The Sensible Reason Wish List
The holidays are coming up! Hanukkah is already here, Christmas is in a few weeks, and New Years soon after. With hurricanes, fiscal cliffs, and imminent doom (oh my!) both behind us and on the horizon, it’s always nice to have a little something to look forward to. Here at Sensible Reason, we thought we’d share with you what our contributors are dreaming of getting this holiday season (besides living through 12/21/12, of course). And with a little bit a’ luck, maybe someone out there could make our dreams come true. Hey, you never know!
Ali Kramen– A Return to Summer Dance
My Holiday Wish is more a wish for a return to a tradition than a wish for an actual tangible item. For four summers beginning in 2008, Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Ohio held a music festival called Summer Dance, an “electro-instrumental dance festival” which each year featured Lotus as the headlining act with two nights of sets. It should be noted that this is no regular music festival. Summer Dance is the most intimate of music festivals, in the most naturally beautiful of places. The Ledges is set on a lake created when a quarry dig resulted in the hitting of a natural spring and the filling of the quarry with water. The Park has a small beach for relaxing, and attendees can swim and float in the lake as well as rope-swing from the cliffs into the water below. With only several thousand attendees and all acts performing on one large stage and, for DJ acts, a smaller tented “stage” set to the side, the festival never felt overcrowded and it never took more than five or ten minutes to walk anywhere you would possibly want to go. Summer Dance is where I truly fell in love with Lotus and I know I am not alone in that sentiment. Last year, due to a contract clause with All Good Music Festival, Lotus was unable to perform at Summer Dance, breaking a four-year tradition and shattering the hopes and dreams of a very devoted family of Lotus fans, myself included. Word on the street is that Lotus has no intent of abandoning Summer Dance permanently and it is my deepest wish that that intention manifests itself in Lotus’s return as the headlining act for Summer Dance VI in the summer of 2013.
Not the most exciting of all gifts but over the years my collection of pretty baubles and trinkets has grown out of control! I can no longer keep it contained no matter how many lovely little boxes or dishes I use. I even have a beautiful jewelry rack that my dad made me out of a tree branch but alas, the jewelry still overflows. I’ve decided I’ll be able to give everything more love (and wear things I forgot I even own) if it’s all better organized.
Penny Pfalzer– An End to Cable
When my daughter began playing hockey almost four years ago, my family made the conscious decision to cancel the satellite service in our house in an effort put that monthly money towards equipment, gas and hotel costs. I certainly didn’t miss the expensive monthly bill but I admit that I did miss the convenience of watching TV shows and movies whenever I had the spare time. In May we purchased the Roku- a very little device that is hooked into our ethernet and allows us to watch movies and TV shows on Netflix and other channels that are either free or can be purchased via the Roku Channel Store. My daughter hasn’t complained yet about nothing to watch on TV. We purchased the top of the line Roku for about $90 and our monthly Netflix bill is under $15. If we feel like splurging, we rent a new release movie from the Amazon Channel, so there are no mo trips to the Red Box for us. If you are looking for a practical gift that keeps on giving AND saves money, I give the Roku 2 REALLY BIG thumbs up. We will never pay for cable or satellite again!!
Joey Zoldan– A Dunny for your Money
Graffiti artist Sket One designed this Sriracha version of Kid Robot’s long-running Dunny vinyl toy series. My affinity for the sauce and bookshelf tchotchkes puts this at the top of my wish list. Only on sale for a day at a premium of $450, this is out of most casual toy fans’ budgets, but multiple versions of Dunny and other similar customizable character figurines are much more affordable and make for great stocking stuffers.
Jacque Lewis– Ukelele Overload
What I really want for Christmas this year is a new program to add to Imagination Overload’s Digital Madness Lab! I started doing research and came to the conclusion that this was not going to be an easy process of deciding which Photoshop I would want by Christmas. So onto Plan B I went and decided on Rogue Ukulele starter pack. The kit comes with Ukulele, Ukulele case, pitch pipe, and chord book. I think the Ukulele would be fun to know how to play and something cool to add to my studio!
Chelsea Germer– The Call of the Hippo
Many months ago I found this shirt on Reddit. A direct link to purchase was in the comments, but I decided to hold off. Now that the store’s link has been lost in the land of the internet, all I seem to think about is this t-shirt. Since I can’t have it I can’t eat, sleep, or party nearly as hard as I would be if I was wearing this shirt. Santa, or someone, please find it (or even just the link to the store) and make this girl’s Christmas better than that time Uncle Frank put his own special surprise in my stocking (FYI it was a bottle of Jack and I was 8).
Nina Wanerman– Air Time
A TARDIS looks like a british police call box but is so much more. It stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space, and is used by the Doctor to travel through time and space. With my very own TARDIS I could overcome the boundaries of time and space, and go anywhere and anytime in the Universe. This could be potentially dangerous, but also quite enlightening and I could do a lot of good for humanity in so many different places. And take AWESOME photos.
If you’re seriously considering buying me a holiday gift and the TARDIS seems a little too hard to get your hands on, then I also wish for a private jet so that I could see the world on my own time and take my friends and family with me to show them what I’ve found. I’d go visit the people I can’t see on a regular basis and leave no corner undiscovered. I would make it to every major music event no matter what country it was in and wouldn’t let space be an obstacle.
Jeff Kurtz– Straight Trippin’
I would like the Groupon Getaways trip to Cotton Tree Lodge in Belize (you know, to save a few bucks). It’s an eco-friendly resort comprised of sustainable cabanas. You get to stay in a really nice, solar-powered hut right on a river and sort of in the jungle (to the point where your bed is surrounded by mosquito netting), about fifteen minutes from Caribbean beaches and with access to tours through the jungle/rainforest, Mayan ruins, and cocoa fields where they show you how to make chocolate (and I’m a chocolate freak). It’s a nice way to get away from it all, into a civilized part of the middle of nowhere but where wild reptiles and crazy bugs and critters still roam, and experience a new and interesting culture you would never have the chance to otherwise.
Being in law school wears you down, but a quick way to feel up again would be to unwrap a new iPad. The sleek design, portability, and envy I would get from my fellow students are all great reasons to get one. My iPhone is feeling lonely and my Macbook is tired of traveling all the time. It’s clear: an iPad is the way to go.
Kristen Grennan– Landing Tomorrowland Tickets
Tomorrowland is the premier festival on the planet in my opinion, though its popularity has grown exponentially, so I’d really love VIP tickets to get away from the commoners. I’ve only ever heard amazing stories from my friends who have been there. It is truly an escape from the real world and an emergence into another land— not quite the future, but Tomorrowland. Unfortunately, attending requires a flight to Belgium (plus the costly and difficult-to-get festival and camping tickets). It’d be pretty sweet if my ticket also included a flight on the Tomorrowland plane to Belgium, complete with a rave on-board. Seriously.