When I was child and invited to a birthday party, I almost always left with a bag of goodies, usually candy, maybe a lollipop, some chocolate bars, sour balls, and probably a piece of licorice.

Not much of a goodie bag when you compare it to the goodie bags given out to many of the celebrities attending the last Oscar presentation. It was reported, among other things, that their goodie bag contained a four-night stay at expensive hotel in Hawaii with 24-hour butler service and spa treatment, an Internet telephone system, an espresso machine, a video iPod, a digital camera, that all-important leather-trimmed cashmere travel blanket, and a dinner party at a steakhouse.

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