Category: Clothing & Gear

N95 Dust Masks: Don’t Leave Home Without Them?

By , November 20, 2018

With all the horrible fires in California, breathing has become a major issue for residents for miles around. On the news, they talk about the importance of wearing dust masks—not just any dust mask, but the N95 respirator.

I knew exactly what they were talking about, because I’ve stockpiled and carried N95 respirators for years. In fact, for me, they qualify as EDC, Every Day Carry.

N95 Respirator

A 3M N95 respirator (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Dragged Kicking and Screaming into the 21st Century

By , November 17, 2018

As we prepared for our trip to Ireland, I began to reconcile myself to the idea of owning a “Smartphone.”

This represents a bigger deal in our home than in most. For years, I’ve resisted the multi-tool aspect of smartphones, preferring my basic, or “dumb” phone—a device for making phone calls, which I see as the basic duty of any telephone.

What began to change my mind was the quality of photos that Aly and Michelle take with their smart phones.

smart phone

Mark’s new smartphone. The fingerprint-retention feature was a definite selling point . . . (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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