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Hi-Tec Socks Review

Hi-Tec Socks Review

It’s not often I review an item like socks. Hi-Tec socks deserve a review, however. They are awesome, cushy, warm, comfortable, everything a pair of socks should be.

In addition, all Hi-Tec footwear is backed by a 1 Year Warranty and a 60-Day Comfort Guarantee.

My tests of these socks happened on a trip to Tennessee. I wore the Cushion Boot socks inside my waders while fishing, and the Performance Hiking socks while hiking. In both cases the comfort was extraordinary. The Cushion Boot socks kept my feet warm all morning, even while wading in a cold, tailwater river.

Hi-Tec socks are made of a premium merino wool/acrylic blend, designed specifically for outdoor endeavors. They feature a reinforced heel and tow, superior cushioning ability, arch compression for support, and are breathable. When you put them on your feet feel great all day.

Hi-Tec socks come in five different styles, so you can find the socks that best suit your needs.

It’s hard to enjoy your day when your feet are cold, or blistered, or hot and sweaty, and not happy. Probably the best thing that you can say about a pair of socks is, “I didn’t think about my feet all day,” no matter what you are doing. When I took my socks off after being active in them all day, my feet were still very happy. What more can you ask of a pair of socks?

Hi-Tec socks are the best socks I’ve ever worn. They have my highest recommendation.

John Kumiski
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Innova Swing EX Inflatable Kayak Review

Innova Swing EX Inflatable Kayak Review

Innova Swing EX review

The Innova Swing EX

This is an Innova Swing EX Inflatable Kayak Review.

Let me preface the following remarks by saying that because I am a fisherman who lives in Florida, my preference is for a sit-on-top kayak. The Swing EX is a sit-inside.

It’s the most comfortable sit-inside I’ve tried. But we get ahead of ourselves.

Innova kayaks are built in the Czech Republic. My guess is that the assembly instructions are translated from Czech into English. The instructions weren’t clear to me, and I had to go to YouTube and find a video in order to get the boat assembled the first time. Once you understand how it goes together, though, assembling this boat is quite simple.

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The air valve is clever. When the red button is up, air stays in. When it’s down, air comes out.

One caveat- inflating the boat. The kayak has three valves that allow you to fill the three chambers with air. The valves have a red dot in their center, which can lock them closed or open. If the valve is locked open, when you remove the fitting from the air pump all the air you just pumped into the chamber comes rushing right back out. This is disconcerting if you don’t understand how the valve functions.

Of course at first I didn’t. I had to play around with that first valve. You simply push down on the red dot to set it to the other mode, as it were. Then when you remove the air pump fitting, the air stays in the chamber.
When you want to deflate the chamber, you just press the red button. Once you’ve figured it out, you have to admire the clever design.

Clever design features were not limited to the valves, though.

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The inflatable seat- quite nice.

The seat is inflatable (you use for lungs for this), quite comfortable, and quite adjustable, with three straps holding it in the desired position. The footrest likewise is inflatable, with a single strap holding it in the desired position. It’s easy enough to adjust that I easily adjusted it to my liking during my water tests of the boat.

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The inflatable foot rest and forward cargo space.Please ignore the white guy legs.

Bungees and cargo nets across the decks fore and aft allow you to store small items securely, with immediate access.

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Cargo nets fore and aft for small items.

For larger items, you’ll find ample cargo space in front of the footrest and behind the seat. Access these spaces through two zippers that run parallel to the long axis of the boat, one fore, one aft. My tests were without significant cargo.

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Bungees and zippers fore and aft for larger items.

I found the boat to be well designed and well made. There was nothing cheap or chintzy about it.

The Swing’s initial water test was on a small local lake. Winds were light, quite a lovely day, actually.

A removable fin keel kept the vessel tracking remarkably straight. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the Swing was to paddle, and how well it tracked. Paddling the Swing EX was a little more clumsy than paddling my Prowler. Because in the Swing you sit in a hole on the top of the boat, you need to keep your arms up higher than when paddling the SOT. In my opinion, this was a little more clumsy.

The second test was on the Econlockhatchee, a small river near my home. I brought a fishing rod. Any boat I own has to have fishability.

For the same reason as in paddling, fishing from the Swing was clumsy. I kept hitting the edge of the cockpit with the line, or the reel, and had to hold my arms up higher than I am accustomed to. That having been said, I did catch two bass in two hours, and missed another strike. So you can fish from the boat. Be careful with sharp objects, though. It is an inflatable, after all.

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I caught this bass from the Swing EX.

