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A holiday C-Note: How I'm gonna spend my hundred-dollar gift card


100front_lLast evening, I came home to a nice surprise: Enclosed in a nice Christmas card from an especially generous friend was a $100 Visa gift card. (Speaking as a recipient of his seasonal largesse, I firmly believe said friend absolutely deserved that large holiday bonus.) Anyway, it occurred to me this morning that I had no idea how to spend that hundred dollars.

I’ve done all my holiday shopping. Don’t need any new clothes at the moment.  Music I get through my eMusic account (which I’ve had for 13 months now, seven months longer than I had originally planned). I really shouldn’t buy anymore books until I’ve made a dent in the stack of volumes that taunts me from my nightstand (just finished the incredible World War Z, starting Manhunt). I don’t have to spend much on videogames as I am the humble recipient of lotsa cool review copies (yeah, hate me).  DVDs? Well, I have four season of The Wire that I’ve been saving for a rainy month. 

Right now — and this is very much subject to change — this is how I think I’ll spend the money:

What is the What, by David Eggers (a stocking stuffer for my sister)  …  $16
Tonto+, Battles (not on eMusic, and not DRM-free on iTunes) …  $15
The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings (saw this photo memoir in a bookstore last summer and regretted not buying it) … $14 (at Amazon)
• Which leaves me with about $50, which, I suppose, should go to a charitable organization I’ll decide on later.

All in all, not a bad use of a nice (and unexpected) gift.

What about you members of Team PopWatch — how would you spend a holiday C-Note?


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