Alone in the Dark

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  1. HunterX9

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    My wife makes fun of the fact I keep a flashlight in my work bag and in my pocket. Whole area my office is in lost power and my employer refused to let anyone leave. Everyone got to sit in the dark and go to the bathroom in the dark but me. Boom. Not so silly now.
     
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    I always carry at least one flashlight. The VA hospital we frequent is huge and would be very dark and impossible to get out of without light. Hotels, stores, always have a good light in my bag. The bad back situation made it necessary to carry a bag instead of stuff in my pockets. Now I just continue the ‘tradition’ and carry all kinds of ‘things’ in the bag. :D If I leave the house, that bag is on me.
     
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    I used to work in security and law enforcement. I always carried a flashlight day and night. Who’s laughing now?!
     
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    For me flashlight = pocket knife=wallet=fire starter.... always carried. As well as antacids
     
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    Yep, flashlight is part of my EDC.

    Bare minimum for me is:

    Gun
    Knife
    Wallet
    Phone (not pictured, it's taking the picture)
    Keys
    Lighter

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    I have an olight on my keychain, and usually a light in my left pocket for CCW and whatever else. Found myself in the dark WAY to many times to not carry a flashlight everywhere every day. And if I have my GO bag with me I have another flashlight and three of each of the batteries I use in there.

    People only make fun until they find themselves in that bad situation, then guess who they come to to get them out of it. Thats right, you.
     
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    Flashlight saved my but in a store when the lights went out and gen failed. My wife laughed at me up until that point. Everyone in the store followed me out lol.
     
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    My department is mostly women and they kept asking to borrow it. When I did finally have to go there was a guy trying to pee in the dark and thanks to my light we found he was peeing and missing by like 2 inches. After that word spread and I had many a person ask to borrow my little coast flashlight.
     
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    They arent super bright, but Amazon has those little keychain lights for pretty cheap. I like the clear ones. You could get some for gifts
     
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    That actually surprised me that we had a first aid kit and a defibrillator but there wasn’t a single flashlight to be found.

    We had no power for 5 hours and everything is driven by computers for my position so I mostly just read posts here and did gear lists for an upcoming trip to Joshua Tree I’m hoping will pan out.
     
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    Maybe you should bring that up to management.
    Arent they supposed to have some kind of lighting for insurance reasons.
     
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    They had the bare minimum I think with the stair wells and exits but otherwise unless natural light came in there was nothing. And I was on the 5th floor without the air going. It got hot quick. Pretty sure keeping us there was a safety hazard or broke labor code but it happened.
     
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    Yep, I leave. Ive got some stories about trying to force me to stay like that, but getting away from topic.

    I just bought my dad a flashlight, the Streamlight 1L 1AA and an Olight.
    My mom used to feel like your wife, until I got her and my sister an Olight i3e EOS and they kept it on their keychain. After a few weeks, they got it.
    Maybe you should get your wife a solid keychain light and then she may....see the light.
     
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    Yep don't leave home without it, that little light has paid for itself soooooo many times.
     
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    I edc these 2 lights while at work, and only the mini-mag while at home and have pants on requiring a belt that the mini-mag is always on.

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    People who make fun always ask to borrow from you what they should have themselves.:):41:
     
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    I need to start carrying a flashlight.
     
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    download (3).jpg Thrunite Ti 3

    I always carry a flashlight in my pocket. Lot's of good, bright and small flashlights to choose from. Plus, with everyone having a cell phone, I can't imagine it'd be too dark in there! :p
     
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    I carry a headlamp and spare batteries, needed them at work, now I use it to inspect purchases before buying things.
    Part of my daily life, a tool that I always carry.
     
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    image.jpg I always conceal carry so I bought this Surefire Titan Plus. 100 plus expensive rechargable batteries and charger NOT included. 300 lumens and always has juice when I need it
    Main reason I bought this is I wanted a bright to properly identify threats and have the absolute lowest profile possible. It runs by only one AAA
     
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    I have a light App on my cell phone, but I dont like to use it because it really drains the batteries. I have a mini Maglite LED on my keychain with a lithium cell in it. The school I work at loses power once or twice every couple months, so it has gotten handy in my classroom that doesn't have any outside windows....it keeps the kids from freaking out. I also made a FAK that includes a flashlight for my classroom as well.

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    Any teacher who prepares with a first aid kit and flashlight should be commended. Usually, schools are more concerned with written mission statements and contingency plans. :):44:
     
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    cell, light, knife.
     
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    No antacids yet! And I never go anywhere without the rest! Wave, thrunite, firesteel. Change it up every now and again but always a knife, flashlight, lighter and multi tool that’s minimum!
     
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    Working overseas as a science teacher, I became used to frequent power failures and blackouts. Usually no preparations for these had been made. At least once, I had to look up a chemical reaction to make a flame in order to light some candles. Live and learn.:40:
     
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    Most smart phones or flip phones can be used as flashlights. All mine have.
     
