First: I've decided to make some flavor-infused vodka. No reason, I just want to. Come Christmas time, I'll be forcing people to accept these as gifts. I don't know why I would be so mean to people I claim to like, but there it is. Possible infusion varieties include: lime, watermelon, orange-cinnamon-clove, anise, bacon, cantaloupe, pepper and Skittles. Now, if anyone would like me to make them some infused vodka, please let me know and I'll make it to order. You can request anything, and I'll try to find a way to jam it in a jar with some vodka. If no one wants any, well, too bad. I'm putting Skittles in vodka and there's nothing you can do about it.
Second: Christmas time approaches. Please let me know what you want, if you are someone who is expecting a present in late December. Otherwise you could get stuck with Lemon Skittle Vodka. Or Grape. (shudder)
Third: For Christmas, the following things interest me:
Film on DVD: Beautiful Girls, by Ted Demme. Clerks 2 and Chasing Amy by Kevin Smith.
Comics and books: Local, by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly. The New Frontier, by Darwyn Cooke. That complete Calvin and Hobbes slipcased edition, by Bill Watterson. Volume 1 of the Absolute Sandman, also slipcased, by Neil Gaiman. Any of the "John Carter, Warlord of Mars" books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, but not "A Princess of Mars" which I have already. You Suck: A Love Story, by Christopher Moore.
Clothing: A shirt with the "Parental Advisory - Explicit Lyrics" logo. Jeans. Long sleeved mock turtleneck shirts. LL Bean makes good stuff and is pretty cheap, considering. I will of course get good use out of any ties, dark socks, collared shirts, etc.
Miscellaneous: AAA membership. Wild Cards books from the 1980s. A Notre Dame bottle opener for my keychain (the flat, chrome one like Bren has, not the one that plays the fight song when you use it). An iPod Touch, though I really don't need one, doesn't it look sweet?
I list these things not out of greed or covetousness, but rather out of my own personal rule not to buy anything for myself between my birthday and Christmas. I also understand that we are in a recession and just elected the guy that's going to tax us, so anyone who wants to forego presents this year, that's cool too. You can have Orange Skittle Vodka.
--12:27 PM, EST, Holland, PA, it comes earlier and earlier every year
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