The comment box on Friday's birthday wish list post pointed out a possible lack of tact and manners on my part.
For the record, the list was published in the hopes it would be helpful for the family and friends who had asked about what to get Ben for his birthday. I knew I was running a risk of casting a bad light on myself, but for the sake of said loved ones I took a chance. (I thought it was a small risk - I guess I was wrong.)
I apologize for misrepresenting my family and my intentions.
Also, I appreciate the challenge to be more grateful and appreciative for the many gifts we've been given through the time, talent and treasure of people who love us.
This incident further affirms my belief that the people who love me know I'm a bit of an ass, but are generous enough to love me anyways.
Updated: Thank you to the friends who have assured me that they were not insulted by the wish list, or thought it to be in bad taste. Thank you also to those who pointed out that how people view such lists greatly depends on how one was raised. When I read the comment I wasn't sure if it was an opportunity to personally attack me or if it was an impression that most of my friends and readers would share. Whatever the case, I appreciate the opportunity to clarify why I did what I did and to make sure no one was insulted by it.