T/S Survey: What’s your favorite non-digital toy?
As August slides into September, I usually have to do a bit of gear inventory: What got too banged up in summer to work properly in the fall? Which led me to wonder what my favorite piece of gear is. The answer came pretty quickly: My binoculars.
I have a pair of Brunton Epoch X75s in 7.5×43 power. I use them constantly. I’ve even suffered a bit of paranoia about using them, for fear I’ll drop them, or leave them someplace. I think I’d cry if I did. Being able to see details clearly, with a lot of light-gathering, across distances, can make or break certain kinds of outings. Confession: I have studied hatching mayflies at about 50 yards so I didn’t spook the trout. Humans evolved as highly visual creatures, and this extension of my sight goes right to some deep atavistic appreciation for the Brunton glasscutters, whomever they are. I got these binocs a while ago, second-hand, and one draw-back to the brand is that they tend to be way pricey, new, and have a lot of worthy competition. Still, they’re my fav’s.
And I know what I’d like next (but it’s a long ways off): A Redfish Kayak Spring Run “brunette,” one of the most beautiful wooden kayaks made in America these days. (Full disclosure: I wrote about Redfish for Fortune – Small Business magazine in 2008. That doesn’t change anything — I still want this kayak.)
So I put it to you, True/Slanters: What is the one piece of non-digital gear or equipment you just can’t live without? This can be anything for anywhere — kitchen, outdoors, laboratory. And which one do you not have but covet, drool over, and occasionally weep about?
As a treat, here’s one to think about for Christmas: A paintball minigun!