Finished your Christmas shopping? I know, you’re just about getting started. While your trying to figure out your gift list for all your friends and loved ones, did you ever stop think what you would do if you had to shop for famous folks? You know, Hollywood stars, politicians and world leaders. Imagine you’re in charge of making sure there’s something for them under the Christmas tree this year! Not to worry. Contributing Editor, Santa Carmean, is here to help. He’s got the list of who’s been good/bad and obnoxious. All you have to do is wrap up his gift suggestions. Ho Ho Ho…
George Clooney: He does not need furniture for his Villa on Lake Como. Even if he did, such a gift is not guaranteed to get you an invitation. But… he could use a BFFF. A Best Female Friend Forever. Not just a pretty face, either. George will never be alone on Oscar night. Think like Kathryn Bigelow, or, away from Hollywood, Diane Sawyer, maybe a bit younger and, of course, not married.
Gabrielle Giffords: Not just another term in Congress; think higher. An appointment to any cabinet position she wants would be appropriate (maybe Homeland Security, or Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms). She would be fine anywhere. It would be worth it just to see what Republicans would ask her in the confirmation hearings. Can you say: “awkward?”
Sal Kahn, Founder of Kahn Academy: A job as Provost at the University of his choice. He can show them how online education is done properly. He will not teach it as a course. He will implement it throughout all the various Colleges. His motto: Making College Affordable!
Jennifer Lawrence: She could benefit from being partnered with a talented actor who would be Spencer Tracy to her Katherine Hepburn. Imagine: decades of film performances earning each of them multiple Oscars and providing us with many hours of enjoyment. Perhaps Rupert Friend (Prince Albert in “The Young Victoria” and Peter Quinn in “Homeland.”) or Chris Hemsworth (Thor in “The Avengers” and co-lead in “Snow White and the Huntsman” –he was not Snow White).
Tim Tebow: Have the Philadelphia Eagles sign him after Michael Vick leaves following this season. You have someone else better able to run the Read-Option? No, not Andrew Luck –are you trying to end his career just as it’s beginning?
Kim Jong-Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea: Provide him with a world wide Once You Get to Know Me Tour, with traveling partner, Dennis Rodman. Plan a special stop in Detroit, where Rodman played in the NBA. Kim can compare North Korea’s economy with Detroit’s. Who wins that?
Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator: Another couple Senate election victories by her in Massachusetts would guarantee at least one voice of sanity could reside in Washington D. C. for another, eh, well, a long time. Anybody want more tea? (A line by Sean Connery in “The Hunt for Red October.” You know, Marc’s Blog, 10/23?)
Lindsey Vonn: In the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi Russia, winning a Gold medal (or more than one) would be a nice gift. Oh, wait, that would be one more Gold Medal than Tiger Woods had victories in Golf’s Four Major Tournaments this year. Oops. Trouble in paradise?
Malala Yousafzai, 16 year old young woman from Pakistan: When was the last time a teenager put her life on the line for education for women in any country? No gift would be too much. But for starters, how about a full scholarship to the college of her choice anywhere in the world, followed by a teaching position wherever she wishes? Santa Claus has to begin somewhere.
And now a quick note from Marc…this week marks the one year anniversary of marc’s blog. There have been 149 blogs in that time. Some had something to say worthwhile, many offered a laugh or two, and lots were…well, let’s just say they were. Valued friend and Contributing Editor, Ron Carmean, joined us along the way and added a new perspective and a nice variety of new topics. Ron will soon be off on his own blog (we’ll let you know all about it when the time comes) but before he goes I extend a round of applause and hearty thank you! for being a fine contributing editor who has contributed much.
The original motivation behind my blog was to help promote my new “career” as an author. I was told if you write, you must write a blog. So I did. I have sold very few book as a results. What’s that tell you? But more importantly, somewhere along the way, the blog produced something totally unexpected…new friends from around the world. Yep, I have a bunch of new and valued friendships and we regularly share blogs and e-mails, some quite often, others occasionally. To all of them, along with the 379 readers who took the plunge and became “followers,” I extend a special thanks for your support.
In a huge world filled with so much turmoil and hostility, you and I represent the sanity, the sensible. It is our simple expectation that all of us have a healthy and successful life filled with family and friendships. We are here for each other, and to show those who haven’t realized yet, that our time together is special and we should exploit the opportunity by supporting each other, especially those who are not able to do it on their own.
Thank you all for coming along with me this year. Have a wonderful holiday season!