The Luck of the Draw

Hello Thursday! Meet my blog group, comprised of a fantastic group of ladies  who will dazzle you with insight on various topics.  After reading my post, check out their blogs as well. Just click on:

Froggie (Tracey): One frog’s distinct voice on the world around her.

Merry Land Girl (Melissa): Tales of a suburban mom who likes to talk about pop culture, books, Judaism, family, friendship and anything else that comes to mind.

Darwin Shrugged (Denise): Civilized Observations in an Uncivilized World

For this week, Melissa picked the topic. Have you ever won anything? If so, tell us about it. If not, tell us about something you’d love to win.

I don’t win much, because I don’t enter much. As in contests, drawings, or lotteries. I go in with the mind set that the odds are most likely stacked against me, so why bother? I know, it’s very pessimistic of me.

There have been exceptions to this rule, however. When I was 11, I wrote a very brief paragraph on my amazing pet poodle (actually, the poodle wasn’t mine per say, but my grandparent’s) and submitted it to Dog Fancy. I’m sure I got published because of my age. How many 11 years old read Dog Fancy? I received $50 and figured I was well on my way to becoming a freelance writer.

Then there was the first time I ever went gambling, and won. I had recently moved to the Midwest and checked out the casinos over in Council Bluffs, IA. I was on the Wheel of Fortune machine, and suddenly the machine shut down and nothing worked. I was pissed off, to say the least. I figured it was a mechanical error, but when one of the employees stopped over to check on things and I informed her that the Wheel of Fortune was broken, she started to laugh. “Honey, you won!” I couldn’t believe it, and I still couldn’t believe it $750 dollars later! I’ve had no luck in the gambling industry since.

In more recent years, I find myself winning goodie bags or prizes when I donate funds to my son’s elementary school. The best win was a free night’s stay at a local hotel. My husband and I scored a babysitter for most of the day, and then he graciously let me stay in the hotel room, alone, no kids, just me, myself, and I. Although I didn’t get much sleep, it was nice laying around in a comfortable bed and watching tv in peace and quiet, a total rarity for me.

I’ll occasionally surrender to the “enter your information to win a free car!” propaganda from some business, knowing full well that I’ll get a call a month or two later from the business, claiming I’ve won a prize- not a car, but a _________________ (you fill in the blank. Home security system. Lawn service. Home repair. Window replacement.) I don’t really see this as a win for me, because I know good and well the business is merely trying to dredge up more business by dangling a carrot in front of me. I’m usually good at steering clear from this, yet I’m sometimes suckered right back in.

What about you? What have you won?



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