Its lunch time and I'd thought I would share a story or two. I 1st got into highend lights in 2003. I bought an Arc AAA premium. My 1st $100+ light was an Arc LSH. So along rolls 2004 and I buy my 1st Surefire, an E2D. During the next 12 months I buy lots of SFs, L2, L4, E1L, G2, E2E, E2O, & 9P. But the problem was they were all shelf queens as I didn't want to scratch them up. So I would go camping and bring along a G2 and a mini-mag with an Opalec LED conversion and leave the others at home.
Well this changed this year. My wife, who is not a big fan of my collection, said why do you buy those dam things if you never use them? Suddenly the light goes off in my head! Pun intended.
Highlight #1 camping! - I went for a flashlight walk with my nephew. It is really dark and we light up the road with a E1L, L2, and a G2 with a BOG 3W LED. A sheriff who is parked in the dark shines a spotlight on us and asks us to approach the vehicle so they could see what we were using!
Highlight #2 Vacation - I was on the beach in Valencia Spain recently with my family. My Wife, Dad, and Sister decide to go check out the surf. It being dark I give my Dad my E1L. 4 Spanish fishermen go nuts over the light. In fact they don't give it back until they get the SF website info. I will always remember them saying "Shura Fiery."
Highlight #3 4th of July - I got to show off my moddest collection to my non-flashaholic neighbors. Many "Man thats a bright light, what is it?"
Now all my flashlights have character marks. My only shelf queen is my Arc LSH. And when we go camping all my lights get used. I just remind people if you lose it you buy it. When they find out how much they cost they never get lost.
Anyway, thanks for reading my story.