I went to two gift exchanges in two days and had a good time at both.
We went to my friends Donald and Chris’ party last night. I’ve been going to that same party for a decade or more now. It’s a fund-raiser for the residents of the House of Ruth, a local AIDS hostel.
It’s also always fun. Some years it’s been quite large, last night it was smaller, but it was quite pleasant to have time to visit with the folks who were there.
We always do a gift exchange at the party and it’s one of those where you can choose to open a new gift, or steal a revealed gift from someone else.
I have learned over the years to always steal if it’s possible, and if there’s nothing that really strikes your fancy, then take the most popular present even if it’s nothing you particularly want.
Because someone else will steal it from you and you will likely have another opportunity to claim something you like.
I have put thought into this over the years, obviously.
At the party I was at last night, there are often fairly sexual gifts – remember, it’s a bunch of gay leather guys. Last year, my prize from the party was a rather obscenely large pink and black tiger-striped butt plug with an “iron-knuckle” grip.
This year, we took a book of gay male erotica and a pig key chain that oinks when you push a button on it, and a small fry pan with a pig face on it, the kind that leaves that impression on pancakes or eggs, about 4″ across.
It was speculated that it would also leave the same impression on someone’s ass, though that was, when I left, still just a theory.
What we came home with this year was a plush pig that sings a tune and dances, a small stuffed pig keychain, and a pig finger puppet in one package, and a a wooden pig puzzle, a pig that shoots small balls out of its mouth when you press its stomach and my very favorite gift, which I had to take away from Ms Tammy twice, the lighted pigs.
Are you sensing a theme here?
The pigs are really driveway markers, but they are too cute not to have where I can see them often, so they are lined up under the tree.
I haven’t dealt with hiding the cord between them because I just set them out today, but I’m quite fond of them. They are very cute, and I like them a lot.
Then I went to our SIG group Holiday gathering. We talked about next year’s topics, and did the same kind of gift exchange there, and I ended up again with the thing I liked the best.
I had taken a crop that I don’t like and haven’t used, though I’ve had it for years. It’s a nice crop, nothing wrong with it at all, but not my kind of crop.
I came home with a pillow that happened to be the first thing that was open, and 11 presents later, I swiped it.
Really, does that suit me, or what?