That is a remarkable resume'. Nice!!When I was a kid I would camp out in the back yard. I would go in to the woods behind my house at night with a flashlight. My friends and I would get dropped off at the mall and we would go in to the stores that had sporting goods, like Woolworth. Get stuff for our camping and woods expeditions(behind the house-the wilderness that was in the burbs lol). I would buy a few lights and compare the beams. Which had the best. I remember I had a Sportsman by RayoVac that was the best. I have one now, bought an estate sale. When I got older I did pest control and needed a good light. For termite inspections I carried a Brinkman 2 D cell in a ring on my belt. Then later when I became a firefighter I carried a big old Brinkman 6 volt lantern on my belt because it had a better beam than the Rayovac 6 volt ones that were issued to us.. Then switched to a black Fulton on my fire coat. Then we switched to Streamlight Vulcan? rechargeables. Then anglehead Streamlight incan rechargeables. When they came out with 4AA LED model I bought one myself-still carry it.. Department didn't start buying them for a while. Now we have LED rechargeables mounted on the fire truck. I did appliance repair on the side 30 years and of course I needed a good light. Carried AA min-Mag incan and then LED. A light with a magnet on it is a good help when doing repair work. Bought a Kobalt Hypercoil that has been a good tool. ( Why are they selling for so crazy expensive on ebay) Then spent time as an electrician and a good headlight is necessary when working overhead with the lights out and in attics. Used a cheap Energizer with a weak LED/incan set up. But it worked. Coverted my D Maglites to LED, bought a few old Fultons and small LED lights. I like to find lights at estate sales. Now I've 3 Maglights D cells I've picked up for a couple bucks at sales and converted them. A couple Luxons, from Lowes, AA Olights, Rovyvon A1 Aurora, LED lanterns for when the power goes out.Just whatever catches my eye. I have convinced my wife to take a light outside whenever she goes out in the back with the dogs so she won't trip going down the deck steps(again)or on something or get surprised by a raccoon or fox. I know she does when I'm not home because I see her on the security camera. They're a tool. Let me just say I always have a reliable light nearby. Sometimes I think about the people who were walking down the stairs of the World Tade Center in the dark on 9/11. Did I mention I have probably a dozen transistor radios?
Because i have a serious problem 😂Like a pocketknife or a screwdriver, a flashlight is a tool, and the nice ones out there are really beautiful. here's most of my pile. Tray is a GITD item from CountyComm (https:www.countycomm.com) as is the Maratac 4 cell light behind. Knives are a Mission prototype, all titanium folder (incl blade) and a Boker all carbon / ceramic unit that is very light. There's an Overready BOSS in there and a very cool titanium Lumintop.
I have an extensive multitool collection and on the MTO equated collecting with hoarding. A few members were genuinely offended by my assertions. I believe they are not a million miles apartAbout ten years ago I mentioned to a friend it seemed like I was beginning to collect flashlights. He immediately stated - "Uh oh, you know what they say about people that collect things?"
Me - "No. What do they say?"
Friend - "They say people collect things as an attempt to make-up for something in their life that's missing."
Me - "Sooo?"
It's interesting I've never forgotten what he said.......
I've been limiting myself to only one manufacturer for some time. It helps keep me out of the poor house.
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Circa November 2014