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    Today I wound up getting trapped in an elevator with two co-workers. After stepping into the elevator and pushing a button for a floor, the doors closed and then... nothing. No sounds, no movement. Pushed the button again and... nothing. Pushed the "open door" button... nothing. Pushed all of the floor buttons - nothing.

    10 minutes in, the overhead lights switched off. The only light in the elevator was the floor indicator LED display. Fortunately I had my PD35 on me and used it for a ceiling bounce to provide illumination while we tried to come up with an exit plan.

    Eventually one of my co-workers reached someone in the hallway via cell and had him push the call button. This started the elevator up again, at which point it proceeded to that floor and the doors opened. Phew!

    I used the stairs for the rest of the day.
    Must admit, that's why I never use the elevators at my nightshift job when doing my rounds. If they stop or get stuck, I'm screwed as I have no one who'll notice I'm missing. No one to call for assistance.
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    The one time that I got stuck in an elevator was with 3 police officers, 4 firefighters and 2 EMTs will a lot of equipment. One would think us “professionals” would look at a weight limit... it was over quickly (a firefighter comes in handy when stuck in an elevator )

    as for flashlights, between us all we had a bunch of streamlights, surefires, maglites and a Malkoff.

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    Back on topic. I went to work for a couple of days and left a Zebralight (and a couple of other lights) for my wife. She rolled her eyes when I told her where it was. I always keep the tailcap rotated so as to lock it out, when I got back the light was moved and the tailcap was tightened. I count that as a win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech25 View Post
    ...as for flashlights, between us all we had a bunch of streamlights, surefires, maglites and a Malkoff.
    In that crowd, I expect Streamlight, Surefire, and Maglite. Who had the Malkoff? Must have been you?

    Hopefully, one of the EMT's had some oxygen. That's one crowded elevator!
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    I used my flashlight to look for another flashlight.
    Come on now you know you've done it too

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    During the week, used two lights to "light up" bath time for the kids.

    One day, it was two Surefires - 320 lumens Z2X and G2X Fire Rescue Orange 320/50 lumens (on 320 lumen mode).
    Another day in the week, two Malkoff M61W, one in a SolarForce L2T Stainless Steel and one in a standard L2T.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LED Monkey View Post
    I used my flashlight to look for another flashlight.
    Come on now you know you've done it too
    Yup!

    As for me, Olight M1T Raider to check a very dark fence-line where I heard something suspicious; out in the company parking lot during my nightshift job. Nothing. must of been one of the numerous stray cats on the property.
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    Surefire FirePak was deployed for mosquito hunting. Nice wide coverage... skeeter can’t go under the radar with this one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LED Monkey View Post
    I used my flashlight to look for another flashlight.
    Come on now you know you've done it too
    And there it is, your moment of Zen...

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    I used my flashlight to look for a box of flashlights.
    Enjoy the light show - LedTed

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonWrangler View Post
    Today I wound up getting trapped in an elevator with two co-workers. After stepping into the elevator and pushing a button for a floor, the doors closed and then... nothing. No sounds, no movement. Pushed the button again and... nothing. Pushed the "open door" button... nothing. Pushed all of the floor buttons - nothing.

    10 minutes in, the overhead lights switched off. The only light in the elevator was the floor indicator LED display. Fortunately I had my PD35 on me and used it for a ceiling bounce to provide illumination while we tried to come up with an exit plan.

    Eventually one of my co-workers reached someone in the hallway via cell and had him push the call button. This started the elevator up again, at which point it proceeded to that floor and the doors opened. Phew!

    I used the stairs for the rest of the day.
    you sure made a good choice with your pd35 and seem to have gotten your money's worth out of it. what light did you use before it? any thoughts as to what might replace it for you?
    it's just different on my planet..

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    Last night Mrs. Fixer and I returned home from dinner and heard a hoot owl in the next door back yard. Man that thing was loud. Once inside it sounded like it was setting on a window sill outside my den. Ordinarily I love the sound of a hoot owl off in the distance. But this one was max volume some 80 feet away and wouldn't shut up as we tried to hear the television.

