One of my students couldn’t plug the projector’s cable into her laptop in the beginning of her presentation because the connector was squeezed and bent a little bit.
I looked at it and said: ‘Don’t worry, it’s easy to fix. Do you have pliers and a screwdriver?’
‘No’ — she replied with a smile — ‘I don’t normally carry pliers and screwdrivers with me’.
‘Oh, you don’t have a screwdriver with you?!’ — I exclaimed as if walking without a screwdriver was so terribly unusual — ‘Why is that?!’
She laughed at me of course as well as other people did in the classroom.
But then I opened my backpack, took little pliers and a screwdriver out of it, and fixed the connector.
Hm… yes, I do carry them with me all the time 🙂
I can remember many such cases: someone’s zipper suddenly breaks, someone’s earring breaks, something else breaks.
This is my pencil case:
Scissors, pliers, screwdrivers, … etc. Even a butane gas soldering iron. It doesn’t need electricity, so I can solder with it anywhere.
These little tools are always with me. I take them wherever I go. And why not? They don’t take much space, and things around us break all the time.
Besides, if I have to sit at a horribly boring meeting or wait for someone in a foyer or … whatever, then I can open my pencil case, tinker something and have fun.