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Gregory Citro Hydration Backpack Review

I love packs and bags. I’ve been known to buy one, use it, wear it out, and then just discard it for a younger model.

Every so often though, I’ll find one that I buy and…

It gets used, worn out, repaired and kept.

My wife steals it.

I use it for awhile and pass it down to my kids.

 

I’m not sure where this pack fits in yet, but I’m definitely using it.

 

My most common pack activities are:

Biking or rucking to the store and filling it with groceries

Rucking with heavy weights in the pack for fun

Day hiking

Assembling prepper go bags

 

This pack is amazing and so far works perfect for all those activities. I’ve tried it for them all.

The suspension is also magical. I can work up a lather when I’m in the outdoors, but the suspension mesh kept the pack off my back and left plenty of space for air flow.

I love the color, but don’t leave it in the grass or you may not find it. Check out the pic. All the little added items like the magnetic closures, the zipper pulls, and all the various strapping abilities are perfect. They really add to it.

 

There are also an amazing number of nooks and crannies with all the pockets that you can separate everything to your heart’s content. And the added pockets and dividers don’t add much to the weight like some packs I’ve used.

 

I’ll be holding on to this one for awhile.

 

I really haven’t found anything wrong with it yet. Most packs fail at the bottom because I add a lot of weight to them for rucking. This one has a 30# weight capacity, and I’m really pushing it. It’s still holding up great so far. If my kettlebell ever falls through onto my foot, I’ll let you know.


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Are you an author or always wanted to write a book?

Just about everyone I know wants to be an author and write a book? But the vast majority of them never get that book out of them.

Like the old OWH quote…

Most people have an idea, and even make notes, but it never turns into an actual thing to hold in your hand or pull up on a device. But, wow, the joy when a new author holds their book in their hands for the first time!

I’ve been publishing my own books, books by family, and books by clients for years. I was blessed to be able to publish my mom’s books. She did all the writing and everything, but needed help on the publishing side of things. Now ten years later, she has a series of redneck fairy tale series, a horror novel, and a grief counseling book on the market.

But here’s the thing about books. They won’t make you rich. They make some people rich, but those folks are outliers or already have a huge following, and a book just makes them more rich.

Let me tell you about my book numbers, as I just did the analytics for this month. After I tell you the numbers, I’ll give you a few reasons why you should still write your book and get it out there.

  • Books sold overall: 14,115
  • My biggest seller: An Informal and Unofficial Preppers Guide to James Wesley, Rawles’ Patriots at just over 3,000 copies. It’s a resource guide about another book, meaning I didn’t even come up with the original creation it’s based on. But I’m an expert in that field. Keep this in mind for you too. What fields are you an expert in?
  • Total books in my publishing catalog: 105
  • Books I wrote: 33
  • Books by others: 72
  • Foreign sales are about a tenth of the US sales overall, although some individual books sell way better in the foreign markets.
  • Digital sales are at least quadruple the print sales.
  • The books I write for income sell way better than the books I WANT to write.

Don’t let those numbers make you sad. There’s some even better reasons why you should still write your book.

  1. You won’t be happy until you do.
  2. There’s a story inside that needs telling.
  3. It will serve as a business card for you.
  4. It will establish you as an expert in your field.
  5. There is a slim chance it might make you rich, become a movie, and you’ll be famous.
  6. It’s for historical purposes, to preserve a story for family, a museum, or others.
  7. You need a resource for your main occupation, like a workbook or something.

There are other reasons, but those are some of the best I encounter.

So…quit reading right now! Open up a document, organize your notes, and start writing. Let me know how you do. If you write something because I encouraged you, and get way more famous than me, I’ll still count that as a win.

Dr. Redbeard, just a guy who absolutely loves writing and reading books

P.S. Mike- I’m thinking about you as I write this post!


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Will hearing about you make me bored and sleepy?

Do people fall asleep or drift away to other places when you start talking about yourself or your business?

The way you do your marketing is important, and it doesn’t matter if the thing your selling is your business or just you as a cool person to hang around with.

Here’s an example from a company called Cairn. They sell a monthly subscription box full of hiking and outdoor goodies. Some of my most used pieces of outdoor gear came from them as complete surprises.

Not only do I look forward to their boxes each month, but I love their e-mails. Here’s one I just received recently-

When your Cairn Collection shipped this month, Cairn Crew Dog, Tubs, wagged his tail so hard out of excitement that he managed to knock over a life-sized cardboard cutout of our Co-CEO, Rob, which knocked over a shelf full of Cairn Collections, which set off a chain reaction of things falling over throughout Cairn HQ, including a giant bin of trail snacks that Tubs gobbled up in seconds. Now, you might think that Tubs purposely knocked over the cardboard cutout of Rob with the intention of getting those trail snacks but, I’ll be honest…he’s a lover, not a thinker. 

