I am rather fond of gadgets. I ohh and ahh at large hardware stores, in electronic and computer shops and where there are walls of kitchen gadgets. I mostly resist the buying urge but sometimes I fail.
This cute little camera tripod cost $2 in the city Reject shop. It is only plastic of course but it works fine. The question remains as to whether I will ever use it. No, I shan't be making home movies of a questionable nature to upload anonymously to the world wide web.
We were at one of the big shed hardware stores to buy.....something, I forget what, and I was distracted by torches. Our present torch uses two D sized batteries which eventually go flat even if the torch is not used. We've had it for a couple of decades I guess. I thought an LED one would be good and they were cheap enough. I was looking at a $6 model and a passing salesman, with the emphasis on sales, said, 'Don't bother with that. Get that one over there'. He pointed to a stand with torches priced at $16. 'Up to you', he said, 'but you will never have to bother with batteries again. It will see you out'. Well!!!
They were wind up torches. What fun. It works really well. The winding handle folds out and wind away you do. If fully wound, it can last for five hours. Little Jo is in charge of torch winding when she visits.
While our power supply here is very secure, not entirely though, a torch is necessary for trying to read things on the back of tvs, computers and more. I am normally not bad with in and out, but my age is showing and I struggle at times. That bit of extra light means I can instantly see which socket says in and which says out. Many is the time I have been frustrated by plugging into the wrong hole.
I might sound like a radio talk back topic, but do you have a slightly obscure or very useful gadget you use that I might find interesting? Bean slicers. Now they were all the go once. I've not seen one, but I have heard there is gadget to remove the shell from prawns. I bought a cd cleaning kit once. It was used once and failed to repair a damaged cd. Mother had made a bit of a profit at her garage sales from our gadgets that were never used. Two sales ago Sister asked, wasn't that the lettuce spinner I gave you for christmas? Guilty.We like our lettuce gently patted dry.