When you are down to almost nothing, make sure that the almost nothing that you're down to is a Leatherman tool. Things can go wrong at almost any time, and that's always the time when those things happen. Even when the sun is shining, and the day seems otherwise normal. Out on the small boat, off the beaches, enjoying the sun and the fishing of the coast of Maine. Almost having to hide the bait because there fishing was so darn great. Had lunch, almost ready to go home with more fish than I can eat or give away too eager friends. Waves a mere two feet or less. Perfect day. You never know where those rogue waves come from. Power boat way off shore? Some work of underwater geology? Dunno. But they hit small boats like a freight train. And there's seldom time to react even when you see them. This one, I didn't see coming.
Whoosh. Right over. And I'm caught in the anchor rope. I'm OK in the water normally. Except even in August, the ocean waters in Maine are bitter cold. And while I am an experienced diver, I can't hold my breath for more than a couple minutes. All the tackle box, etc are gone. But fighting the stress of being under water wrapped in rope, I remember the Leatherman in my shorts pocket. God, I hope it's still there! It is! And, I grab it for all my life, including the nylon lanyard I attached the first time I brought it with me on the boat.
It quickly cut the line. Freed me, and allowed me to get up on the hull of my boat, and await rescue. The rogue waves took my fish and tackle box and other meager belongings from that day. But I still have that Leatherman, and cherish it every time I use it. When you're down to almost nothing, it will never let you down.