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What CAUSE can WE help?

Posted: November 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

It is that special time again where …. we receive some extra funding that allows us to make these posts where we ask for your help to identify a current cause in need.

The Helping Hands Network is a network for this reason. We work together to nominate causes that need help from people who care. PEOPLE like those of us in the Helping Hands Network

Please comment with your nominations and a link to details.

Happy Holidays.

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A portion of the proceeds from our sales go to the Causes listed on netvibes.com/HelpingHandsNet

To View Images or get more details please email: tfrentz@hotmail.com

 

We have 2 eBay accounts for items that can be shipped.

http://myworld.ebay.com/Frentzs

http://myworld.ebay.com/tpsMercedesBenz

 

Hawkins Texas Large Item Inventory:

1031 Inventory list

 

Amazon Seller services has the absolute worst customer service we have ever encountered.

The best way to help them improve is to share negative reviews like this one with all of your network.

AMAZON SELLER SERVICES is SO PISS POOR because they rely on Artificial Intelligence and Auto generated algorithms to respond to customer trouble tickets.

In our dealings with this service, we filed 5 identical trouble tickets and received a wide variety of responses. The responses were often not relevant to our complaint. Some of the responses even came from a department in Canada.

The problem with our sales account started when we sold an item on amazon but the physical item was sold earlier that day before we could unlist it. We refunded the online buyer but the auto generated system suspended our account anyway.

We could not access our inventory to unlist our items and the Amazon system is not setup to remove the listings either. This resulted in another item selling with no way for us to notify the buyer or send them a refund.

 

While all of this is happening, we are submitting trouble tickets to report the issues.

We received the following paraphrased replies:

1.) We are reviewing your account and you will not be able to sell. Please provide a Utility bill and any sales related documents to help us decide if you may sell on Amazon again.

2.)  In response to our files being submitted, we get this response FROM AMAZON.CA (That’s CANADA support NOT .com USA) …. “Let us know how we did. Were you satisfied with the support provided?”

HAHAHA – seriously??? All the remaining follow up replies also come from Amazon.CA

3.) This is an auto reminder… we need more information to resolve your case. If you still need assistance, please respond to this message. If we have resolved your issue, take no further action and we will close your case.

SO WE RESPOND and we get #4.

4.) We have not heard from you so your case has been closed. If you still need further support please contact us.

OMG – this is getting ridiculous.

 

5.) Please view the open cases section in your seller account to read our response to your support request.

SO WE DID and get a notice that our request was denied and we can not sell on Amazon.

 

6.) So we open a second account and the system says it will review our account information before activating the new account.

AND WE GET the same responses as #1-5 all over again!!!

 

GAME OVER! WE GIVE UP AND PUBLISH THIS BLOG TO EXPOSE THEIR PISS POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE.

 

7.)  10/20/17 – We email Amazon CEO Bazos – Jeff@Amazon.com with this story.

8.) 10/27/17 – He has an Amazon Seller Manager email us with a basic hello. She says….

“My name is Nithya, and I’m a member of the Amazon.com Seller Performance Team.  Jeff Bezos received your email and requested that I research this issue and respond on his behalf.”

SHE THEN GOES ON TO SIMPLY COPY AND PASTE THE PREVIOUS MESSAGE ABOUT SUBMITTING A proposal to how we will rectify our sales complaints….

This is beyond ludicrous.  Amazon Seller customer service is absolutely the definition of insane!!!

 

9.) We oblige “NITHYA” and again submit our story about being locked out of the account and unable to control any sales support issues and submit the link to this blog once again.

 

10.) 10/28/17 – We again receive the AUTOMATED BULLSHIT REPLY that simply says, “we reviewed your account and conclude that you can no longer sell on Amazon.”

 

11.) We again email Jeff with this link for his continued review of his departments failures in customer service.  There is no reason non profit foundations should be treated like this when they are cooperating to fix issues on their donation sales platforms.

12.) We again receive the same auto generated reply as #8 above with Nithya. This time the name has been changed to Francine but the message is the same. WTH???

13.) We also received a random reply from the Amazon.Ca email stating…..

