking about 10 feet further back, if there was small turnstile thing or something with a sign that says.

- Those Foreign coins are metal; they will make the machine alarm ring. They are not going to be of value in the next country, give them to UNICEF or Red Cross where they would be of value. -

Two birds with one stone.
1. Starts the people thinking about metal and speeds up the queue.
2. Raises money for something we hope is of good value.

Asiana Airlines passed around these envelopes on their planes. I gave some coins of no value now outside of Thailand. Hehehe.

Faster Metal Detection in Airport


USA Passport Washed and Dried

USA Passport Washed and Dried
My passport was ran through my mothers washer and dryer, not part of the good travelers game plan.

I am in the process of drying the thing, and hoping it is ok to use, I really do not know what to do.

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Indiana, United States of America
Small Town USA
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
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The pages seem intact, I have two five year visas stamps that may have taken a dump, Burkina Faso and Mali.

I am in the process of drying the passport, then I will take the iron to it, a big pile of books and see if I can smash it flat.

Maybe it is possible to find someone in the passport divisions of that answer phones and can help, I am about four hours from Chicago, not a convenient situation, I only have three business days before my next flight leaves for Acapulco, Mexico.

USA Passport Washed and Dried


A Foreigner in the USA

A Foreigner in the USA
I have not lived in the United State of America for over 10 years. Yes, I was born in the USA, I have an American Passport, I come to visit, but I am a foreigner in my own country.

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Indiana, United States of America
Small Town USA
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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FOREIGNER DEFINED
1. somebody from another country: somebody who comes from a country other than your own

2. outsider: somebody who does not feel, or is not deemed to be, part of a group

I am a stranger in my own country, I am the outsider, I do not fit in, I do not know how to fit in, and I do not think I want to fit in and be part of the USA or any country.

I guess I want be part of the USA more than an other country on the planet, truly the best of a lot of bad choices.

I travel to paradise, and for fleeting moments, days and months it is, however I must admit, it is never better than home once I take off the tourist goggles.

A Foreigner in the USA


2008 March 3 Entered USA

2008 March 3 Entered USA
I left Bangkok, Thailand on March 2, 2008 and arrived in the USA at 5:01 pm on March 3, 2008 to the Chicago Airport. Arrived to my porthole at about 11:30 pm in Indiana.

This is a diary marker to explain entry and leaving of countries.

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Indiana, United States of America
Small Town USA
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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Clean sheets, cold weather, and life is good, back in the Homeland after close to 13 months outside the USA.

HoboTraveler.com Leaving USA 13 months ago post

2008 March 3 Entered USA


Private Jet or Video Conference

Private Jet or Video Conference
My guesstimate is that 98 percent of all personal meetings will be soon replaced by multiple webcam internet based video conferences. The Auto companies and other businesses are in turmoil over how they use private jets and I agree, they are over the edge spending wasting money.

Also consider this; there are reporters, columnist, politician and other influential people making world-changing decisions about countries they have never visited… Maybe these people need to get on a plane.

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Orland, Indiana
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Blog of Andy HoboTraveler.com --- --- Travel Bag Design Survey --- Professional Traveler Bag
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I do not have a shoestring budget; I have a micro thin thread budget for internet web site development. However, what the HoboTraveler.com series of websites lacks in money, we make up with brains. We presently have me roaming the planet, one worker in Goa, India, one in Kerala, India and another in Cairo, Egypt. All four of us are in constant communication by way of chat.

However, the technology is already in our grasp to talk and do webcam meetings. If we did this, I would like to use up to four webcam running simultaneous and switching, as I desire.

Our problem is not the video; our problem is time zones and language barriers. Chatting is written language, and easier, slower and more effective in many ways than spoken language.

I on average spend about 5-15 minutes per day chatting with each of the workers, more or less a daily refocus session.

I am wondering if the lean and mean, small enterprises of the world will soon replace the overburdened top heave bureaucracies of the planet.

We are perfecting a management system for offshore workers, and I think we will soon be able to share some of these workers.

Why is a personal meeting needed? I would love to access a person, read between the lines, semi trap them in their own words, whereby my bullsh-t meter can operate, I have yet to determine if my bull-sh-t meter works by video conference, but I think it does.

We are going to implement more of this webcam video conference technology into the employment application area, as we need it less in management, and more for interviews.

Private Jet or Video Conference