Thursday, December 21, 2006

HNT - Gifts of the HNTer

As per directives from the great and powerful Os -- the illustrious and good of heart founder of the HNT blog movement -- we are to abandon the half naked shots of ourselves this week in favour of picking three HNT members that we don't know all that well, researching a bit about them and then offering them some Christmas gifts.

I had a blast last year while doing this, and similarly enjoyed the task again this year (although I couldn't resist a nekkid ornament reflection picture this week) -- it's always great to take the time to try to get to know someone better.

This year, I picked three HNT folks whom I don't know very well (ie, we've never exchanged emails or much more than the occasional comment on each other's blogs, usually on Thursdays), but I enjoyed spending more time reading their blogs to learn more about them and would like to offer them the following Christmas wishes.


My gift to Tony would be a lucrative publishing contract from a major publisher like Random House to tell his autobiography, particularly about his experiences in Vietnam as well as what it is like to lose a spouse of over 30 years and then to re-discover joy and love. Combined with this contract would be an extensive tour to do book signings in every major city in North America -- so that he and Lori can enjoy traveling together. His last stop, of course, would be in Hamilton, Ontario at the bookstore where I work so that we can sit down together after the book signing and enjoy a toast.


My gift to Michelle would be for the city in which she lives to throw a huge birthday bash for her on her birthday (Dec 31st) that rivals the giant festivities that go along with the Dick Clark event in Times Square. Friends from all over the country and world would, of course, be flown in for this event to surprise her. At this party her workplace would announce that to help ensure she continues to feel special for the rest of the year, they will be providing Tim Horton's coffee for free to all staff. (So that the rest of the people she works with can understand the addiction to this coffee that many Canadians deal with on a daily basis)

Cosima Underwater

My gift to Cosima Underwater would be an extended family travel pass that involves 4 months of traveling by rail across Europe and Asia with her family. Also provided for the trip would be digital cameras for her as well as for her entire family. That way, once the voyage is over, they can enjoy looking at the different photos that each of them ended up taking while on the trip, and she can enjoy the trip again and again, through shared memories and the images that each person in the family decided to capture while visiting different places.

And, breaking from the rules a bit, I'd also like to offer a gift to the great and powerful Osbasso as a way of saying thank you Scott, for using blogs and this weekly ritual to help bring people together -- not just at Christmas time but through-out the year. You've helped to make the world smaller and a bit closer. I'd like to gift you with the chance to tour throughout the world with your band and thus get a chance to meet in person so many of the bloggy folks who you've made a positive difference for over the years.


Rainypete said...

We need to have that Dec 31st thing all over the place so that others with that birthday could enjoy revelry as well. Nice gifts Mark and thanks for your posts too. If it weren't for them I would have to do work when I'm at work!

lime said...

well, i never got the memo about what to do so i am being my rebellious self with a holiday HNt.

but i have to say those are terrific gifts and i am quite sure the recipients would be delighted by them!

Osbasso said...

Thanks for the wishes, Mark! Fine picture of your ball! Seems like the Os Tour '07 is a common wish for me this year. If I can just get a sponsor...

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, Mark! That would be such a wonderful gift. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

AndyT13 said...

Merry Xmas and HHNT!

Suze said...

A wonderfuly thoughtful gifts list Mark.

I wish you and your family and very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Happy Christmas HNT sweetie ;)

BTExpress said...

Thank you for this. I couldn't get a better gift. Now if I could just get my ass in gear and edit my story. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

Wow!! First off, I am very flattered and surprised to receive one of your wishes!! And second...what an awesome wish!!! I can't even imagine how incredibly cool that would be!! hehe

Thank for so much for the Christmas wish!! You kind of made my day :)

May you and your family have a VERY Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday!!
And HHNT, too! (that ornament shot is so cool..hehe)

Anonymous said...

Those are so wonderful and thoughtful! Happy holidays dear and HHNT!

Regal said...

Happy Holidays and perfectly delightful wishes - very nice - you're artful with your words!!!!