Letâ€™s face it. Receiving isnâ€™t so bad. And opening up one’s presents on Christmas morning or Eve, whatever the custom in your home, is still one of the high points of the holidays, particularly if there are kids in the house. I have been pretty good in the past about â€œdiviningâ€ or â€œguessingâ€ what some of my goodies might be, and it irritates the heck out of folks I live with, but itâ€™s all in good fun. As you get older, you certainly need, want or look for less. But you still look. So here is the first post on the loot in Marketmanâ€™s stocking this morning, and no, there was no coal this yearâ€¦
Anyone who has been following this blog for the last month or two knows I have a slight fixation on the new James Bond movie. So it wasnâ€™t a surprise when the first item in the stocking was a CD of the movie soundtrack of the movie Casino Royale. With 25 tracks composed and produced by David Arnold, it is classic yet edgier, totally in line with the feel of the new Bond. It is playing on my computer as I type this post. I suspect I will have to play it when I am on the treadmill to egg me on to do more than 5 minutes in uphill modeâ€¦ The holiday activity has actually been good for my weight loss targets as I broke 180 pounds last week and briefly touched 178 one early morning. That places me at just about the current Bondâ€™s movie weight, though the Ian Fleming book describes Bond at an emaciated/bulemic 167 or so poundsâ€¦ I just need to lose another few pounds to reach my desired 175. Will have to work on the muscles next.
So the next small package in the stocking was a real surprise. Yes, it is the limited edition James Bond face Omega Seamaster in royal blue. Only 8,007 pieces or so are made of these numbered limited edition watches, and they are destined to be collectorâ€™s items in the future. With a spiral design on the watch face mimicking the shutter of a camera lens, it is an impressive adornment on my wrist. Forget that I donâ€™t dive and that I get seasick while still on shore (and so does Daniel Craig, by the way), sometimes itâ€™s the accessories that matterâ€¦ And before you fire off some nasty â€œfishpan-likeâ€ email, the joke was on meâ€¦ it was an amusing Greenhills tiangge purchase by Santa! A â€œreplica,â€ they would say. Hahahaâ€¦the look for less talaga!
Rounding out the 007-themed stocking contents, are a pair of Bond-like square cut swimming trunks. In the movie, Bond emerges from the Bahamanian waters in a now iconic pair of swimming trunks, along with his Omega Seamaster, of course. Manufactured by the Italian firm, La Perla, better known for their lingerie and womenâ€™s swimsuits, including the orange number Halle Berry wore when she did HER beach scene in a previous Bond movie, Bondâ€™s snazzy pair was the â€œLodatoâ€ model from the Spring/Summer 2006 Griglioperla men’s line of La Perla. At USD85+, it sold out of La Perla shops in a FLASH once the PR photo of Bond in his trunks came out months ago. La Perla has had to manufacture a LOT MORE of this item and will try to restock stores even over the winter. If you must have them, try the La Perla Boutique at 433 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. And for the trivia die-hards, I suspect Bondâ€™s pair was altered slightly to remove the La Perla logo. And La Perla was not a sponsor of the movie, they were just lucky to be the favored swimsuit provider to Bond. Marketmanâ€™s trunks version is similar, though the colors of the stripe and main body are reversed. The problem is actually wearing it and taking oneself seriously. I just tried it on and there are serious amounts of “bil-bil” that look kind of like a sharpei at rest in blue trunks. What is “bilbil” in English? Spare tire? Love handles? Fat folds? For a more amusing take on “Bond’s trunks,” worn by mere mortals, click here. I think I will have to take a shower in them and look at myself in the mirror and practice not bursting out in laughter if I am to wear these out in public, EVER. Heeheehee.