April 22, 2009

And The Winner Is...

About a week ago, I kicked off a little contest in which I pimped my friend Marshall's new book Flipping Out. Not that it needs pimping. I mean, it's a fucking excellent book and you should all be running out in droves, flash-mobbing bookstores, to pick up one copy for you and several for your friends because, frankly, they'll like you better if you give them awesome stuff. That said, a little word of mouth certainly can't hurt. Anyway, that was, like I said, about a week ago and though I'm pretty sure you all just figured that I forgot about the whole thing due to my penchant this week for, well, forgetting everything, I didn't.

Using her vast knowledge of axiomatic mathematical theory combined with Einsteinian and Newtonian proofs, Mia developed method by which a winner could be randomly chosen. Here's the result. Mia - the official Flipping Out spokes-preschooler - drawing the winner.

So congratulations to Heather! She's the proud recipient of a signed copy of Marshall Karp's Flipping Out

Now, I'm all about contests and giving free stuff away. So, I have a challenge for you. Up for grabs is a customized, way-cool compilation of musical goodness. Here's what you do - open up the comments and leave something interesting or unique about yourself. Just some little detail that not everyone would know. Something you've wanted to get off your chest or something you're secretly proud of. Or maybe not so proud. I'll pick a winner either at random or based on some criteria I have yet to fully define since, honestly, I'm just making this shit up as I go. But try it. It'll be fun. And then? Head to Beth's place. You'll find another chance to win a copy of Flipping Out.

Special thanks to Beth and Mia (as yet blogless though I'm sure that will change) and Owen (because I'm sure he had some role like the grip or set designer) for doing all the heavy lifting on the video and winning selection here while I was stuck in a conference room with a vicious case of swamp-ass for a dozen hours at a time eating bad Chinese food and drinking lame office coffee. When I am done with this we will group hug for a week solid.

Posted by Chris at April 22, 2009 6:30 AM

Yesterday, I broke my foot.

The interesting part about it is that in 34 years, I've never broken a bone. I've been a gymnast, ran track, was a soldier, deployed to Afghanistan as a medic who trekked on all sorts of terrain, fell down mountains, carried 200lb patients to helicopters under serious rotor wash, jumped from high places...

How do I end up breaking my first bone? By going to the mail room and stepping off the curb wrong. BEFORE I EVEN GOT THE MAIL! So I can't even say "Well, my arms were full of boxes".

Posted by: Holly Reynolds at April 22, 2009 6:50 AM

I volunteered for Obama's campaign before he won the nomination. The reason most people don't know that is because I live in a red state, and people just don't care!

Posted by: Stephanie at April 22, 2009 7:06 AM

I am of the opinion that being blond (when my hair isn't dyed) and being left landed balance each other out.

Was that one or three things?

Cool idea... and I'm very curious about any kind of music compilation that you think is good. :)

Posted by: Hannah at April 22, 2009 7:49 AM

I can say the alphabet backwards really fast. This is a clincher during a job interview.

Posted by: Hazel at April 22, 2009 8:11 AM

I don't think there is anything unique or interesting about me that not everyone would know. That said, I will list a few random things and let you be the judge.

I have taken two computer classes in my lifetime, one for Outlook (snore) and one for company customized Word (yawn). Most people I work with think I've had years of training regardless of what I say.

I got into Georgetown as a transfer after my freshman year, but was unable to attend because I couldn't find the money to pay the tuition and my mother wouldn't co-sign the loan because she didn't think I would graduate college. I couldn't be prouder that I graduated from Queens College because I paid for it myself.

I started riding the NYC subway alone at 8-9 years old (not a good idea by the way). I can tell you how to get almost anywhere within the five boroughs and/or match subway lines to areas.

I did the Bronx/Brooklyn/Manhattan/Queens club/bar hopping scene between roughly the ages of 14 and 18. I haven't been to many since.

Sorry, Chris. That's all that comes to mind this morning. Are you still awake?

Posted by: MariaV at April 22, 2009 8:43 AM

If you make me laugh while I have the hiccups, I make a noise that is embarrassingly close to sounding like Goofy.

Posted by: Shelly at April 22, 2009 8:55 AM

I can sneeze with my eyes open, and am 90% successful in identifying a coffee's origin based on the taste (meaning, I can tell if it comes from Guatemala, not if it comes from Starbucks).

Posted by: J at April 22, 2009 9:12 AM

Wow. This is hard. I thought that "25 things" list was hard, but that didn't stipulate 25 INTERESTING things.

