RE:TERRY-CLAVE -- AWESOME!!!!
I like the sound of the Great Barrier Reef clave! No problem getting my wife to go to Australia for that one I'm sure. Really glad you could join us, it was extraordinary to have an Aussie in our midst for the season's opener.
As far as airport conversations, I think the rod tube is like a signal saying "talk to me I appreciate good clean fun and the outdoors". I've had everyone from retired admirals to grandmothers stop to talk about it. For even more chat, set up the vise on the foldout table and twist up a few on the flight!
Hope you can join us again soon, and let me know when those Seattle trips you were talking about begin. We have a great contingent in the pacific northwest too!