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Date: May 29 2000


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John and Migs are walking around a mall, looking for a gift to buy for their friend Joel’s wedding.


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John:  I have no clue what we’re gonna get Joel for his wedding present.

Migs:  Yeah, Joel’s a hard guy to shop for. He already has everything.

John:  How about this blender over here. He always likes making margaritas.

Migs:  I don’t know, man. That blender looks cheap. How about something weird, like a doghouse?

John:  I didn’t even know he had a dog.

Migs:  Yeah, he does have a dog, but now that I think about it, it’s really lazy; it just hangs out inside all day anyway.

John:  So, uh, what about this barbecue over here?

Migs:  Hey yeah! Barbecues are cool. They’re always fun.

John:  Yeah, and Joel’s always making stuff outside. But, God, it’s kind of expensive. It’s two hundred bucks!

Migs:  Oh, wow. And I’m feeling really broke lately.

John:  I guess if we go halvsies, that’s only a hundred dollars apiece. What do you think?

Migs:  Well, I guess that’s cool. I can handle that.

John:  He’s a good friend, we can spend a hundred bucks on him.

Migs:  Alright, let’s do it.

John:  OK.


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For me, there isn’t anything much harder than buying gifts for people. I’m always worried that the person isn’t going to like what I choose. Maybe it’s because I’ve made some people unhappy in the past. I guess everyone has their faults! What’s the best present you’ve ever given or received and why? Come to the Ebaby! Message Board and share your story at the “Life Goes On” section! Until next time,—John


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