Well, it's probably an apropos time to be coming up with a Christmas list, even though I was only 1-for-5 on the one I laid down last year. (And that one item was given to me by my sister. Seriously, where were the rest of you?) Well, I'll try to be a little more reasonable this time, but I'm not promising anything. And I'm not offering any alternate ideas, either. Herewith, Five Things On My Christmas List For 2008:
Lego Taj Mahal ($299.99)
I know we've been over this before, but I feel it has become especially important given that we didn't get to go to Legoland on our big L.A. trip last week after all -- turns out it's two hours down the road in Carlsbad and that would've taken up a whole day. So help me fill the hole in my soul by hooking me up with nearly 6,000 pieces of Lego awesomeness. This is how I can get Knowshon Moreno to be friends with me!
A new Georgia jersey ($74.95)
I wore my "lucky" #4 jersey four times this season: For the South Carolina game (barely gutted out a win), the Alabama game (got blown out of the stadium), the Vanderbilt game (went through the motions and won by 10), and the Kentucky game (gave up 38 points to one of the conference's worst offenses). I'm starting to think that after a full decade of faithful use, the ol' girl is starting to lose her mojo. Maybe 10 years is enough and it's time to throw a new one on my back, but the problem is all I see is #7s and #24s, and nothing against Matt Stafford or Knowshon Moreno but I'd kind of like something nobody else has. Isn't there a #35 out there somewhere to honor remorseless killing machine Rennie Curran? Or, hell, I'd take another lucky #4, banking on Caleb King becoming another superstar if he can ever figure out how to block. Surprise me.
DVDs of all the movies I have on VHS (something like $492.11 for all of them)
OK, I know this is more like 46 things, but I'm what marketing professionals might call a "late adopter" when it comes to technology. I didn't have a DVD player period until maybe four or five years ago, and up to that point I'd still been buying those clunky old videocassettes. Well, now that I've replaced my TV/VCR combo unit with 42 inches of pure plasma-screen awesome, I basically don't have any way to watch all those tapes anymore, and I figure now's probably a good time to start the long process of replacing them. So pick out a couple DVDs off the Amazon wish list linked above (they're ordered by priority) and send 'em my way. Don't make fun of my movie collection, jackass, just do it. (And you can throw "Wall-E" in on that list while you're at it.)
A new digital camera ($224.99)
My current digital camera started fritzing out on me last weekend while we were in Los Angeles -- right as we were getting to all the fun touristy shit in Hollywood, no less -- so I had to spend the rest of the trip snapping whatever pictures I could on my iPhone. I don't need anything particularly fancy as a replacement, just something that takes clear pictures and is easy enough to figure out that a technology-stunted 'tard like me can figure it out. (I freely admit I don't know squat about cameras, either, but I threw the Canon PowerShot up there because I'm dumb enough to figure that anything Maria Sharapova would endorse has to be awesome.)
Some people are loath to give this as a gift because they think it seems unimaginative or impersonal. Me? I say bring that shit on, Rockefeller. Don't worry about offending my sensibilities; trust me, I'll get over it.
And just to show that I can be a generous motherf%$@er too, this week's Random Ten is a Random Fifteen. What can I say, I'm a giver:
1. Fun Lovin' Criminals, "Love Unlimited"
2. Underworld, "Blueski"
3. Public Enemy, "Countdown to Armageddon"
4. Gnarls Barkley, "Blind Mary"
5. U2, "If You Wear That Velvet Dress"
6. New Order, "World"
7. Ric Ocasek, "Rockaway"
8. Robbie Williams, "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing"
9. 3rd Bass, "Wordz of Wisdom"
10. War, "Low Rider"
11. Pet Shop Boys, "Some Speculation"
12. The Dust Brothers, "Finding the Bomb"
13. Pet Shop Boys, "London"
14. RUN-D.M.C. and Aerosmith, "Walk This Way"
15. The Smiths, "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want"
Your turn -- leave your own Christmas wish lists (and Random Tens, or Fifteens, or whatever) in the comments.