Under the tree, let's just call it a year of modest expectations.
In Traverse City, Mich., "a necktie" would be nice. "House slippers" for an older woman in Paducah, Ky. A case of beer here, a bottle of wine there. A toaster in Portland, Ore. A dart board in Dover, Del. A gift card for Applebee's (ribeye steak, $15.99). "Hot curlers."
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