    After a while it was like those annoying neighbors who stick a speaker out their window after 10pm and aim it at your house. ENOUGH STUPID OWL!!

    I whipped out my Streamlight ProTac HL4 and lit up the night next door. Partly out of curiosity to shine in in the eyes of said owl and partly to simply light up the back yards a few doors down. It was like BigFoot was approaching as even the crickets stopped chirping while it was turned on. The late summer night critter sounds all became silent. Including the hoot owl. Suddenly this giant ptaredactile looking creature takes flight and flew off in the distance. A bit later I could hear the hoot owl hooting far enough away that again it was charming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YAK-28 View Post
    you sure made a good choice with your pd35 and seem to have gotten your money's worth out of it. what light did you use before it? any thoughts as to what might replace it for you?
    Yeah that PD-35 goes everywhere with me and I've gotten a lot of good use out of it. Before that I was using a PD-32, and I recently bought a PD-36R (1600 lumens max) for my next EDC. I really like this range of Fenix products. They're easily pocketable and produce a lot of light for their size.
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    Yeah that PD-35 goes everywhere with me and I've gotten a lot of good use out of it. Before that I was using a PD-32, and I recently bought a PD-36R (1600 lumens max) for my next EDC. I really like this range of Fenix products. They're easily pocketable and produce a lot of light for their size.
    Must admit, I own hundreds of flashlights at this point. Including over two dozen SureFire models. Yet the two that have pretty much taken over the Primary Light category in my pants pocket are my Fenix PD35 Tac. model limited Edition in Tungsten Gray. And then my Olight M1T Raider during just the Summer months. Absolutely love my PD35.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Modernflame View Post
    In that crowd, I expect Streamlight, Surefire, and Maglite. Who had the Malkoff? Must have been you?

    Hopefully, one of the EMT's had some oxygen. That's one crowded elevator!
    Yup, the Malkoff was mine. I was one of the EMTs, we were stuck only a short time as the FF had the tools to open the door. I still laugh at myself for getting into that situation.

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    Used my keychain Thrunite Ti3 to look inside a Foursevens Mini AA tube I got out of a junk box of flashlights from eBay. Trying to find out why it wouldn’t work. Turns out it’s got some corrosion in the bottom under the spring. Should be a fun little project.

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    How nice, i've just come back from the first dog walk of the season where i needed a light. It was light enough to see, but not light enough to be seen. I do wish other walkers and cyclists would be aware of this on our rural lanes.
    Anyway, there's nothing like having a big light getting comfortingly warm in my hand, plus a lovely gentle 219B beam at sunset.
    The beagles don't seem to care, why is that?

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    Edit: I've just thought of something nicer, but I'll keep it to myself.
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    Grabbed my two boring pineapples and turned it into a Pina Colada!

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    I find myself thinking of all the times I used a flashlight just this week. When you have a modern 1x aaa in your pocket everyday it's amazing how often you use it. When your home has double a sized or smaller lights all over the place, again it's amazing how often you use them. So which time stood out the most? I suppose it was when I used the led on my vape stick to find the toilet at 1am.

    The white LED puts out about 3 lumens.

    When you take a drag an led lights up and stays on for a couple of seconds after you finish taking said drag. So I keep in on the night stand led turned down. Being carpenter pencil shaped it's easy to id in the dark on my night stand. Set up on the edge of the bed, find vape stick, puff on it every couple of steps and navigate past three sleeping dark colored dogs, do my thing, using the vape stick to ensure aim is correct too, puff a couple more times to return and back to dreamy dream land.



    Hey Pete, a company called PortWest makes reflective clothing. Like a ball cap with reflective coating over the entire thing so no matter what direction light comes from your cap lights up. They have lightweight vests like that too. Made for construction workers, tow truck drivers etc they really add to your safety in low light.
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    That's funny, I use the Portwest overalls for brewing. I didn't know they did safety gear. I can see me now in GITD overalls - madness.
    Even better with GITD a skeleton on, now we're talking.
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    My PD35 came in handy for looking around some dark basement rooms for a conduit.