While the Prowler is better for fishing, and I’m unlikely to get rid of it, the Swing has some advantages over it. For one thing, although they are the same length when the Swing is inflated, it weighs about half of the Prowler’s 55 pounds. For another thing, with the Swing you don’t need roof racks or a trailer. It comes in a backpack. You can assemble it in minutes when you get to the water. When you’re done you can fold it up and put it back in the pack, or let just enough air out to shove it in the trunk or in the back of the van.

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You can also just tie the boat to the roof of your vehicle- no rack needed.

For folks with storage space issues, the Swing makes way more sense. It fits in a backpack. A hard kayak’s length doesn’t change. The Swing is way more “storable”.

All-in-all I think the Innova Swing EX Inflatable Kayak is a neat little boat. While it doesn’t fit my particular needs very well, I can see where it would fit the needs of any paddlers who require a boat they can store and transport easily. At $1000 it’s certainly affordable. You could do much, much worse.

And that is my Innova Swing EX Inflatable Kayak Review!

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GoMacro Macrobars Review

GoMacro Macrobars Review

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This is a GoMacro Macrobars Review.

When it’s time to fuel up, some folks go to Micky’s. They don’t need to read this.

Folks who want a dense, healthy, nutrient-filled snack that has a list of ingredients that anyone with English proficiency can understand (instead of needing a graduate degree in organic chemistry) need to check out the line of Macrobars from GoMacro.

GoMacro produces a variety of flavorful, wholesome, vegan, macrobiotic, sustainably sourced bars. This company also goes that extra length to have a positive effect on the world. What’s not to like?

Here’s an ingredients list from one of their bars: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Sesame Butter, Organic Dates, Organic Raisins, Organic Puffed Brown Rice, Organic Sesame Seeds.

Gee, what’s missing here? High fructose corn syrup, trans fats, genetically modified organisms, and any type of preservatives. All of our food should be this pure.

People like runners, hikers, cyclists, paddlers, and others who use muscles to get from point A to point B should be eating this stuff!

While I wrote this I sampled the Morning Harvest flavor. This tasty 59 gram bar packs 240 calories, has 11 grams of healthy fat, five grams of protein, and 15 grams of sugar. Not great for sitting around the office with a cup of coffee, but on a strenuous hike it would be absolutely perfect!

For more information on, or to purchase some of, GoMacros tasty treasures, visit their website at https://gomacro.com.

Thanks for reading the GoMacro Macrobars Review!

Buen provecho!

John Kumiski




CEP Outdoor Light Merino Socks Review

CEP Outdoor Light Merino Socks Review

Read on for a Light Merino Socks Review.

CEP Sock

The new CEP Outdoor Light Merino socks I got did not fit neatly into my “socks system”. All my black socks go in one drawer. All my ankle-high white socks go in a different drawer. All my calf-high white socks go in a third drawer. All the socks in any drawer are interchangeable, so no pairing is needed. Simplify, simplify.

These new socks, although black, would not fit the system because, strangely, one is marked “L” and the other “R”. Additionally, although they were marked as size medium, they looked appropriate for an eight-year old. They were tiny!

After I put them on (yes, they fit wonderfully in spite of their apparent small size) I wanted to take all those other socks, all three drawers full, and toss them. The new socks felt that good.

CEP Outdoor Light Merino socks are light, short and rugged. The design is ideal for a variety of climates and ensures a perfect thermal balance even in warm or humid conditions. This thinly padded hiking sock offers a precise fit and increases circulation in the legs and feet making feet/legs feel fresher longer.

CEP Outdoor Light Merino Socks Features

This high-quality sock offers the following features:
-Unique combination of premium merino wool, finest silk and high-tech functional fibers for extreme durability
-Perfect anatomical fit (thus the L and R)
-Extra-flat toe seam
-Excellent heat and moisture management
-Padded zones to relieve pressure where it’s needed most
-Close-fitting foot section helps prevent blisters
-Antibacterial, odor-reducing properties

We all wear socks. In a word, these socks are great. If I get a several more pairs I can put all the Ls in one drawer and all the Rs in another. Simplify, simplify.

For more information or to purchase some (and you should) visit this link- http://www.cepcompression.com/men/socks/mens-dynamic-outdoor-light-merino-mid-cut-socks

Your feet will thank you.

John Kumiski




Orion Cooler Review

Orion Cooler Review

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The Orion 45 Cooler has been in use in Spotted Tail for about three weeks now, long enough for me to state categorically that it’s the finest cooler I’ve ever seen. I can write a knowledgeable Orion Cooler review! There is also a Yeti cooler on Spotted Tail, so it’s easy to make comparisons. And I have used Coleman and Igloo coolers for decades. Their quality is such that they are completely out of this discussion.

