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Do you prefer gifts or gift cards?

Asked at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. 6th St. on December 15, 2009

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Photo of Robert Heacock

“I prefer gifts. It’s more fun to get those open and see what they are.”

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“I prefer that people just get together and have a goof time. … It’s not about gift giving.”

Photo of John Callewaert

“At my age I prefer to receive a gift card, but I prefer to give a gift, especially to the kids.”

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“Gifts because they’re a surprise.”

Comments

The_Original_Bob 4 years, 4 months ago

Anna - That reminded me of some line from a movie. Perhaps it was your Jessica Simpson moment.

Hog - Who hates you? Monopolize away. Afternoons are usually dead on here anyway.

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AnnaUndercover 4 years, 4 months ago

@The_Original_Bob, @spacehog Apologies for my error and a point to you both.

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autie 4 years, 4 months ago

I would have assumed that a dominant poster had actually taken a trip someplace about 1968 and just never really came back home. I suppose my superficial analysis of manic ramblings was off about a decade. So won't you give me three steps, give me three steps Mr.? Three steps towards the door.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 4 months ago

Hate is such a strong word, unless you are referencing Sean Penn, Danny Glover and that nasty, skanky, fecal matter-posterior, dumpster tramp Sarah Jessica Parker and/or Gwynith Paltrow.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

I do apologize for running at the mouth and Hogging the OTS page lately. You know that filter between what's in your brain and what comes out of your mouth? Well, I lost mine. Plus, the only friend I have is my 12 yo Chocolate Labrador. She is dying of cancer and I'm really sad, so maybe that has something to do with it. Again, apologies to you all for monopolizing the page and getting off topic. I'll shut up now.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Please speak english, not egghead. I blew my dopamine receptors years ago. And all the hits of ecstasy have depleted all my seratonin too. But the mix of booze and anti-depressants seems to be working out well. Hey, you've have a great vocabulary but I scored a 73 on the SAT. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. I have a BSJ from KU 12/87. Unfortunately, I got cornered into Broadcast Sales, which is about the equivilant of a car salesman degree. I should have gone to Law School but I don't think I have the stomach for it. Thanks for the compliment, though. Most people hate me.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 4 months ago

space, L-dopa? Maybe I have been somewhat somnolent, but recently it appears you have gained a propensity for prolixity.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Good catch to you too, RI. Skynard was named after their gym teacher, Leonard Skinner, some militant bastard who rode their butts because they wouldn't get haircuts.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Good catch Bob. Anna, I assume you were born after 1975. Lynard Skynard is not a Mr./Mrs./He/She. It is a band with about 7 rednecks in it. Tragically, at the pinnacle of their career, they were involved in a plane crash in October 1977, killing singer Ronnie Van Zandt, and Steve and Cassie Gaines, of Kansas City. They have limped along since then, with pudgy brother Johnny Van Zandt taking over vocals. With the recent death of pianist Billy Powell, they currently have one original member, Gary Rossington, one of the better slide guitar players of the genre. Some sample lyrics: Whiskey Bottles and Brand New Cars Oak Tree You're in My Way There's Too much Coke and Too Much Smoke Look What's Goin' on Inside You -Lynard Skynard "That Smell"

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 4 months ago

'” I must disclose to you that I tire of Mr. Skynard, “ Anna

Reposted for hilarity's sake.' - T_O_B

I had a gym teacher named Mr. Schultz, we called him Sgt. Schultz, but I don't think anybody named a band after him. He was a mean bastard, even before I accidentally clocked him with a dodgeball.

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toddtrip 4 years, 4 months ago

gold coins or diamonds preferred!

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KansasPerson 4 years, 4 months ago

Anna, thank goodness you are here to help spacehog negotiate the Minefield of Caddishness!

How to spot a gentleman:

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 4 months ago

" I must disclose to you that I tire of Mr. Skynard, " Anna

Reposted for hilarity's sake.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

I love "The Departed"! It's like, my favorite film.

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AnnaUndercover 4 years, 4 months ago

@spacehog Though I risk disappointing you with this admission, I must disclose to you that I tire of Mr. Skynard, as do many employees/contractors at establishments offering food/drink/entertainment. Your mention of his music has made flaccid my enthusiasm for our reparteé.

