SportsBoy sent his email to Santa last night. Here I was thinking that I had dodged a $ blow by negotiating out of the Wii. Hah! On the surface, his list sounded manageable. Some Gameboy Advance games (not DS, but Advance, which are older and cheaper).  “Some” translating to 9. Basically as entire series. 4 of them are out of production. Eeep! Not to worry, Amazon had them through alternate sellers. New ones beginning at $85 each!! Uh….hello Used. Ok, so I managed to find all 9 and it looks like they will all arrive on time after I upgraded shipping on a couple. Now, on to the one other item he requested. A board game. No sweat right? Board games run less than $30 or so. At least, the ones I’ve bought him over the years did. Hah! Anyone ever heard of Cash Flow? Yep, that’s right, over $200!! Holy crap. I did get lucky and find it on Ebay for $189 Buy It Now. Oh yeah – saved $10. SHEESH!!!!!!!! Ok, so I don’t think I have matched what I would have spent on a Wii bundle or a PS3 especially when you factor in an upgraded tv to use with those systems, but YOWZA! It’s going to be bread and water for a few months I tell ya. Maybe that game will help me with that. It better!!

Update on the Make It Right foundation. On the day I shared the link here, they had enough money to build 3 of the 150 houses planned.  10 days later they have enough for 27 houses! Woot!!! Keep spreading the word!

Buy Brad Pitt a shower head!


OK, yes, I am sorta stealing this headline and slant from a highly recommended diary on DailyKos, but…my reader totals are waaay lower and it’s for a good cause!!

You know that you are all concerned over making sure Brad is clean. Shiny. Smelling good. Right? Personally, I have always seen Brad more as an access point to get to George Clooney who is much more my type. Because, you know, all of this is 100% going to happen!! Right?

OK, forget the celebrity gushing and let’s get serious. First of all, if you read this in time, it seems like tonight would be a good night to watch Larry King on CNN. Brad will be on talking all about this project that I am writing about. It’s called Make It Right. My charity of choice for 2008 – and for the end of 2007. I want to see those 150 home built!! Brad has adopted a portion of the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans and has a goal of building 150 new homes in the area. Modest places. Totally energy efficient/environmentally friendly homes. Places to help get the families back into the area. Bring the culture back. I know that Harry Connick has been doing similar work with Habitat for Humanity in the area as well. Anything that can be done to fill the gaps where every level of government has failed or is just too corrupt to assist is desperately needed. So click on over there and buy a light bulb for a house. Or some paint. Or a shower head 🙂 I think it is cool how you can just give a random cash donation, or that you can choose to have your donation go to a particular item in a house. Wouldn’t it be neat to watch this all come together and think “Hey, I bought the ceiling fan for that house!”