Orion Coolers come in four sizes. The Orion 45 is versatile, well suited to everything from day trips to week-long outings. Whether by canoe, truck, motor boat or RV, the 45 is sized for high portability, while still having the ability to carry common items like two litre bottles or a case of cans.  It makes a great standing platform for casting!

Orion coolers have a number of features and innovations unique to the rugged cooler market. There are a lot of premium coolers.  They all look alike. Orion doesn’t. Orion introduced multi-color, camo plastic blends to the cooler market, making every single Orion cooler unique.

Each cooler has YakAttack gear tracks on each side for easy customization via RAM accessory integration, a key innovation that allows you to add holders for fishing rods, phones, cups, fish finders, GPS and more.

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Corner tie-down and side gear track.

To help hold the cooler in place are six tie-down points (four of which are bottle openers), giving multiple ways to secure your cooler. Holding all your cold items secure are low-profile, camming latches that are hinged for ease of use and snag-free when loading or using the cooler as a fly fishing casting platform. Orion Coolers are all lockable via padlocks on the corners, both to secure the cooler, and to seal it shut, and are bear proof following IGBC (Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee) certification criteria.

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The camming latch is recessed while closed…

 

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…and here it is, open.

On the top of the cooler is a standing pad for traction, seated comfort and a look distinctly Orion. The strong and comfortable rope carry handles give long-lasting comfort and sure grip in tough conditions.

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The standing pad is an integral part of the Orion Cooler.

 

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Carry grips are strong yet comfortable.

Every Orion cooler is made in the USA with a rugged, roto-molded polyethylene shell built to give you years of service. Underneath that rugged exterior shell, Orion Coolers have at least two inches of insulation to keep what’s cold, cold. My two quart freeze bottle stays frozen for at least three days.

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That lonely freeze bottle will stay frozen at least three days.

Inside the cooler you will find a solid thermoformed plastic tray, not the standard wire mesh trays you will find elsewhere.  It allows for drainage, but won’t let your smaller items fall through.

Lighting your way is a removable, Princeton-Tec AMP1 light, helping you see in the cooler at night or diminished light conditions. Use it in the cooler, or remove it for use around your camp at night.

This cooler is built like a bomb shelter. You will never wear it out.

Cooler story- last week I had two fishermen in my boat, which was part of a corporate three-boat charter. One of my fishermen was texting with his iPhone. He put the phone down on top of the Yeti, which is secured on the front deck of my boat. At that instant a fish hit. The boat rocked, and the phone slid off the Yeti into the water.

If the Orion had been mounted up there the phone would not have moved. The Orion has a tough, closed-cell foam standing pad on top.

Orion Coolers have a website, of course. I suggest you visit. Its URL is http://www.orioncoolers.com.

Orion Coolers have my highest recommendation. And that is my Orion Cooler review.

John Kumiski

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Mystery Tackle Box a Winner

Mystery Tackle Box a Winner

An email came in that wasn’t spam! It asked me if I wanted a Mystery Tackle Box. Yes I did. The MTB came in three flavors- bass, panfish, and saltwater. Which did I want?
I wanted all three of course but I chose saltwater, then forgot about it. A few days later, though, a Mystery Tackle Box came in the mail.

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Frankly I expected junk from a Chinese knock-off factory. Much to my surprise and delight everything in the box was something I could use, to whit:

-a package of Big Bite soft plastic saltwater baits, shrimp imitations;
-a package of Pintail soft plastic baits, jerk baits;
-a package of Mustad Power Lock Plus size 3/0, 1/8th ounce hooks;
-a Strike Pro surface plug, walk-the-dog type;
-a Hyper Striper jig, something like a Road Runner;
-a package of Knot 2 Kinky nickel-titanium leader wire.

Heck Yeah!

So, now it was time to see what Mystery Tackle Box really was. A visit to their website (http://mysterytacklebox.com) ensued. This is what I found:
Mystery Tackle Box is a monthly subscription service that introduces both beginner and expert anglers to new fishing lures and tackle. In addition to receiving fishing lures, you will also receive a “About Your Box” card that will explain a little more about each bait you received in your box as well as a unique link to our website to watch videos, read product reviews, learn different rigging options and much more information about each of the products in your box.

“Each month you will get a variety of quality fishing products from both large and small manufacturers. We do our best to send a variety of brands and products types in each box to ensure that you have the best chance of discovering and trying new products. We have product specialists who are experienced tournament fisherman reviewing each bait that we put in the box to make sure it is good quality.  Every box will have at least $20 worth of products and most boxes have $23-$27 worth of retail value.”

