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Jeff in Mackinaw

Hello, I’m Jeffrey Washington. Owner and operator of Paracords and More. We are offering Free Shipping on everything within our website as well as anything in our Etsy Store (Use Coupon code: Freeship25 on Etsy) Today Only.

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Jeff in MackinawHello, I’m Jeffrey Washington. Owner and operator of Paracords and More. We are offering Free Shipping on everything within our website as well as anything in our Etsy Store (Use Coupon code: Freeship25 on Etsy).

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Many of you receiving this email have also been some of our greatest customers and friends and this is our way of showing our appreciation for all that you have done for us. Whether it is a gift for yourself or for someone special in your life, we would be honored if you would consider allowing us to assist you with your gift giving needs.

Thanks to you our business has grown and continues to grow.

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Merry ChristmasHappy HanukkahHappy Thanksgiving, Happy Kwanza and Happy New Year

 

A funny thing happened with a recent order

There’s a funny story that goes along with this picture. The other day I received an order for a bracelet. Later that same evening I received an email from the person that placed the order, stating that they made a mistake on the size and wondered if I could change it to a smaller size. No problem, I wrote back. The next day I surprisingly get an order for the smaller size bracelet, with the same ship to address. Same person, second order right? WRONG.

We start exchanging a few emails and I refund the first (incorrect size) order. This was being purchased for this persons sibling as a gift. Now this person is wondering why am I sending back the money. I explain that I had two orders and was just cancelling the incorrect one. My customer and I are both confused at this point.

Well, long story short. This person ordered a bracelet for their sibling and at the sibling bought one for themselves. About 10 emails later, we all figured it out and went through our “Twilight Zone” moment so to speak. Both siblings thought it was funny and ironic. It was also a sweet gesture on the first customer’s part.

I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there. (In my Larry the Cable guy voice). What do you think?

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So you’ve got a paracord bracelet…now what?

If you are anything like me, you ‘ve probably heard of all the amazing things that can be done with a paracord bracelet. Personally I like how I can take some raw material and tie a few knots and voila. But I must say in my mind this is just the beginning. I believe we must go deeper with our preparedness. We must round out our systems and do all that we are personally and financially able to do to be ready for lifes inevitable moments, be they good or bad.

So now you have a dozen feet, plus or minus, of rope on your wrist. What do you do if the lights go out. Do you have a knife to cut that cord. 550# test is just that…tough as nails. There is no way anyone is ever going to be able to tear this stuff, like maybe I could with jute twin or something.

GEAR CHECK

For those of you that have been followers of The Nutnfancy Project (TNP), you know what’s coming next. Often the host of the show, who goes by the screen name of Nutnfancy, does a gear check on guys when he meets them.

It’s not a lot of stuff, but it all has its importance. Most of the items are based on EDC or everyday carry items. What is my gear check like on most given days. Well, let me see. Keys, wallet, badge wallet, chapstick, multi-tool (Leatherman Juice S2), flashlight (Streamlight Protac 2AA), Knife (a few choices to choose from) and firearm(s)(?),(Not going to tell you). Oh yeah I forgot about the main thing that this article is about in the first place paracord. I always have one of my bracelets. That gives me about 9-10 ft. of cord with a 550# tensile strength. If I remove the inner strands and use them individually, I have 7 more strands of the same length, each with a tensile strength of 50# each.

Perhaps this sounds like a lot to you but it isn’t too heavy. It gives me a lot of capability. Many times I’ve gone into a dark place or have had to look in  dark place and the flashlight is indespensable. Many people think a light isn’t necessary in the day time, but one thing I’ve found about my job as a police officer is that it is extremely easy to end up in somewhere that is darker than expected.

Having a good multi-tool has proven useful countless times as well. From the need to screw or unscrew something, or cut something with the small scissors, I never want to be caught without it.

Well, I’ve succeeded. A bit of food for thought for you. Do your own gear check and see how you fare.

Our 500th paracord item sold

It was a crisp, cloudy day. The air was heavy with anticipation and we were getting close. Close to what. Wait for it. The sale of our 500th paracord item. This happened some time ago, but in all the frenzy I forgot to post anything about it.

