It’s the most wonderful time of the year and all that, so I thought I’d bring two items to your attention as potential holiday gifts for the Dawg fan you know and love.
First on the agenda is Rob Suggs’ latest missive, Sax Attacks.
The book is partly a history of The Dawgvent and partly a compendium of some of Rob’s funniest observations on Georgia football (actually his observations on certain other programs are even funnier). As somebody who traces his virtual fandom back to the DV’s earliest days, the first section was fascinating to read. (Although I did tease Rob about not having more to say about the infamous Rolo; Rob’s response was that he would have had to write an entire chapter on him to do it properly.) It’s a fun read for anybody who loves the program and if that someone is an Internet geek who’s been around for a while, it’s almost a necessary addition to that person’s library. Recommended.
My second suggestion should come as no surprise to anyone who knows how important music is to me. I’m a firm believer that you can’t have a proper tailgate without good music. The problem for me comes with the delivery system. I’ve run through two boom boxes — portable speakers, if you prefer a haughtier vernacular — that have proven to be flimsy enough to break while being jostled in the back of a SUV or had batteries that lost their juice over time and couldn’t hold a charge long enough to survive a five-hour tailgate.
This time, faced with my third purchase (first two ran in the neighborhood of $150-200 each), I made a vow to find something with a more robust battery, preferably one that was modular, so that if/when it eventually died, I could replace it without having to ditch the speaker as well. My mission eventually landed here, with this.
This thing is, I admit, a little insane. It’s built like a tank. It’s a little heavier than the other speakers I’ve used, but I found it easier to maneuver because of its twin handles. (There’s an optional backpack, if you’re even crazier than I am.) The battery is advertised as able to hold a charge for 30-40 hours of outdoor playing and I have little reason to doubt that. I ran it for almost six hours at its first tailgate and the power indicator never moved.
It’s loud as shit, too. If you’re somebody like me who gets irritated at other tailgaters playing their tuneage loudly enough to bleed into and over your finely honed musical selections, then this thing is a godsend. I can pretty much guarantee you’ll never have that problem again. As one of my friends said after the Kentucky game when I brought the Soundboks for its maiden voyage, it ruled the parking lot.
There’s also an amusing Spinal Tap tribute, as the volume indicator goes to eleven. How can you not love that?
It’s easy to set up and use, with only a couple of knobs to fiddle with. It’ll take a music source directly jacked in, like my iPod, and it’s also Bluetooth enabled, so you can run music off your phone, if you prefer. Sound quality, even blasting away, is far better than anything I’ve had before.
Yeah, it’s pricey. But I’m on my third speaker in less than five years and if this turns out to be the last one, then I figure I’m ahead of the game. If you’re looking for the ultimate recommendation, all I can tell you is that I had two people come up to me during the tailgate to get the link to the company website so they could order one.
As for the project mentioned in the header, perhaps some of you might remember that I ran a holiday gift guide post about three years ago. My thought is to turn that into something more robust, in the form of a permanent page linked at the top of the blog, that’s organized by categories so that someone looking for the perfect gift for the rabid football fan in his/her life will have a useful reference guide. Much like the Lexicon, I’d like this to be a collaborative affair with your input.
So here’s what I’d like to do. In the comments thread to this post, if you like the idea, tell me. Assuming there’s enough positive interest in proceeding, I’ll set up the page. There, use the comments to make suggestions, preferably in a one paragraph format that describes the product, why you recommend it and provides a handy link for reference. I’ll then start formatting the recommendations (giving credit where credit’s due, of course). Let me know what you think.