“I understand your concern regarding the account password reset and
login. I’ve checked your email correspondent. You’ll need to
contact our partner site, Amazon.ca, for more information about account password
and login, as our international websites operate independently. You can contact
them directly at:”
THIS IS THE REPLY WE GET IN REGARDS TO OUR COMPLAINT THAT WE ARE GETTING NOTICES FROM amazon.Ca in the first place when we are not even signing in to a amazon.ca account.

 

THE SAGA CONTINUES!!!!!!

 

This case is making a wonderful youtube video and we are enjoying slandering Amazon as much as possible in our public presentations because they need to get their act together!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

What does enlightenment mean to you? Below I am listing some detailed examples of what it means to me.

Some cultures put more emphasis on the philosophy then others. Some cultures just have a modified version with a different name.

Regardless of where you are in the world, you will find beings on the path of enlightenment. If keywords like peace, love, kindness, forgiveness, health, fitness, nature, knowledge and so on key your attention, then you are on the Enlightenment path.

If you choose to reach further and attain a higher state of enlightenment, this guide is for you.

 

First, you must care for your self above all else. Your body, spirit and mind are the temple that you build your enlightenment upon and they need to be strong in order to shine your light onto others.

Internally you need to be knowledgeable of the science of breathing. The yin of human life requires oxygenated air aprox. every 4 minutes, water every 4 days and nutritional energy within aprox. 4 weeks to live. By the life law of yin, this means breathing is the most powerful form of enlightenment.

Those who have reached the highest levels of enlightenment, do so by mastering ancient breathing meditation techniques. Read “The Science of Breath” by Ramacharaka for detailed guides on how to use breath to reverse illness and many others benefits. Contact me for a free copy.

A healthy human body is over 60% water. Hydration health and nutritional diet are the next most important paths to enlightenment. Drinking at least 64 ounces of pure fluids daily is needed by the average human to maintain maximum health levels. A proper intake of fluids is needed to digest the solid food nutrients that follow.

The oldest of human artifacts and ancient scriptures support the claims that humans are meant to be herbivores. Plant based diets not only achieve a higher level of health enlightenment, but they also provide a solution to some of the world’s biggest evils. The “animals for food and resources” industry is the root of deforestation, the extinction of animals, animal cruelty and many more evils blocking the path to enlightenment. If you want more help getting over an addiction to meat, just watch some of Louie Psihoyos’ films like “Racing Extinction”.   I can get you copies of any of these films you like. It is not just about food consumption either. The slaughter of living creatures is also taking place to provide you with beauty products and medicine and much more. Researching the ingredients of products and refusing to support anything living being based is a major step up on your path.

Moving on, let’s talk muscular and circulatory enlightenment. All around fitness is crucial to happiness and other enlightened emotions. Physical forms of yoga, weight lifting, cardio, Reiki, massage and such have the power to transcend you to a new level. I escape the material world every few months to focus on these methods. Living outside of a temple in a modern day industrialized nation like the United States makes it very hard to maintain or increase your physical enlightenment. Frequent trips to solitude are needed to reset and vanquish the clutter blocking your path. But in the mean time, while you are caught in the rat race, do some random tummy tucks/push ups/squats and such throughout your day to stay balanced. If you are shy and concerned with what those around you will think, then you are failing to surround yourself with other enlightenment seekers and this will only block your path.

Beyond the physical, think about how you spend your time. Are you volunteering and helping contribute to enlightened causes around you? Are you spending the daylight by unplugging and venturing to enjoy hobbies outdoors? Do you think about how your actions affect the world and do your enlightened best? Simple actions like recycling, growing your own food and harnessing your own energy can change the world for the better over night if enough of us do it!

Treasure your freedom and defend it through these enlightened methods. Live in the moment; appreciate life like it is ending today! Grasp every second like you are on a vacation and the end is near, because it really is closer than we sometimes realize!

Peace, love, forgive, enlighten.

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Black Hills 2017 p.2

Posted: August 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

Almost every year of my life, I make the pilgrimage to the Black Hills for the Sturgis Rally. The journey through my ancestral Native Lands and the opportunities to share in sacred ceremonies is a smudging my soul requires for a long healthy life.

 

This year, 2017, I was able to arrive at my families land in Nebraska early enough that I spent 3 days visiting and browsing the family heritage books and heirlooms. I visited area friends, took care of some bike registration paper work and repacked my ride with the special camping gear I would need.