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    Most people did use the flashlight app but it drained so fast and with power being out 5 hours without the ability to charge they died quick.
     
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    I carry a flashlight on me 24/7/365, in the shower & to bed every night. It's the size of a 45acp round and hangs around my neck, and it's rechargeable. My most useful flashlight. I also carry a backup flashlight & power supply to charge any of my devices should the power go out.

    As a matter of fact, the light I wear is on sale right now on Massdrop.com for $19 bucks and change, if anyone is interested.
     
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    These days theres no excuse for someone not to have a quality flashlight on them at all times. Technology is such that small unobtrusive and very efficient and quality lights that are economically friendly and carried anywhere. You won't even know its there until you need it, which will be more often than you think.
     
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    I agree totally. I carry a pocket flashlight all the time. Generally have a head lamp close by, and often a light in a sheath on my belt. I used the headlamp a lot yesterday doing some plumbing and electrical work in a crawl space with no lights.
     
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    The Maglite Solitaire is just slightly longer than a tube of lip balm and is keychain-ready. I've carried one since about Sept. 15, 2001. I was having reoccurring nightmares about being trapped in a dark, burning building for some reason. It gets used once or twice a month. That and a SAK form the backbone of my EDC.
     
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    I usually have one... but about six months ago couldn't find it when really needed.

    Poweroutage in the mountains. Small unfamiliar cabin.
    I woke up from a terror. Very black.
    No light to be found. Managed to tumble out into the hall...
    Did find a door... but it had been locked from outside so a truck could be plugged in. ( don't ask me...)

    Just as I decided the wall was going to let me out, a friend clicked their light on. Very embarrassing.

    My light was in my pocket when I went to sleep.
     
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    After reading this thread, I picked me up a light. Not the one I want, but what I have. I am thinking a small maglite attached to a SAK is a smart idea.
     
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    Which model Olight is that? Thank you and

    GOD Bless you and your family

    Kenneth
     
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    I remember back in the day no woodsman woukd leave the house without a knife, matches and a compass. I guess today's urban EDC is knife, flashlight and cell. Not to mention a weapon.
     
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    For the best price on high end flashlights, look at BatteryJunction.com Best prices on the web and excellent sales. I've purchased at least a dozen various makers lights from them. Great place.
     
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    Woodsmen dont need to see in the dark?
     
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    Real woodsmen light a flaming torch in order to see in the dark. :4::40:
     
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    Oh, well...lol. Dont inconvenience yourself with a small flashlight, just carry around a big honkin torch. :)
     
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    Back in college, I used to work weekends as a security guard. I always carried around my 6 D-Cell Maglite...now that was BIG! I still have it under the seat of my truck for illumination and as a "proximity reminder / attitude adjuster"
     
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    I work in a office and I have everything I need for just about anything that happens in my backpack.
     
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    There's dark, and then there's DARK. Real dark is when there's zero light and your senses are deprived and it's an strange feeling.

    I've worked in underground hard rock mining operations ALONE. Yep. On your own in a stope mining ore, just you and your noisy pneumatic jackleg drill going to town bolting the rock up for stability and then drilling out and blasting a round (advance shot or blast).

    Once I was bolting up the back (roof) of the stope I was working in and a bit of rock came down on my hard hat and broke my junky old mining lamp. So I had to stay out till end of shift when someone came looking for me to ride the mantrain out. It was dark and I was helpless.

    After that I got ahold of an little Mag lite and kept it in my powder bag next to me when I worked. Later that would be replaced with Surefire G1 and then G2.
     
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    I doubt that I could handle a job like yours. I would want a backup light in every pocket and a headlamp on my forehead. I would still have to fight off fear. :)
     
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    We live in rural PA and lose power from time to time. Ya gotta be able to see! When I go to work or anywhere in my car a surefire 6P accompanies me. If you carry , imho a good flashlight is a must or whats the point...
    If I were the OP, I'd kill power at the breaker box. When the wife in question starts bitchin, say something like..."You didn't see the need for a flashlight so I got rid of it" Give it a solid couple hrs then go resolve the issue.
     
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    Your idea is a good one but I would never have the courage to implement it

    Unfortunately, many people know what they should do to be prepared but do not think that staying prepared is worth the cost in money or time or attention to detail. It is too easy to expect that others will have what is needed when it is needed!. :41::40: Much easier to complain and to blame someone else.
     
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    This is me too. Bad back so I carry a tote bag with essentials, including at least 1 flashlight right on the outside pocket and a head lamp within. I chose this particular bag since it's lightweight, is subtle for work (though it is red) and has shoulder straps so I can wear it as a backpack in an emergency. I have my regular EDC stuff and also have an emergency essentials bag within.
     
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    That's one heck of a scary position to be in! You're right about there being different levels of darkness. Mines are spooky places, I used to explore them a bit when I was a kid in the mountains above Burke Canyon :16:. Probably not too far from where your incident happened
     

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