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SEATTLE -- As I was flying in here recently from Kansas City via Houston (go figure), I had a few minutes to astonish myself by looking at all the stuff offered in the SkyMall magazine stored in the seat pocket in front of me.

SkymallIf you've never thumbed through an issue, just understand that it contains for sale a wide range of products designed to solve a lot of First World problems, like beds that aren't comfortable enough for dogs or an inability to show movies on a big screen at camping sites.

As I turned each page, I could not help but hear the repetitive voice of Jesus tell me: "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

See if something like those words don't strike you as I list a few of my SkyMall finds:

* A "portable inflatable movie screen," 120 inches in diameter, $249.99.

* The Somawave Helmet head massager. Caution: Do not wear while operating heavy machinery. $79.95.

* A cherrywood watch storage case that holds 24 watches (one for each hour?). $119.95.

* Sogno DreamWave therapeutic massage chair. $7,999.

* The Zombie of Montclaire Moors statue, a "life-size, graytoned zombie" that "will claw his way out of your garden plot, office or family corner. . ." $99.95.

As you can imagine I've hardly dented the pile of stuff in this 112-page catalog.

Forgive me, Jesus. I think I'm leaning toward  a "Bigfoot, the Bashful Yeti" tree sculpture for only $69.95.

Or not.

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