Some things don’t measure up to the hype.



Dodge Power Wagon with tandem rear axels. And running the slick rock in Moab, UT. These Legacy re-builds run somewhere well north of $250K. Would you really take a rig that set you back that much to Moab – other than for a glory shot?

So much articulation that it’s almost unwholesome.


Boat House

There is a definite appeal to having a boat house in that place, but the lake would be frozen half of the year and you couldn’t take the boat out. I guess that you could also store snow machines in the boat house? Or would you need to store them on the second story of your (near by) cabin, so that they could exit the cabin in the snow?


Movie Prop

Jimmy Lyle’s “First Blood” reproduction knives are for sale for a couple hundred dollars. The original was made with D2 steel, I think. Most of the copies are made more cheaply (in India) and I doubt that the saw teeth actually work. I usually don’t go for Hollywood, but Lyle’s knife always appealed. If I ever got one, I’d want it to be one that Lyle made, not some dude in India. But if I had it, what would I do with it?

Some things do measure up to the hype – like bacon.


  1. Why buy a Jimmy Lyle First Blood knife? Because you want it and can afford the price tag. The folks from the subcontinent, notably the Pakis, make blades of an impressive size at a popular price, but don’t expect to get much use out of one.
    Gorgeous photo. I wonder where it was taken. From the look of the trees it’s likely September or October depending on latitude.
    My entire experience with the Power Wagon was the old M37 from 50 years ago. It had a flathead engine that worked well enough, but don’t expect high performance.

    • Those Power Wagons that Legacy turns out don’t have much but the original body, and they’re impressive. But they’re for looking at, not playing with – unless you’re a zillionaire.

      I don’t know why a First Blood knife. I have more than a few knives that are better, but there was something about that particular crafted piece of steel that took my fancy.

  2. My thoughts exactly with Legacy PW’s…fully modern in powerplant and accoutrements (the sky is the limit apparently), but seriously expensive that would give us lesser’s pause taking it among the rocks. Then again, in Jackson (Legacy moved over the hill to Drigg’s a few years back) because the Billionaires were buying out the millionaires, so what’s a couple of grand in bodywork and “scratch repair” on your 1/4 mil off-roader….just a few extra zero’s to that particular customer. (Oopsee, guess I gotta get that panel straightened….I’ll have my man take it in when we get back.)

    Love the boathouse pic…especially coming off the “canoeing” post, even if only for a few months out of the year it’d be worth it (Wonder what the cabin access looks like?) Dick Proenneke said he preferred Winter at his Alaskan outpost – even at 40 below – as he could get around a lot easier when the lake froze. To each his own.

    I have a couple of sheath knives (Buck and a custom gifted to me)…hardly ever use them anymore. While we all drooled over Rambo’s First Blood knife (does the compass really work?), what the heck would I do with something like that? Maybe the point is ownership as an homage to the craftsman.

    • I’ll have my man take it in when we get back. I had a cousin that built part of Harrison Ford’s home in Jackson Hole, WY. The stories he told. It must be interesting to have more bucks than brains.

      The Lake House has an incredible appeal to me. I know of a place very like that one and it’s very close to heaven (my view of heaven – no harps or cherubs flying around, or excessive commandments and ‘thou shalt not’). I met the guy who owned it after looking at the place as I passed for at least a decade. He said that the place was a money pit, but that he inherited it and couldn’t sell it because it was his dad’s dream – but it was falling apart. It reminded me of how the King of Thailand would punish a village. He’d give them an elephant. You’d think that would be a wonderful gift to a village, but because it was the King’s elephant, it could do no work. They had to feed it, care for it, and love it even when it tore down a few shacks in a pique. It looked wonderful, but it was a burden.

      • Odd, Ford was a capable carpenter pre-stardom, you’d think – despite his thespian bent – he’d have more sense.

        Reading far too many books as a kid on lakeside cabins, that was my preference as it combined mountains with quiet water. That, versus ocean front…altho a little private shack in the Florida Keys with a dock would be okay. Board shorts, perpetual tan, and some serious lazy days between obligations. Some say – among other Biblical definitions – Heaven is the best of us in our preferential setting. I’m in!

        Funny how your experience with the cabin fellow happens more often than not, the kids having never really been interested in something until it gets willed to them, then don’t want to sell due to sentimental reasons. In the meantime it’s falling down around them.

        I’m thinking COVID is our elephant “gifted” to us by the self-appointed overlords. (small ‘o’ on purpose)

  3. In the early 80’s, I happened into a museum in Carson City, NV. They had on display an exquisite 1886 Winchester in caliber 45-70. IIRC, it was made for the 1893 Chicago Exposition. It was to my eye a masterpiece of understated elegance–deeply blued with minimal engraving, and inlaid gold wire highlights. Could be my finger prints are still on the glass.

    Even if I could, I would not care to own something like that. As they say “The first dent is the deepest”, and would likely result in serious consideration of an ancient Japanese ritual.

    As to things that work as advertised, I used one of these at the range last week, first on a bolt gun, then switching it to a scoped M1A–

    I recommend the Cordura–very comfortable.

    • First off, that’s a serious cheek rest. And you’re making me want to take my JP-LRP-07 out to the place where I shoot. You can call it ‘a range’ or ‘my range’ but it’s just a bit of scrub with a hill behind it with markers I laid out.

      The first dent is definitely the deepest.

    • A practical solution…and I’m sure that you could fish from it. They’re slow enough that main propulsion would make a good trolling motor.

  4. That’s three big nopes for me… I’d want to be able to USE the boat year round, and a quarter mil for a Power Wagon is beyond stupid. And knifes like that are useless, IMHO.

    • Three nopes here as well, though I do have my eye on a boat (“Break Out Another Thousand”). I need something with horsepower for larger lakes (Powell, etc).

  5. If you can afford that Power Wagon then odds are you have enough scratch to have it repaired when you break it. And off roaring places go Moab isn’t that bad if you aren’t crazy.

    • I’ve spent time on the Moab slick rock and it’s not bad. There was one time when I almost flipped the rig over backward, but it didn’t happen. At the same time, I would give money to help foster children and train people in trades and things like that before I’d spend that much money on a vehicle. (The Unimog U-500 – the new one, does turn my head though. I can’t lie)

  6. That boat house could be on a couple of the lakes I’ve been to since we moved here. Definitely looks like Fall in that pic. We went to the Clan BBQ yesterday, and as we were driving up in Rist Canyon, all nice and green, I said to my SLW that seeing it in Spring and Fall makes the Winter bearable.

    That’s a nice looking knife. The saw teeth are really impressive. Looks like they came from a circular saw blade. Wonder if he offers “Carbide Tipped” option…?

    From my experience, the kind of person who drops $250k on a truck like that either babies it, or has so much money that yes, I’ll have my men take it in when we get back, honey. LOTS of money…..beyond belief. I’ve met a few, and yes, the rich are different than you and I. There’s an estate for sale up here, 7br, 16ba, on 75 acres, with a 27,000 sqft garage, capable of holding 110+ cars, per the listing.

    That kind of guy…..

    • I’ve known obscenely rich people too. Some of them very nice and unpretentious. But 110 cars seems like about 107 too many.

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