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On Holiday

POSTED: Friday, November 30, 2012, 12:05 PM
Filed Under: Modern Times | Money | On Holiday
And just who is in Santa's lottery pool? Mr. Claus plays to win at the Gallery in Center City.

Two days late for Wednesday's massive Powerball, and perhaps a dollar short, Santa was spied at the Gallery Lottery newsstand Friday morning near his Center City workshop.

This was the same newsstand where a winning $172.7 million Powerball ticket was sold in April.

Maybe things really are tough all over, even the North Pole, and Santa could use some help.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 1:59 PM
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'Tis the season of the tablet. I love buying books. Even more than shoes. But we've run out of space. The shelves are crumbling. Do I get a Kindle, an iPad (The New Yorker, the cover featured here, has an awesome app for that) or keep buying hardcovers and supporting local bookstores. I wrote about the dilemma in today's column.

Like many people, I love Apple products, even wrote an appreciation of Steve Jobs, though after reading Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, a not altogether likeable character with a dismal record on philanthropy.

But then we ran Donald Barlett and James Steele's investigation on Apple's factories in China, and I had doubts all over again.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 1:58 PM
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'Tis the season of the tablet. I love buying books. Even more than shoes. But we've run out of space. The shelves are crumbling. Do I get a Kindle, an iPad (The New Yorker, the cover featured here, has an awesome app for that) or keep buying hardcovers and supporting local bookstores. I wrote about the dilemma in today's column.

Like many people, I love Apple products, even wrote an appreciation of Steve Jobs, though after reading Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, a not altogether likeable character with a dismal record on philanthropy.

But then we ran Donald Barlett and James Steele's investigation on Apple's factories in China, and I had doubts all over again.

POSTED: Monday, November 28, 2011, 10:55 AM
Filed Under: Americana | Modern Times | Money | On Holiday

Having successfully ignored another Black Friday, I find myself conflicted about Cyber Monday. I'd love a 47-inch LED TV but do I really want to buy it sight unseen from Walmart.com while talking to a source on the phone at my desk?

It's not like I'm a luddite afraid to type my Visa number into a laptop. So far,  I've done all my holiday shopping online.

I only buy what ships for free and I generally check a few competing sites, but who knows if I get the Best.Possible.Deals? I work all day and take care of my kids when it's dark. To track toy and tech prices across all platforms would be a third job.

POSTED: Monday, September 26, 2011, 1:19 PM
Filed Under: Americana | Modern Times | On Holiday

I've become a magnet for weird PR pitches. Last month was All About Alpacas. Now, I'm being hounded by a company that seems to represent the worst in American consumerism and bald greed.

I speak of shareagift.com, a launching-any-minute website that aims to help people with salty tastes and limited tact get what they want instead of the same old junk they'll wind up tossing or re-gifting.

A good percentage of Christmas and other gifts become deadweight, the pitch begins. People spend 16% more on presents than they are really worth. For example, a gifter spends $20 for a DVD that would have only cost $15 if it had been purchased for themselves. Many of the inappropriate gifts come from the elderly, and it costs this group, on the average, 50% more to buy this present.


POSTED: Friday, August 19, 2011, 12:58 PM
Filed Under: Americana | On Holiday

Just a quick post to apologize in advance for a week or silence. I'm taking a brief family vacation and don't want to be one of those people who updates the blog with rub-it-in-your-face photos of postcard sunsets and white sand beaches.

As any working parent of young children knows, no vacation is really a vacation. I'll be lucky to finish one book in between all the peanut butter sandwich-making and sunscreen applying. My cocktails will be consumed on the deck after the wee ones are in bed -- if I can stay up that long.

Last year, we made one expensive trip to the local medical clinic for my daughter's ear infection. This year, I'm sure my son will come down with something wicked. It's a Kinney Family Tradition.


POSTED: Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 9:31 AM
Filed Under: On Holiday

2611 Lose yourself in the links, forage among the favorites, comandeer the conversation. I'm off duty.

marty
Posted 12/19/2006 08:25:47 AM
Happy holidays to you and all the blinqers.
Laura
Posted 12/19/2006 03:16:22 PM
Happy Holidays! Enjoy!
Rob
Posted 12/19/2006 03:56:52 PM
POSTED: Sunday, August 20, 2006, 2:30 PM
Filed Under: On Holiday

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