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Your Very Own Oscar Night

By RD Heldenfels Published: March 3, 2006

Some of you, I know, will be watching the Oscars on Sunday night. Movie critic George Thomas and I certainly will, and we're planning to podcast not long after the ceremony is over. (In advance, let me apologize for any yawns.) But a recent e-mail suggested that you don't just have to watch the ceremony; you can act as if you are there.

You know, dress like a star, throw a red carpet on the porch and give yourself fancy toys. That e-mail came from and listed items that are both in Oscar goodie bags and for sale on the Web site.

It's a short and relatively inexpensive list compared to the swag that the stars get. touted a digital camera, a PEBL phone, a Bluetooth headset and a fancy cappucino/latte make as  things as available to ''regular folk.''

Make that regular folk with a good line of credit. My pencil-and-paper total for the cost of the items came to more than $1,100. If I put that much money toward my watching-at-home gift bag, I wouldn't have anything left for a badly designed tuxedo.

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