Let there be light!

My battle with the rats in my attic continues.  As you may remember, we discovered we had rats in our attic when one of them died in the wall of our house and started to smell to high heaven.  That got me into the attic and starting to deploy traps, which have not been successful in trapping the cagey rodents.  So this weekend I am deploying a Victor electric rat trap that I hope spells the end to our little guests’ visits.  But before I could start my campaign of extermination in the attic, I needed some light.  Powerful light.  In my opinion there is only one flashlight on the market worth buying and yes, it’s Made in America.  I am of course talking about the Maglite®.

Maglite was founded in 1955 by Anthony Maglica.  Mr. Maglica was born in New York City during the Great Depression, just like my dad.  His mum was from Croatia and like most immigrants to this country, Mr. Maglica’s family prized the American dream.  Mr. Maglica began his quest for the American dream in his Los Angeles area garage, where he began work on the ultimate flashlight.  From those humble beginnings, Mr. Maglica through hard work built a world-class company employing members of our extended American family to produce world-class products we can use and rely on.  Mr. Maglica believes in making the finest flashlights in the world and making them in America.  Maglites® are made in Ontario, California.  According to the Maglite® website, Mag Instrument now has about 850 employees and occupies some 450,000 square feet of space, including its factory, offices and main distribution center.

I first became aware of Maglite® quite a while ago when I needed to get some flashlights for our camping trips.  I purchased several Mini Maglite® flashlights and they work like a charm.

But for my attic project, I felt I needed to bring in the big artillery.  So I went to my local hardware store and bought the 2D Cell flashlight.  Like all Maglites, the 2D Cell has a high-intensity adjustable light beam (Spot to Flood), is made of rugged, machined aluminum  with knurled design for easy gripping, is anodized inside and out for improved corrosion resistance and is water and shock resistant.  Maglites also sport a spare lamp safely secured inside the tailcap of the flashlight.

With my 2D Cell Maglite®, the rats have nowhere to hide.  As an added benefit, given its solid construction and considerable heft, if I come upon a rat in the attic I can dispatch him with ease with my 2D Cell Maglite®.

One thing my Maglite® can not help me with is the disgusting one-two punch of a dead rat in the wall.  The first punch was the smell, and the knockout punch are the flies.  It is as if we are suffering the fourth Plague of Egypt.  I remember the Plagues of Egypt only because I watched that movie with Charlton Heston where he plays Moses about a hundred times.  According to the Book of Exodus, Israel’s God, Yahweh, inflicted the ten plagues upon Egypt to persuade Pharaoh to release the ill-treated Israelites from slavery.  I have learned that the flies in our house grew from maggots that grew from eggs that were laid on our dead wall residing rodent by a fly once the stench got strong enough.  Nice huh?  Anyway, I am not sure if any other plagues are coming our way, but at least I know that with my 2D Cell Maglite® I could take the Plague of Darkness in my stride.

About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at www.simply-american.com.
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