When I was little all anyone had at first was black and white TV. Later we got FM stereo, color TV, small cars, 9' satellite dishes and the rest you know. We went camping as a family, ice skating, movies, Disneyland (when there was just one), Bible camp in the summers and grew up in a two parent home. As a small kid I played outside, climbed trees, played Army, played catch and soakum (dodgeball). As I got older I learned how to ride the buses all over my town so I could go to the neato places that were too far on my bike. Research was what you went to the Library for. You dug out old books and or encyclopedias and wrote your papers or typed reports. Personal computers had not been invented yet. Believe it or not we all got along just fine without the pc, Ipod, cellphones and small florescent light bulbs that don't light up an area for shit like the good old incandescent light bulbs DO. Fast forward 45 years. I've got a truck load of camping gear. I'm on my 4th PC. I changed out where I really need the light back to my old incandescent bulbs. Any tree huggers reading this that don't like that TOUGH SHIT. Lights are about 10% of your power bill. America got along pretty good until the trouble makers came out and started organizing. Whenever I hear some blurb on the news about The Tea Party upsetting the status quo I say RIGHT ON!! If The Govt had their way we would be taxed into oblivion while they weasel their way more into our private lives. I suppose no one cares all cellphones have a built in tracking device that is ALWAYS ON unless the battery is REMOVED. I know I'm the odd man out but I could give a rats ass about social networking. Yeah I got a deal on Facebook, BFD. I don't spend all my time there and I don't need 1000 so called friends. The half a dozen real friends I have are better than 1000 bull shit so called friends. I actually get a kick out of watching people that don't have a clue while camping. Ever watch idiots trying to start a campfire (w/gas or lighter fluid?) You better stand by with a fire tanker and some shovels ( to bury the idiots) or beat some sense into them. After you put the fire out. No one has enough sense to carry a flashlight any more. They've got their cellphone for that. I carry an LED flashlight that runs forever on dead batteries. On my keychain I carry a P-38 and metal match for emergency fire making. But I also carry fire extinguishers, FAK, some rations, tools, good spare and jack. Since this has become a RANT I'll wrap it up with this observation. I'm sure most folks reading this paragraph will fall INTO this category. Either you weren't listening (to your Mom or someone with some horse sense) or your head is seriously up your ass. When you go out in the winter time WEAR LONG PANTS!! A good pair of BOOTS as well. Stocking hat and gloves, good coat or vest. Carry some extra gear in your newer or POS car for those times your ride refuses to start or you get a flat and you find your spare is flat or just gone. Instead of running to the big box store at the last minute before some major local disaster hits, stock up now when it's readily available.And forget about 3 days worth. I've found in the last 3 years 2 weeks was the norm for a short term emergency/weather event. Learn how to MAKE DO with less. Keep your rigs tank topped off. Having 2-4 5 gal cans of stabilized gas handy is a good idea. I don't need a fox to smoke a hooter with. Foxes are usually more trouble than they're worth.Besides they are probably waiting for you to make your move while you're both smoking some green.It's just too much trouble unless shes already into you and then I say roll with it. But I've found in my life sometimes sleeping with a friend ends the friendship.