Okay so: last week I had a fleeting thought like this:
"Wow. My life is going really well right now. I am so lucky to have these people in my life, I'm making progress in so many areas, I love my life! " and then: "I feel too good for this to ever really last."
So obviously a few things have fallen apart since then.
So you know, what have I got to lose? That's right! My family!
On with it!
When I was a kid/adolescent, we always put holiday "wish lists" on the kitchen door. These lists tended to easily spawn into spirals of absolute futility, as Lewis and I, the young and fundamentally ridiculous people that we were, found it endlessly amusing to clutter our requests for Abercrombie Jeans (me, 96-99), Pirate Legos (lewis, late80s-mid90s), Tommy Girl Perfume (me, 1997-->), Sim City 2000 (both of us, 92-94), Boyz II Men CD (me, 91-93) with the standard: Porsche, Sega Genesis, A MILLION DOLLARS!, a pony, a puppy, a VCR, a trip to Puerto Rico, a HARLEY DAVIDSON!, a date with Leonardo DiCaprio, etc.
Now we do wish lists via e-mail. Though my Mother sent an e-mail containing the desires of herself and her wife (My Other Mother) about a week ago, to which I responded promptly with my Amazon Wish List ...
it took me 'til now to really look at their list and consider it.
I'm crossing my fingers that they will think it's fun to laugh at themselves too, just like I do. I'd be willing to provide a long list of times I have made fun of myself. (see archive, left hand sidebar)
The following is the wish list, with commentary.
Cutlery Set with Steak Knives
This is really nothing compared to what's coming up. But I think this would be a funny item to buy in New York and bring on an airplane. Also I recall being told that those CutCo knives we bought in '98 would last forever. Forever never seems to be around when it ends, eh?
No Batteries Flashlight/Lantern
What's going on? Really?!! A flashlight? What's next...you want a can opener? Some twine? I think it's my job as the starving artist to ask for things like flashlights. Is there a spelunking expedition in the future? A possible tornado? A stock market crash?
Queen Size Flannel Sheets--no flowers!
Again with the what-an-exciting-gift thing. I guess she did ask for socks for like, five years in a row. Maybe she doesn't trust me to pick out anything special or complicated. What's going on here? I tend to feel people are best at picking out their own sheets, especially when they're telling me to avoid florals. Jesus. What then? Trucks? Solids? Calico? Calico is a flower. My sheets are patterned with bleach stains, and I like that. Something about this feels uncomfortable to me.
Anyhow, I think these are really sexy. I found them at
But if flowers are really gonna kill the mood, how's this:
Beading How-To/Starter Set
Can flowers be involved in this one? Is beading complicated? What is beading? Can I get you a 'starter set' without a how-to? Will you know how to start without the how-to, if you just have the starter? What comes after the starter set? Will you be able to bead what you need to bead? Will I get you started but not teach you to fish? Are you going to bead things? Like flowers? What's going on? Whatever happened to Fimo? Fimmooooooo
This is problematic on a few levels. The first is that I know my mother is sitting there at home with the AppleWorks program that came with her Mac (WHY DOESN'T MAC COME WITH A GODDAMN REAL WORD PROCESSING PROGRAM? THIS IS HIGHWAY ROBBERY AND IT NEEDS TO STOP) and she's annoyed that it's ancient and not compatible with other computers made after 1996. However, attempting to solve this problem with MacWord is a bit troubling. I think she means Microsoft Office for Mac. It's okay, Natalie thought The O.C was a channel.
That means a like, gift card to a gas station. Where you put gas in your car. Nothing says "I love you" like 10 bucks at Texaco.
Movie Theater Certificates
OK. Fair 'nuff.
Sharper Image Digital Dashboard Compass & Weather Station-CE352
HOLY CRAP. Gas Card, Flashlight, SHEETS...and now you're busting out with not only a brand name and a specific store, but an ITEM NUMBER?! I haven't even begun to imagine what on earth this gadget is, though it is from Sharper Image and thus I imagine it massages something or perhaps plays jazz in the shower, but I am absolutely getting one for myself, it sounds very useful, how specific, how dynamic, I mean, wow, really, wow.
Another Copy of that Great CD Marie gave me last year that I've lost.
Aw, Mom! I love making CDs for my Mom, because she granted me many musical gifts as a child, including but not limited to: David Bowie, The Beatles, Carole King, The Indigo Girls, The Who and Raffi. So I can give her Nellie McKay and Martha Wainwright, or something. A woman can only listen to so much Dixie Chicks.
Okay, since My Other Mother and My Mother have only been married for 2.5 years I don't know if I have earned the right to make fun of her yet, but if I had, I would absolutely point out that it is amazing, and in another context would have struck me as clearly a tongue-in-cheek request, that she has requested a:
and "other cool toys/tools." If you don't know why this is funny, I'd suggest you treat yourself to a little lesbian humor. It doesn't mean you're a lesbian, it just means that you think it's funny when lesbians make fun of other lesbians. Like, about tools. And stuff.
The "for both of us" list includes only three items:
gas grill, snowblower, canoe.
Wait one more thing ... tool/toy? Sheets? Flashlight? Just putting it out there.