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What--Besides Friendship--Will You Be Giving This Christmas?

‘Tis the season to be jolly.

‘Tis also the season of spending folly.

In the high spirits of the holidays, not to mention the low spirits of the economy, Hot Topics wonders, “What are you going to give your best friend for Christmas?”

“Anything under $5 at Toys-R-Us.”

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James Folmar, 15,

freshman, Calvary Chapel

“A watch, because it represents the continuity of our relationship.”

Genie Chung, 17,

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senior, University

“A forged report card.”

Gina Benefiel, 15,

sophomore, Cypress

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“Some video games for his new Nintendo set.”

Adam Vick, 17,

senior, Fullerton

“Right now, money is kind of tight, and I can’t afford much. What I can give her for Christmas is a lot more understanding and for me to be a better friend to her. After all, material things can’t keep friends together.”

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Erica Frushon, 15,

sophomore, Loara

“A teddy bear.”

Kelly Yaoi, 16,

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junior, Irvine

“Tickets to the Raiders football game.”

Nicole Valentine, 17,

senior, Orange

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“A pencil box, because she needs one.”

Ji-lan Zang, 16,

junior, University

“Two tickets to Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

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Kevin McInally, 16,

junior, Servite

“An IOU because, I can blame it on the recession, just like everybody else blames it for everything else.”

John Hotea, 17,

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senior, Loara

“A license plate cover.”

Chrissy Kay, 16,

junior, Cypress

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“A 45-inch single of ‘Sea of Love,’ because the first time he and I went out we saw the movie ‘Sea of Love.’ ”

Dedra Bailey, 17,

senior, Fullerton

“I’ve always given my best friends quality gifts, so this year, I’m going to give her a whole bunch of cheap, fun stuff.”

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Heather Campbell, 16,

junior, University

“Probably a videocassette.”

Alix Menez, 16,

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junior, Irvine

“I usually like to choose a gift that is practical and useful in everyday life. However, a bizarre gift is best so they will never forget Christmas of that particular year.”

Gilbert Manzano, 17,

senior, Servite

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“A KROQ calendar.”

Ryan Johnson, 17,

senior, Orange

“Ralph Lauren Polo socks.”

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Valerie Harnden, 16,

junior, Calvary Chapel

“A teddy bear or maybe clothes, depending on how much money I have to spend.”

Belinda Barragan, 17,

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senior, Loara

“A gift that reflects his personality.”

Rocky Khullar, 16,

junior, Irvine

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“A stocking full of coal.”

Nicole Rader, 15,

sophomore, Cypress

“Probably nothing, since I have no money, and he doesn’t either. But maybe a post-Christmas gift when I receive my money.”

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Linus Chan, 17,

senior, University

“A Michael Jordan poster.”

Linh Nguyen, 14,

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freshman, Orange

“An address book.”

Nadia Hoerner, 14,

freshman, Fullerton

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“A CD, a few stickers and maybe a poster.”

Peter Lavarrada, 16,

junior, Servite

“Whatever comes out of the Cracker Jack box.”

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Simon Gross, 16,

junior, Calvary Chapel

“A locket with a little picture of both of us in it.”

Kathy Jung, 15,

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sophomore, Loara

“A gift certificate to a music store.”

Alicia Clough, 15,

sophomore, Orange

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“Money.”

Hassan Gorguinpour, 14,

freshman, Cypress

“Low-priced novelty gifts.”

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Hoa Nguyen, 16,

junior, Fullerton

“Nothing, because I don’t feel the need.”

James Stanley, 17,

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senior, University

“I will probably be creative and make something for her.”

Heather Nicolson, 16,

junior, Orange

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“A Nintendo game.”

Trevor Dallas, 14,

freshman, Servite

“A pig for Christmas dinner.”

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Chuck Pugh, 17,

senior, Calvary Chapel

“The most valuable gift in the world: The gift of true friendship.”

Gloria Lee, 14,

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freshman, Loara

“A brand new CD player.”

Jeff Barrios, 16,

junior, Servite

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“A gift certificate to the Brea Mall.”

Leslie Smith, 15,

sophomore, Fullerton

“I’m not getting any presents for anybody this Christmas. I see things from a very dark prospective. I want to make a change: for better or for worse, I don’t care. . . . Just a change unto itself.”

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Dan Morookian, 16,

junior, Servite

Next Week’s Hot Topic:

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

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Responses gathered by Noah McMahon (Calvary Chapel), Jessica Hulsey (Cypress), Kelly St. John (Fullerton), Ken Lee (Irvine), Kristie Payne (Loara), Tram Nguyen (Orange), James Martin (Servite) and Claudine Ko (University).DR, JUDY TSAI


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