 

August 2, Wednesday.  The journey continues!

I am always looking forward to the concert lineup around Sturgis and I plan my hiking and camping around who is playing. The biggest year I can ever remember was in 2014. Over 20 MAJOR bands were in town, including;

The Cult, Queensryche, Molly Hatchet, Montgomery Gentry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Collective Soul, Everclear, Soul Asylum, Zac Brown Band, Bret Michaels, Randy Houser, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, Train, Jackyl, Saliva, Theory of a Deadman, Cheap Trick, Sick Puppies, Sevendust, Buckcherry and Big Head Todd

 

This year it will be;

Drowning Pool, Bush, RATT, Shinedown, Dustin Evans, Colt Ford, Doobie Brothers, Molley Hatchet, Skynyrd, AAF, Bret Michaels, Ozzy, Jackyl, Thorogood, Kotton Mouth Kings, and ICP

 

I left GI around 3:30 and made it to the Niobrara river near Valentine by sunset. The Niobrara river valley is one of the most enjoyable views in Nebraska. I took come picts and enjoyed some stretches before continuing on to Pine Ridge by midnight. The Hospital has a well lit parking lot monitored by 24 hour security so it is one of the best places to pull over to rest between Martin and Hot Springs. I wanted to spend the night at the private land that hosts Sun & Ghost dances near Wounded Knee but I didn’t want to be disrespectful by pulling in so late.

 

August 3, Thursday.

A cold front moved in over night and the temps dipped into the low 50s. It was so chilly I woke up and found a second blanket at some point of my deep sleep. I gained an hour passing west into mountain time so the sun woke me at 6 and I was up ready to explore the powwow. I headed over to subway to pick up some grub and then took it to the powwow grounds to do my morning yoga and feast.

People started lining up around 9 to register for the opening circle walk where local sponsors hand out supplies. That portion goes on until people stop lining up and then around 3 the drummers, dancers, singers and such begin to setup after the sponsor booths clear out. I went for a drive to find a quite place in the country to write while waiting for the evening activities to gain momentum.

*This is such a detailed description of life at Spiritual eco communities like Standing Rock, that I just had to re-post it.

In only a few months, a small encampment of a few Lakota people dedicated to protecting the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) became the center of international attention, swelled to house up to 14,000 people at its peak in early December 2016, and was supported entirely by volunteers and countless donations of both money and goods.

Many people from around the US and beyond traveled to North Dakota to support this fight for indigenous sovereignty, treaty rights, and environmental justice. Residents of the resistance camps existed within a capitalism-free zone, where nothing was for sale and everything from delicious meals to winter camping gear to expert medical care was available for free.

I first visited Standing Rock in early November 2016, and returned to spend five weeks in late December and January volunteering as a white ally to the indigenous “Water Protectors.” I spent my days splitting firewood, cooking meals, installing woodstoves, doing small carpentry projects, shoveling snow, sharpening chainsaws, doing dishes, and—on one rare occasion—livestreaming footage of police violence from the frontlines. During both visits I lived at Oceti Sakowin Camp, the largest of the three Water Protector camps and the location closest to the front lines of the fight against the pipeline. Oceti Sakowin is made up of many smaller camps organized by tribal group and other themes, and I quickly found a home at Two Spirit Nation, a community of two-spirit, queer, and transgender Water Protectors from many different indigenous nations, as well as their non-indigenous allies.

Most of my observations here will center on the deep winter weeks at Oceti Sakowin Camp, when nighttime temperatures regularly hit -25 degrees Fahrenheit, daytime temperatures sometimes failed to creep above zero, and cold winds whipped the open plain. The gift economies of direct action camps and festivals are easier to fathom in warm months, but during this period we all depended on the gift economy for our daily survival in a very real way. It’s notable that as of my departure in late January, not one person had died at the camps—compare this to large urban centers in cold states that see regular deaths from hypothermia among the houseless population under similar conditions.

Lin Migiziikwe Gokee-Rindal, an Anishinaabe Water Protector, was impressed with the collaborative culture at the camps. She reflects that she was “touched and inspired by the ways in which the people showed up for each other and how people in close proximity quickly became family. In harsh conditions and under extreme circumstances, a culture of mutual aid and a framework of traditional Lakota values…led to a thriving and close-knit community.”

