The holidays are upon us and now is the time for gift giving. Karyn and I have generally worked to minimize gift giving with extended family members, but I still seemed to have received some significant booty. More than any previous holiday season, the gifts this year were more than appropriate for me.
Some background information is appropriate here. My friends and family affectionately refer to me as the chrono-nazi. This tag was earned through my incessant and pathological focus on being on-time. This year I received a watch and two clocks! How appropriate. My old watch died a few weeks ago. I tried to do the right thing and replace the battery instead of replacing the watch. I replaced the battery and then struggled to get the band back on the watch. Karyn tried as well. I eventually won the battle returning the watch to my wrist. Apparently I failed to replace the seal appropriately as the first shower killed it. Time for a new watch. The first clock came from Karyn's parents. It is an Audubon clock which chimes a different bird call at the top of each hour. The second was a very appropriate and very geeky alarm clock. The clock is a projection alarm clock which projects the time onto the ceiling or wall of the room. I have always had this habit of looking at the clock if I awake in the middle of the night. What else would a chrono-nazi do? I told you it was pathological! Now, the time is projected on the ceiling above my head! Even better, the clock updates itself from satellites ensuring it is always on time. Way cool and way geeky!
The geek trend continued with a book for the bird geek in me: The Art of Pishing: How to Attract Birds by Mimicking Their Calls (Book & Audio CD). From the title you can probably tell what pishing is. Mimmicing bird alarm calls generally has the effect of attracting other birds. It doesn't have to be the alarm call of the specific bird you are trying to attract as many flocking birds will respond to the alarms of other flocking birds. I've heard and read descriptions of pishing before, but never understood how to do it. This simple book and most importantly, the accompanying CD, describe how to properly pish. You probably didn't even know that you didn't know how to pish! I have some practicing to do before I can really test it out.
The last in the geek gift lineup is a portable photography blind and a bug net jacket. Two very important instruments for taking up close photos of birds and animals in mosquito territory. I won't need to worry about the bug net jacket for a while, but can put the bind to use immediately. I hope to grace these blog pages soon with some new photos.
That's quite a haul for one person. I hope that you had a happy holiday season.