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Iím a ďsemi-luckyĒ person, regularly winning stuff that I donít need.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

When thereís a contest or a drawing or any kind of prize at stake, I sometimes win. Iím VERY happy whenever that happens, excited actually. However, in my case, itís rarely anything I will ever use.

For example:
Here are door prizes I have won at races or other events.

A round of golf at a country club.
Neither DH nor I nor any family member have ever played golf or belonged to a country club.
I donated that to a silent auction.

Several pair of earrings over consecutive years at reunions.
I donít have pierced ears.
I donated those to the childrenís ďChristmas StoreĒ at our church

A huge tube of scented shower gel
Fragrances trigger my allergies (and asthma).
Itís still somewhere in my bathroom closet.
How can you give someone shower gel?
Itís like a gift of deodorant or breath mints.

A gift certificate to a winery, whose products we really donít care for.
I gave that away too, claiming we would never drive that distance to redeem it.
I wouldnít want to bad-mouth a donor.

Many years ago Clairol had a national sweepstakes. Iíve dyed my hair off & on since I was 16.
First prize was a car. Second prize was big color TV.
I won one of several third prizes Ė a pair of 3 speed bicycles.
I was thrilled except we already owned THREE 10 speed bikes.
After keeping them unridden in the garage for a while, I sold them to a co-worker.

One prize I should have given away. In 2006 at a 10K race I won a gift certificate to a local restaurant. DH & I used that on our anniversary. After dinner I tripped over one of their potted plants on the patio, stumbled and fell face first, breaking my fall with my outstretched hands. That clumsy event resulted in a frozen shoulder and months of rehab.

A few months ago I won a really nice insulated backpack that would be great for hiking.
I donít hike, but Iím keeping that. Maybe Iíll start, while taking care not to repeat the clumsiness of the last time I kept a prize.

This week I got a call that Iím a winner in our communityís fitness challenge. (A participant lottery, not for any special accomplishment). One prize was a gift certificate to my favorite running store. I didnít win that. My prize is a pair of some kind of special inner soles for running shoes or hiking boots.

I know theyíre not cheap, but I wear custom orthotics. Iíll have to identify someone who needs them before I pick them up so Iíll know the size I need.

Edit: Wumpastar's comment triggered a real old memory. When I was 13 I won a DATE. A classmate raffled off her brother for charity. Eventually he became a priest. I don't think I had anything to do with that. LOL.

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BLUENOSE63 2/23/2014 5:30AM

  Yes I often register or resonate items we have won at various tournaments etc.

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KANSASROSE67 2/20/2014 2:00PM

    I am LOL at the date with the boy who became a priest!

You might want to read the book, "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio." It's a good story, about a woman who basically supported her family of ten or so kids by winning prizes.

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GEMINI-SKY 2/20/2014 7:47AM

    I think it's great that you donate what you do not want or need !
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GINIEMIE 2/19/2014 7:49PM

    Oh my, I don't think he became a priest for that reason either. Too funny...wished I'd thought of it-I'd have auctioned all four of my brothers.
I usually win a gift I can't use. If I get a scented gift, I put it in the St. Vincent de Paul box, or give it to one of the collections for such stuff at church. I too cannot tolerate scented products so... Oh and the fancy candle I won that stunk to high heaven-well-I don't even think heaven could have dealt with the strong scent...
Now, maybe you are winning these gifts to generously regift them, I think donating things to silent auctions for a charity is a cool idea.
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BOOKAPHILE 2/19/2014 7:24PM

    Lol. I don't enter contests unless I want the prize. Too much stuff make life harder.

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DOVESEYES 2/19/2014 6:56PM

    Love this blog thanks for sharing!!!

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MARYJEANSL 2/19/2014 3:11PM

  Talk about Murphy's Law! How funny! Of course your blog reminded me of the only time I can ever remember winning anything. It was a cloth duffle bag stamped with the logo of the company I worked for at the time. Free advertising for them, not too useful to me, although I did keep it. Generally I am known for not ever winning anything...but I am oh, so good at losing things. Glasses, keys, important papers, etc. ;-)

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LINDAKAY228 2/19/2014 2:21PM

    One time I won a $10 hammer many years ago. I think we did use it but I'm not sure what happened to it. Years and years ago. I don't win much. A few years ago I was "lucky" and won a 4 month paid membership to the gym I was going to at the time. That was nice to win and I used it. But it a Christmas challenge and that was the main prize and to win it I had to manage to keep ahead of anyone else in going to fitness classes. There was about 3 of us (all over 50 who really competed) who were very very close. I had to go to 2 or 3 fitness classes for 23 days to win that darn prize. What was I thinking?

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MARGARITTM 2/19/2014 2:16PM

    I don't win stuff often but on a rare occasion.........you made me laugh about the priest thing

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PHOENIX1949 2/19/2014 1:35PM

    Scented shower gel would likely be welcomed and appreciated at a women's shelter.

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SLENDERELLA61 2/19/2014 10:39AM

    The priest comment made me laugh!! I haven't won near as much stuff as you have, although I've found the few things I've won more enjoyable!! Better luck next time.

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DR1939 2/19/2014 9:49AM

    You've won some nice things. I've never won anything big, but often win small prizes. It's always fun when I do.

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WUMPASTAR 2/19/2014 9:47AM

    I'm jealous. XD the only times I won anything was when I was young. Like that backpack in 5th grade. I'll remember that forever. LOL. I think it's the last time I actually won something :P

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GARDENCHRIS 2/19/2014 9:24AM

    Cool !

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/19/2014 9:24AM

    I can relate to this. (smiling)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/19/2014 9:23AM

    I occasionally win things. My favorite: a bicycle when I was 8 years old! Next favorite, a TV when I was 38. Most recently, a $25 gift certificate to Trader Joe's - I turned that one in for lamb chops! emoticon

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 2/19/2014 8:55AM

    I know what you mean about not knowing what to do with these things. Three years ago I won a car. A trucklet, actually -- one of those SUV sort of things. Even the name of the car was too big. Then there's the iPod Touch that I won a couple of years ago. Still haven't taken time to figure out how to use it, so it just sits around here somewhere.

Don't despair. Your winning ship will come in and it'll be just right.

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PHEBESS 2/19/2014 8:53AM

    LOL - too funny!!!!

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TERI-RIFIC 2/19/2014 8:16AM

    Sooner or later I''l bet you win something good.

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SWEETNEEY 2/19/2014 7:32AM

    I guess it's not a win, if it's not what you want.

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FERRETLOVER1 2/19/2014 7:20AM

    Well, at least you are able to donate some of the items or give them to friends. Congratulations on being a lucky winner!

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CBLENS 2/19/2014 7:08AM

    wow, i've never been lucky at winning, but you have some nice things to give as gifts.

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KANOE10 2/19/2014 7:03AM

    That was an amusing post. Maybe you have some Irish blood in you and have the luck of the Irish, You are bound to win something you can use. I use those insoles for my shoes..they are helpful. I would give them to a workout friend.




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ONEKIDSMOM 2/19/2014 6:53AM

    I had to linger on some fond memories of my mom as I read this. She, too, was one who often won prizes... and often things she didn't need. However, one thing she *did* do was negotiate a prize successfully. She won $100 worth of girls' clothing at a local department store, only it was my BROTHER who was going through a growth spurt at the time. The store was gracious enough to allow the swap for boys' clothing!

Hope you find an appropriate giftee for the inner soles! emoticon

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CHERYLHURT 2/19/2014 6:39AM

  Wow, I've never won anything! How fun!

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