@David: FYI -- Those QM-1502 multimeters you recommended from Jaycar came in -- I bought 11 at US$2.50 each (because they have a $25 minimum) -- I've got one in my travelling toolkit and I'm giving the rest away as "stocking stuffers"
@Salbayeng - was it the thin meter with a foldover case you got, or the Jaycar type one?
I had a super small (almost credit card size) meter I got from a Tandy but it also did not survive long. One problem with these meters is that the leads go straight into the meter and they will almost certainly fail there. The Jaycar one uses standard 4mm Banana plugs which I think is a plus.
Ok Seen these, one of the fun things to do on field trips is to compare your toolkit with your colleague's. So after the obligatory Mick Dundee quote "call that a knife" , discovered the guys from Canada had this neat leatherman knife, like you described, with the tiny bits , and proceeded to do a hard disk swap on a laptop with it.
My favourite is a tiny little knife from radio shack, that has excellent wire cutters and strippers as well as screwdrivers/knife etc. It fits on your keyring so you always have it with you. Sadly I leave it at home now to avoid getting it confiscated at airline check-ins.
I think different people do it different ways. It was new to me when I came over here. The way they play it in my wife's family is that everyone buys a single gift (they specify some maximum amount you can spend). They then draw numbers for who goes in which order.
All the presents are gift wrapped and on a table in the middle of the room. The first person chooses whatever gift they like the look of -- then unwrap it to see what it is.
The next person does the same -- additionally they can decide to keep their gift, or exchange it with the first person.
Similarly, subsequent people can keep their gifts or exchange them with any of the preceding gifts.
At the end of the day, each person only has to purchase a single gift and each person ends up with a single gift.
Personally, I find it to be a pain in the rear end, but that's family for you LOL
Calm down Karen :-) If it's what I think, in Aussie we call it "Secret Santa". People put their name and a VERY rough idea of what they want on a piece of paper, the papers are then put into a hat and everyone draws one. You then have to buy something for the person whose paper you drew. Is that it Max??
That's another excellent idea Elizabeth for your type of boating to tie your tools on with small pieces of line.
For my use, most small knifes and scissors mainly for fly fishing meant also that the less things that were tied to my vest via some type of line or cord was better for me.
I'd find myself mistakingly grabbing some line tied to scissors when I intended to grap my leader line on the fly rod.
Using small bobbers attached to my tools was better especially since i also share my scissors with my 2 sons, I know we should all have our own individual tools but I'm a cheap engineer, and I found that I had less to worry about when tossing the scissors, actually a pen knife with scissors folded to be safe, to someone if the didn't catch it on the first try then it was easier to scoop the floating bobber up up with the tip of a fly rod.