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Be Careful Of What You Wish For


Remember those lovely genies who grant wishes? Well, you’re one and you’ve just been emancipated from your restrictive lamp. You can give your three wishes to whomever you want. Who do you give your three wishes to, and why?*

Three Wishes FAQ,Tips & Tricks

Please be specific in your desires. Nebulous concepts like ‘world peace’ ‘an end to hatred’ or ‘chocolate should taste even better’ will not be entertained.

Please respect the constraints of space and time.   If I could have made you taller as a kid, you would have been, but you weren’t, so I didn’t.

Please do not be greedy.  You simply cannot ask for ‘three more wishes’.

Please consider the loopholes.  You could be richer than the dreams of avarice, but there’s nothing beyond the dreams of avarice, so you wouldn’t get much.

Beware of wishing for negatives.  Don’t come out with “I wish I wasn’t ….” without specifying an alternative.

Don’t ask for something dumb.  If you want a cup of tea, just get into the kitchen and make one.


Check out ‘Bedazzled’, the Pete & Dud one, not the execrable Liz Hurley version. You may also get hints from anything with ‘Faust’ in the title. ‘Wishing Well’ by Free won’t enlighten you very much, but it’s a stonking good riff.

PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR GENIE.    Very few people ever say ‘thank you”


*The answers to the question posed above are very, very simple. Me, me, me and…. why not?  


5 thoughts on “Be Careful Of What You Wish For

  1. This was great. Very good indeed!


  2. Hurray for common-sense guidelines for wishers!