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Part 3 

What You Want (and Why)

[image-1]Because when all is said and done, all you really want is to settle into your favorite chair and cuddle up with "The West Wing" and a plate of comfort food and vino. Created by Maryland designer Joey Manic, this mod dinner tray features all your dining necessities including plate, silverware, wine and water glasses, candle holder and flower vase. Unbearably cool. $369 at La Difference, 125 S. 14th St., 648-6210.
[image-2]Because whether you are a committed gardener or merely a weekend snipper, you need the very best pruning shear, one that is recommended and used by professionals in more than 80 countries. Swiss-made and durable, Felco No. 5s are a cut above the rest. $34.95 at Great Big Greenhouse
[image-3]Because you've sledded and skied aplenty and you're moving on to something new. Because a weekend at the Rock and Ride slope-style snowboarding festival at Snowshoe (Jan. 19-21) - Saturday-night gig from Carbon Leaf, with transportation, lodging at Top of the World and lift tickets included — sounds like heaven. $275 per person and up, at Glass & Powder, 3003 W. Cary St., 355-4441.
[image-4]Because it matches your iMac, its little feet glow in the dark, and the alarm clock can wake you with a rooster crow. Because, if you must stare at a box for hours on end, you might as well enjoy the Jetsonish aesthetic of the Philips Somba. $249 at Circuit City
[image-5]Because you've seen the infomercials, and your friend who used to sell Amway has been after you to buy some. Because chronic aches and pains will drive you to desperate measures. As seen on TV, these Magtek Power Magnetics for Total Body Therapy couldn't do any harm. $19.99 at Rite Aid
[image-6]Because you drool over your Garnet Hill and Company Store catalogs, and your cravings for fine linens can be soothed right here in River City. Italian sheets from Anichini and Matteo, made of 350-count Egyptian cotton, are to die for. Starting at $40 for a pillowcase at Levin's of Virginia, 3002 W. Cary St., 204-1700.
[image-7]Because you have always, always wanted to play the _________ (fill in the blank) and you're not getting any younger, and as the old saying goes, you can't teach an old dawg, — well, you know. $15 and up per lesson in brass, woodwinds, drums, piano, guitar, flute, violin or viola at Harrison Music, Quioccasin Station, 740-2644
[image-8]Because the important numbers for this CD burner are impressive (24x audio rip, 12x write, 10x rewrite, 32x read). Because for those who understand this stuff, the TDK VeloCD's Failsafe system eliminates buffer-overrun errors and lets you run multiple applications and record at the same time. And for those who don't get it, suffice it to say that you can record your favorite songs off of other CDs or the net in record time. Believe us, you want this. $249 at Circuit City
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