In many companies this may not be that significant of an event. Five hundred sales of any product is not all that big in the larger scheme of things in the business world. For us it was a big deal. A very big one. I had began keeping track of the sales of our paracord items from the very beginning for obvious reasons: tax time. I didn’t want to have to track down receipts and other paperwork when it was time to file my taxes. The benefit that offered was that I kept records of all the sales, which helped me to know the progress.

We were in the throngs of several weekend shows and before each show I would check where we were in relation to the number. This one particular show, I knew we were only about 4 sales from the big number. I told the family so that we would all pay attention and not miss it. Sounds simple right? Not really.

It took a while on this particular day, a Sunday, for the sales to begin. The crowd was a bit sparse which allowed us some time to talk with some of our fellow vendors. A few of them bought some paracord items, so I was keeping a watchful eye. Well I got to talking to my friend Ken and our daughter Ashley taps me on the shoulder and says she thinks this is the one. Of course I excuse myself from Ken and double check and what do you know, it was. Before that we had decided to make a bunch of noise and surprise whoever it was. That is exactly what happened. We made a bunch of noise, with all the shouting and strobes lights and stuff. Just had a lot of fun with it. She was shocked and didn’t know what was going on at first. We even allowed her to pick up anything that we had for sale with our compliments.

She is actually an author. She was selling her book “Reflections in a Broken Mirror” and her name is Melanie Drake.

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I had to pull out the good samaritan card today

Today after I walked a couple miles, I went to the store to get some milk and orange juice. I went to a local Kroger store not far from our home. When I stopped  at the last main intersection, there was this guy walking across the street pushing a shopping cart. My first thought was where did he take this cart from. He was walking so quickly it looked a bit comical. I don’t know why I was so intrigued by the guy. Once I get to the store, I go in  and look around for my items. My favorite yogurts were on sale so I got a bunch. Well I digress.

As I’m walking around the store I see the same guy that was pushing the shopping cart only now he doesn’t have a cart. He is just walking around the store like all the rest of us. I recognized him, but I kept going.

After I made my purchases and loaded up the van, I head to the street. Now this is one of those busy streets where I hate to turn left on to. It is almost impossible and seems to take forever. When I get to the front of the exit, a car pulls into the lot and stops, then I see another car in the street stopped in the road sort of canted. I figured maybe these two had an accident. No big deal right? When I pull out, now I see what happened. The guy, Mr. Push a cart, is standing next to the car in the street and his forehead is all bloody. What the….? I make a u-turn and go back to see if I can help. When I get there, I grab my level #1 first aid kit and go up to the guy. Note: I’ll explain more about the first aid kits in a future post(s).

I start putting on a pair of rubber gloves from my kit, get a telfa pad and place it on his forehead and tell him to apply pressure. By now a Burton Police officer is arriving on scene and starts doing his thing. This officer, sees that I’m rendering first aid to the guy and doesn’t try to stop me. He even asks my name. I tell him and also tell him that I’m a Police officer. By now an ambulance is pulling on and I put away my kit and let them have at it.

This is probably my first time having to render first aid to someone in an accident outside of work. I can tell that all the years of experience really helped. The driver of the car. Oooooh wait. I didn’t say what happened right. The driver of the car is pulling onto Bristol eastbound at the same time this guy is crossing the street. She didn’t see him and clips him on his hip with the mirror. He jumps up to try and avoid the car and lands on his head. OUCH. Can you say speed knot. This guy is going to have a killer headache. He appeared to be OK and walked to the ambulance under his own power after they applied a cervical collar.

After he heads off to the ambulance, I check on the lady that was driving the car. She looked fine, but as soon as I ask her if she is ok, she starts panicking a bit. She’s all jittery, but I’ve seen this before. It’s an adrenaline dump due to the accident. I talk to her and try to help calm her down. I ask her if there is someone that can come help her out and she calls her mom. Well mom arrives, collects her daughter and the officer and I shake hands and I’m on my way home.

Not bad for an interesting evening. Just one of those things that you don’t see all the time. All evening I kept wondering. Was I so intrigued with the guy, because I was going to see him after he got hit by a car. Hmmmmm, makes one wonder.

I’ll talk to you next time constant reader and we’ll get back on task. Until then.