What a great gift idea

Shawn Magrath

I understand the struggle for many area residents in getting their groceries from the store to their home, but I really want to start by saying: If you have a shopping cart on you’re front lawn, you should possibly think about returning it. It’s not yours. When you take something that’s not yours, it’s called “stealing” and most people (even big grocery stores) tend to frown on it.

The Sherburne-Earlville School District (my alma mater) is still working on renovations? I was a substitute teacher at the school for more than a year and during that time, I had almost forgotten what the school looked like with ceiling tiles in the hallways. Tom Hanks’ movie “The Money Pit” comes to my mind (Walter: “How long will that take?” Contractor: “Two weeks”). But I hear it’s looking great… at least what’s done is looking great.

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I’m starting to get excited about the holiday season. Even though I generally can’t stand the seasonal commercialism, some of that too is getting me into the holiday spirit. I can’t wait to see the “great, must-have gift ideas” that the home shopping network has in the coming weeks. Better yet, I can’t wait to see the best online gift ideas – the one’s that are far worse than a bad Christmas sweater or Ralphie’s pink bunny outfit in “A Christmas Story.” It’s going to be hard to top last year’s favorites: Banana Guard (a plastic case for the people who are “fed up with bringing their banana to work or school only to find them bruised or squashed”) and the book How to Avoid Huge Ships (you know, for the people who are OK with avoiding large ships and all other ships in general but still struggle with avoiding “huge” ships). I look forward to it.