Go back to the drawing board and see if you can make your marketing something that people look forward to receiving like these e-mails.

Dr. Dave, just a guy who’d rather be on a trail than in the office

P.S. We shoot cool videos each month when we unbox our Cairn. HERE is one of my favorites. I wish my wee girl was still this small.

P.S.S. If you do happen to subscribe to Cairn, use my referral code. I get massive brownie points from them when I send in new customers. It’s 48dzg4.


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Get Your Face Masks Before the Next COVID Spike Happens!

A few things we can count on happening:

  • No matter how you feel about face masks, some places will require you to wear them.
  • Another COVID spike will occur. Probably many more, just like a seasonal flu.
  • Face masks will be harder to get during a spike.
  • Now, more than ever, we need to buy things Made in the USA for several reasons.

I wanted to send out this message because I’m working with Tactical Gear Junkie to supply folks with great face masks made in the US. I bought a whole batch for myself and my family. We all even picked different camo patterns.

Check these guys out at Tactical Gear Junkie.

Here’s the specs on their masks:

These masks are made in-house, by us and include:

  • Double layer fabric
  • Reinforced seams
  • Adjustable hook and loop closure
  • Pleats to fit snug against face
  • Washable
  • Can be worn alone or over a N95 mask
  • Available in two sizes – S/M, L/XL (see size chart)

FOR EACH MASK BOUGHT, WE WILL DONATE A KN95 MASK TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY’S FIRST RESPONDERS AND MEDICAL STAFF. 

While you’re on their site, shop their patches too. I have patches from them on my bags, plate carrier, and uniform.

Stay safe and enjoy your freedoms as an American responsibly!

Dr. Dave, the guy who didn’t realize his mask was crooked when he took a face mask selfie

**The links here are affiliate links. It means if you click on them and buy, I make a few pennies off each sale without you spending more. It’s a neat way I help supplement my income.


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Our Living Room Climbing Wall is Done

Want a distraction from TV? Just build a climbing wall beside your TV.

It’s way easier to do than you’d think.

(Just in case the photo isn’t clickable- https://youtu.be/aFEY2xk7OQg )

Feel free to ask any questions about how we did it.

Here’s some behind the scenes notes:

  • The majority of the holds came from a garage sale.
  • It’s 8′ tall, so low enough to not need any ropes.
  • I bought a Metolius finger board for the top so we could do pullups on it. Also great for putting toys in time out, as in, “You want that Barbie doll? Climb up there and get it yourself!”
  • The majority of the wood was scrap from my dad’s remodeling business.

Here’s some resources:

Building Your Own Indoor Climbing Wall
Rock Climbing Holds for Beginners
Metolius Finger Board

Dr. Dave, the “let your kids try dangerous things” guy


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What books are you reading?

Someone told me the other day that most folks don’t read a single book after high school.

That’s sad.

I know you guys are way smarter than ‘most people’, so I was curious what kind of stuff you’re into.

I know my friend Ryan at Burn the Tavern Down is probably reading 3-4 sc-fi tomes at once. Allen is probably reading some geopolitical non-fiction.

Me, I’m re-reading Built to Sell by John Warrilow again.

I’ve read it twice already. It’s a fable, a fiction book that teaches non-fiction material. I love books like that. Aside from Built to Sell, The Goal and One Minute Millionaire are my favorites.

This one tells the story of a small business owner who wants to sell his business. It goes through the process of mentor helping him transform his unsellable biz into one that’s worth something.

I have an old client who asked me to help them gear up their business to sell it, so I’m going through all my notes and highlighted passages to refresh my memory on everything.

I want to know what you’re reading. I read about 100 books a year, and the majority of them are recommendations from trusted friends.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Redbeard


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Who thinks Apple Cider Vinegar tastes like butt?

I’m big on the whole lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise. Those of you that follow me on social media have a good idea just how much. My basic philosophy is that we should live lifestyles that make us harder to kill and that good health does that.

A buddy of mine was telling me about apple cider vinegar (ACV). As if that didn’t sound bad enough he used words like ‘mother’. Drink the stuff with mother in it, he said.

That just sounds nasty. Like a taste-filled booger sliding down my throat that smells like stank butt.

But I did like the sound of the potential health benefits from it, so I wondered if there were alternatives.

There are. I’ll tell you in a second, because that’s not the main point I want to make.

