Q: Hey, Kim. I just read your Christmas-gift piece, and it was real cool. For future reference, a good leather Everlast jump rope can be had for about $12 at any sporting-goods store. The Super-Boa Speed Rope from Title Boxing (about $17) is my favorite, but they're harder to find.

- Djata Bumpus

A: Thank you! Coming from a former heavyweight boxer, I know this is right on the money.