Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review of Pet Magasin Premium Pet Travel Carrier Backpack

Review of
Pet Magasin Premium Pet Travel Carrier Backpack

Five out of five stars

 This is an amazing device, it allows you to carry a sturdy case for carrying your small pet as if it were a backpack. Then when needed as a pet travel carrier or confinement unit it can be placed down with the surface that would contact your back as the base and two side panels that can be unzipped and extended. Those panels are made of mesh to allow air flow and eye contact between human and pet.
 The shoulder straps are thick and well-padded for the comfort of the human when it is being used as a backpack and there is another handle to be used when it contains the pet being transported. There is a strap that goes around the waist for increased support. The top is also mesh to allow for air flow if the pet is in the pack while being carried as a backpack. There is also a mesh pouch on the back of the pack where water, food any other necessities can be stored.
 This is an unusual item, one of the most versatile items that I have ever seen. Although it is designed for pets, it could be used as a standard backpack, it is very comfortable to carry, can hold a significant load and the extra handle on the back allows it to be more easily moved around. It is a great product. 

Review of "Outfield Orphan" by Joe Archibald

Review of
Outfield Orphan by Joe Archibald

Three out of five stars
 Since Archibald is the author, this cannot help but be a good book of sports fiction. However, it is not one of his better ones. Although readers that know the history of major league baseball will recognize the proper reference. The book was first published in 1961, not long after all major league teams were finally integrated. It is a bit ironic that one of the northernmost teams, the Boston Red Sox, was the last team to put a black player on their roster, doing so in 1959.
 Benjie Sadler is a black baseball player that is very talented. The story opens with him at the Spring training camp of the Boston Pilgrims major league team and fighting for a position on the roster. Benjie is extremely talented, there is no question that he has the skills to excel. However, when the club veterans shut him out, he takes it personally and racially, unable to realize that rookies are traditionally shunned by the veterans trying to keep their jobs.
 This sets the tone for most of the book. Sadler was raised in an orphanage, hence the origin of the title. Throughout his time with the Pilgrims and then with the other teams, he is always making excuses for himself and taking everything with a racial and personal bias. This is what reduces the quality of the book. I have read autobiographies by black stars such as Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron, men that started in the Negro leagues and then went to the majors. While they expressed their reactions to the racial responses of other players and the fans, they rarely ever expressed the kind of self doubts and excuse making that Sadler does. A player with such doubts would be unlikely to ever succeed at that level.

Review of Decorative Fishing Net with Lifebuoy and Seashells

Review of
Decorative Fishing Net with Lifebuoy and Seashells

Five out of five stars
 If you are into this type of decorative item, then you will love it. The netting is a darkish blue that will go with many other colors and there are at least 23 small seashells woven into the item I received. At 200 by 150 cm in size, (78.74 by 59 inches), the net is large enough to cover a significant area, yet small enough so that it does  not overwhelm. It also hangs easy.
 The lifebuoy is white with red stripes and 5.5 inches (14 cm) in diameter. A small rope goes all the way around it so there is a way to hang it up. It has the phrase “Welcome Aboard” in black letters on it. If you have a love for the legacy of the sea, then this is an excellent decoration or a gift for others with a similar affliction.