What did this gift economy provide for us?

Housing. The winterized camp consisted of many army tents, wall tents, tipis, yurts, and a few tiny houses and RVs. Nearly all were heated with woodstoves, sometimes supplemented with small propane heaters. Most people slept on cots padded with several sleeping pads. You had to know someone at camp to get housing easily, but in an emergency you could spend one night in the warming tent maintained 24 hours a day near the Medic station. Arctic sleeping bags and endless piles of blankets were readily available for free if you hadn’t been able to bring your own. Residents in each structure took turns stoking the woodstove throughout the night.

Food. Some camps had their own kitchens that would cook two or three meals a day, but there were also several public kitchens in the camp that would feed anyone who walked in their doors looking for food. All the kitchens were staffed entirely by volunteers and stocked with donated ingredients. Meat is a staple of the Lakota diet, and I ate many meals of deer, buffalo, and elk meat donated by local hunters and ranchers. Sometimes we’d get a chance to eat Indian Frybread Tacos and other local specialties. At Two Spirit Nation, we had two sizable tents full of canned goods, granola bars, butter and cheese, pasta and crackers, tea and hot cocoa, meat and fish, and endless boxes of winter squash and root vegetables. Much of it was from organic farmers from Maine to Oregon, who had donated their extra crops to support the cause. Even in late January we still had enough food to feed our 15-person camp for another few months…or at least until the first real thaw, when all the frozen meat and produce would go bad.

Water. When it never gets above freezing, liquid water becomes a commodity. A heated water truck would make the rounds of camp most days, and small groups with access to a car would fill up five-gallon jugs offsite. The trick was keeping them unfrozen, so we usually kept them in the living spaces, which we heated around the clock with woodstoves. Melted snow was used only for dishwater, since persistent rumors circulated about harmful chemicals being sprayed in the atmosphere over our camps (as of this writing, there is no reliable scientific evidence to support this).

Sanitation. Oceti Sakowin Camp boasted two composting toilet tents. Each large army tent contained 15 stalls, with two attendants supervising them 24 hours a day. The attendants kept the tent heated with a woodstove, and changed the compost bags when the bucket in a stall got close to being full of sawdust, toilet paper, and human waste. One side of each tent was reserved for “Moon Stalls” where tampons, pads, and baby wipes were always available in each stall. The toilet system was one of the most organized parts of the camp, although exactly where our compost was going to go after it left camp in those nice biodegradable bags remained somewhat mysterious.

Security and Fire Response. An indigenous security team equipped with two-way radios monitored the two gates of camp 24 hours a day, and did patrols around camp. A second Women’s Security team was formed in response to several assaults at the camp, and maintained a safe housing space for women and two-spirit people. Three or four times during my stay, we woke in the middle of the night to people yelling “FIRE!” and rushed to the scene of a blazing tipi or shack, probably set afire by poor woodstove management. While these fires were too far along for our small fire extinguishers to make a difference, there was usually a person in full firefighter gear present who could probably have rescued anyone stuck inside. While the victims of these fires generally lost everything, they could easily get a new set of winter clothes and a new arctic sleeping bag from the donations available in camp.

Medical Care. The Medic Wellness Area boasted winterized yurts and tipis for doctors and street medics, herbalists, bodyworkers and acupuncturists, midwives, and mental health workers. All these services were available at no charge. A licensed doctor was usually on duty in the medical yurt, and there were free-for-the-taking stations for herbal tea, fire cider, basic medical supplies, hygiene items, and condoms. At the time when I departed, three healthy babies had been delivered at camp, and the medics had handled countless front-line injuries from rubber bullets, chemical weapons, concussion grenades, and water cannons.

Fuel and Firewood. Firewood was consistently the most sought-after commodity in camp. Somehow regular deliveries of whole logs consistently showed up, and each camp would send a few people with a chainsaw and truck or sled to get wood for the day. The general rule was to cut enough wood for your camp, and then cut some more and leave it for people who didn’t have a chainsaw. We all split the wood back at camp, and took turns stocking all the heated structures for the day. Every Saturday a propane truck arrived and filled our empty canisters with fuel for cooking and heating. I suspect these deliveries were paid for out of larger donation funds administered by Oceti Sakowin Camp or the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Winter Gear. Endless bags of donated clothing and bedding arrived at Standing Rock during October, November, and December. Much of it was unsuitable for arctic conditions, but there was enough high-quality gear to outfit the winter crew of Water Protectors (about 600 people) several times over. Anyone could visit the donation tents at any time and take anything they wanted.

