One of my other passions is geocaching (check out geocaching.com and terracaching.com for more info). Since caching usually involves hunting around in rocks, brush, etc. where critters live, I have my Magic Wand of Poking. It's a 1/2 inch diameter piece of pipe, about 28 inches long. Sounds like an Escrima stick, you say? Well, how about that? And I leave it in my car, nestled right down by the side of the driver's seat. I also have a 5 cell Maglite in the car, because some of those caches are in dark areas.