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24 December 2011 @ 05:08 pm
Christmas Luxe  
So what would you want, my friends, if money was no object and you could buy your own Christmas gift? Something that you wouldn't ordinarily buy for yourself; something that you could in no way justify; but something that you'd secretly like to have regardless.
My list is here.

I have a "thing" for coats. Sadly I live in a very warm climate where coats get very little use indeed. IIRC there were three or four days last winter where I needed to wear a coat to work. That doesn't stop me from wanting another, but it does prevent me from buying more.
But if I was going to, this is the one I'd like:

Burberry trench, US$1795 here.

Handbags are a weakness that I do indulge myself in. I tend to rotate them around so they last forever, and I get bored with them long before they wear out. Which makes it really hard to justify spending a significant amount for one. But if I was going to, this is the one I'd like:

Vivienne Westwood, and a steal at 375 quid.

Techy stuff sucks me in too. My MP4 player is only four years old and has a 64G capacity which I've not yet managed to fill, but it's nearly three times as thick as an iPod Touch, making it awkward to carry in my bag. Hanging out, though, until I replace my phone, at which time I'll get one that will play tv shows etc as well, negating the need for two separate pieces of equipment. My current phone is only ten months old and won't be replaced any time soon. But if I was going to, this is the one I'd like:

Samsung Galaxy S II. On its release in June this year, the AFR techie person voted it the Best.Phone.Ever., an opinion he still endorsed in the AFR Christmas gift guide earlier this month. No upfront cost, and now available on a decent plan.

I love my car, I really do. But one tends to dream, you know? My car still only has 55000kms on the clock and now that I bus to work, that odometer reading only increases by an average 25km per week (barring weekend trips). So there's no way I'm getting rid of it in the next few years. But if I was going to, this is the one I'd like:

Audi TT. Not that I'm looking or anything, but these cars blow my mind. Have to stop myself from licking the paintwork, you know? *g*

Going really upmarket now. There's an apartment for sale in the building right across the road from where I work. Totally impractical with the cats, of course, and the body corporate fees would be exorbitant! I've no plans on ever moving into an inner-city apartment. But if I was going to, this is the one I'd like:

Macarthur Towers. Ignore for a moment the fact that I could never afford this without a significant lottery win. And as I don't buy tickets, I think we can safely say that it will not be mine. But look at the building. I just love this.

Looking at this list reminds me of just how good I have it in comparison with at least half the world's population. It doesn't stop me from dreaming, but it makes me very grateful for what I do have.
Does anyone else have a secret wishlist of totally impractical/unjustifiable things they'd like?
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
Trepkostrepkos on December 24th, 2011 08:42 am (UTC)
A 1959 De Soto Fireflite (Spike's car).
A pony.
A big sword.

(At first, I thought you wanted the whole of Macarthur Towers!)
miwahni: Cats yule feelin coolmiwahni on December 24th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
I can understand the car completely, and a pony too - something I always wanted, until I actually got one. Funny how the reality didn't live up to the fantasy! But what on earth are you going to do with a big sword? Or do I really not want to know?

(At first, I thought you wanted the whole of Macarthur Towers!)
Not that greedy!*g* But see the red traffic light, and the orange and white taxi behind it? If I were sitting in my office I'd be looking out at that taxi. That's how close to work I'd be.
Come to think of it, it would be dreadfully hard to chuck a sickie if I lived that close to work.

Trepkos: Arthur - swordtrepkos on December 24th, 2011 11:33 am (UTC)
The pony didn't work out?

Sword: I don't know, but for some reason, looking at edged weapons makes me smile - something I only realised when I went into one of these fantasy/weapons shops that had a whole heap of them.

I've never seen the attraction of living in an apartment of any kind.
miwahni: AoTB hugmiwahni on December 26th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
I was living on a small block and the pony was agisted elsewhere so it was ownership at a distance, and more work than I'd realised he'd be. A case of the fantasy being so much better than the reality.
Trepkos: Arthur and Kai smiletrepkos on December 26th, 2011 09:41 am (UTC)
Hey - I learned a new word - agisted!
entropy_houseentropy_house on December 24th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
A 16 hand high blood bay with really glossy black points 10 year old half-Arabian, half-Morgan gelding fully trained, healthy, and friendly. Not that I've like actually thought about this.

A clone of my first dog (I know clones aren't really identical, but the basics would be the same.)

A house in Sacramento, Ca. that needs NO WORK, is close to reliable public transport and preferably only a block away from a gluten-free bakery that delivers.
miwahni: Cats yule feelin coolmiwahni on December 26th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
Not that you've thought about the horse at all! That's a pretty detailed description there.

Having followed your LJ for years I fully understand your last wish *nods*
entropy_houseentropy_house on December 26th, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
Ehouse drives a person to fantasies... eee, better get to bed, have to get up in the a.m. to resume the tiling.
Merlin Pendragon: Station spatialemrlnpndrgn on December 24th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
I'd have a luxury condo somewhere with a view of Qc and/or the river. With a dedicated place where I could work on my stained glass/woodworking projects.

And a cleaning person to take care of it!
miwahni: Cats yule feelin coolmiwahni on December 26th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
I like the sound of that! A water view in particular would be lovely.
Falcadore!falcadore on December 29th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
newsy891 here, with me.

Financial independance. So I could just write, what I like and find publisher without pressure.

A modest home, not huge, for the two of us. Two cats. Large garage.

A small sports car for the two of us. Anything from a new Mazda MX-5, or RX-8, up to something like a Nissan 370Z at the most. Maybe German, Audi more than BMW, maybe Alfa Romeo, but not something more extravagantly Italian than that.

Actually you know, one of those twin-induction VW Golf Rs if the power doesn't intimidate newsy too much. If so downscale the Golf accordingly. These new engines are fantastic. Less than two litres but better usability and power than the 3.5 litre V6 they replaced and notably more economic. So much lighter.

A Canon 1D. And lenses to match the body.

A sporty sedan, near new Falcon XR6 or XR6T, that could double as a tow car for a trailer with a modest club or historic racing car. Maybe a historic Formula Ford like an early Van Diemen, or Elfin, or a modern Formula Vee, or a Mazda MX-5 Production Sports or a 125cc Stockman MR2 Superkart. Can always upscale to a Supersports or a 250 twin Superkart if my skills improve accordingly.

And some nice trees with bird feeders.
miwahni: Random  Red Cars Go Fastermiwahni on December 30th, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
Some pretty cool suggestions there, in particular the financial freedom. I'd like that too.
I've heard the Mazda MX-5 described as the sports car for 40 year old women; not sure why... *g* I wouldn't knock one back, but then again I'm kinda that demographic.
Read a lot of good things about the VWs though, all of them. Good choice there. Alfas? Once upon a time they were built for orangutans; you needed long arms and short legs to fit them properly. But that was many years ago.
Trees and birds are cool :-)
miwahnimiwahni on December 30th, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
... and I only just noticed your first wish! Absolutely I can understand that - and when will it be coming true?