Scott Hardie | December 6, 2002
Would you be interested in being a Secret Santa this holiday season? You know how it works: You buy a gift for a random stranger, and someone else buys a gift for you. Nobody knows who bought gifts for whom, but everybody gets a present and everybody's happy. I'm inviting most users of, and a few other friends, to participate. (And I know that not everyone celebrates Christmas, but I'm seeing if they want to participate anyway, for fun.)

If you want to participate, here's what to do: No later than December 10th, send me an email message with your name, complete address, and a few ideas/requests for what to get you. All gifts must be available online for $10-20. (You could expediate the process by giving direct URLs, or you might supply an wishlist.) On December 11th, I will send you the same information for someone else who is participating. Your job is to order them a gift online, something that they requested or something else you think they'll like, and have it shipped to them. Hopefully two weeks later, everyone will get something that they like! (If you don't receive a present, email me and I'll do what I can to remedy the problem.)

This event is not restricted - if you know someone else who would like to participate, tell them to get involved the same way.

Feel free to leave a comment with the form below. (Join Tragic Comedy from your control panel if you're not a member.) Please do not use this form to give your address, request a gift, or announce what you bought someone.

Lori Lancaster | December 6, 2002
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Scott Hardie | December 12, 2002
Man, I remember how hard it was to do stuff with friends back in high school and college because most of us were always broke. I thought once we got past that phase, we'd have jobs and we could afford to do things, but no, most of us are still broke. I got ONE taker for the Secret Santa. Numerous people reported not being able to afford it. Being broke sucks.

Lori Lancaster | December 12, 2002
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Scott Hardie | December 13, 2002
That's okay, I don't think there will be another one next year. Unlike with Web Page Survivor, I know when to quit on this one. :-)

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