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.
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.