This is. How often do you consider a complete other direction point-of-view of the things you do? I’m talking completely in the opposite direction. In tactical terminology we called it asymmetric warfare. It can make a huge difference in any area. You’d be surprised by how often the complete opposite way of doing things works.

I’ve also heard it stated as “Slow is Fast. Fast is Smooth”.

Try it the next time you get stuck on something.

Now back to the butt-tasting, apple cider vinegar with mother drink.

Companies came up with the idea of making ACV gummies. We all love gummies. Gummies are awesome. ACV is awesome. Why marry the two in a perfect union of awesomeness?

There you go. Assymetric thinking. Gross and nasty meets yummy to make awesome.

You do that next time. Take a problem or issue, turn it on it’s head, shake it up and down, and see what falls out.

Dr. Dave, just a guy who turns his deficiencies into strengths, i.e. weird becomes amazing


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Did You Know You Can make Money from Empty Printer Ink Cartridges?

You can. It’s not a lot of money though.

You shouldn’t even be saving those cartridges for the money. Do it for the planet.

Those of you that know me know that I’m no tree-hugging hippie. I’m not like AOC who wants to ban cows for their methane-producing burps. However, I think it’s just plain stupid to throw things away just because it’s easy.

I’m big on recycling and reusing things.

Like empty printer ink cartridges.

Here’s a plan for you to help with this that’s a no-brainer.

1 Find a way to recycle them.

Office Depot’s reward program gives you a dollar’s worth of rewards for each one you turn in. That’s how I do it, because I like going in, shopping (I have a thing for office supplies), and seeing the usual crew there. There’s other places online that will send you free postage paid bags to mail them back in.

2 Don’t throw them away.

It really is that simple.

Now go feel good about doing something good.

*COVID-19 UPDATE- Office Depot has currently frozen the program until this mess is over. I say again, don’t throw them away. Just keep them somewhere in the car or house until you can go back again.


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Pay For Your Home in Cash BONUS Info

I wanted to post something really cool in regard to yesterday’s e-mail.

A few hours after hitting send on it, I received this from my good friend Ricardo-

I mentioned the book Good to Great yesterday, and my buddy said this addition to it by the author was an amazing read to add to it.

In Ricardo’s words, “Good To Great in the Social Sectors is my faith book not written by or about faith.” I haven’t read it yet, but Ricardo is a guy whose instincts I trust.

If you’re involved in NGO’s, faith communities like churches, or other social enterprises, you’ll want to check it out. You can find it on Amazon HERE.

Now, I asked Ricardo if I could mention his gift, but I didn’t warn him I’d be bragging on him a bit too.

HERE is his public face online, so you can follow him. Ricardo is a true friend that I know from churches near my home. For years, he’s worked in France as a missionary and served in churches there. In addition, he’s also worked with refugees in other nations to minister to and serve them. Because he’s fluent in French, he worked with people from primarily French speaking nations in Africa. At a time when refugees the world over were being hated on, my buddy was making lifelong friends with folks who’d lost everything.

I know it may sound cliche, but this man would give up everything he had if someone in need asked him for it. A real, true to life, willing to give the shirt off his back kind of guy.

He’s supported mostly by folks in the states that believe in his mission, so check him out and throw him some support.

Dr. Redbeard, a guy who is in awe of how awesome Ricardo is


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Is it possible to pay for your home in cash?

Is it possible to pay for your home in cash?

Well, sure.

Three quick things about that though-

  1. It’s not easy.
  2. It would probably take a long time.
  3. It’s a really worthy BHAG* kind of a dream and you should shoot for it.

I’m a big Dave Ramsey fan, and one his team members Chris Hogan put out a form titled Pay Off Your Home Early. It’s a great plan and you can find his original form HERE.

My goal is a little different right now. We’re living in a big warehouse while we save a bunch of money for our home, so I thought I’d modify his form a little. Mine is a version called Pay for Your Home in Cash.

You can grab it right HERE or right click it below.
(Chris Hogan- I hope you’ll forgive me for modifying your form)

Visuals like this form work for me, but I’d love to hear about your home payoff adventures. Send me a message and let me know how you’re doing it..

If you want more info on all that kind of stuff, I’d love to help you, but I’m not your guy. Check out Dave Ramsey and his team on the home stuff. That’s who I follow.

Dr. Dave

Rare pics below of the warehouse I live in with 5 kids while we save. This was before we modified it a bunch.



*BHAG- This is a term from Good to Great by Jim Collins. It means Big Hairy Audacious Goal. Everybody should have some of these!

**Most of the links in this e-mail are affiliate links. It means if you click on them and buy, I make a few pennies off each sale without you spending more. It’s a neat way I help supplement my income.


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