Thursday, November 17, 2005

The Wish List

It's that time of year again. The time when I make up a list comprised of things that I want but that I might not necessarily buy myself and I would love to have if other people bought them for me for certain upcoming celebrations (such as, oh, Christmas, or my birthday). It's also the time when I make up a list comprised of things I know I will go out and buy if I do not give myself an extrinsic motivation not to buy them, such as that they are on my Christmas list. For some people it's hard putting together a list of things they want; it always seems incredibly easy for me, and I don't know why it would be hard to do. I guess I do keep a record of pretty much all the movies, books, CDs, and things that I would like to own someday, whereas a lot of people have that in their head (or not at all). The important thing is that the annual Christmas Buying Freeze is now on: anything on my list will not be bought before Christmas. It changes the strategy of constructing such a list. Yes, there is strategy. No, you cannot see the list. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

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