i have been good this year. by which i mean i haven't been entirely abominable. i refrained from telling someone who warrants it to burn in hell. that's rather good behavior, wouldn't you agree?
i feel entitled to a lot of christmas presents this year. but, being the good and thoughtful person that i am, i will keep the list to a minimum so as to not burden you, santa.
1. the oregon 550t gps by garmin. i went on a hike to a mystery destination recently where the bushwhacking scratched up my legs pretty good. i'm thinking that if i had a gps, i could have tied it to one of my legs as a shield.
2. any book about felix candela, frei otto, or any of those old school guys who made cool stuff with concrete. please bring only the books with the pretty pictures instead of the ones with numbers and equations. because, santa, who cares about math?
3. marmot gear, notably the uber kompressor backpack and the 800 fill venus down jacket. if either citronelle or olive green is not available, please bring me both in black.
4. here's another item you could bring me in black: the canon s95. i hear it's a superb point and shoot camera. i don't know how true it is. all i care about is that it weighs a tenth of the enormous lump of coal i use called the xti.
that's all i want for christmas this year. i won't hold it against you if you don't bring everything i asked for. i might entertain the idea of telling you to go to hell, but i would never say it aloud.