How about: despite coming off as very opinionated, I abhor any kind of controversy and conflict. I can always see the other side of an argument, so I am very bad at political or other tenacious discussions. In a situation where I can't see the other side (for example, racism), I can't make good arguments, because "you're just wrong, stupid." Not very convincing to someone who is strong in their (misguided) convictions. So I make clever jokes instead.

Oh, and I like a wide variety of musical styles. :-) Except Country. Because that's just wrong, stupid.

Posted by: harmzie at April 22, 2009 9:24 AM

I can burp the alphabet. I'll gladly teach your daughter.

Posted by: k8 at April 22, 2009 9:34 AM

Wrong Heather, darn it! :P
Umm...proud of....I should be back in the recording studio soon to work on my album. It is taking me a very long time. So, proud and not proud all in one!

Posted by: Heather at April 22, 2009 9:43 AM

Coooool! I absolutely never win anything and honestly just commented because I liked the post. Anyways, comment about me - I LOVE lima beans. Yup.

Posted by: Heather at April 22, 2009 9:43 AM

Well, I'm 4 1/2 months pregnant. Not everyone knows because after 5 losses, I find it extremely difficult to tell people. I'm sure everyone will be able to tell soon, but for now it's a quiet not-so-little detail.

Since that's kind of a boring thing (not to me, but it's hardly unique), how about the fact that I'm double jointed and can bend my elbows backward? Freaks people the hell out when I do it.

Posted by: Leah at April 22, 2009 9:59 AM

Mia's vast knowledge of axiomatic mathematical theory combined with Einsteinian and Newtonian proofs has inspired me to tell you that I was a math major in college... yet, more than half the time, I cannot correctly subtract a number that ends in a 9. Also, the phrase "people become lawyers because they can't do math" doesn't apply to me (except the subtracting 9 thing)... my honors thesis on stability in two classes of cooperative games was brilliant.

Posted by: Stephanie at April 22, 2009 10:12 AM

I can bend my elbow backwards just a little bit. I broke it in kindergarten and apparently I was a little too Type A about my physical therapy (even at 6). Showing it off has won me a lot of fans at social gatherings.

Posted by: Rachel at April 22, 2009 10:15 AM

I have a good driving memory. That is, I can almost always find places without directions after having been there once before. I also randomly remember people, names, or faces for far longer than is necessary. But I cannot remember phone numbers, birthdays, or why I walked from the living room to the kitchen.

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at April 22, 2009 10:18 AM

I have few truly useful tricks, but I am able to recite the names of all 50 states in alphabetical order without taking a breath. I can prove this on video if needed to win, because I like winning. As you can imagine, this has come in very handy in several pub trivia games, but is otherwise pretty much useless.

Posted by: pseudostoops at April 22, 2009 10:41 AM

My sense of direction is so poor, I can get lost in a walk-in closet. OK, not literally, but I once did get lost driving back from the video store that was only three traffic lights down the road from my grandparents' house. Quite an achievement, and one my family is never going to let me live down. If it wasn't for GPS units, I'm not sure I'd ever get anywhere new.

Posted by: Ross at April 22, 2009 10:58 AM

There are so many things. . . How about last summer, I got backed into by a street sweeper. I'm attempting to learn to actually PLAY my totally awesome Atomic Pink guitar, it's hard when you have little hands. I was one of those girls who was ahem...deflowered.. by a guy in a band (musicians are HOTT lol) and finally I never ever win anything and I'm not above pouting and begging so pretty please pick me?!?! lol

ooh and at least 2 of my children can SING the alphabet backwards, which is fairly awesome.

Posted by: Kris at April 22, 2009 11:15 AM

When I was a twentysomething who loved boyfriends and loved to travel, I made a little pledge to myself that I would have sex in each and every one of the United States. Contiguous, anyhow. Now that I am a thirtysomething with one child and another on the way, I realize its going to take more than a leaf-peeping trip through New England to cross off all the states I have left. Bummer. Maybe I'll be a randy retiree someday and can mark this one off my life list.

Posted by: rebecca at April 22, 2009 11:39 AM

Randomly.... I started out as an engineering major in college. I wanted to be a biomedical engineer and make the kind of medical advances that could cure cancer. But, I failed physics and economics - both required in the engineering program. So unused to failure was I that I changed my major. Actually, that turned out to be a blessing. I changed it to business, focusing on marketing which is a way more logical way of using my creative brain (but completely asinine in the current economy, in a career that is considered useless. Yay me). Also, I write a lot - and still have vague hopes that someday someone takes my lyrics and makes something of them. That'd be awesome.

