At this point of the game, everything is new to me (for the most part), so if I get excited about something that is old hat for y'all, please bear with me. My dad and I went to a beekeeping course given by the local beekeeper's association today. I met several local beekeepers, and there was a representative from the state association and a master gardener. Some of it I had learned already from the good folks here on this (the best!) forum, and from books. But I learned a lot in the class, too. I even won a screened inner cover (at least that what it looks like to me) as a door prize!* But, the reason I'm writing this post is because the lady that gave the lecture on beehive safety had two great (I think) ideas I had not thought about: A. If you stick your hive tool in your back pocket, you'll always be looking for it and reaching for it; and if you get in your car (or truck) you'll rip your bee suit and/or the seat. Solution: Keep a big magnet in your pocket and just stick the hive tool on there when not using it. It is always where you can easily reach it and it will not rip a car seat. B. Keep a small tube of toothpaste in your toolbox (or work box or bucket or whatever). The baking soda or whatever is in there is good for stings. I saw this post over on the "other" forum and will use the screened inner cover for this purpose of needed.