@Multidisciplinary Hahahahaha. :)

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Despite her opinion, I'm still betting Anna has nice feet. Take a walk on my naked back, then I'll decide.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 4 months ago

"Also, gentlemen reserve such details as you ended your comment with. "

/Yeah, but the comedians take a photo with their cell phones while they're in there and email it to you with a text that says, "Wanna see something", and send it to you while you're totally not expecting it so you'll crack up in shock while in line at the grocery store, at work, bored to death waiting at a doctor's appt, visiting your parents over the holidays...

priceless. Friends...they're there when you need them. :)

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

That's exactly the Thunderbird I'm speaking of! The board is coming over. They want to see a top-notch example of going green. Personally, I think they just want to steal all the plants in my attic, including the grow-lights. You're welcome to make some brutal cream on my hot plate. I'll just down a couple bottles of Cream de Mint. That stuff is like mouthwash compared to the 180 proof Everclear I started the day with. Do you like to dance? I have everything Lynard Skynard ever did. Whenever I hear Skynard, no matter where I am, I can't help but dance.

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AnnaUndercover 4 years, 4 months ago

@spacehog I accept your apology.

The only Thunderbird I am familiar with is a top-ranked graduate school of global management.

A propane torch! I've always wanted to try making a crème brûlée.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

You're right, Anna. I apologize. Please allow me to excuse myself so that I might cook some meth, wax my dolphin, and catch up on Tiger Woods. And be here by 6:00. I'm having spaghetii-O's and Thunderbird tonight. No candles, but I have a propane torch.

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AnnaUndercover 4 years, 4 months ago

@spacehog They are average, I believe.

Also, gentlemen reserve such details as you ended your comment with. I much prefer you to say: "I must go and negotiate improved relations between India and Pakistan." You might also offer that you "must write a rather large check to a local charity."

I would most appreciate a gentleman excusing himself from my company because he must "inquire about investment vehicles that will best enable the future purchase a small, practical home for us to sleep in after we are married."

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Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 4 months ago

A gift card is still a gift. I'm just happy someone thought about me!

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

The hands sound beautiful, Anna. I bet you have long fingers, too. I have to go to the bathroom.

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AnnaUndercover 4 years, 4 months ago

@spacehog I have pretty, French manicured hands, but I keep my shoes on at all times. I have the ugliest feet you've ever had the misfortune to behold. I abused the hell out of them by shoving them into pointe shoes as a young child.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

depends on who is giving them... if they have a history of giving whack gifts then i opt for the gift card. if they have pretty cool taste then i prefer the gift itself.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Jesus, did someone say something nice about me? I took a handful of hydrocodone and chased it with a shot of vodka. I just woke up from a nap I'm not sure if I'm all there yet. Hitme, there's no such thing as too much Dylan. However, I did chew on a lot of toys with lead-based paint when I was a kid. I also started smoking pot when I was 3, although that was kind of forced on me. Taking cherry vodka to school in 2nd grade was my idea. It tasted horrible when I mixed it with my lunch milk, but the buzz was nice. I'll take your advice on having kids.

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hitme 4 years, 4 months ago

I take it, you're the Arkansas Spacehogs. Probably too much Dylan and junk food. Could have been some mercury-filled vaccines contributing. Try not to have kids and everyone should survive this.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Anna, I would like to see your feet. I'm sure they're nice. And your fingers, too.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

You know, I'm obviously putting you all on and having fun role playing, but I was thinking the same thing. Maybe a sitcom? I seriously do need a job.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 4 months ago

/ and he would like to see your...hmmm, I wonder.

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AnnaUndercover 4 years, 4 months ago

@CWGOKU "A Spacehog Christmas."

I would see it.

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CWGOKU 4 years, 4 months ago

I am sensing a TV movie..... A Spacehog Christmas.

