The glove compartment slammed shut harder than I intended. The minute I handed the light to him, he started vigorously shaking it.
“What are you doing?” I asked.
“Haven’t you seen one of these before? It’s an emergency shake light.”
“I’ve heard of them, but haven’t seen one,” I said.
“They’re a good thing to have in an emergency, since all you do to charge one up is shake it about 30 seconds to get up to 10 minutes of light. No batteries or bulbs to replace.”
We both reached for our car door handles to get out. Gravel crunched under foot. No traffic would be whizzing by where we were on this night. “No bulbs?” I said.
“This is a super bright LED light visible up to a mile,” Sam said, lifting the trunk lid. “Here, you take it. Hold it for me, please, while I take care of this.”
“Looks pretty durable,” I said.
“It’s water resistant and weather resistant, too. It’ll even float on water in case somebody drops it out of their boat.”
“Sounds like a good thing to have in an emergency kit,” I said.
“Or for the car,” Sam said. “Good for a camping or fishing trip, too.”
I aimed the light down where Sam would be working.
He knelt down by the rear left tire. “Tell your blog readers it’s the Guardian Real Shake, Forever Flashlight.”