If you’re any kind of vehicle dweller, or even a camper, you’ve had that journey to the perfect flashlight. You probably start out with mag lights, or the big lights every carpenter/mechanic has laying around. And they work great. They give off lots of light. They might even be handy for stashing valuables. But they’re awful heavy, and the batteries run out so fast. So you get one of those little LED lights from a truck stop. It says it’ll last forever. But you can’t friggin see anything with it. My mother understands the flashlight quest, and for over a while I got flashlights from her for every birthday and christmas. That was great. There were miniature lanterns (too slippery, easily lost, and indiscriminately throw light in every direction), book lights (battery’s died so fast), and adjustable LED’s. My girlfriend at the time was in on the quest for the perfect flashlight, and for a time we focused all our consumerism on flashlights.
I still remember when we discovered the perfect flashlight. We were in WalMart in Whitehorse, Canada, having just traversed some dangerous terrain and weird electrical problems. We thought we’d fixed our electrical problem (new solenoid, duh) and we decided we deserved to go buy something. It turned out we hadn’t fixed our problem (wrong solenoid, duh), but we bought a flashlight anyways. I haven’t bought a flashlight since. It’s perfect. It illuminates brightly but softly in three directions, it doesn’t get lost or fall from where I put it, cause it’s yellow and has great rubbery grip things. If I point it at a book, it points at the book and there isn’t much stray light. But if I just set it on the bed, it lights up the whole van.
Here it is: