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Sept Edit: Orincoro: Have you received your gift? You are the only person unaccounted for. [Smile]

Quint Edit: Is there anybody who got missed?

Quad Edit: Report on your gifts as you receive them. [Smile]

Triple Edit: Please let me know when you have sent your gift. I will follow up with those who haven't sent theirs after Christmas. Don't be one of those people. [Smile]

Double Edit: You need to post your personal preferences so your secret gift giver has guidance on what to get you.

Edit: Invitations are closed. PM me your address.

So, it's been a few years since we've done this. Usually because December rolls around, I think about it, and then realize it's already too late to setup and execute. So I thought I'd gauge interest now. I'd like this year's gift exchange to be well organized and enjoyable for everybody. Past ones have been so much fun, and I hope they always will be.

I plan on seeing if we can't rope the Cards into this year's as well.

So! Who would like to participate this year?

[ February 29, 2016, 03:24 PM: Message edited by: JanitorBlade ]

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Dogbreath
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Sure, I'll participate. I bring the advantage of sending strange and wonderful gifts from the far off land of (deep, dusky voice) Hah-vaii-eee.

How does it work?

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I'd love to do this. It might be fun to challenge ourselves to send something you can only really find where you're located. Most everything people give these days is universally available. I'd love to both give and receive something you really have to travel to get.

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Sure, I'll participate. I bring the advantage of sending strange and wonderful gifts from the far off land of (deep, dusky voice) Hah-vaii-eee.

How does it work?

If we're all giving theme gifts based on where we live, I hope you all like discarded car parts. The engineers at work leave them laying all over the place.
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I lurk here far more than anything, but I'd be up for this. It's a good thing I'm no longer in western North Dakota, there pretty much isn't anything up there worth sending. (Unless someone desperately wants some frac sand.)

Dog - what part of Hawaii are you in? My parents recently started their mission at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

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quote:
Originally posted by Eisenoxyde:
I lurk here far more than anything, but I'd be up for this. It's a good thing I'm no longer in western North Dakota, there pretty much isn't anything up there worth sending. (Unless someone desperately wants some frac sand.)

Dog - what part of Hawaii are you in? My parents recently started their mission at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

I live in Aiea - just east of Pearl Harbor/the Stadium, and about 30 miles south of the Polynesian Cultural Center. We've been there before (for a Luau), and head up that way occasionally to go on hikes or go see the turtles. I also used the testing center at BYU earlier this year, probably going to do so again to proctor an exam in January. (it's in the same area)

How do your parents like Hawaii so far?

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They're enjoying it for the most part. Their biggest complaint has been the high humidity and missing the autumn change in temperature compared to Colorado.

Where do you go to see turtles? I've been planning on visiting them after I find another job.

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The temperature change just happens later in the year. [Smile] As a matter of fact it was 67 degrees this morning when I woke up, my wife and I actually got out our fuzzy bathrobes and wore them around the house this morning. Over the next month or so it will continue to drop, and get down to 60 at night and 70-75 during the day in January. (which is what people here call "cold" by which they mean "a little chilly for swimming")

For turtles, we go to Laniakea beach. There are two giant turtles who have picked that as their sunbathing spot for over a decade now and are pretty chill about people coming up and taking pictures with them, and hundreds more in the water that either swim close to the shore or occasionally come up on the beach.

I also like going to the river in Haleiwa and paddle boarding - usually when I do that they come and swim next to my board. But really you can find turtles just about anywhere.

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60 degrees! Good heavens how do you survive?!

I remember 60 degrees. It's a number I won't see attached to the weather report for the next 5 months.

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I'll gladly participate.
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I'm in.
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I'm in.

I'll have to think hard about a gift unique to my location, but I'll do my best to at least send something interesting.

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Me too.
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OK. We'll leave invitations open until the day after Thanksgiving.

Everybody will be assigned somebody in secret, (I'll send PMs).

I'm open to what we want the budget per gift to be. Maybe $20 max?

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I'd be happy to participate as well, though I never did in the past.
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Welcome aboard! [Smile]
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I'm in.

Do we need to set a budget? It might be more fun for me without one. I guess I can always just ignore whatever the budget is. [Wink]

(Just kidding, I won't subvert the rules unless I'm sure I can get away with it. Just not sure why that rule is required. From each according to his means, to each according to chance?)

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*nods* Goodness knows I wouldn't want to deprive anyone of the opportunity to buy me an expensive gift. [Smile]
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I don't want to limit anybody. Nor do I want anyone to feel like they are too many sigmas outside the mean to be considered good at gift giving.
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No one should feel compelled to give more than $20. But if you have a gift unique to your area that costs more and it's what you really want to give then I say go for it.
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Count me in!
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I'm game!
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i want to join
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Glad to have you. [Smile]
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OK! So the invitation window is closed. Could all of you PM me your addresses? I will send out assignments this week.

Thanks for being part of this.

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PM doesn't seem to be available - should we email the address on your JanitorBlade profile?
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Yes, that works fine.
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Some of you still need to send addresses. I'll be PMing you after today. [Smile]
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Just a couple of people need to send me addresses. What I'd like to do now is what we've done in the past and indicate the types of things we like, colors, etc. Obviously, "I like white colored things that can achieve escape velocity" is too specific. And, "I like things" may be too vague.

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I like books (Fiction and Non-Fiction), musical instruments, practical things, films, electronics, music, handmade crafts, curiosities. Colors I like are blue, black, and earth tones. But I'm often amenable to others.

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I like things that are weird or funny, smaller than a breadbox, consumable or consisting of information, or meaningful to the gift giver. I like to cook and fix things.
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Ditto pretty much everything scifibum says. I also like science/nerdy things. I also am buying my first home and will have bare walls/desks/counter space so any small, neat decorations would be cool, and I'm open-minded to anything. I also like learning about random things, so anything with a backstory is a plus. I like learning how to do crafty things, i.e. I just bought a lockpick set on a whim because I wanted to understand how locks work and how to pick them just for the dexterity challenge.
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Surprise me.
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I'm pretty much open to anything too - as JanitorBlade so eloquently stated: "I like things." Since I'm forced to be more specific, I like food, unique things from your area, books (fiction and nonfiction), things that go boom, precious metals, gems, large denomination bills, etc.
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Just need addresses from two people so I can complete sending out assignments.
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I'm very allergic to gold and mildly allergic to a few other materials, and my diet is pretty restrictive, so neither jewelry nor food are great options for me. If you (my secret hatracker) signed up in the hopes of giving food, jewelry, or some other wearable item/s, maybe BlackBlade can give me a poke and I can elaborate on the sad and stunning quantity of foods I cannot have, and the things I cannot wear?

I like art supplies, books, music, cooking tools, something from your town (including reasons to travel there, if you like where you're living), and I collect jewelry boxes.

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I like spiders, plush toys, good books, almost all kinds of music. And I hate mint. I LOVE Dir en grey stuff. Miyazaki
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I'm pretty amenable to anything, but the problem is that I'm a moneyed geek and as a consequence the obvious stuff is almost certainly something I've already bought myself. In general, then, something unique to you or your area is probably the best bet. Try to avoid trinkets, though; I have kids and thus have no display space. [Smile]
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I'm open to just about any non-food thing. If you (my gift-giver) think it's cool and unique and awesome than I almost certainly will too.
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quote:
Originally posted by Synesthesia:
I like spiders

Well, if I get a box with airholes I'll at least know what to expect.
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OK, I'll be a little more specific. Please, no spiders. [Razz]
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Perhaps it'd be safer for you to edit in "Pleasantly surprise me."
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I like things that can't be found anywhere else, things of historical significance, local things, old american history primary school textbooks, pizza, jazz, Star Wars and Star Trek.

And iPad Air 2s.

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I will give $10 to the person who has a pizza delivered to Lyrhawn's house for Christmas. [Smile]
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Wish list corollary: I like pepperoni and bacon on my pizza

Hungry howies and Zinos are local favorites. Butter cheese crust if hungry howies.

If you want to get a little fancy, Jets BBQ chicken with no red onions is the best. Square.

If you want to get really fancy, you'll hire an uber drive to pick up a pizza from Louis. Square, detroit style, pepperoni only.

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Hank: I'm not sure you are getting my PMs. I need your address to send out assignments.
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I haven't been getting the PMs. Sorry, I have been working and have been so sick that all of my nonworking hours were spent in bed recuperating so that I could get back to work.

I emailed my mailing address and I'd love to still be included if it is not too late.

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Just in case it is not too late to be included: I like to cook and like all kinds of food and kitchen utensils. I also work with kids and babies, so anything pertaining to miniature humans will usually be a hit. My favorite color is green, in the event that that is relevant.
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You're good.


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At this point everybody should have been given an assignment. If you have *not* received an assignment, please PM/email me asap so we can get you sorted out.

Happy shopping!

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Preferences:

I live in the Czech Republic, but you can find things on a few sites here:

Mall.cz
Alza.cz
Slevomat.cz

I like sushi, and I am buying a new flat, so I will need lots of things for the kitchen. [Smile]

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When is the deadline?
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For what? Gifts should arrive by Dec 25th.
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