October 14, 2007
As the weather becomes more unpredictable, outdoors fans need to put a few more items in their packs, blinds and boat bags to keep the elements at bay, especially in emergencies. One of the lightest and most inexpensive insurance policies is Adventure Medical Kits Thermo Lite Bivvy Sack ($33). The tapered sack consists of a reflective, nonwoven fabric on the outside and a napped inner layer to wick away dampness. It has a foot vent to let heat escape. AMK says the waterproof, windproof bivvy sack reflects as much as 80 percent of body heat, making it a perfect add-on to a regular sleeping bag to extend the comfort range or to use alone in summer.
July 15, 2007
WASHINGTON -- You think your gasoline costs are high? Every time the price at the pump jumps a nickel, it causes budgetary heartburn for the U.S. Air Force, whose gas-guzzling fleet of nearly 6,000 aircraft devours about 7 million gallons of fuel a day. The cost of a fill-up for a B-52 bomber, an eight-engine behemoth that holds nearly 48,000 gallons of jet fuel, can easily surpass $100,000. A sleek F-16 fighter sucks up more than $300 worth of fuel a minute when it kicks in its afterburners and blasts through the sound barrier.
December 17, 2006
ARE YOU AN URBAN REVELER WHO loves the fireworks on New Year's Eve but hates battling the crowds and the cold? If so, a warm hotel room with a stocked minibar and a clear view might be worth the price no matter how high. It may be too late to reserve most well-placed hotels for the coming New Year, but here are some prices that may help you plan for the next year's celebration. In Sydney, where hundreds of thousands gather each year to see the midnight fireworks explode above the harbor, the Novotel on Darling Harbour (novoteldarlingharbour.
October 30, 2005
Travelon's Wine Backpack/Shoulder Bag is a nice hands-free way to tote all the makings for a romantic picnic outdoors, or even in your hotel room. The padded black nylon pack has cradles for two bottles of wine and elastic bands for four wine glasses (not included), with plenty of extra space for napkins, cheese, crackers, a little cutting board and perhaps a crusty baguette. An internal mesh pocket can hold your corkscrew and other utensils, and there's a roomy external pocket. All that's missing is the ants.
August 18, 2005
On Sunday, August 156, 2005, NYLON ROSLYN "ROZ" LAWSON; devoted mother, sister and grandmother. Family will receive friends at Gary P. March Funeral Home, today from 7 to 9 P.M. Services on Friday, at Set The Captives Free Outreach Center at 11 A.M., 7111 Windsor Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21244. Interment to follow
November 21, 2004
The product: Carpeting. The expert: Thomas J. Hill, executive director, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a nonprofit certifying body for the floor covering and restoration industries. (That's his formal title; informally, he's known as RugDoctor's rug doctor.) What I want: The tighter the yarn twist and the denser the construction, the better a carpet will perform under traffic conditions. I must have: I prefer nylon. It's resilient and when treated with stain-resistant coating is impervious to water-based stains such as food and beverage.