You know, a couple days ago I upgraded my Internet hosting package — for the second time. Which means buying server space for this blog is now costing me about $40 per month. Which, I can promise you, is more than I am making from those Google ads nobody seems to want to click.
I should also point out that when negotiating ads for my blog, instead of asking for money to run on my blogs, I instead asked for schwag I could give to my readers.
And, of course, there’s all the time I put into this blog. The writing. The fretting about writing. The taking of abusive comments about my writing.
I give, and I give, and I give. And do I ask for anything in return?
Well, yes. Now that I’ve got you thoroughly guilted-up, I am asking you for something in return.
I’m asking you to volunteer to participate in my son’s science project on the effects of caffeine on heart rate.
First, Let Me Engage Your Self-Interest
Since I’m fully aware that most of you are guilt-proof, let me point out that by participating in this contest, you’ll automatically be entered in a random drawing to win one of three very cool prizes:
- A Fat Cyclist Jersey: any size (when available) ($60 value)
- Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 ($100 value)
- Handmade Bike Chain bracelet (either men’s or women’s style, any size), designed by Susan Nelson ($75 value)
Not bad, eh?
What The Science Project is About
The thing is, you’ll probably find that this experiment very interesting. You will probably, in fact, be as interested in the results as my son is. His question is, how much does a couple cans of caffeinated soda affect your heart rate?
A lot? A little? None at all?
(Special Note to biochemists and armchair know-it-alls: please keep your “I already know the answer to this” wisdom to yourselves. Thanks.)
Participating is easy. All you need to do is get to your resting heart rate, drink a couple cans of caffeinated diet soda, and then check your heart rate every fifteen minutes for an hour.
So just think. You’ll get to sit on a couch and watch a movie completely guilt-free, knowing that you’re helping a very smart kid do great on his science project.
Plus, you’ll be earning valuable Fat Cyclist brownie points (not redeemable for actual brownies; sorry).
Plus you might win some very cool stuff.
Time is of the Essence
My son needs to start collecting and analyzing data right away. So, please don’t put this off. Be a guinnea pig this very evening. Or tomorrow, if you must. But by all means, please finish it by Saturday, no matter what — that’s the last day he can accept data.
Cancel other appointments if you must.
You owe me. You know you do. Help with this, and I’ll call it even.