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Recent reading in the fine art of trail running reminded me of the value of stocking basics that have several if not many uses. I used to worry that I might be carrying this line of thinking too far, until a trainer of high-level military for the Rand Corporation reminded me that “there are no small problems”.
I set a bottle of rubbing alcohol on the windowsill over the kitchen sink after I learned that Italian housekeepers use it as a degreaser. It does double duty as a disinfecting agent, replacing commercial products with blood-curdling Material Safety Data Sheets. Vodka or everclear add another function.
Futurist Buckminster Fuller’s first question about an object, including a building, was “How much does it weigh?” Ultra-light backpacker Mike Clelland points out that the thing you don’t carry weighs nothing.