I've spent the last two days in a large room filled with expensive, large pieces of metalworking equipment as part of training class put on by one of the companies I buy from at work. Two days of doing stuff I hadn't done since junior high shop class back in the last century and I managed to come away with a business card holder made out of aluminum, countless tiny metal chips embedded in my shoes and shirt, and (best of all) all ten of my fingers intact.
Other than that, it wasn't nearly as educational as I had hoped it would be. I did get free lunch though. And a couple shirts I'll never wear again...and a baseball cap I'll never wear. The stuff I will use? Note pads, a couple neat pens, and a stainless steel coffee mug. Of course that last one I just gave to the GF because she'll end up with it anyway. She's the one who drinks coffee on a regular basis.