Do you have something you’ve just gotta have this holiday season?  I had fun thinking about my obsessions from the past.  The first one I remember is a Shetland pony.  Fortunately, my parents were in control and the equine never materialized.  We lived in the suburbs and our yard was too small for such a creature.

Then, in the 1960s, the Dr. Kildare/Ben Casey mania hit, and I craved one of those doctor shirts.  My mother could only find one with ruffles down the side.  A disappointment, but I wore it anyway.  (Amazon, where were you when I was young?)


As an adult, two items really stand out.  One is the electric bread maker.  After weeks of trying to fight off the gotta have, I succumbed.  I did use it, but couldn’t tell you the last time I baked bread.  Then there is the chimenea which hasn’t seen a fire since 2003. I still possess these follies.

Several years ago, I convinced myself that experiences were the way to go.  You remember them and not your material possessions.  But for some reason I just can’t let go of the gotta have syndrome.  My recent obsession was a red Jeep Renegade to compliment my outdoor lifestyle.

And, yes, I bought it…. Think I’ll go bake some bread.

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