Despite my entire family — myself excluded — being incredibly sick with the flu, we had a great Christmas with each other and relatives. Nice snow-free traveling weather too. And because I’m a 38-year-old kid at heart, I got a lot of toys instead of grown-up things like ties and tax forms. So what are the nerdiest gifts I got this year?
- The Complete Far Side — This was one of my all-time favorite comic strips (comic boxes?) and a mainstay of my high school experience. I have many of the books and calendars, but now I am the possessor of ALL of them in a giant box set of three heavy, heavy volumes.
- LEGO Ghostbusters — My wife really made my day with this one. The ECTO-1 will join the Back to the Future DeLorean and my many Star Wars LEGO sets at work, once I get enough time to assemble it.
- The Guide to Classic Graphic Adventures — Another weighty tome, this one purports to cover most all graphic adventure games on the PC, a favorite subject of mine. I think it’ll make good bathroom reading.
- Mario Kart Racing Track — This electric car racing track was a gift to both me and my eldest son to enjoy. My boy has already claimed Mario, so I guess I’ll be Yoshi.
- Ukulele — There’s this sort of running gag in my life that I am not musically talented at all but I really would like to learn how to play something decently before I die. So now that I’ve tried clarinet, piano, harmonica, and guitar, I am moving on to the Ukulele! I told my wife I’d serenade her every morning with it and I think that might be the end of our marriage.
- Lifestraw — I’m kind of fascinated with survival gear, although I definitely don’t have enough of it to really make a difference if something truly bad went down. Still, I put Lifestraw on my wishlist because it looked pretty awesome — a straw filter that would allow you to drink from nearly any water source and not get sick. Sounds like a good thing to have in a backpack just in case. Plus, I get to say the word “Lifestraw!”