Osprey Packs

My old Osprey Atmos 25 on the right and my new Osprey Skarab 32 on the left. I rarely use these for outdoor activities. I use them to pack an overnight bag when I’m staying in a hotel or to carry my laptop when my truck is in the shop.

[Update: I forgot to mention that the Osprey Skarab 32 cost about $120 at REI in Greenville, SC. I purchased the old Atmos 25 from https://www.ospreypacks.com/ years ago. I don’t remember how much I paid for it. By the way, the Atmos had an aluminum internal frame which kept the back of the pack away from my back except at my shoulders and hips. This was great for allowing air to flow through and keep my back cool but it made the pack very rigid and decreased the volume greatly. I removed the frame and the pack became a big floppy bag. It didn’t hang off my shoulders quite right after that but it worked well enough for my purposes. -Dedwarmo, Sioux City, Iowa, November 13, 2017, Latitude, Longitude 42.4364,-96.3709.]


Greenville, South Carolina

Latitude, Longitude

34.850208, -82.359978

New Springfield, Ohio

At about 22:55 a truck trying to park next to me scraped my truck.

I was in the sleeper when I felt my truck shake. I jumped up front and saw a white van trailer pressed up against the passenger side of my truck. I honked my horn and jumped out of my truck. I walked up to the driver door and just said something like, “You can go ahead and back up.” When he was clear of my truck I walked up to him and said, “If you want to get in this spot you may want to back up further.” He said he was going to park over by the fence which ran along the lot next to the row I where I was parked.

I got back in my truck to get my phone and when I got out of my truck he was gone. I walked around the parking lot to see if I could see see a white truck moving around but all the vehicles were parked. I didn’t catch the name or any numbers on his truck.

Hudspeth County, Texas

Latitude, Longitude
31.163689, -105.657417

I walked down this road* for thirty minutes and did not encounter a single vehicle or human being.

*Texas 34 just south of Interstate 10

Doug McMillon, Walmart CEO

It’s pretty bad when the CEO of Walmart says, “[Trump] missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting the appalling actions of white supremacists.”

Retrieved August 18, 2017:


“Respect for the individual is one of our core beliefs at Walmart. And the role we play in communities around the country to build a more diverse and inclusive society is more critical than ever as the tragic events in Charlottesville over the weekend painfully reminded us. Our prayers are with the victims and their families.

“As we watched the events and the response from President Trump over the weekend, we too felt that he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting the appalling actions of white supremacists. His remarks today were a step in the right direction and we need that clarity and consistency in the future.

Our country is facing some very difficult issues that require our elected officials, business leaders and community-based organizations to work together.

“Representing a company with the largest and one of the most diverse groups of associates in the U.S., and an even more diverse customer base of tens of millions of customers, we believe we should stay engaged to try to influence decisions in a positive way and help bring people together. I will continue to strongly advocate on behalf of our associates and customers, and urge our elected officials to do their part to promote a more just, tolerant and diverse society.”