Tools. Each smaller camp had an assortment of tools, and there was also a large construction building that would loan out any power tool you could think of as long as you left your ID with them as collateral. They provided everything from electric drills to ladders to chainsaws to a sewing machine. They also had 2x4s, particle board, and screws that you could ask for, and they’d give you what you needed if you could show them a sensible construction plan and materials list.

Spiritual Leadership and Ceremony. There were a few heated gathering spaces of different sizes that hosted everything from daily prayer circles to a huge Christmas Eve dinner with traditional singing and drumming. There were also several sweat lodges that any indigenous spiritual leader could use for the traditional Lakota Inipi ceremony of prayer, healing, and purification.

Use Your Imagination… The abundance of physical donations led to a lot of things being creatively repurposed. My buddy and I cut up donated sweatshirts to make crocheted rugs for the living spaces, and unraveled donated sweaters to produce yarn to knit extra-warm wool underwear. I pulled from the scrap pile outside the construction building to build shelves in our living space, and countless donated blankets were used to seal out the draught in winterized tipis. Whatever you needed, there was probably a way to make it with the tools and materials available at camp.

The gift economy at Standing Rock manifested itself according to the principles of indigenous culture. The Lakota people name generosity and compassion as two of their core values, and I saw those values in action every day. Much of the system depended on each group taking just enough for their own short-term needs, and leaving the rest for others. At home my instinct is to stockpile what I need for my own survival (two years’ supply of dry firewood, etc.), but that sort of strategy has its roots in the questionable idea that individual survival is possible without collective survival. In the capitalist economy of mainstream culture, it’s common for one household to thrive while an adjacent one is struggling to meet its basic needs. Houseless people freeze to death huddled next to spacious and luxuriously heated buildings inhabited by more “successful” folks.

In contrast, at Standing Rock we defined success as our collective survival. Therefore we took just the firewood that we needed, checked on the elders every day, brought food and coffee from our kitchen to the compost toilet attendants, and helped anyone who asked us for assistance. This culture of abundance seemed logical and easy in a situation where our needs for survival were simple and a steady flow of money and donated goods was pouring in all the time. I couldn’t help but wonder what it would take to create a steady-state gift economy, which could exist without these flows from the outside capitalist world.

When I finally left Standing Rock my friend and I stopped at a co-op food store in Minneapolis to obtain some much-dreamed-of fresh vegetables to munch on. It was such a shock to be asked to pay for food again. It made me wonder what it would take for our larger society to turn its ship around and set a course for a more generous and compassionate form of economy. It seems that these values arise in us spontaneously when a natural disaster hits and we are suddenly in a survival situation, such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans or Hurricane Sandy in New York City. The rest of the time, our whole economy depends on a me-first, get-ahead value system based on competition and survival of the fittest (or, in a rigged system like ours, the most privileged). When luxuries and conveniences become symbols of status, we tend to become self-serving.

When people become passionate enough about collective survival, luxuries and conveniences lose their appeal. How can we help each other prioritize our collective well-being? How can we encourage ourselves to expand our definition of “the collective” to include the Lakota concept of “all my relations”: the four-leggeds, the winged ones, the stone people, the star people? When we listen to the prayers of indigenous people and orient our values in this ancient way, the path to a truly sustainable gift economy can unfold before us.

For further reading on pre-colonization economic history and gift economy theory, see The Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein.

Murphy Robinson is a wilderness guide, hunting instructor, and founder of Mountainsong Expeditions in Vermont. She lives in a Tiny House on a community organic farm in the mountains. You can contact her through her website, www.mountainsongexpeditions.com.

