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Crazy MacGyver Fantasies

2010 August 26
Gerber Multi-Tool

MacGerber Tool

I know it may sound crazy, but I have these fantasies that in any given situation, I would have the knowledge, gear or… whatever might be needed to save the day. A fantasy of preparedness and/or resourcefulness, of sorts.

Let me give you an example. I used to have this hydration pack in which I kept a stash of unfilled water balloons. Why you ask? Why indeed. I don’t remember why I had them in the first place, but I put them in my pack because I hated to throw away perfectly good water balloons… and thought they might be “handy” in some creative unexpected way in some unlikely situation. And how cool would it be, to be in some random scenario, and to be able to have this conversation…

“Wait, I have something that will be perfect for that.”
“Water balloons?”
“Yes! Water balloons.”
“I know.” “I knew they would come in handy some day.”

I mean, the possibilities are endless really. Lets say you are in a downpour, stuck in your tent, forgot playing cards and have nothing better to do than… randomly blow up a bunch of tiny little colorful water balloons and pointlessly bat them at each other like fools while you giggle like little school girls. (and then never tell anyone because they just really wouldn’t understand the delight in the pure colorful pointlessness of it all)

Or – you are at a BBQ on a really hot day and want to liven up the party a bit with an unexpected water balloon ambush. No one would see it coming.

On a more serious note… what if you needed to use it as a tiny tourniquet, like on your finger or something? Or, you could tediously tie several of them together to create a larger tourniquet. I mean, if you are at risk of bleeding out you will take whatever you can get right? Even if it comes in the form of a carnival-like string of multi-colored water balloons.

But, alas… I never got a chance to pull those little water balloons out of my bag of tricks. I think I eventually gave up on the dream and just (reluctantly) threw them away as I transitioned to a new hydration pack. Never would I get to sit around a campfire while someone says:

“Dude, do you remember that time that we were wondering what the hell we were going to do, and then out of nowhere Shana had this crazy handful of water balloons that totally saved the day. So random, but man, I don’t know what we would have done without them.”


I am not sure if it is a clash of my practical and creative sides, or it is a meeting in the middle of the two. What I do know is that if I had actually come into a situation where they would have saved the day… it would have been very cool. Yes… very cool. But since that day never came, and it looked like it never would, continuing to carry them around felt utterly ridiculous.

Although my water balloon dreams have floated away, I still occasionally harbor fantasies about the usefulness of a piece of string, a small ziploc baggie, a random marble, multi-tools, etc.

I do hope that I am able to channel my inner MacGyver though, should a situation ever arise to call for it….

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  1. Donna permalink
    August 31, 2010

    Sounds like you are prepared for most any thing. Good for you,

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