Monday, December 21, 2009

Applying 3 is 2, 2 is 1 and 1 is none.

It’s mostly applied to gear and such. Having 2 or 3 sources of fire in a survival kit for example, having a backup gun.
For the essentials its always good to have spares in case you lose/break one tool. That’s why many of us will have more than just one knife or one flashlight alone. Spares are good.
Its no different from the Plan B approach.
Recently I’ve been having problem with our passports. We’re traveling to Spain soon for the holydays and, as it couldn’t be any other way in Argentina, they are running short on the materials for making them so delivery of passports may take +2 months.

Now, always having the backup/plan B thing in mind, we also have EU passports thanks to grandpa FerFAL, who understood the importance of having other documents, other options.
I remember when I went with him to get my Spanish passport for the first time, many years ago when I was just a kid.
Now understanding what my grandfather had in mind better, I got my kids their EU passports as soon as they were born.
Of course, unlike Argentina, the Spanish passport was ready in less than 2 weeks.
Because of this problem they have, they are allowing people with dual citizenships o travel with their EU passports and the expired Argentine one. Of course, if you don’t have an EU passport, you don’t travel.
This is just another good example of why its always important to have spares, Plan B and other alternatives when it comes to important matters and pieces of gear alike.
Hope all of you guys have your papers in order, your passports and such. A pen drive with copies of
such important documents is a good idea as well. I'm getting one of these today. Goes on the keychain, bright color in case you drop it.

  Verbatim TUFF 'N' TINY 2 GB USB Drive 96814 (Orange)Verbatim TUFF 'N' TINY 2 GB USB Drive 96814 (Orange)
Take care.



DanT said...

I couldn't agree more. I have Irish and Canadian Passports - you never know what the future holds.

maggs said...

Hi Ferfal,

what do you think of this?....

Evans-Pritchard suggested a similar remedy for Greece, which he said could break out of its death loop by following the lead of Argentina. It could “restore its currency, devalue, pass a law switching internal euro debt into [the local currency], and ‘restructure’ foreign contracts.”

The Road Less Traveled: Saying No to the IMF

Standing up to the IMF is not a well-worn path, but Argentina forged the trail. In the face of dire predictions that the economy would collapse without foreign credit, in 2001 it defied its creditors and simply walked away from its debts. By the fall of 2004, three years after a record default on a debt of more than $100 billion, the country was well on the road to recovery; and it achieved this feat without foreign help. The economy grew by 8 percent for 2 consecutive years. Exports increased, the currency was stable, investors were returning, and unemployment had eased. “This is a remarkable historical event, one that challenges 25 years of failed policies,” said economist Mark Weisbrot in a 2004 interview quoted in The New York Times. “While other countries are just limping along, Argentina is experiencing very healthy growth with no sign that it is unsustainable, and they’ve done it without having to make any concessions to get foreign capital inflows.”