Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Holiday Gifts

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.

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7 comments:

Lisa said...

Rob, these gifts truly do seem apropos for you. I never knew of you as the chrono nazi... I must have some tendencies because I am also one who wakes up several times a night to see what time it is...also in a very pathological way. I am so bad that although I often don't wear a watch you can ask me what time it is, I am generally within a few minutes of the actual time... I'm so glad I'm not alone in my geekyness. Also glad that the gifts you received were thoughtful and useful as well. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rob,

I'll be very interested to see your comments on your photo-blind.

Winston Mitchell
Boise, Idaho

wolf21m said...

Winston, This is the blind - SA Sports Umbrella Blind. I will post a review when I get some experience with it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Rob.

Winston Mitchell
Boise, Idaho

Anonymous said...

So, how do you like the blind?

Winston Mitchell
Boise, Idaho

wolf21m said...

Winston, The photo blind is not so good. It works well with the birds, but it is a little too cheap. A couple of the rods broke the second time I used it. It is still usefull for me, but I will probably be getting a higher end model.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Rob.

Winston Mitchell
Boise, Idaho