Cool Stuff: Steel Flex — Safety & Comfort

In our islands we usually compromise. Often we have the tala but nobody has the stuff in our size, in our style, or it just doesn't meet our rugged requirements.
Steel Flex allows us to retrofit any shoe to one featuring puncture protection and great comfort at only $30 (http://workingperson.com/steel-flex-unisex-puncture-resistant-insoles.html). Work boots, sport shoes, dress shoes... any kine shoe.

Cool Stuff: Amazon Fire & HTC One

The Android operating system on both the Amazon Fire and HTC One are bold and straightforward. Not having Android experience, I am sure that — compared to the Apple iOS operating system — it’s like speaking Samoan and trying to get by with a few Tongan phrases in Nukualofa. We can all fake it and get by, then learn eventually to be more proficient.
Finish is smooth and solid.  Both have a bigger screen than the current iPhone 5s.

Cool Stuff: Traveling Breeze

Perfect for Flag Day Fautasi Races and the historic arrival of the Hokule'a, the Traveling Breeze will blow cool refreshing air up your back and neck.
As our island families tend to be well fed and healthy, the 300 pound, 24" wide capacity built on durable powder covered steel, with heavy duty 600d fabric and mesh seems to be made for us.
The rechargeable battery run for 3 hours straight, but we Coolios would probably hook it up to a Goal Zero portable solar panel to keep it going all day. 

Cool Stuff: Bubi & Goofy Craig

Goofy Craig Madaus, the inventor and president of Bubi, grabbed me in the aisle of the Outdoor Retail Trade Show last January and said, "You gotta see this!"
When somebody hustles you like a carnival barker, you usually runaway, or kick him somewhere between the ankles and the waist. But on the other hand, the rascally gleam in Craig’s eyes kind of reminded me of looking in the mirror.

Cool Stuff: Deter, the Namu beater

In the 70s, Samoa's namu used to love me to death. That’s when I had blood, no grey hair, and a more streamlined stomach that would allow me to see my toes.
The po’os or sores were seriously debilitating on my feet. Too often it was a trip to the Apia Pharmacy for antibiotics to get some relief. The protection in those days was almost as harmful as the po’o.

Cool Stuff: Leatherman Leap and Skeletool

New friend, Old Friend

The Samoa Tsunami, Manua's Super Cyclone Olaf, Japan's Tsunami, Troy Polamalu's historic 2011 visit, Talavalu's historic HK 7s debut, 60 ft waves destroying homes on the North Shore, and on top of the Ko'olau Mountains doing search and rescue after the infamous Sacred Falls helicopter crash killing two HPD Officers and the HFD pilot —all were done with at least one Leatherman clipped on or in my pocket.

Cool Stuff: Power Pot Just in Time

Now stuck at Denver Int’l Airport, sitting next to a bright window where this trip all started in a United Club Lounge. I pay for the privilege and the benefit of a/c, electrical power, comfy chair, and all the food goodies I covered in a previous Cool Stuff. But the dramas that have happened from where I have been and from where you are reading are extraordinary and sad. Lots of concerned companies have shared their compassionate concern as well as solutions to dealing with our natural and human created disasters.

Cool Stuff: Wow, a microwave egg Muffin pan

Surviving on the road is as much an art as is attitude in dealing with catastrophic natural disasters. For Cool Stuff, the road is frequently le aula o Talavalu ma le Manu Samoa... or this Fall, Samoan Heisman favorite, Marcus Mariota (or same day he plays Stanford, Samoa News has also already been approved for NZ All Blacks vs USA in Chicago)

Cool Stuff: Bad Daddy ... great Icom

As Typhoon Matmo approached Taiwan last week, my Icom R-2 gave me all the English language info I needed in the semi-rural town of Xinfeng in Northwest Taiwan. This follows my Icom tradition of using an Icom R-1 during Cyclone Val in Tulaele, Upolu, and my Icom R-5 during my CNN Samoa & Japan Tsunami coverage.

Cool Stuff: Halfachance, Redemption, Junglas

Buddy, pal, and extraordinary knife designer Ken Onion will be ecstatic to see the image of my Halfachance CRKT knife he designed sorta beat up, worn, and chipped. If you know Ken, he doesn't intentionally design things to end up being collectors items or museum pieces, which they inevitably do become. He wants his knives to help you to make a difference, to save a life (possibly your own), to give you a shelter, or firewood in a pinch... but could Ken ever envision making you a better gardner?

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