Today’s short story: 
The person living in my duplex unit below has been on 4 months of hospice and a few days ago he was transported for urgent care. The nurse choose a neighboring aid to care for his house 🏠 key 🔐. 
Today his nurse notified the neighbor and I his spirit has moved on and she removed his medical equipment and returned the key to the neighbor.
1 hr. Later unemployed neighbors who sit around a fire pit drinking most of their day pull up with a previous buyer interested in deceased man’s items and they begin loading up a truck. 🚚 (They got his number from a note on his door)
The deceased was once a very wealthy man but lost most in a divorce but he has kept very top quality items worth a lot. 
I was home early (unknowing to theives) and immediately confronted them and called (NW) neighborhood watch Gregory Mordue; my property owner and the PD and informed the theives they were to reverse their actions before officers were on scene all while my girlfriend was recording and witnessing.
They were caught in posession but with keys and no forced entry, they were given a warning and forced to hand over the key. 

Please share some of your favorites in the comments below. As I discover new explorers on social media, I will add them to the list below.

 

https://www.facebook.com/HastaAlaska

KombiLife.com

Hasta Alaska is the story of an English explorer named Ben who flew to Chile and has spent over 4 years road tripping all the way to Alaska in a VW Bus. He shares a video blog on youtube that does an amazing job of sharing all the details. His team has done such a great job, we hope to see more adventures from him in the future.

 

http://ModernMotoDiaries.com

Alex Chacon

https://www.facebook.com/ChaconAlex/?fref=ts

Alex has ridden motorcycles in a large portion of the world and continues on a quest to travel as many as possible.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO9yxZFAdyyjRYGMh5Qp-eg

Long Way Around (& Down)

Ewin McGregor & Charley Boorman travel from England to New York and England to Cape Town Africa on motorcycles.

 

http://netvibes.com/HelpingHandsNet

Helping Hands Network

The story of the network has been growing since being founded in 2006 by Tim Frentz. YouTube videos, blog stories and digital Comic Books share the adventures of network members along their path to help causes in need. Short novels are being published soon to help tell the stories in more detail.

We recently have been needing a lot of cordless power tools to do Help Cause projects in remote areas. I began researching the most recent options and here are my notes so far.

Our main needs include a chainsaw, circular saw, weed eater and high torque/impact drill.

 

WEED EATER (trimmer) <$150

*Important features to look for?

-removable shaft to attach a brush cutter

-removable head to attach blade cutter

-rapid charging dual 20v 4ah batteries included

-quality braided string

-variable length shaft design

 

B&D LST136 has the best reviews for a sub $100 model so far.

 

 

$150 B&D LST 540 (Brushless)

Includes 1 40v battery and 1-3 hour rapid charger.

Brushless motor should last longer but this model has battery life complaints. Only comes with 1 battery. Battery get’s hot and needs 15 minutes to cool down before re-charging. The B&D brand of trim line breaks often and it is likely that you will empty a spool in 30 minutes unless you upgrade your line. Includes a variable length shaft design.

 

$150 Worx GT2 has the best reviews for a price over $100 so far. You can get the upgraded 32v for $140 shipped or go with a 30 minute rapid charger and TWO 20 volt batteries with ability for continuous use for $150.

https://worxgt.primetimetools.com/?cid=PF002&leadsource=PF002&CA_6C15C=1911218890

 

CHAINSAW

The Kabota 12 inch; 40 volt; 2 amp hour at Lowes for $99 plus tax is the most reasonable deal I have found so far. I still need to read more reviews about it though. It also needs a $50 charger bought separate.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_651249-95404-KCS+120_0Z2z8vmZ2z8vn__?productId=50333365&Ns=p_product_price|1&pl=1&Ntt=lithium+cordless

 

CIRCULAR SAW

The Porter Cable division is part of Black and Decker and DeWalt. It is the middle range in quality. The home brand products of Black and Decker are poor quality but still WalMart refuses to drop them and replace with the mid range Porter line. I’m not sold on Porter Cable being the best mid price range choice for us but it is what I am leaning towards buying very soon. There is a 20% purchases over $100 on Amazon right now for Fathers Day PLUS they have a rare cordless grinder which comes in very handy often.

http://amzn.to/1F8ykKh

Porter Cable multi tools

Porter Cable also has an upgraded 4 amp hour 20 volt battery option for $80. I recommend having TWO 1.5ah batteries and rotating for continuous use but if you have no field charging options, the 4ah is a life saver.

http://amzn.to/1IYncaf

IMPACT DRILL

I have not gotten to this one yet.  😦