You can subscribe for yourself or as a gift subscription for someone else. The testimonials page on the website is full of glowing letters from folks who were happy with their boxes.

Check them out at http://mysterytacklebox.com and see if a Mystery Tackle Box subscription will work for you.

 

John Kumiski

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Sevylor Quikpak K1 Review

Sevylor Quikpak K1 Review

 Sevylor Kwik Pak K-1 review

The Sevylor Quikpak K-1, ready for launch.

So this fairly inaccessible pond used to have a boat on it. When I visited the pond a few weeks ago, the boat was gone. GONE! How could I fish there now? The bottom is soft, the pond full of big alligators. That’s not a good wading combination.

Some research on-line led me to the Sevylor Quikpak K1 One Person Inflatable Kayak. I contacted (three times) the media representative at Coleman (Coleman owns Sevylor) to inquire about obtaining said vessel. They never responded to me.

Since the boat with shipping was less than $120, I just bought it. But I am wondering what customer service will be like, should I need it.

The boat arrived in a large carton. In the carton was the boat, a hand pump and hose, a paddle (which I just threw away), and the pack to carry the boat in. And of course there were instructions.

I took the boat into my yard and blew it up. The literature says this will take five minutes. It’s more like ten, not a deal-breaker if you’re the type who would carry the thing for a mile or two to get it to a body of water. Pumping up the boat is only a small amount of work, but enough that my aging butt had to take a break in the middle of it.

The valves and the hose nozzles are not brilliantly engineered. By being a little fussy one person can still get all five chambers filled up with air in minutes. The hose appears to be the weakest link in the system- guaranteed to be the first item to break.

The pump also sucks all the air out of the boat when you’re finished using it. That’s a good thing- that way it fits back into the pack.

This morning I gave the boat the on-the-water test. I carried it a mile and a half to the pond, filled it up with air, put it in the water, and climbed on.

By the way, since I have other kayaks I also had a decent paddle already. I did not need or want the chintzy one that came with the boat.

The K1 paddles kind of like a doughnut, or a big inner tube, might. Every paddle stroke turns the bow of the boat the other way. There is a lot of effort wasted going laterally.

I kept telling myself if not for this boat I would not be there at all. I don’t suppose one can expect a finely designed and built boat for $120.

In its defense, the boat stayed filled with air. The material from which it’s made appears sturdy enough to last for multiple trips. The quality of the (Chinese) construction appears to be more than adequate.

I found myself wishing I had an anchor. I believe an eight ounce lead pyramid on a thin nylon line would be adequate. As it was I parked it on top of weedbeds and fly fished from that stationary position.

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This was the best fish of the morning’s feasibility study. This boat will help me find a bigger fish!

I caught five bass from the boat this morning, and made it back to the put-in without incident. It passed the water test! With some maneuvering I was even able to pee from it. I think my limit for sitting in the thing will be four hours or so.

I’ve always regarded kayak fishing as an exercise in minimalism, but this boat takes it to the extreme. Outside of my pockets (in which was a small fly box, a leader wheel, and a multi-tool) I had a paddle, a one-liter water bottle, a banana for both good luck and a delicious snack, and a five-weight fly outfit.

The boat lets me access a place I would not otherwise be able to fish. I will adjust to its idiosyncrasies and continue using it as time and weather permits.

The Sevylor Quikpak K1 One Person Inflatable Kayak– it’s not the perfect boat, but it does allow one to fish otherwise inaccessible water.

 

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ZOINX Sunglasses Review

ZOINX Sunglasses Review

Selling sunglasses has to be a tough business. Look how many really good sunglass companies are out there! It gets to be confusing for consumers. So here is a Zoinx sunglasses review.

In spite of the tough competition, a company called ZOINX has just come out with a new line of non-prescription sunglasses. I got a pair. They are pretty nice, and reasonably priced.

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The lightweight frames are constructed of high precision machined alloy with a brushed finish. All ZOINX sunglasses feature the finest triacetate cellulose (TAC) polarized lenses, which effectively reduce glare and reflection, making them ideal for a variety of activities. The Clip-O-Matic temples are made of TR90 thermoplastic polyamide which is durable, flexible and hypoallergenic.

ZOINX sunglasses have a unique feature which may prove to be their biggest selling point- a patented clip integrated into the temples. This clip allows you to keep better track of your shades when you’re not wearing them. Instead of sitting them down, clip them to your bag or your belt. Never lose your sunglasses again.