Posted by: sarah at April 22, 2009 12:39 PM

Thanks to years of yoga and ballet, I can put both legs behind my head. Unfortunately, if you get me drunk, I'll show you. Even if it's publicly inappropriate.

Posted by: caleal at April 22, 2009 12:43 PM

Congrats to Heather!

Posted by: Kami at April 22, 2009 1:19 PM

Well, I think everyone I know knows this about me, but the thing I am most proud of (yeah, yeah, kids, blah blah) is that I've been keeping a journal continuously since 1985. Sometimes it's cringeworthy, but I often pull out the old notebooks or open the old Word files and read. I sometimes imagine that historians will one day hold my work up as a portrait of life in the late 20th century. Hopefully everyone I wrote about will be dead by then [cringes].

Posted by: Brooke Habecker at April 22, 2009 1:28 PM

Ok here is a weird one for you: whenever I eat chicken I get the hiccups and it happens to my mom as well! Odd huh?

Posted by: Amy at April 22, 2009 1:30 PM

I literally choked on a lollipop when I was 6 and gave myself the Heimlich and routinely enjoy a huge bowl of spinach with romano cheese and garlic powder for breakfast.

Posted by: Karen at April 22, 2009 2:10 PM

I literally choked on a lollipop when I was 6 and gave myself the Heimlich and routinely enjoy a huge bowl of spinach with romano cheese and garlic powder for breakfast.

Posted by: Karen at April 22, 2009 2:10 PM

I am highly obsequious. Case in point: Your writing is by far the best piece of literature that has ever been created. It far rivals the greatest classics and is on par with the stone tablets that descended Mount Sinai. (I DO love your blog though...I'm not just saying it to win your music compilation--although I'm wagering that would be FABULOUS too!--PLEASE PICK ME!!!) Oh, I'm also not above begging...

Posted by: Susan at April 22, 2009 2:46 PM

I'm polyamorous. I have two boyfriends. However, not even my own mother knows this yet. Oh, and all three of us live in the same house, unlike most polyamorous trio+'s that live in their own houses and get together once a week. The boys are best friends, and were before I started dating the second one.

Something else... um... 3 months after we bought said house all of us are living in? My one boyfriend lost his store, because Laurel Mall decided to shut down, and he's now back to being assistant manager at assistant manager pay, and as of this past Saturday, my other boyfriend will be out of a job on May 1st because my parents sold the company that he worked for. He also failed taking his drivers permit test on Saturday, because the Maryland MVA is full of the biggest pricks ever.

I hope the rest of your work week goes better. =( 2 more days!

Posted by: secha at April 22, 2009 3:58 PM

I taught myself to knit 4 years ago and it keeps me sane now. I don't know what I did for all those years before I learned. Oh, wait yes I do, I doodled, and I doodled poorly, this is much better, people are willing to pay for my knitting where as no one was willing to pay for my doodles.

Posted by: Earthami at April 22, 2009 4:05 PM

I am allergic to epidurals. I found this out while having my second child.

When I had the first, I got an epidural and had a reaction (mine and the baby's heart rates plummeted and I almost passed out) but the doctor contributed it to my pre-eclampsia.

When I had my second child, I got the epidural, and the very same thing happened, but this time there was not pre-eclampsia! After they got us both back to normal, my husband told the doc (a different one) that the same exact thing happened when I was pregnant the first time. She informed me that I am allergic and that I can never have an epidural or a spinal again...

That is my favorite unique fact to share...

Posted by: Kris H. at April 22, 2009 4:14 PM

I am an athiest with 3, count them, THREE fundalmental Christian sisters. A Leftest Democrat who hates the fact that I'm RIGHT handed. And they are all conservative Repblicians. "They're just wrong, stupid!!"

Posted by: joss is boss at April 22, 2009 9:36 PM

Something you do know about me:

About three moves ago and two states, I won a musical compilation from you.

I've never received it. :P

Hope your week goes well, Mr. Cactus. Much love to you and yours from the packing ninja.

Posted by: alektra at April 23, 2009 8:45 AM

I just became a flexitarian. (That's vegetarianism for people who are afraid of commitment.)

Posted by: Sabrina at April 23, 2009 9:11 AM

My little brother is terminally ill, although he has lived far past his life expectancy, I have secretly been jelous of him his whole life as he was always the center of our mothers attention. I felt left behind, my mother actually forgot my 16th birthday because my little brother was in the hospital.

Posted by: Alexandra at April 23, 2009 3:20 PM