April 15th, 2006


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There is a legend among the Holton boys of the year that the three of us were sitting in the living room, in our underwear, picking through our Easter baskets (no, this was not anytime in the last decade). As was usually the case, we were seated in three different corners of the room. Kip decided that he didn't like Peeps. I told him to toss one over to me, and he did, and I caught it and in one motion stuffed it in my mouth. From that point on, Easter was always about throwing Peeps at John and seeing if he could catch them and toss them in his mouth. Of course, I still can.

Although I'm no longer allowed to eat them, nevertheless these are my favorites at Easter, and since the Peep people (the Peeple?) now make them in a variety of shapes and sizes for different holidays. My favorites are still the little chickens. I especially like them after they've sat out for a couple of days uncovered. I like the extra crunch.

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anderyn featured this the other day, and I sorta just kept a count and came up with 30, which would make me 3/4 spoiled. I noticed that cadona and bayarts had done it and shared the results. I also got to thinking...some of these aren't really legitimate...so I'm going to do it again.

Do you have:
(1) your own cell phone It's my business line
( ) a television in your bedroom I have one in my office...see below
(2) an iPod
( ) a photo printer
( ) your own phone line
( ) TiVo or a generic digital video recorder
(3) high-speed internet access A job requirement, and also about $10 cheaper than DSL, plus I don't need another phone line
( ) a surround sound system in bedroom
( ) DVD player in bedroom
( ) at least a hundred DVDs
(4) a childfree bathroom We have no kids. Do the math.
(5) your own in-house office I work for myself. It's a tax thing. Plus, my client doesn't have room for me
( ) a pool
( ) a guest house
( ) a game room
(6) a queen-size bed or larger We need the space for both of us and the half dozen or so cats that sleep with us
( ) a stocked bar
(7) a working dishwasher Came with the house; I doubt we could sell the house without it
(8) an icemaker Recently purchased a new refrigerator because (a) it was a tax holiday and (b) we had a coupon
(9) a working washer and dryer You'd be amazed at how much laundry two people have at the end of a week.
( ) more than 20 pairs of shoes
( ) at least ten things from a designer store
( ) expensive sunglasses
(10) framed original art One piece, a gift from a friend for our wedding. We have a lot of Mary's uncle's paintings, most of which are copies, though there are a few originals
( ) Egyptian cotton sheets or towels
( ) a multi-speed bike
(11) a gym membership Bought it a couple of years ago, and I think we still have a year to go
( ) large exercise equipment at home
( ) your own set of golf clubs
( ) a pool table
( ) a tennis court
( ) local access to a lake, large pond, or the sea
( ) your own pair of skis
( ) enough camping gear for a weekend trip in an isolated area
( ) a boat
( ) a jet ski
( ) a neighborhood committee membership
( ) a beach house or a vacation house/cabin
(12) wealthy family members They were, anyway
(13) two or more family cars a 2002 Odyssey van and a 1992 Accord with under 120K miles on it
( ) a walk-in closet or pantry
(14) a yard Came with the house
( ) a hammock
( ) a personal trainer Used to
(15) good credit
( ) expensive jewelry - very sentimental jewelry
( ) a designer bag that required being on a waiting list to get
( ) at least $100 cash in your possession right now
(16) more than two credit cards bearing your name (not counting gas cards or debit cards) Wonderful for cash management
(17) a stock portfolio We inherited some, and have invested in others
(18) a passport Job requirement
( ) a horse
( ) a trust fund
( ) private medical insurance
(19) a college degree, and no outstanding student loans I graduated 28 years ago, borrowed very little, and paid it off quickly, thanks to my in-laws

Do you:
( ) shop for non-needed items for yourself (like clothes, jewelry, electronics) at least once a week
( ) do your regular grocery shopping at high-end or specialty stores
( ) pay someone else to clean your house, do dishes, or launder your clothes (not counting dry-cleaning)
( ) go on weekend mini-vacations We'd like to
( ) send dinners back with every flaw
( ) wear perfume or cologne (not body spray) Gave it up years ago when all my "friends" developed odd allergies
( ) regularly get your hair styled or nails done in a salon My last official haircut was in June 1992.
( ) have a job but don't need the money OR
( ) stay at home with little financial sacrifice
( ) pay someone else to cook your meals
(20) pay someone else to watch your children or walk your dogs Well, cats...and only when we go out of town
( ) regularly pay someone else to drive you I used to
( ) expect a gift after you fight with your partner

Are you:
( ) an only child
( ) married/partnered to a wealthy person
( ) baffled/surprised when you don't get your way

Have you:
( ) been on a cruise
(21) traveled out of the country Mostly business related
(22) met a celebrity Used to meet them all the time when I worked at Marshall Field's and Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago. Took a leak next to Buddy Guy at a club called Ratso's in Chicago
(23) been to the Caribbean On business, to Puerto Rico
(24) been to Europe On business, except for a delayed honeymoon we took to England and Scotland when air fares were cheap
(25) been to Hawaii On business
(26) been to New York On business
(27) eaten at the space needle in Seattle When I was there on business a couple of years ago. The story is here.
(28) been to the Mall of America It stands on the land that used to be Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN. I always try to stop there when I'm in Minneapolis.
( ) been on the Eiffel tower in Paris
( ) been on the Statue of Liberty in New York
( ) moved more than three times because you wanted to
(29) dined with local political figures I had a friend who lived next door to the 49th Ward Committeeman in Chicago, and he used to cook out all the time and invite us to have a hamburger
(30) been to both the Atlantic coast and the Pacific coast Again, on business.

Did you:
(31) go to another country for your honeymoon We took a honeymoon about 18 months later, when we got cheap airfare to England and Scotland
(32) hire a professional photographer for your wedding or party We didn't know anyone who could take pictures that wasn't already involved in the wedding
(33) take riding or swimming lessons as a child The local public high school used to have free swimming lessons during the summer in their pool. I still can't swim
(34) attend private school The parish school for grammar school, one year of a Catholic high school -- for which I paid
( ) have a Sweet 16 birthday party thrown for you

OK, 34. So I'm more spoiled than I thought. Or am I? You be the judge.