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ZOINX glasses also come with a sport strap, Zipper Pouch, flotation insert and waterproof Emergency Info card. The sport strap can be used on the glasses to keep them attached to your head, or as a wrist pouch for car keys, a few dollars, etc. The sport strap is a nice touch.

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The lenses appear to be of good quality. Since I need prescription glasses I cannot test them directly; however, my son tried the glasses and said they were very comfortable- distortion-free, lightweight, with a good pair of nosepieces and well fitting temples.

ZOINX sunglasses are guaranteed for one year from the date of purchase against manufacturer’s defects in materials and workmanship. The components and parts of the sunglasses, such as the frames, lenses and temples, are covered under this warranty.

ZOINX sunglasses are made in China and retail for $119. For more information, visit their website here…

And that is the  Zoinx sunglasses review.

 

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Energy Bits for You

Energy Bits for You

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Recently a product sample arrived in my mailbox. The product, called Energy Bits, consists of a “serving” of 30 dark green tablets that look like something your doctor might prescribe. The tablets are composed entirely of organically grown non-GMO Spirulina algae – a super food endorsed by the United Nations and NASA as the most nutritionally dense food in the world.

The Energy Bits are not what I would call delicious. However, literature included with the product recommends not chewing them, just washing them down with water. Curiosity made me chew them! They turned my mouth pretty green.

During my recent trip to the Everglades I “ate” 30 Energy Bits (the manufacturer’s recommended serving size) as a breakfast one morning, just washing them down with water. They were not as satisfying as a breakfast at IHOP. However, I did not get hungry until close to lunchtime, and this was with paddling all morning. I would do it again!

Spirulina was a food source for the Aztecs and other Mesoamericans until the 16th century. Dried Spirulina contains about 60% protein, more than twice as much as a piece of beef. Nowadays Spirulina is used by many athletes as a nutritional supplement. It is a complete protein containing all essential amino acids, superior to typical plant protein such as that from legumes. Spirulina is the most concentrated antioxidant food source known.

Energy Bits, 100 percent Spirulina, are fast, easy, and reasonably priced. They are really good for you. Learn more , or purchase some, at their website here…

Will they help you catch more fish? Not today. However, if you live longer as a result of using Energy Bits, then you’ll get to go fishing more. If you fish more you should catch more fish. So eating Energy Bits will help you catch more fish, too!

Life is great and I love my work!

John Kumiski
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apps to utilize to make fishing easier

apps to utilize to make fishing easier

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Guest Blog by James Wilson

There’s no doubt that even the most trivial problems we encounter on a daily basis, we tend to now lean on technological aids to overcome such hurdles. And it’s testament to app developers that such fishing-centered apps have become a vital part of people’s itinerary when planning their next fishing trip.

Just like the eBook which we recently documented on to help anglers seek advice on fishing in the Florida region, we feel that apps have just as important place in the modern fisherman’s “tackle box”. If they make the job easier for us all, why shouldn’t we rely on such technological short cuts?

With the Verge publishing an article saying that there is now over 1 million apps in the App Store, there has been a spike in the amount of fishing apps available recently. Couple this with the increase in smartphone usage across the world, especially in America to a reported 17% and many companies are seeing the need for a more digitally focused business model through such formats as apps.

Many developers are tapping into the need for instantly accessible content via mobile devices as it is said to be “one of the most powerful trends on the Internet landscape,” of late per PocketFruity developers Gaming Realms. Thus, the increase in Internet mobile activity is only heightening the need for more innovative apps to hit the market on a daily basis.

One of the best apps to come from this surge in apps being produced in the fishing sector is Pro Angler – Premium Fishing App. Designed by Open Ocean Apps, it equips the user with GPS tracking and the following great features:

– GPS hot spots database
– Extensive database to help identify species
– Detailed regulations reference database
– Solunar times
– Tide information
– Weather forecasts
– Tips from professional anglers
– Also, detailed walk-throughs on various beginner techniques

There’s also FL SW Fishing Regulations app, which does exactly what it says on the tin. You’ll never fall foul of any regulations again with this informative app. It also has built-in data on all Saltwater Fish from the state of Florida as well as illustrations and the aforementioned regulations.

Regulations data includes:

– Size limits
– Bag limits
– State records
– Fish identification info
– Habitat info

The best thing about FL SW Fishing Regulations is that you don’t need Internet access to access it vast array of data so it’s the ideal partner on a fishing trip.

If you have any other recommendations of apps that have helped you fish in Florida, speak your mind below.