Got a couple new things on sale recently for the 4th. First up a new backpack. I wanted something smaller than the ~3000 cubic inch BFM500 but still as indestructible and well designed. Wound up going with the 2015 HAWG (not my picture). It's just a little smaller than I would've liked and the shoulder straps are imho not as good as the BFM's but it can still hold enough clothes and supplies for a few days and fit under the seat on an airplan, I wouldn't use it alone for more than a 3 day trip though. Where it shines is in day to day use as a small light day-bag. It's just barely wide enough for a 14" laptop in the main compartment and has enough capacity for anything I'd take with me to campus (or work). It didn't come with a frame sheet like the BFM did though so I had to buy one. SKD was as amazing as always although personally I was hoping for something a little more rigid, we'll see how the semi-floppy plastic in their frame sheet holds up. It seems to be good enough so far, and there's access slots sewn into the frame sheet that I can slip something more rigid into. Also in the same sale at SKDtac I got a 1.5" HSGI Cobra Belt in size small. I've got a medium size 1.75" belt and although it's the best belt I have it's way too long for me and doesn't fit most belt loops. The 1.5" fits a normal pair of pants AND is sized for my waist. This thing's probably the single best load bearing belt I've ever seen. It doesn't have the deadzone in the front that a lot of designs have, doesn't have an enormous chunky buckle biting into your abdomen, and even in 1.5" is strong enough for me to stand on without feeling like it's going to crush a disk or my hip bones. It's great for when the CERT team's out and I want to carry just a little gear in my dropleg instead of the whole backpack everywhere. Aaaand lastly for the house I finally got sick of fighting to cook rice the conventional way and just got a rice cooker. I was looking at getting one of the cheaper stripped down chinese made models when I noticed an amazon warehouse deal for their top of the line "Neuro Fuzzy" model for basically the same price. It makes perfect rice and steel cut oats every time and can hold them that way at a food safe temperature for hours. And it sings. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star when it starts and a japanese tune when it's done. Seriously the damn thing is even cute. I'm going to put a ":3" face on it and some ears or something.