1. Buy Dunder Mifflin Paper: Fans of The Office, the holidays have come early. Quill.com has started selling Dunder Mifflin premium copy paper for $39.99 per carton. That’s right, you can have your own case of paper, courtesy of Michael Scott. It’s HUGE! Yeah, that’s what she said.
2. YouTube “Mieders Alpine Coaster”: Back in the day, Nunley’s had these little one-seater carts kids could ride in circles on a winding track. For the children of the ’80s who remember, picture riding one of those from the top of a mountain to the bottom—in Austria. First you take a suspended cable car to the top of the mountain, then speed down as trees, bridges and local scenery pass you by on what is considered by many, the scariest coaster ride in the world. Or you could just watch the video.
3. Google “Pumped Up Kicks Dubstep”: If you’re a fan of dubstep music, you’ll love this video sampling the song, “Pumped up Kicks” by Foster the People. You’ll also love this video if a human being doing the rhythmically and anatomically impossible wildly intrigues you.
4. Go see Tower Heist: In a very timely movie, Ben Stiller manages one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in NYC when he finds out resident and Wall Street titan Alan Alda steals billions from employees. Enter thief Eddie Murphy, who is every bit as hysterical as Curb Your Enthusiasm’s J.B. Smoove, and these rookies attempt to do the impossible—steal their money back in the height of Thanksgiving Day Parade.
5. Help a local family: Unknown to Kevin Mulligan’s family, while attending the funeral of his mother in October, their home was burning. Most of their possessions were lost or damaged. The Mulligans have three young children and this tragedy has created an enormous financial burden on them. They need to find a house to rent and replace many of the items that were destroyed. You can help by donating to The East End Foundation, P.O. Box 1746, Montauk, NY 11954 and specifying “Mulligan” on the check or envelope.
6. Watch the total lunar eclipse: The moon will undergo a total eclipse on the morning of December 10 beginning at 6:33 a.m. On then evening of December 9, the moon and sun will act exactly opposite each other. As the sun sets, the full moon will rise directly across and vice versa. Long Island will be only able to see the beginnings of the eclipse as the moon sets, before daylight takes over.
7. Download the Amazon Mobile Application: If you’ve missed the Black Friday deals and have suddenly found yourself bludgeoning a rivaling shopper with the Harry Potter DVD box set, scan the item instead and see if Amazon can get it for you. With Amazon Mobile, you can shop safely by searching an item, snapping a picture or scanning a barcode. You can also compare prices and order an item in one click.
8. Google “Brian Dettmer”: If you thought creating a sculpture from stone was hard, imagine doing it with books, consisting of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pages. Yeah, it doesn’t sound like it could possibly make sense—or, at best, would cause a whole lot of paper cuts—but check out this guy’s works of incredible art crafted from old books and you’ll understand why his nickname is “The Book Surgeon.”
9. YouTube “Oskar the Blind Kitten and his First Toy”: Yes, kittens are cute, we all know this, but Oskar is a kitten who was born without formed eyeballs who uses his acute feline hearing to play with a jingling ball. If that doesn’t say Happy Holidays we don’t know what does.
10. Wear the AIDS ribbon: Dec 1st is the 23rd annual, World AIDS Day, as well as the 30th year since the first reported case. To support the 33 million people living with AIDS world wide, and to commemorate the 25 million people who have been lost, attend Long Islands World AIDS Day event. The “Getting to Zero” Event will take place on December 2nd and will include a memorial ceremony, dinner and awards. Wear your red ribbon to 191 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road in Old Bethpage from 6:30 to 9:30 to participate in the event. Oh, and for all you Seinfeld fans out there, you know what happens when you don’t wear the ribbon…