November 07, 2003
Help My Wife...

My wife tells me that as you get older, your birthday lasts longer. Well, my birthday week started yesterday as we hurdled into the twenty-first century with our first DVD player (thanks to my mother-in-law).

My wife has her hands full shopping for me, so please do us both a favor: comment on this post and give her some gift advice. I promise not to read the comments until after my birthday. If she uses anyone's hints, I'll mail her little helpers largehearted surprise packs on the 17th...

Posted by david on November 07, 2003

That's difficult because I don't know what you have already. Do you have an mp3 CD player in your car? Do you need a nice watch? Business Week has a tech buying guide here:

I was fascinated with the gadgets that allow you to plug your computer into your stereo receiver, so that you can play mp3s through good speakers.

Posted by: sugarmama on November 7, 2003 09:21 AM

Okay, largehearted girl. I haven't been reading this blog all that long, but here's my thought on a birthday gift. To go with the new DVD player, there are these 3 new DVDs out called "Directors Series" (I think). They showcase the music videos of three fabulous directors. Spike Jones. Chris Cunningham. And Michel Gandry. So there are lots of videos to watch, commentary, etc. If I had a DVD player, this is what I'd want for my birthday.

Posted by: Anne on November 7, 2003 09:22 AM

make the boy's year with that ipod! or, if that fails, a nice pair of socks. (ipod!)

Posted by: rob on November 7, 2003 10:03 AM

Good ideas! Keep 'em coming folks. Oh, and Rob, did David set you up for that one? He's been hinting for months--I keep hoping Bill Gates becomes a GBV fan and feels deeply indebted to David enough to buy him the i-pod.

Posted by: linda on November 7, 2003 10:16 AM

I'm something of a collector of music-related DVDs, and I can't say enough about the recent re-release of the Who documentary "The Kids Are Alright," restored to its original glory and sound, and packed with great features. Anyone who loves music like ol' Dave has to love that movie, and as much as he adores GBV, he's gotta like The Who. Also just released on DVD is the mid-80s cult classic "Athens, GA, Inside Out," which could be hard to find but I pre-ordered mine from Other great rock DVDs to consider: Sam Jones' Wilco doc "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart"; "Benjamin Smoke" by Jem Cohen, about the legendary cross-dressing frontman from Atlanta's Cabbagetown neighborhood; D.A. Pennebaker's "Don't Look Back," about Dylan's 1965 tour; and this year's restored and re-released version of Scorcese's "The Last Waltz". All of them terrific.

Posted by: Frank White on November 7, 2003 11:02 AM

no, david didn't put me up to it, he's just been hinting on his site too often, i picked it up subliminaly. you could always give him the paper ipod as a gag gift:

Posted by: rob on November 7, 2003 11:18 AM

I second the "Kids Are Alright" idea! Just saw it this week. I'm going to blog about it soon.

And I recommend the Neighborhoodies. They're a little trendy, but they're also hella cool.

Any of the books in the Thirty Three and a Third Series (like Kinks' VGPS).

GBV's Hardcore UFOs box (if he doesn't have it already).

And any of the Bob Dylan reissues (this is a link to the box set).

Posted by: omit on November 7, 2003 11:32 AM

how about a nice homemade gift? or maybe just some love (and i don't necessarily mean sex.) just some heartfelt love. or if none of that sounds good, maybe you should take him to his favorite restaurant. sometimes the simple things are the best...don't ya think?

Posted by: Jabin on November 7, 2003 03:23 PM

Give me a day or two to think. I can usually come up with pretty good ideas. I don't think I'll pick anything "techie", or "music-related".

Posted by: kelly on November 7, 2003 03:43 PM

Lunch at Botega in Birmingham is in order. Anyone interested in joining us Saturday, November 15th?

Posted by: linda on November 7, 2003 08:42 PM

Happy Birthday!
perhaps an ipod will do the trick?

Posted by: sharon on November 7, 2003 09:11 PM

You can't go wrong with an armload of discounted DVDs from Best Buy. But don't get me wrong, there's more on the Cheap Shelf than just the embarrassment-to-all-invloved 80s flicks and the direct-to-video garbage. For $30 you can get the Sergio Leone trilogy of A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, and The Good The Bad and The Ugly. Sweaty, grimy, manly stuff! Recently I paid less than $10 dollar for a disc lovingly crammed with three b&w Edward G. Robinson films, every one a forgotten gem. I could go on and on, but I won't. DVDs ... yummy.

Posted by: highronimus on November 7, 2003 09:20 PM

as someone with fine taste, I'm sure he'd LOVE the new Upright Citizens Brigade DVDs Comedy Central has finally put out. you can probably find the first season set for around $25.

Posted by: troy steele on November 8, 2003 05:12 PM

Since you just got a DVD player, you need a good DVD burner. Heck, if that doesn't work, food is always a good idea. lol

Posted by: Terry on November 8, 2003 07:12 PM

I appreciate your great ideas. I'm tempted to hide these from David until after Christmas. BTW the Ipod is out because he asked for it--its part of the rules:

Posted by: linda on November 10, 2003 10:04 AM
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