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And So You're Back From Outer Space: An Interview About Dual Survival

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So we're taking a little break from the music scene, to get a little more in touch with Mother Nature.

I've got us sitting out here on 'The Lane' admiring the cement jungle surrounding us. I can see many opportunities for protein and nutrition, that can easily be acquired as long as you have the fundage. I can see numerous opportunities for shelter, as long as you have keys. I see some great clearings for starting a fire, as long as you don't mind getting arrested for arson. Let us shed our urban confines and get free in the wilderness, let's talk shop, let's talk about Survival. Let it be known that Bobby Pins is a wilderness junkie.

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This one's a long one, but a good one.

There's a lot of survival shows out there; which one do you like best?

I used to watch Les Stroud because I liked that he was going solo and showed the difficulties in trying to make shelter while making sure your food and water needs were met over a several day period but then I started watching Dual Survival, and while the scenarios are manufactured, I think it serves better as a learning experience.

I've retained more knowledge from Dual Survival because the banter between the co-hosts is more memorable than the quiet downtime moments with Les Stroud.

[The painting to the left is of Cody Lundin by Bobby Pins]

Banter, that's a monster in Star Wars, isn't it? Alright Banter it is. Anyway. Do you think you'd be able to take on a barefoot lifestyle like Cody does?

I... do run barefoot and I've run barefoot in the snow, but I kept thinking I might be getting frost bite. So I'm not as hardcore as Cody, I couldn't do it 24/7 but I can appreciate a nice barefoot moment.

Okay, so you enjoy that barefoot moment... But do you see yourself as more of a Cody or more of a Dave?

When my wife and I are hiking or Geocaching I definitely resemble Dave because I'm running ahead, jumping, swimming, climbing, umm... where she's a little more conservative, preferring to be a bit more cautious like Cody. She's the Cody and I'm the Dave.

So I gather, you're a hunter. What is the grossest thing you think you could eat?

McDonald's.

Oh you. McDonald's aren't outdoors, Bobby.

They are, they're on planet Earth.

Have you ever had an outdoor survival moment?

Several years ago I went camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains with my friend and my wife and when we arrived at the campsite we only had 20 minutes of daylight left to make a fire and put up our tent. We gathered tinder and got the fire started just in time and then attempted to assemble the tents. The two person tent went up fast. The single person tent... was missing pieces. Oops.

My friend and I then went to look for more firewood and as we gathered some he dropped his $10 lantern. It broke and it got real dark. We clutched each other and got back to the campsite by holding my cell phone 12 inches above the ground, despite the difficulties I had this feeling of "I will survive."

I WILL SURVIVE HEY HEYYYY!

Exactly.

Alright if all we gave you was a pack of Bubble Yum with three pieces left, a yo-yo, a beach ball and half a pair of scissors do you think you could make a successful camp and how?

The bubble yum could serve as an adhesive, the yo-yo string would be good for cordage, umm the half of a scissor could be used as a cutting utensil, rudimentary as it may be and difficult but difficult is better than nothing. The beach ball if folded out can be water protection or actually it may be better used for carrying water. Yes definitely use the beach ball as a container.

What has been your worst mechanical injury?

Last year I was in the desert and I was playing tennis... and I got hit in the eye with a tennis ball... really, really really hard. If I had to describe it, it was as if a planet was coming at me at high velocity. Umm, I went down... (Jen laughs) and then I got back up and tried to walk it off but 90 minutes later I still couldn't open my eye. I was fortunate enough to find an eye doctor in a town of only 5,000 people.

What scenario do you feel you WOULDN'T be able to survive from? The rainforest, the desert or the arctic? And why.

Each one has its own set of problems, I'd have to consider my strengths and weaknesses... uhmmm I'm saying the arctic because there would be difficulties in sustaining a fire.

Did you ever use any method from the show?

I saw Cody use his hands to measure how much daylight was left. Each hand you can fit under the sun to the horizon line represents an hour of daylight left. When I did it there was only 3/4th's of my hand between the sun and the horizon line. BAM 45 minutes later the sun set!

So television can be educational, as evidenced by this hand and sun trick. We are also left with the excellent advice of, "never go after something that can go after you." Like... tennis balls. Having watched some survival television myself, I Jenny the G made camping reservations, bought a tent and fire making tools. Do I have what it takes to survive the harsh conditions of my backyard? I will survive... hey hey... hopefully.

See books and DVDs on Wilderness Survival in BiblioCommons.

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Informative post! Next time I

Informative post! Next time I venture out into the wild wooded beyond, I'll be sure to bring your blog post along as a handbook of survival. Addendum - see Macgruber - http://nypl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/18532414052_macgruber Some good tips in there, especially the celery trick.

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