Spring is still trying to kick winter out. We were sunny and gloriously warm yesterday and sunny today, but windy and cold. But I’ve been able to do some tulip sight-seeing. I think they’re probably only a couple days away from passing the torch to the next batch of flowers.
This week has another anniversary: The KA-Bar, which is a military knife. This is like an all-purpose knife. When you look at the link, skip over the first picture, which is a bit disturbing.
When I was in Desert Storm, I was one of the few in my unit to be issued one, or one that was like a KA-Bar. The knife came with a whetstone, which it needed. It dulled cutting through air!
I worked on fuel point, filling up the convoys that came in, and issued POL–Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricant (it’s been so many years that I had to think about what stood for).
Knives are useful things. I used to have a Swiss Army knife like MacGyver (the 1990s version, not this remake, which has none of the charm or fun). I was surprised at how many uses I had for it. Of course now it’s hard to carry a knife anywhere, even it’s small and for everyday use. People are so afraid that someone will do something something bad with it. In Washington, DC, we have to go through metal detectors to get into the museums, and bags are subject to searches.
Things have changed a lot from when a knife was just a tool we used every day.