Christmas is coming and, like always, I prepared a list for Santa. I’m not greedy, but I don’t pass up shots at free merchandise, either. Besides, the whole Santa debate has never been settled to my satisfaction. I stubbornly cling to hope.
My first stop was amazon. You see, the New Oxford American Dictionary, 3rd Edition sits atop my list, so I wanted to be sure they were in stock. And sure enough, there it was — $34.12 to buy or $13.65 to rent. Wait, what? Rent? I did a double take, then a triple take, then clicked on it. Nope, I wasn’t hallucinating, you can indeed rent the New Oxford American Dictionary.
Amazon classifies it as a ‘textbook’, making it eligible for rental. I don’t know why I found that so astounding, but I did and do. Not content with cornering the online market for every product on earth, they’re taking on college bookstores and libraries. I’m not certain that works in our favor, but fine. As far as giant, monopolistic entities go amazon is far from the worst. In retail, that honor belongs to WalMart.
Also on my list: a set of white Organic Cotton Frayed Edge sheets from west elm, the Vintage Cable Turtleneck from L.L. Bean, a stack of gift cards, and a good luck streak seven miles long. See? Not greedy, very practical.
Just as important are the things I don’t want for Christmas: snow, bicycle shorts (or anything spandex), a fruitcake, scented candles, gray hair, tube socks, and the rug being pulled out from under me.
Of course, I’d also like Santa to be as real as the FedEx guy and I won’t rule it out. Oh, don’t give me that look; you’d like him to be real, too.
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