christmas wish list

My Christmas wish list written three days prior to Christmas Eve and sent by priority mail

Dear Santa:

I know this list is a little south of late but just thought I’d go ahead and try to sneak it in at the last moment. I have strived to stay in the vicinity of the straight and narrow path which you so earnestly urge us to do. With that in mind, I believe that my requests are deserving of your attention. If you think otherwise, please reply soonest so that I can try to find a genie that will grant my Christmas wishes. I don’t like doing business with those crafty little devils, but I did find a strange looking bottle the other day that might contain one.

First off, I’d like this to be a banner year in terms of trophies. With that in mind let me ask initially for a ten pound bass and a striper that is a minimum of thirty pounds. By way of important information, I should tell you that last year you misread my request and sent a thirty pound stripper. My wife’s still stewing about that little lady you sent so please don’t make that mistake again.

Now on with the wish list. I’d like at least one crappie a month that tips the scales at over two pounds and a deer that will score at least 150 on the Boone and Crockett scale. If possible, could you throw in a couple of successful mallard duck hunting excursions and two salt water fishing trips that result in something other than leaky waders, thirty knot winds and six foot seas? You don’t have to tell me when these things are going to occur, I’d rather be a surprised. Oh yeah, please include enough cash to get these upcoming trophies mounted in the fashion befitting a sportsman of my stature.

The second phase of my list is related to physical skills. First, I need for you to restore my hand / eye coordination which has deteriorated to the point of embarrassment. First and foremost, it would be good to actually see clearly what I’m shooting at and then it would be important that I be able to get my gun pointed in that general vicinity before the game escapes into the wild blue yonder. With those things back intact I can go on these adventures without fear of being the laughingstock of my community. It is bad for business when an outdoor writer consistently comes home from hunting and fishing trips skunked.

Next let’s discuss equipment and clothing. First of all, my shotgun keeps jamming, thus making it difficult to consistently bag my fair share of game animals. I cleaned it three years ago so it should be good to go, but such is not the case. With that in mind please send along the model you deem as the best on the market. I also need a new pair of waders because the ones I presently own must have a hole in them. The last time I went duck hunting they filled up with icy water and were so heavy that I had to be airlifted from the swamp in which I was stranded.

I’m trusting you on these things Santa. I have heard some real horror stories about guys who delegate their wishes to the aforementioned genies in bottles rather than hanging their hopes with you. The old saying about being careful what you wish for comes to mind here. I heard about a fellow who fancied himself a ladies man and made a wish with his personal genie to get a chick with long legs for Christmas. He wound up with an ostrich. Those evil genies will do anything for a laugh.

I also heard about a woman who (while doing business with a genie) wished that she could meet a real live hero. She was in a restaurant one day and began choking on a piece of food. Two of the good old boys were sitting nearby drinking beer and one jumped up, ran over to her, raised up her skirt and gave her a lick on her behind. The woman was so astonished that she coughed up the food. The good old boy returned to his buddy and said, “I always wondered if that “hind lick” maneuver worked. I suppose heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

For those reasons, I have tried to be clear and concise with my list and make sure you know that I have not consorted with genies of any kind. You are the man Santa.

There are a few minor things I forgot about. Since I’m as skinny as a poor man’s wallet, maybe you could send me a year’s supply of weight gaining vitamins or maybe some dietary information on how to cram more fat into my daily meals. I’d also like to become more efficient in my tomato planting methods so that less time and money would actually result in more tomatoes. Lastly send along a few parcels of clothes for my wardrobe so my wife and friends will quit poking fun at my twenty year old sweatshirts and jackets I wear to Christmas parties.

That’s about it for this year. Don’t bother with trying to come down the chimney because it’s already leaking and you’ll just make it worse. Leave the bill for extra shipping next to your food plate. Thought you might want something different this year, so I’m leaving you some caribou sausage rather than cookies and milk. Wanted to make it abundantly clear up front that it is certainly not reindeer sausage because I don’t want to offend you or Rudolph.

I’m really appreciative that you are so dependable because those evil genies will mess up a good Christmas list.


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Alvin Richardson
After thirty-six years in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator, Alvin Richardson writes weekly outdoor articles and humor columns for the Morgan County Citizen, the Statesboro Herald, Greensboro Herald, and the Milledgeville Union-Recorder. A native of Rutledge, Georgia, he served as head football coach, athletic director and assistant principal for Morgan County High School. After retirement, he served as principal at the Morgan County Crossroads School for Alternative Education. Coach Richardson’s long history with football began at Cook High School under former Moultrie Coach Bud Willis and went on to work under the legendary coach Larry Campbell at Lincoln County High School. Richardson writes for Georgia Outdoor News magazine and the Georgia Gridiron Guide. He is author of It’s a Dawg’s Life, a sixty year historical account of the Morgan County football program, and Tracks of the Red Elephant, a 100 year history of the Gainesville High School football program. He has written four other books on high school football and is currently working on a book about Wildcat football.


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