Well, Thanksgiving is over. Now let the real sport begin.
I am off today to begin my Christmas shopping. Mrs.Kfred is out with a friend to go to the various holiday bazaar's for those "special and unique Christmas items.*" While she is determining the next got-to-have- Christmas decoration to be displayed here at the Institute, I am on my own for the personal gifts to find for the family and friends. This is always a struggle as I never quite know what to get for those people on my shopping list; they are such a hard bunch to shop for. Some suggestions: A Kindle reading device, a digital picture frame, a new office chair? All of these are on my research list today.
I shouldn't complain, however. Part of my holiday tasks are quite easy. For instance, shopping for the Misfits is not too difficult. The Green Comic will be satisfied with the signed, yellowing copy of a script of a 1971 episode of the old TV show Hee-Haw; Gummo the Balloon Boy has lately taken an interest in modern art; I found a book on how to make figurines from earwax which should keep him enthralled for days. Of course, following the spirit of giving a gift from the heart and rather than supporting crass commercialism, I made a gift for Dickie the Peap that I know he certainly will treasure: a simple handmade chart detailing profit levels based on a 200% labor rate mark-up for any jobs he does for Friends and Family. After all, if you can't charge friends exorbitant rates, how would you make any money?
In the end, though, it's the thought that counts. Thankfully, I only have to exert a few thoughts for half of my shopping list. I'll let you determine which half.
*gaudy, useless candle holders in the shape of reindeer, etc.