No big surprise here — I didn’t hit my weight goal of 164 this week. Didn’t even come close, really. I’ll get it next week. Just you wait and see.
Yeah, something about being all pathetic in yesterday’s post and having to give up $75 of my hard-earned dollars as penance for my lack of self control has given me the eye of the tiger. I’ll hit that 164 next week. You’ll see. Furthermore, I’ll be in the 150’s by the end of the month. Or I will be much, much poorer.
Big Money Giveaway…With a Twist
So. Today I’m giving out an amazon.com gift certificate of at least $75.
"Wait a second," I just heard you say. "What do you mean at least $75?"
"Simple," I reply, in a casual-yet-debonair way. "You could win $100 instead of $75. Wouldn’t that be cool?"
"Fat Cyclist," you now say, "It is simply not possible that you are actually increasing my potential winnings like this!"
"Yes," I say, calmly. "Yes I am."
Astounded, you blurt, "If you are truly serious and not pulling my leg, please explain how I can win even more of the fabulous Amazonian giftage!"
"Very well," I say, smoothly and confidently. "I will explain, provided you promise to use fewer exclamation marks when you talk."
"Absolutely!" you say, then catch yourself. "I mean, absolutely."
How it Works
The idea is simple. If you are willing to make a small donation — $5, $10, whatever — you increase the amount you win, if you are the winner. For example, say you leave a comment today, but don’t pledge anything in the fight against MS. If you win, you get the $75 gift certificate. If, on the other hand, you pledge $10 (or $5, or $20, or whatever) and you win, I’ll make the gift certificate $100. See, you’re doing something good, but your self interest is potentially served. Aren’t I crafty?
So here’s what you’ve got to do.
- To be entered in the drawing, you must leave a comment to this post, today, before midnight Pacific Time. Or, if you’re not able to post a comment to this forum, send an email with your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will add your comment to the list sometime today. Or tonight. Or whenever.
- Your comment must have an e-mail address where I can contact you. If you don’t give me a way to contact you if/when you win, well…you don’t win.
- If you have made a pledge, indicate this in your posting by writing something like "I pledged." You don’t have to say how much. But you can if you want.
- Normal rules still apply to your pledges. So if you pledge $50 today, that still merits a bracelet. Pledge $100 and tell me what to write on one of my limbs. Pledge $500 and tell me what color you want me to paint myself for the ride, and which half.
- If you have already pledged, you do not need to pledge again when you post a comment. I’m not going to punish you for being an early adopter.
Tomorrow morning, I’ll count how many legitimate comments (posting over and over and over won’t improve your chances; it’ll only tick me off) have been left, and then pick a comment at random. I’ll post who the winner is in my blog tomorrow, as well as send her/him email.
Strangely, I Find Myself Enthusiastic
You know what’s weird? I’m really looking forward to seeing how this little giveaway turns out. Here are some of the things I’m hoping:
- I hope for a massive number of comments. I would love to see hundreds.
- I hope for entertaining comments. It would be fun to read hundreds of witty remarks. Cleverness in your entry is not a requirement to win, however.
- I hope this raises a whole bunch of money for MS. I picked $2112 (after my favorite album from when I was in High School) as my fundraising target. Thanks to some very generous people — including some people who couldn’t really afford it — I’m a third of the way there. What if today 140 readers donated $10 each? That would rule, that’s what. Furthermore, if that happens — if my fundraising goal is surpassed today — I will show my gratitude to the readers of this blog by riding the MS150 with my shorts inside out. And post photos, of course.
Today’s weight: 166.6. Seriously. I ate in such a way yesterday that I should have been at 165 and change, but I gained .2 pounds. My guess? Still paying the price for gluttony earlier in the week — it’s hard to stop the train once it’s moving. Goal for next week is still 164, though.