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AnnaUndercover 4 years, 4 months ago

Gifts from anyone embarrass me. I just want my friends' good company. Clever cards are nice. :) But they better be clever.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Gift cards? How about greeting cards? I only got one decent one in my life. On my birthday last year, I got one of those musical cards from a shady friend of mine. He had somehow gotten a pic of me sitting on the toilet smoking a cigarette and had it transferred to the front of the card. When I opened it, it was Jay-Z rappin' "I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one, Hit Me!" I liked the sentiment. I found a good one for my sister a couple of years ago. On the front were a bunch of stick figures gathered round a tree with the message Merry Christmas. When you opened the card it looked like a bunch of Chinese writing, but if you turned it sideways and read from top to bottom it said Show Me Your Tits. When she finally figured it out she threw a punchbowl at me and chased me around the house with a butcher knife.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 4 months ago

I guess I'd have to say who it's from. Take some family members I know. They walk up to one of those displays at say, a Penney's or other department store during the holidays that has:

Gifts for the entire family. All in similar color boxes. Desk sets. Massagers. Picture Frames. Throw Blanket. Chair side organizer for your remote, pens that spins with photo holders on the outside. Poker chip set.

You get the idea.

And that is where they do their shopping. Worse, that person may be a young adult with limited funds who is trying to make an impression by finally doing the right thing: showing up with presents for everyone.

They are done in 10 minutes, and not a thing they bought has anything to do with the person they were giving the gift to. They've known all their life, the person can't stand being massaged. The family has more photos in frames already, who needs more. No one, no one plays poker. They know the family has tons of blankets, not to mention having inherited all the grandparents perfectly fine throw blankets.

This would have been the time for gift cards, or a family gift. Perhaps a ham if you know they cook. Fruit, chocolate basket. At least with those..if it's not the greatest...it's not sitting around forever, looking back at them, lol. It's either eaten by someone in the family or it expires and it goes away.

And you know sometimes, the next month, same gift giver will be asking for help with their electric bill, and their phone won't have minutes on it, you learn they haven't had insurance on their car for 6 months....

~~~ Otherwise..if adults just hand gift cards in exchange to each other..it's kind of like just passing each other a $50. Why not make it shorter. One person gets one out, hands it to the other, they hand it back, call the holiday over. what fun is that? :(

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pace 4 years, 4 months ago

I don't want a gift or gift card. I don't need much and I like to sleep late Christmas morning. if you want to celebrate the season, donate your time or money to others. I do like hearing glad tidings and have a merry time. Way to much gifting and not enough giving.

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Jillster 4 years, 4 months ago

I like to give and get both presents and gift cards. If the gift is a no-brainer (hints dropped, I find the "perfect thing"), I'll buy the actual thing and give it. If that person is difficult to shop for, they'll probably enjoy a gift card to a favorite store or restaurant much more than anything I could pick for them. I know Mom wants clothes for Christmas this year, but she has a hard time finding things that fit right...for her, it's a department store gift card, and I'll take her out for shopping and dinner after Christmas.

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BABBOY 4 years, 4 months ago

I appreciate both. But, I prefer golf balls. Titleist NXT because I am all about the distance and they spin enough where I can still work it.........

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

We do have a great time, CWGOKU. You all are welcome to join us. Just come thirsty and get ready for a family brawl at the end of the day. I'm actually half Scottish but I think my dad must have spent a few holidays in Ireland. It's all in good fun, though. Ring out, Bob! I've been asking for a pistol grip, pump action shotgun for years. I used to work with this survivalist type of guy who could have gotten me one, unregistered, for about $400.00. But I think he knew how much I drink and didn't think it would be a good idea.

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9070811 4 years, 4 months ago

Should have asked a younger population.

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CWGOKU 4 years, 4 months ago

I want to spend Christmas with the Spacehogs and get in on some of those gifts. What a great family!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 4 months ago

This is why I dislike the government, it's like wrestling with Satan.

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autie 4 years, 4 months ago

I could use some more interior decor items for the bunker. I would really like a "Kill them all and let God sort them out" poster for the comm room. But please, no cards. They are over rated and ecologically unsound. Open, read, throw away. Makes no sense.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 4 months ago

Gold bars or munitions is all I want for Christmas this year.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

I'm kind of old school. I like unwrapping gifts. Each year I get at least a couple bottles of Johnny Walker and maybe a bottle of Wild Turkey. Done deal right there. But last year my Dad got me a subscription to Big 'Uns magazine and my Mom got me a gift card for Cirilla's. I really enjoyed them both.

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autie 4 years, 4 months ago

brown, the smoked peaty kind.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Tom, I told you when we were working at the P.O. that you should cut back on the whacky weed. But it's all good. I'm just glad you got to retire. I'm sure you'll have one goofy-ass time this year. Keep on playin' them bottles.

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