Happy Holidays, All! (No offense)
A few of us got together for a virtual Secret Santa gift exchange, sponsored by our pals Dr. Monkey V.M. (who happened to be my Secret Santa and got me a lovely gift) and Dr. Zaius. The spending limit was anything between $1 and $1 trillion. I drew Suzy at Luminiferous Ether. I must admit I was unfamiliar with Suzy's blog before now, but she sounds like my kind of person - very much into peace, social justice, and very much opposed to anything republican. She's also from the midwest (Madison, WI) and she's a teacher. I'd say she deserves something nice, donthca think?
Let's start out with the stocking stuffers. First, since I know she's pro-labor, how about a CD of pretty union hymns by Utah Phillips and Ani DiFranco:
And what better way to learn the history of our country that the PTB never wants to talk about than with a signed copy of Howard Zinn's classic book:
Now, for the bigger stuff. Having been to Madison to Madison before, the beautiful, progressive capital of Wisconsin, I know that it is nestled between two lakes. It seems like the kind of place you'd want to have a nice kayak, the perfect watercraft for a leisurely summer paddle. Plus, they aren't loud like jet-skis and don't use any fossil fuels. This one is a Dagger, a kayak brand I've become partial to:
For those winter months, I assume Lakes Mendota and Menona freeze over, so I'm giving you a new pair of snowshoes. You have a choice between the new-fangled kind or the old-timey kind:
Finally, I noticed a couple of posts about Johnny Clegg and Savuka, so as your final gift, I'm sending you on an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa. It's a special place for me, having been there a couple times myself and I know you'll love it. There you will see be a guest of honor at a live sunset performance atop Table Mountain in Cape Town and will be seated between Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
You will tour Robben Island, see the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and enjoy a safari through beautiful Kruger Park where you'll see Lions, Elephants, Giraffe, etc. in their natural habitats. Enjoy and Merry Christmas, Suzy!