First, let me thank all the powers that be for the restoration of my electricity. You should have seen the poor little feline ladies curled up into shivering little balls. The lowest the indoor temp reached was 47 F, and I did not lose anything from the freezer or fridge--thank goodness we bought a new fridge last summer. I feel very sorry, though, for folks around the Upstate who may not get their power until Monday or Tuesday or even later.
One of the real pleasures of the PP is his record-keeping ability. Before he embarked on Christmas shopping this year, he pulled my last year's list from his file, and asked me whether there were items I wanted to add or delete.
Given my birthday's relative proximity to Christmas, last year's had been an all-purpose list, and from the looks of it prepared in late October or early November. First on the list was "A new president." Well, we all know how well that worked out.
But you can't blame me for trying again this year. So for all of you who are looking for last minute gift ideas for me, here is this year's list.
1. Buried cables for the Upstate.
2. Indict Rove, indict Rove, indict Rove.
3. Some sense that although I oppose the war, my e-mails, phone calls, library list, and shopping tendencies might not be monitored by the National Security Agency.
4. For the people who fear Peak Oil to have a conversation with the folks turning the Upstate into a sprawl zone.
5. A media unafraid to publicize the likes of Harold Pinter's Nobel speech.
6. A new desk for my office at work--and preferably one in which all the drawers close and do not make screeching sounds in the process, and in which none of the drawers randomly lock themselves, although I do not nor have I ever had the key.
7. The ability to watch Law & Order at any hour of the day or night. (No wait, I got that one.)
8. For the new little strip mall in town to have more than sub shops and cash advance stores in it.
9. The flatter stomach I need and deserve.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Peaceful Solstice, and Happy New Year to all of you. May you have a day or two in there without the fury.