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Open letter to my mother:


I was trying to come up with a list of things I would like for Christmas, like you asked. However, for the first time in years, I came upon an interesting conflict. I don't know what I want.

Perhaps it was initally due to knowing that I wasn't going to be receiving any gifts that I just didn't try to look for them. But as I've been browsing the CDs and DVDs in newspaper ads and online, and searching my brain for movies or music that I might like to own...I've found one I would just think "Well, I don't really need that." My search has come up empty handed.

Somehow, or maybe somewhere, I seem to have grown up. I am actually able to issue self-control for such trivial items. I can convince myself that no matter how much I may want said CD now, in a couple months I will hardly listen to it, and it would be just a waste.

Honestly, the only thing I can think that I really want and would actually get some use out of...well, it's a new computer. A PowerBook, in fact, that would cost about $3600 after all is said and done. And in addition to that, I've decided that I would like an iPod as well. I found a pretty nice deal at amazon.com that with a purchase of an iPod before December 31st, there is a bonus travel bundle kit that would go with it (a $50 value, for free). It includes an FM transmitter and power adapter for use in the car. It would definitely come in handy since my CD player seems to be taking a turn for the worst, along with the rest of my electronic equipment [TV, DVD player, computer].

Unfortunately, the iPod (for mac or Windows) costs $499.

Basically, my Christmas wishlist contains two items. Combined they cost $4100 and separate, neither is less that $500. They are the only things I can see myself getting use out of every day...the only things that would really be worth it to buy. DVDs sit on my rack and are watched maybe once a year. CDs? I like to play them, but I usually just use my computer for that. (The computer I want would automatically rip the CDs and I could listen to them more easily. Especially when they are also automatically transfered to my iPod for use in the car...)


I guess what I'm saying is that you should go back to your original plan not to get me anything for Christmas.

Love,
Gail

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