• Chaco Rervsiflip Sandals
$60 for sandals; $20 for set of three straps; www.chacos.com
Those who swear by the versatility and comfort of Chaco sandals – we have one adherent in our household – will now have the option to look more stylish when they are lounging on a boat or kicking back after a long hike. The sandal maker now has reversible and interchangeable straps on its flip-flop models. So if you find the black strap the sandal comes with boring, you now can buy designs that match your outfits.
• Multitasker Series 3
This multitool for campers and hunters goes way beyond your standard Swiss army knife. It features needle-nosed pliers, a magnetic drill bit drive, a full-sized blade, three wrenches and three screwdrivers and a barrel-cleaning brush. According to the website www.gearinstitute.com, it “originally was designed to clean and maintain an AR-15 rifle.” The only downside: It weighs 13 ounces, kind of heavy in the backpack.
• ‘Bear on the Western States Trail’
This is something to keep in mind the next time you run or hike on the Western States Trail in Auburn. It shows a bear in the middle of the trail. Then the bears turns and chases the runners. They emerged unscathed.
• How to Make Your Flight Attendant Like You
USA Today asked flight attendants what makes a good passenger.
1. Say “hi” back when boarding
2. Listen to the safety demo
3. Headphones off when they speak to you
4. Be specific when ordering coffee or tea
5. Same for cold drinks
6. Say “please” and “thank you”
7. Donate copies of magazines to the crew
8. Bring them a treat, like chocolates
9. Give them pens
10. Put your carry-on bags wheels in, to save space in overhead compartments
11. Stay out of the aisles
12. Tell the airline of a positive experience
Tom Farrier, a retired U.S. Air Force command pilot, speaking to Slate magazine on passengers who ignore the seat belt sign: “It seems like every flight I take these days there’s some idiot hopping out of his or her seat with the seat belt sign illuminated, getting stuff out of the overhead, going to the bathroom, or whatever. Turbulence will result in that passenger or his stuff being thrown on me, and I don’t appreciate that.”
— Compiled by Sam McManis, firstname.lastname@example.org