A Geek's Letter to Santa and a Farewell

By Michelle Boule |

There are seasons for everything. Seasons of life. Seasons of time. During this time of year, people often think about things for which they are thankful and things that they can give others to make them smile. I am thankful for the opportunity that ALA TechSource has given me. The opportunity to spread my wings, work with some wonderful people, and have fun. Sadly, I believe my season here to be over. There are many new writers in this space and I know their voices will keep me from being missed too much. In parting, I would like to leave you with this post: A Geek's Letter to Santa.

Dear Santa,

I know I am cutting it a little short with the timing of my letter. I'm sorry but I have had my hands full this year with my own naughty/nice child. You have him on the nice list, right? His good looks alone should get him there.

I know it can be hard to find the perfect gift for a geek like me. My sense of humor varies from bad puns to obscure references and often I am the only one laughing at my jokes. That is ok with me. At least someone is laughing. After searching on the Internet, the source of all good and bad in the world, I have come up with the following Christmas list:

I am a recent Dr. Who fan and I think this little toy is fantastic!  It would be a great addition to the shelf that already holds my wooden stake, complete with Angel quotes, and my visual guides to Firefly. I have been waiting for months now for the Dr. Who season one holiday special from Blockbuster and now they are saying it is unavailable. I know you don't exactly do miracles or customer service, but could you do something about this?

I loved origami when I was younger. It is too bad that I no longer have to attend staff meetings because this would be perfect for keeping my hands busy during those meetings that drone on and on. I do think it would be a good way to pretty up my To Do list. Adding laundry to the To Do list would be more fun if it was written on the wing of a crane.

I have needed a new light for bedtime reading for quite a while now and I think this light is perfect. It does double duty as a light and a small bookshelf. What more could a bibliophile ask for?  A little more time to read, now that I think about it.

This next item is actually not for me. I know they are back-ordered at the moment, but could you add one to my gift pile. This is the perfect box for some of my friends who think that anything with a little "i" in front of it must be the awesome. Just imagine their surprise when, after becoming excited about classing up Fido's bowl, they find an empty box and their hopes are dashed. I know I should not find humor in the embarrassment of others, but sometimes, it is just too easy. Does this wish put me on the naughty list?

Santa, my favorite Celtic group is breaking up and I would like their last CD, Real Men Wear Kilts, to remember them by. I know you can not get Marc and Andrew back together, but at least I can listen to this and smile at my memories of the Brobdingnagian Bards. http://cdbaby.com/cd/bards12/from/celtic/

This DVD has been on every gift list I have made since it came out and I still do not own it. Please Santa, I think I have been good enough to own a piece of shiny Flan history.

I did think of one more thing. I will not bore you by asking for world peace or a cure for cancer. I know those are not in your power to give. I will not even wish for a white Christmas. I live in Houston and the weatherman told me this morning it is going to be 71 degrees and rainy on the 25th. This last wish is for you, Santa. After you deliver all the presents to good boys and girls, I wish you a quiet evening in front of the fire with Mrs. Claus and a glass of your favorite beverage. I suggest a nice glass of mulled wine or wassail.

Many wishes on the New Year,