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    Saturday I was at Greenfield Village in Dearborn for the Old Car Show, cars up to 1932. They stay open until 9 p.m. during this event and let the cars cruise around the streets. Some of the cars had kerosene lights, some had acetylene and many had the old 6 volt incandescents. ( One Ford Model A pickup was cheating with some cool white LEDs).
    I was walking in front of the Cotswold cottage and noticed a lady and her husband trying to get a picture of it. It was about 8:30 and nice and dark. There are streetlights in the village but they have them emulating old gas lamps so they weren't much help.
    I pulled out my Emisar D4 219 with a floody optic and lit the cottage up for her. She got a few pictures and thanked me. Her husband asked me what kind of light I was using. I handed it to him and gave him a quick description of it. He just shook his head and commented about the technology today and such.

    2 weeks ago I was at an estate sale my aunt was holding at their office building. My uncle had retired in 1986 and hitting garage sales became his hobby.
    I used the Fenix E05 single stage on my keyring to check inside flashlights for leakage and corrosion. I ended up with about 10 lights, most of them chrome RayoVac Sportsmen, a blue anodized Top Lite aluminum and 2 Bright Star orange safety lights. I cleaned up one of the 2C lights and put a RayoVac LED bulb in it and gave it to her to keep around for emergency use.

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    We just got done surviving Typhoon FAXAI here in Yokosuka, Japan. We celebrated by having dinner out at a local sushi restaurant and left our car at the main gate parking during sun down. Coming back, we realized the lighting in the parking lot was out. Emisar D4S to the rescue. Double Click to Turbo and found the car instantly. It even alerted other cars of our presence. Good Feels...
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    Yesterday morning, young studly co-worker as usual couldn't show up to work on time. One excuse after another. You guys know how it is.... Sometimes you put up with a co-worker's regular nonsense because calling them out on it has zero benefits, will only get them to resent you, and you still have to work with them on a daily basis. So you tolerate it. Thankfully his shift starts rather close to when mine ends.

    I'm outside unlocking all the security gates because the Young Cat partied too hardy over the weekend; again! His job to unlock them, but okay I'll do his job for him; again. This time he called earlier than usual. So, I'm out there earlier than usual. Literally a few minutes before the sun is even ready to start barely peeking above the horizon. Basically pitch black out. Turns out the locks on the gates weren't quite made right. Something I hadn't noticed previously since the sun is at least already out the other times I've unlocked those gates.

    Due to those locks, the key refuses to go in. I finally get fed up and out comes my Lumintop IYP 365 2AAA penlight. Pop that light in my mouth for some hands-free goodness (no worries, I never loan my Lumintop out to anyone), hold the lock in one hand, turn the key with the other. Medium mode comes on first, and plenty bright to get the job done. Senior co-worker shows up a bit later. I have to brief him. He's not happy with our younger co-worker. Can't blame him.
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    At my job, right now I'm assigned a trainee. Can't say if he shows up late or not Mono. He's always there by the time I drag my carcass through the door. The guy really tries to help, but his generation has been taught to take the path of least resistance so he's always trying to take shortcuts. Often times he gets frustrated that I discount his ideas. Well there are many times I like his ideas but because he's new I do not let him know that and give him instructions to do things the hard way. Partly because I'm the boss. Partly because I want him to learn how to reason in case the short cut doesn't work. I tried the easy path at his age and often found it ended up harder over time. When climbing a hill in life coasting means you are probably going the wrong way.

    So today the internet was down so that is like taking away oxygen to the new guy. He said his computer was completely useless without the cloud.
    "Really?" I said. I turned mine on and showed him a folder with literally hundreds of sub folderrs and said "see why I save everything on my laptop?" I loaded stuff onto a flashdriveand told him to print it on my remote printer. Then a box of files and said to scan everything and rename every single one something we will know what it means later. This was in my remote office I just started setting up yesterday. So while he did that I moved furniture around and stuff like that.

