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The Cost of Christmas 2016

The cost of Christmas has gone up slightly (mostly because of an increases in the price of Turtle Doves and wage increases for Drummers and Pipers).
Merry Christmas! – Mike

The cost of each gift item, once: $34,363.49 (US) = $46,475.96 (CDN)

The true cost of all the gifts, when you count each repetition in the song (364 gift items): $156,507.88 (US) = $211,675.72 (CDN)

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More here (PNCChristmasPriceIndex.com)…

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A book about ants

A friend of mine (who obviously knows me well) got me a book for my birthday!

The Ants is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book, written in 1990, by Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson. It was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1991. – wikipedia

I found it on Amazon for $174.00. I hope he didn’t pay full price!

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Lousy gifts for Valentine's Day – Amazon.com

praying mantis

Amazon.com has it’s own list of lousy gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. Here’s the list…

“It’s your prerogative, of course, to ignore all of our Valentine’s Day suggestions and

find a gift on your own. But we’d like to steer you away from certain items, which may be top-quality products but probably aren’t the wisest choices for February 14.”

#5. A roll of Mat Midwest Air Tech 12-1/2 Gauge 2-Point Barbed Wire

#4. The Uncle Milton Giant Ant Farm

#3. Black & Decker Auto-Off Digital Advantage Iron

#3. Tapeworms – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide

#2. Tanita Duo Scale Plus Body Fat Monitor

#1. Praying Mantis Eggs – 400 Babies (link to product)

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Shopping For The Perfect Book For Christmas?

If you’re thinking of buying someone a good book for Christmas, here are the most popular books of 2012 (so far) according to Amazon.com.

  • #1. Fifty Shades of Grey: The Trilogy (*Caution: not for grandparents or aunts and uncles or sisters and brothers or nieces and nephews or cousins… Google it, but not while you’re at work.)
  • #2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Google it first…)
  • #3. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath (Self help book)
  • #4. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2) by Suzanne Collins
  • #5. No Easy Day (The firsthand account of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden)
  • #6. The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7)
  • #7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Suspense)
  • #8. The Official SAT Study Guide (Not sure why it’s on the list…)
  • #9. A Song of Ice and Fire (The Game of Thrones series)
  • #10. The Harbinger by Johnathan Cahn (Google it first…)

If you’re thinking of buying someone a less than good book, here are Mike’s top five least popular books of 2012 (so far).

  • #5. “How to Become the Most Hated Man in Sports History”, The Gary Bettman Story.
  • #4. “Fifty Cents of Grey” by Curtis James Jackson III.
  • #3. “Game of Thrones”, A brief pictorial history of outhouses and porta pottys at outdoor music festivals.
  • #2. “The Hunger Games” by Mike Bacon… err Benny.
  • #1. “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”, The story of an 8 year old at Seaworld!

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My picks (for real): Life of Pi, No Logo 10 (Naomi Kline) & The Wealthy Barber Returns (David Chilton)


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#Valentine's Day gift ideas (cheap)!


If you don’t have a lot money to spend on your sweetheart this year, you might be looking for some cheap Valentine’s Day gift ideas — so we asked our Facebook friends for some advice…

  • Make a card
  • Don’t buy anything. It’s really cheap that way. 🙂 lol
  • Lap dance 😉
  • Home made dinner, book of homemade coupons for foot rubs and kitty litter cleanings
  • Buy yourself a present. You got to love yourself too.
  • Giving her money to buy her own gift..
  • No roses…. Buy other flowers… Roses have a crazy markup on v day
  • My hubby loves chocolate, so I’m making him a chocolate cupcake bouquet! Google it, their pretty cool!
  • An IOU for flowers on the 15th when all the left overs are marked down..?
  • Just be single and stay single! men are all liars n scam artists anyhow 😉

Here are five more…
#5. A nicely framed list of all the things your mother said you should look for in a mate.
#4. Spell out her name with Kit Kats and red suckers from last year’s Halloween stash.
#3. Spell out her name in the snow.
#2. Remember, there’s no better way to show respect and admiration for someone than good sturdy handshake (be sure to wash your hands first if you also did number three).
#1. Remember nothin’ says lovin’ like a heart shaped meatloaf in the oven (and that’s not a euphemism for something, I mean an actual meatloaf in the oven)!

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Top five tips for #re-gifting

In the words of Yoda the great Jedi Master, “Ah my young re-gifting apprentice. If re-gift you must — then must you re-gift?”. Re-gifting is more of a science than an art, so before you embark on your journey of enlightened re-gifting here are a few tips from the master. Mike’s top five tips for re-gifting.
#5. Do not re-gift to the same person that gave you the original gift. I know this seems obvious, but it has happened, that’s why I mention it.
#4. Before re-gifting clothing, remove deodorant dust from all pits and crevices (and give it a nice shake to freshen it up a bit).
#3. Remember to apply a price tag, then remove most of it, revealing just a small piece of the tag.
#2. Carefully remove monogram stitching. NOTE: Do not remove monogram stitching with your teeth and tongue (especially if you have a weepy cold sore)!
#1. No calenders, no underwear and no home-made beer.

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