Time for some special presents 

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We've done this before, and fellow columnist Rich Tosches has taken his turn, so once again the time has come for me to do the honors of celebrating the holiday in a different manner.

That would be showering various people in our midst with presents — some serious, some a little sharper-edged, but all in the spirit of the season.

No sense in wasting time and space. Let's see what we have for ...

Mayor Steve Bach: One more year's supply of Grecian Formula. But that's all. With all due respect, Mr. Mayor, you're almost 70. It's OK to be gray.

Pam Shockley-Zalabak, UCCS chancellor: Plenty of campus space and donors for the University of Colorado Medical School branch that would come with that lease of Memorial Health System.

Josep Caballé-Domenech: Packed houses for his first full year as the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's music director.

Ted Haggard: This from Tosches, Ted's buddy — to satisfy one of his many sweet teeth, a bag full of candy canes. I would have said suckers, but he already has a new church full of those.

Laura Neumann: Several smooth, non-controversial months to adjust in her new job as Bach's chief of staff. Hey, it's OK to dream, right?

Douglas Bruce: One free lunch, tax-free, every week for a year at China Town, one of his favorite spots downtown — as long as he leaves a generous tip.

Doug Price, Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau: Plenty of great choices for new logos to help that "Live it up!" campaign.

Rep. Doug Lamborn: For the third Doug in a row, a map to the western counties of his congressional district, where constituents say they've forgotten what he looks like.

State Reps. Amy Stephens and Marsha Looper: Two sets of boxing gloves, since they're now in the same House district, so they can settle their differences the old-fashioned way.

Colorado Springs City Council: Surely, one of these years, the people will give you a decent raise in salary and expenses.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge organizers: Some dependable counters to determine a correct number of spectators, because the crowd was a long, long, long way from 100,000 (as claimed) for the inaugural prologue here.

Ultra Petroleum: Some success drilling in rural El Paso County, but not inside the city, and no mishaps in disposing of those nasty fracking chemicals.

Jill Tiefenthaler, new Colorado College president: Enough money and commitments to bring back football, softball and water polo at CC.

Amy Lathen, Sallie Clark and Peggy Littleton: AK-47s for all three, so they don't have to mess around with silly handguns at that new shooting range.

Ex-Mayor Lionel Rivera and developer Ray Marshall: An all-expenses-paid trip for two to the London Summer Olympics, so they can relive their fun times together from 2008 in Beijing.

Jaden Schwartz: A magical run to end what might be his final hockey season at Colorado College, perhaps leading the Tigers to the Frozen Four and winning the Hobey Baker Award.

Air Force Falcons: Just one more win, against Toledo in the Military Bowl, to give the seniors and quarterback Tim Jefferson a proper sendoff.

Sam Gappmayer, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: A stable, longterm arrangement with a top-notch operator for the FAC's restaurant space, which deserves nothing less.

Every Springs venue that supports live music: Enough bookings and supportive crowds to make it through to better economic times.

Dot Lischick, World Arena general manager: More headliner acts for the Pikes Peak Center and World Arena, and expansion plans for the arena.

Mary Lou Makepeace: Some kind of new challenge to help her forget the sad ending of the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado's presence here.

Tony Ensor, Sky Sox general manager: Just for once, a stable roster and pitching staff to prove the new humidor makes a difference, and the franchise's first postseason berth since the 1990s.

Georgiann Lymberopoulos: Happy parenting for the smiling face (she's just as nice in person) who made early mornings more tolerable for the past 16 years at KOAA-TV Channel 5, and a copy of the book, Twin Sense: A Sanity-Saving Guide to Raising Twins.



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