readers of ysmarko will likely know that i am a dave barry fan. funny, funny dude. my wife used to get annoyed when i would read dave barry books in bed while she was trying to get to sleep, because i would start giggling and wake her up.
one of the things i love about the christmas season is the expectation of dave barry’s annual gift buying guide, a collection of some of the weirdest purchasable stuff out there. this year’s guide is as good as usual. i think my favorite is the “ten plagues bowling set” (pictured here).
here’s a couple lead-in paragraphs:
The holiday season is a time when we should ponder the message of the classic tale A Christmas Carol by the great English writer whatshishame. In this story, the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who cares about nothing but money, is visited in his house on Christmas Eve by three ghosts — the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and Vice President Dick Cheney. They make Scrooge see the error of his ways by showing him what the town of Bedford Falls would have been like if James Stewart had never been born.
We can never watch that movie without crying. This is mainly because of our eggnog recipe (one egg, one quart rum). But it’s also because the story of Scrooge reminds us what truly matters during the holiday season. Too often, all we think about at this time of year is presents — shopping for them, giving them, getting them, opening them, trying to find eight double-A batteries for them, etc. But the lesson of A Christmas Carol is clear: We must not think only about presents. We must also think about securing our house from intruders, so they can’t come in and steal our presents.