Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Want, Need, Must

I need help. I have no idea what I want for Christmas.

Here's what I've got on the list so far:

1. Record Player

2. New computer so I can start freelancing (difficult to do when I can barely open Microsoft Word, let alone try and write one blog entry without my computer imploding). New MacBook? Yes, please!

3. Trip to Peru with Chloe in April

4. A banjo

5. Debt Relief

6. Yoga Booty Ballet. (It's the only natural progression after six months of turbojamming. I am now a diehard fan of informercial workouts.)

7. French lessons

Since I'm clearly not going to get any of these things, I'm not going to ask for them. Therefore, can someone out there please tell me what I want for Christmas? What I absolutely must have? (And while you're at it, any brilliant gift ideas for the parents?)


  1. A "record player"? 'Round these parts, we call those "turntables". I don't have one, but I've always wanted one so I could have a reason to seek out the old albums that haven't quite made it in to digi-format yet. I had a friend in New York, for example, with a metric shit-ton of John Coltrane albums that are impossible to find anywhere else. We used to sit around and listen to them from start to finish for hours at a time! The quartet went places no one has dared go before or since! "The Trane was always on time", as they say!

    And if you're serious about getting a banjo, the Deering Goodtime is a great starter bajo. I picked one up a couple of years ago and enjoy the hell out of it! I'm not very good at playing it, but it's a hoot to muddle through old hillbilly tunes from my youth. Make sure you get a resonator with it -- it increases the sound exponentially!

    I left my banjo back at the mountain house, but play it pretty heavily every time I go back. The house is on the "upside" of the mountain, so the banjo licks echo through the holler down below. It's one of my favorite sounds in the world, but the neighbors might testify to the contrary when pressed for comment (har har har)!

    In conclusion -- get yerself a banjo and play it with the deliberate recklessness of John Coltrane!

  2. Anonymous9:06 PM

    Definitely a MacBook! As a freelancer you can write it off for years with depreciation (When you do your taxes as a freelancer you'll need a Business and Professional Income Tax Guide, the form is in there).

    Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't recommend a distinctive fridge magnet, button, mug or t-shirt from my shadowy evil entity,

  3. Anonymous6:26 PM

    Yoga Booty? You should try P90X, I've been doing it for a month and it really works.

  4. Turbojam is the woman equivalent of p90X. I've been doing it since June and I'm a big fan!

  5. Anonymous3:52 PM

    As a financial consultant I can probably help you with debt relief. I don't mean paying you money for your debts either.

    In terms of a record player, there is actually a fairly decent one that 'the source' ie radioshack ie circuit city has, that I found for ben for his birthday. It's a component unit with standard a/v RCA outputs for under $200. Usually when these things come in, they go really quickly. You can always take your chances on a used one, but chances are it will need a cartridge replace, and you never know if the drive is okay or not okay, and just maybe it will SCRATCH THE SHIAT out of your precious vinyl. Then again if you have a broken one, mail it on down here. Lately I have had a rash of people giving me their old component units to fix. And one lamp. And one dryer. Mostly though, I fix people's financial situations.

  6. Anonymous12:02 PM

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