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Saturday, January 02, 2010

I've Had a Dream

And it's the recurring kind.

I've had it twice in recent memory and it played out exactly the same way both times.

It's about a firesteel.

(Yeah, maybe I've got a bit of a problem.) :)

Here's the scenario:

I've got one of those monstrous non-Light My Fire firesteels and it's cold and snowy. My hands are frozen. I need fire quickly to stave off hypothermia. I scrape and scrape and scrape some more and can't get a spark. I scrape the firesteel so much that I wear through the firesteel and into a filler material in the center. It looks like Rice Krispies of all things.

I keep scraping around the rod and just can't get a spark. I get long curls of material but nothing that's going to set my tinder alight.

Then the material in the center falls out onto the ground.

Then I wake up as perplexed as ever...


What makes this dream especially strange is the fact that I have had exactly one firesteel from the many I've purchased at Going Gear or Firesteel.com that has given me a problem. It's one of the 1/2" diameter models and it sparked well for the first 20 strikes or so and now I seem to be in a vein of very soft material that only comes off in curls. Turning the rod and striking it again gives me sparks until I get through that outer "layer" of sparking material. I haven't used it extensively enough to know how far in the layer of softer stuff goes but I've had a few attempts at firestarting with that particular rod fail and I've had to resort to other means. One was only a few days ago so maybe that prompted the dream again.

I have a 1/2" X 6" rod from the same source that I used all summer to light my charcoal grill so I simply cannot lump all non-LMF firesteels into the same category. I think this one rod may be a dud but I've been happy with the rest.

I'm sure having gear-related dreams is a sign of something. I just don't have the foggiest idea what it might signify.

Thanks for reading,


B

2 Comments:

At 9:14 AM, OpenID rangersquirrel said...

And I quote: I'm sure having gear related dreams is a sign of something..."

Let me get this straight - in the dream, you've hit a layer of soft stuff in your normally functional gear and now you're having trouble achieving a "spark."

rrrriiight....um....no idea what that could mean B?

;)

I'm kidding. In reality, it probably just signifies anxiety. For you starting a fire is both a basic skill and a necessity. You SHOULD be able to do it (in your mind). So having a failure in a dream is probably your adult equivalent of the classic "can't open my locker and I'm late to class dream" from Junior High School.

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger The Suburban Bushwacker said...

The Dream means........(cue spooky msic)
"you neeed to buy more kittttttttttttttttt"
[sound of the wind in the trees]]
"you then need to do more blog posts"

SBW

 

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