Dispatch 158

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Thoughts on Specialization

At times I find myself wishing that I was really good at one specific thing but I’m coming to grips with my versatility and how to use it as an advantage.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
— Robert A. Heinlein

Items of Want 045

On looks alone, Shinola knocks it out of the park. And I can only comment on the looks as I haven't heard the sound quality in person but I'm sure it doesn't disappoint. This would be a welcome addition to any home office for sure.

Bellroy All-Conditions Essentials Pocket

Already a believer in the "pouch" system, this is a perfect way to protect my true EDC essentials from the elements. And since it comes in orange, I'm hooked.

Wilderness Collective Alaska Backcountry Motorcycle Tour

I've been on a couple Wilderness Collective trips and as an introduction, the Sequoia to Yosemite trip is highly recommended. But I'm ready to step it up a notch. This Alaska Backcountry Tour is going to be a true adventure in every sense of the word.

Mountain Standard Glyphs Camp Mug

Aside from being practical, I think this mug is just plain old cool. I have a miiR water bottle and I'm continually impressed with the fit and finish and I have full confidence that this mug will be of the same quality.

The Great Outdoors Book: A User's Guide

If you're unfamiliar with Brendan Leonard, check him out. Then get this book.

Photo by The Field

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