Swamp, I appreciate and respect your desire to keep things simple and traditional - to each their own. However; using a mechanical thingy or two doesn't bother me.
I have found a water mover to be an effective way to animate the decoy spread on those windless early mornings. The Wonderduk referenced in my previous post is very easy to deploy and it only required 3 sets of 2 D sized batteries for the entire season (only used it for the first hour or so of daylight when it was calm). This year we seemed to have more than the average number of quiet sunrises, coupled with a pattern of 2 or 3 large groups of birds making their way through the area each morning. It definitely helped finish several large flocks of early morning mallards which kept the boys and dog very happy.
We use jerk rigs from time to time with good results, but they too can be a hassle with the dog, idiot boat captains and wondering wading old farts. To some degree gadgets are one aspect of what I find so appealing about duck-hunting, i.e. boats, outboards, decoys, guns, calls, flashlights, hand-warmers, goretex, layout blinds, blind bags, waders, cook stoves, etc..., etc...
Speaking of more traditional methods - I'm looking at getting a nice new or used side x side 12 gauge for sheets & grins. Does anyone have experience with 'em and have a recommendation?