I have become blissfully attached to a new helpmate: Nite Ize GearTies. How do I love these reusable rubber-covered wire twist ties? Let me count the ways - and lengths. Available in six sizes, from 3- to 64 inches long, the thick flexible ties are great for organizing cables, sealing bags shut, or lashing gear to backpacks, roof racks or whatever. Some styles have loops at one end, or loops and clips for expanding their diverse uses. The longer sizes can even be bent and twisted into ad hoc mobile device stands. And oh, the colors: red, blue, pink, yellow, green, orange, and yes, black and white. Having spent a lifetime struggling with rubber bands, Velcro straps, and all kinds of rope and wire, most of which failed to attach - or detach - without a fight, I am finally ready to ditch those losers and GearTie the knot - or whatnot.

GearTies range from $4.49 for a 3-inch-long 4-pack, to $7.49 for a 64-inch tie. Ties with loops and/or clips cost slightly more; combo packs also are available. Info at www.niteize.com.