    When you enter the room it's dark with no windows and the light switch is in the center of the room instead of next to the door. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Fine when empty but sucks when furniture is now between the door and the switch with a firefly mode switch light. I installed a 100 lumen night light and turned off the lights. Fantastic. It has an off switch so I turned it off to see what new guy would do. When he arrived I gave him a maglite solitaire, a gerber knife and a flashdrive and said to keep them every where he goes. So when the light went out he turns on his celphone light. I told him "turn that dam thing off!" Then I told him if he ever does that again he's fired in a stern voice. I pulled the night light from the outlet and walked across the room in the dark and plugged it in. Suddenly the whole wall with the barely lit switch was lit up and every piece of furniture was well lit.

    Things went back to normal and a period of time later he asked Why I had yelled at him for helping. My reply was I want him to instinctively use his celphone light as a last resort. I noted that to his left and right were two flashlights with glow in the dark bodies and that he should learn to save the battery of his phone for making a call. That there will come a time when he has a choice between his light on the phone or make a call and I had given him a tiny flashlight to make sure his choice would be use it to make a call.

    When the lecture was over I emptied my pockets onto my desk and showed him I was carrying 3 flashlights, 2 knives, 3 flash drives, ear plugs, a whistle, nail clippers and enough coins to make a long distance phone call, enough cash to buy a meal and chap stick. I said "the chap stick is for glue, to stop bleeding, stop a squeak and a dozen other things". He says "lemmee guess nail clippers for wire cutters?" "Exacto-mundo" I replied.

    Then he showed me he had that Solitaire with him.
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    It's funny.... Read that whole thing. And, as I'm doing so, I'm just thinking to myself that everything you've taught him so far.... those are things that in the past, fathers taught their sons. Nowadays it seems that simply donating genetic material and sticking around to hang out with one's creation is considered good enough. Have encountered far too numerous examples of that in the past to just dismiss it as an occasional abnormality. Just sad.

    Good of you to teach him such important concepts. Hopefully he'll remember them.
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    His pop left when he was 2 and his mom never dated after that. No uncles, grandpa or anybody taught him what we were taught, but the guy is a pretty good learner.

    Later this week he wants to help me on a night shift operation over seeing a waterline connection. Last night shift we did I showed him how to use a flashlight for photo taking. I had 2 headlamps and oh I dunno 10-15? flashlights with me.…it'll be his assignment to photograph the operation.

    In the meantime I had two more 2D classic Maglites show up today show I used a $4 Energizer to light the package better for taking photos. It lives on my coffee table after I gave my Coast inspection light to my grandson. Puts out like 40 lumens for like 60 hours or something. The coast guzzled juice from double a's and being direct drive it would go from 100 lumens to dim in just a few minutes.…and stay dim. The Energizer is probably direct drive too but after several hours it's still like new.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LED Monkey View Post
    I used my flashlight to look for another flashlight.
    Come on now you know you've done it too
    For sure and more than once...

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    His pop left when he was 2 and his mom never dated after that. No uncles, grandpa or anybody taught him what we were taught, but the guy is a pretty good learner.
    Very unfortunate. In our day, there was a stigma attached to men who did that sort of thing. They still did it, but wow does it ever seem far more common-place today than ever before. Heck, part of me would love to abandon all my family obligations and just live a hedonistic lifestyle full of debauchery every night. (It does look like fun.) But there's no way I'm abandoning those who need me. As far as that young man goes, being a fast learner is a good thing.

    Staying on topic:

    Olight M1T Raider used to scan the building's South entrance to see just how many of the lamp posts are out. Building maintenance has been slacking for months now. The lack of lighting could soon become dangerous for the women who work at night in the building. Considering one of the main gates is kept wide open 24/7 as per management decree. I'd be happy to walk any of the women, especially the elderly ones to their cars at night if they'd just ask. But yeah, it has been 2 or 3 years since any of them has done so.
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    I think I used my flashlight this morning to read the temperature on the living room thermostat. Hmmm, that might have been yesterday

    Just as importantly, today I used my cell phone, magnifier app, to read the specs on a USB charger.

    Mr. Fixer,
    Cudo's to you for mentoring your new assistant.

    I laugh inside when I hear... "Poppy, is this a learning thing!?"
    No! I need you to hold the flashlight so I can see what I am doing, or I need you to hold this HERE so that I can slide this into there and then this will move like that and then we can tighten it up. OK? Thanks.
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