We got back from the opening–a fun time–and I decided to top off the evening creating a Christmas list. What’s more fun than making a list of things you would enjoy being given? Actually, at my age it’s a bit unattractive, especially before Thanksgiving, so I’m appropriately embarrassed, but this is America after all, and we are approaching the holiday season–excuse me, Holiday Season–and that means making a Christmas list.
Just so you know, world peace is my number one.
This is followed by a Fein oscillating detail sander and The Original Mechanical Pencil, Fixpencil®. Remember that Toys R Us sweepstakes they used to run when we were children, the one where the winner got 5 minutes to run through the store to get everything they could grab? That was so cold war America. The Cubans and the Ruskies knew about this and these concerns are often swept under the rug when discussing the missile crises. That original mechanical pencil–hoo boy–original 1929 Swiss design for woodworkers–oh my–machined aluminum body–mmmmm–$18.95. Twenty bucks for a pencil. It’s number three behind world peace.
Ah, tools and gadgets: middle-aged American men’s drug of choice.
The only thing better than a tool or gadget is a tool or gadget that you can put on your belt. You’ve really got my attention with the belt connection: so military, so BatMan. I wear a leatherman daily which is a fancy sort of pocketknife; I have since college. Anybody out there thinking about a great present to give a guy? May I recommend the Leathermen PS2 or the Leathermen Wave. This is a family website and I don’t like to be vulgar, however, it’s a damn nice thing to have on your belt.
Since I left my first one on a beach–knife open (word up to anyone visiting Pismo)–Meg got me the Wave version a couple of Christmas’s ago. Wowzo tool. You get big-time cool points for learning how to open it one-handed, kinda like Zippo lighter tricks. Zippo lighter tricks: along with pool, two things I learned in school besides art. U.S.S.R sent me an email a while back that promised world peace if I could do the snap-open-snap-light trick–unpracticed–five times in a row. I asked what would happen if I missed.