December 3, 2006

What do you want for Chistmas? (and no, I'm not getting you a pony.)

What's on your list this year?

I've already bought myself my Christmas presents, a new computer and some video editing and DVD authoring software. The only things that could possibly top that would be some socks, an ugly tie, or maybe some cologne.

Name the top 3 or 4 things you'd like to get as gifts this year or the stuff your kids will just DIE if they don't get. Of course, I'm assuming you've been a good boy or girl and won't get a bunch of coal in your stockings.

By the way, word is that this may be the last tax-free Christmas season online, as efforts are underway to ensure that all online purchases are taxed in the future. (bummer).

And thanks to the thoughtful folks who've done some shopping using the Amazon search box in the sidebar. All the books offered there would make fine gifts for the political type on your list as well.


At 12/04/2006 1:24 AM, Blogger -shane- said...

Well, I bought myself an iPod a couple weeks ago and am now in the tedious task of ripping my favorites from my music library, so there's MY holiday.

As for top gifts? I'm thinking I want a flatscreen plasma hi-def TV with all the trimmings. I've resisted the new technology for long enough, and every time I wander into Best Buy, I find myself gravitating to the hi-definition goodness. Trouble is, getting a new TV would mean basically pitching my entertainment center, which is a beautiful real wood piece that my dad made for me (but it's custom to fit my current, technologically inferior boob tube. Hence my dilemma: do I get the latest and greatest, or do I hold onto one of the best things my dad ever did for me? For the record, we've already spoken about it and my dad doesn't mind if I pitch the entertainment center. In fact, one of my best friends wants it if I decide to upgrade, so it wouldn't go to waste. Part of me wants to be a technology geek (and the prices have definitely dropped on those things over the past couple years,) part of me wants to continue cherishing my pop's handicraft. Dunno what to do.

Other than that, most of what I wanted for Christmas was accomplished with the mid-term elections. :) Now then, if someone could tell me what to get my impossible-to-shop-for parents for Christmas, that'd be MY winter wonderland.

At 12/04/2006 1:36 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

My opinion on the plasma TV? Wait. There's still several competing standards for all of it, as well as a million ways to integrate it all with computers, DVD, and on and on.

I'd wait until things shake out until shelling out a couple grand on what is basically a vanity purchase.

If you must upgrade, get a decent hi-def TV and skip the plasma. (that is unless of course, you have tons of disposable income to play with.)

As far as finding that perfect gift for your parents....

Good luck.

But parents always love anything you make yourself.

Consider a clay pinch pot with a smeary quasi-tie-dye glaze job, or perhaps just press your handprint into a glob of clay.

A holiday scene done with finger paint is always good, or maybe a manger scene done in dry macaroni. And of course a card drawn with crayon with an appropriate sentiment.

Just don't forget to scrawl your first name and last initial on whatever you make. They'll love it!

At 12/04/2006 8:26 AM, Blogger Mike Huntoon said...

Hohohohahaha! Season's greetings TID!

I'll borrow a word or two from John Lennon and say, "Merry Christmas War is Over" - that is my primary thought/wish right now.
I wish ALL our servicemen and women were able to be home for Christmas!

Holidays are for sharing with family, and my Mom has pneumonia, to top off the list of ailments from which she is suffering right now. As an only child, the responsibility for being her primary care giver falls on my shoulders, so I'm currently seeing something like 4 different doctor appointments on the calendar for her in the next two weeks, all over in Iowa City.

Me personally, I'll be thankful enough for the Holiday break and a few extra days off from work, that's good enough for me! ;)

Merry Christmas to you and yours TID, and Happy New Year as well!

At 12/04/2006 12:57 PM, Blogger Kankakee Voice said...

Well, since you, Dope, recommend "wait" on the plasma screen tv, maybe I'll wish for that NEXT year.

So I guess it'll have to be peace on earth, all the hungry and homeless fed and sheltered.

Then I would wish for two GREAT bottles of wine that I myself could never afford, one white, one red...

But then I would forever be unhappy with the cheap wine so I guess I'll nix that one too and go with a cure for cancer, aids and all diseases. A pill that lets one eat and drink all they want without getting fat or sick. No wrinkles, arthritis or aging, just mandatory going to sleep and never waking up once a person reaches 100. Oh, and and a painted bunting in pine tree. Merry Xmas!

At 12/04/2006 1:29 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

ha! Thanks KV,

And of course, a merry, merry to you.

At 12/04/2006 4:50 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

For Christmas I would like a 15 story corporate headquarters requiring 500+ new employees to be built in downtown Davenport. I believe one big project like that would be the tipping point that sends us shooting up towards Madison or Iowa City in terms of a vibrant downtown.

At 12/05/2006 6:39 PM, Anonymous Calypso said...

Leadbelly & Linkin Park.

At 12/05/2006 8:44 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Calypso... wow! That's an ecclectic mix. I'm impressed! Is that only the "L"s on your list?

If you were good, I'm sure Santa will get them for you.

I've been thinking of doing my totally unsucessful post where I ask readers to identify various lyrics.

Not too many people responded, but I've been feeling like doing something in the music catagory for a while.


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