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Christmas Wish List 2008

posted at 7:16 pm
on Nov. 21, 2008

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As in previous years, I don’t really expect anyone reading this blog (except you, mom!) to get me a gift.  But in case you are feeling full of love and pocket change, here’s what’s currently on my mind. 

Last year, I spent a lot of time working on a Christmas list full of goodies. This year, I have three wishes only:

1) A donation to a charity: you make one, and tell me what you’ve done.  My current favorite is Population Institute but I am also interested in seeing what you’d like to donate to.  Last year’s pick,, is still wonderful, and I was “given” donations last year to the Alzheimer’s Society and a few other medical research funds. Can’t argue with curing something awful for the holidays.

2) A mixed CD with your favorite songs. I’m not tired of my current music, but the thrill of discovering someone else’s music is always touching and wonderful.  If you need a mix “theme”, something like “Party This House to the Ground!” or “Pretending to Have a Sophisticated Dinner” or “Morning Mix: Take with Coffee” would be great.  One of my favorite mixes was a copy of my high school friend Judd’s “Falling Asleep” mix.

3) A restaurant gift certificate, in the small range (i.e. $20-40).  Doesn’t have to be dinner for two, or even dinner for one, just a little something.  My favorite restaurants are: Hapa Izakaya, Raincity Grill, The Irish Heather, Starbucks (I could really use a Starbucks card!), Red Door, Gotham, Raviolini’s, Quattro, and the Mongolie Grill.

You’ll notice that I’m on an “intangibles” kick this year—I hope that’s OK, because I really don’t want anything else.  (I do keep an ongoing list of objects that I have been wanting, but I look at it right now, and it seems horribly prosaic or silly to the extreme.  Like, do I really need a Nikon D700? No, I do not.)

What’s your list?



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