During my freshman year in college (1984), I came home for Thanksgiving and
gratefully enjoyed all our traditional family fare, including my mother's
fantastic apple and pumpkin pies. When it was time to leave, Mom put togethera plate with pie leftovers, covered it in tin foil, and set it out for me to take back to the dorm. In a hurry, I left without it and remembered when Dad and I were about 90 minutes away from home. Oh well, I thought, no leftover pie for my roommate and me. Undaunted, my mother carefully boxed it up and took it to the nearest post office and asked if she could ship it to me.
"You want to ship a pie?" the incredulous postal worker asked.
I am afraid my friends that I MAY be the victim of an internet scam. No I didn't fall for the guaranteed millions in the Nigerian lotto. No I didn't give my bank account number and first born to a widower in Turkey (or was it Hungry?). I didn't buy penis enlargement pills, decide to try the new Acai Berry, or that new breast enhancement cream. Although.... *looks down at my chest* I might want to try that next.
No my friends, this possible scam I got into all by myself.
College student can be a tricky group to shop for, so I asked
college students and recent college grads for gift ideas. Overall,
practical gifts are best when shopping for a college student. Here are
some of the responses that I got, as well as some that have always been
my favorites to give and get:
If you are a journalist, or love someone who is, you know that most of us could use a little extra love this holiday season. As Elana recently noted we ink-stained wretches are high up on the growing list of industries that have had a rough year. So, here are a few suggestions for gifts that might bring a smile to your favorite (current, former, or aspiring) member of the Fourth Estate.
For the backpack journalists
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