Father’s Day Reflections: My Dad, the Electronics Enthusiast

Father’s Day Reflections: My Dad, the Electronics Enthusiast

With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time once again to figure out what I’m going to get my dad. Like many men, he’s an electronics enthusiast through and through. He’s what companies like (or love) to call an “early adopter” – someone who just can’t wait to buy the latest gadget, the faster computer, the bigger HDTV, and anything else you can think of. His obsession definitely has its benefits, though. My sister and I regularly go through his “electronics graveyard” and get fully functional computers, DVD recorders, and all manner of accessories.

But this knack of his to buy the latest electronics makes it that much more difficult to figure out what to get him for his birthday, Christmas, and Father’s Day. My sister and I are thinking about buying him a new digital camera for Father’s Day, one that has 7.0 megapixels, an optical zoom, and a special setting for taking eBay pictures. Dad is an avid eBay seller, and the right photos can make the difference between selling an item at a decent price and at a great price. The new digital cameras that have the special eBay setting would complement two of his passions: electronics and eBay.

We’re also considering buying him a GPS receiver. The Global Positioning System is a set of satellites in orbit high above the earth, and a GPS receiver can tell you, in terms of latitude and longitude, exactly where you are. Some GPS receivers have built-in mapping tools that not only include road maps, but that also show places of interest. So, for example, when Dad’s traveling and needs to find a gas station, he can “ask” the GPS system where the nearest gas station is, and then receive directions to it.

A GPS receiver is also perfect for a new “sport” that I’ve become interested in, and one that I think Dad would love. Geocaching is a hobby that is quite a bit like a treasure hunt. People all over the globe hide small containers that contain trinkets and logbooks, ascertain the latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates of the hiding spots, and post them online. You can go online and find the coordinates of caches near where you live or travel, enter them into your GPS receiver, and then try and find the cache. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but it sure is a lot of fun. Once you find a cache, you can pick up a trinket, leave a trinket, and sign the logbook. Dad’s expressed an interest in geocaching, and since he does a lot of traveling for his work, my sister and I think that a GPS receiver and a book on geocaching might make the perfect Father’s Day gift.

In my heart, I know that our dad will appreciate whatever gift we choose. Any type of electronics will tickle his fancy, and I’m sure that he’ll enjoy either a digital camera or a GPS system. The only thing we have to worry about is whether he’ll go out and buy one for himself before we get a chance to give him his Father’s Day gift!

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