I’m not exactly what they would call a gear head. Those types, the ones who spend more time talking about their latest camp gadget then actually making use of it, drive me insane. But I am like most of us. I hang out at outdoor shops during the off-season gawking at the latest implements of camping and build a passion for a new product just as a child would for a toy in a store window a few days before Christmas. And I do, on occasion, treat the store like some kind of community center, or worse a kind of strip-mall, and spend time chatting with other obsessed campers like myself about the best pick of gear for that particular year – but then never end up buying anything.
I must confess that lately I’ve become spoiled when it comes to gadgetry. During the last few years I’ve been doing a routine morning talk-show circuit showing the latest camp gear. Prior to the interviews on television I head to the local outdoor store to gather up the season’s hottest items (and regretfully give them back when the tour is done) and then go live on air to discuss the pros and cons of everything from new mosquito repellent to solar radios. One item in particular, a urinary device enabling women to pee while standing up, was how the job all started for me.