May 6, 2009

Winners! But Wait, There's More!

A while back I launched a little contest on the heels of the Comment And I'll Randomly Select Someone To Win A Kick-Ass Signed Copy Of Marshall Karp's Latest and Greatest Novel, Flipping Out Contest. I basically asked you guys to tell me something unusual about yourselves, something no one would guess, or something no one previously knew. I got a lot of great responses but I narrowed it down to two. I'm happy to announce not one but two winners!

Winner #1: Caleal: "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."
How can that kind of response not be a winner? It can't.

Winner #2: Karen: "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."
I respect anyone who's successfully given themselves the Heimlich and I'm vaguely horrified by the prospect of spinach, cheese and garlic for breakfast.

Congratulations to Caleal and Karen. I will, of course, be in touch in order to get some vague idea of what you like so I don't assault you with unwanted death metal or 25-minute long progressive rock keyboard solos.

In the mean time, I have something of a dilemma.

I seem to have another signed copy of Marshall Karp's Flipping Out. I have my own signed copy as well as Marshall's phone number and address so I can stalk him and stake out his house and extort another copy whenever I'd like. So I want to give this extra signed copy away so you too can understand the genius that is Mr. Karp. I've also found myself with a brand spankin' new still-in-the-wrapper copy of the deluxe remastered edition of Pearl Jam's Ten. It's an astoundingly awesome two CD set containing the remastered release of Ten plus a version remixed by Brendan O'Brien. Ten isn't signed however I would gladly forge Eddie Vedder's signature if you'd like. I'm offering these up as a package because there's nothing quite like a little mystery and grunge.

What must I do to get my hands on so awesome a prize package you ask? Let me tell you. Of the five statements below, only one is entirely true. Guess the completely true statement and you win. Multiple winners? I'll randomly choose one.

1. When I was a kid, we'd often take long road trips from Texas, where I grew up, to Oregon.
2. Around age 12, I told people that I was a black belt in the martial art of ooguro which was a total lie because I saw it in some lame movie and later found out it meant dark nipple.
3. I have been to more than one (but I'm not admitting how many) Star Trek conventions.
4. There are reasons for each of my children's middle names. Mia's middle name was chosen because it's the name of a close friend who passed away. I got Owen's middle name from a popular television character. (Choose this one and guess the correct TV character and I'll throw in an extra $20.)
5. I once built a very extravagant homemade toilet in my closet. (This was, like, 30 years ago, not last week in case you were worried about my sanity or the living conditions to which I subject Beth and the kids.) I even used it. Unfortunately, not for, well, number one.

So there you go. Good luck.

Posted by Chris at May 6, 2009 6:28 AM
Comments

I'm thinking it's #1 because I remember you posting about these road trips at one time.

Posted by: Stephanie at May 6, 2009 7:06 AM

#3.

Posted by: SciFi Dad at May 6, 2009 7:22 AM

I have to go with Statement #1 also. But that's probably too easy (like you changed one of the state names up or something) and it's probably #5 but then don't recall you claiming to be particularly crafty. So I'll stick with #1. Please pick me PICKME because it's a bad week and I could use the treat.

Posted by: NancyJ at May 6, 2009 7:37 AM

I'm going to have to go with #2, although I bet I am probably wrong and #4 is the answer? Oh and is it Clive Owen? I know that's Beth's imaginary celebrity boyfriend, right? I obviously stalk your blogs more than I should. Even if I don't win, I figure I at least came to terms with the fact that I need help, right?

Posted by: La Petite Belle at May 6, 2009 7:37 AM

#4. Gregory House? :-)

Posted by: sk at May 6, 2009 8:01 AM

#4. Gregory House? :-)

Posted by: sk at May 6, 2009 8:01 AM

It's #1. Just go ahead and send me the stuff.

As for #4, I'll bet it's either Cosby or Kojak. I hope it's Kojak.

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at May 6, 2009 8:20 AM

I'll go with #5, because I think this may, somehow, explain your affinity for bizarre bathroom encounters.

Posted by: Karen at May 6, 2009 8:32 AM

#3

It's been my experience that anyone who would say "hey, let me put my little general into your hoo-ha" is a Trekkie.

Posted by: fauve at May 6, 2009 8:54 AM

2. Because it's just too ridiculous to make up.

Posted by: Brad at May 6, 2009 9:09 AM

#4 - Magnum...or Richard (as in the fat Survivor winner)

Posted by: MaryLea at May 6, 2009 9:13 AM

It's sad that at first, I couldn't decide between 2 and 5 because they are both SO YOU.

But my final answer is number 2. heh

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at May 6, 2009 9:14 AM

I'm going to guess #1 even though I'm really hoping that #5 is right.

Posted by: Kim at May 6, 2009 9:14 AM

#4 Greg Brady?

Posted by: Dee at May 6, 2009 9:33 AM

I'm going out on a limb here and saying #5 is the true one.

Posted by: Gabriella at May 6, 2009 9:37 AM

#2 is my final answer.
I ruled out #1 because I don't think you went to Oregon
I ruled out #3 because I can't see you as a Trekkie, though I did seriously consider this option
I ruled out #4 because I know Mia's middle name is for a friend, but Greg Brady is the only character that comes to mind, and that doesn't fit.
I ruled out #5 because 30 years ago you were 4 (I think) and don't believe a four year old would construct anything elaborate.
Do I get bonus points for showing my work?

Posted by: Tess at May 6, 2009 9:40 AM

I choose #3.

Posted by: stacie at May 6, 2009 10:02 AM

I choose #2 -- I can how that would be the martial arts of choice for 12 year old boys. ;)

Posted by: JenniferB at May 6, 2009 10:13 AM

I debated between 2 & 5 but...

I'm going w/ #5.

Posted by: Kris at May 6, 2009 10:27 AM

#1, too easy, #3, you don't seem like the star trek type, #4, don't think so, #5, you do seem to have interesting bathroom adventures, but I have to go with #2. Seems like something your 12 year old self would do.

Posted by: chris at May 6, 2009 10:44 AM

I gotta go with 5. Just cause OMG that would be such an awesome story to tell 30 years later.

Posted by: Lisa at May 6, 2009 10:47 AM

I'm guessing #2 as well. Though you would look kinda cute in a Star Trek uniform. Imagine the kind of bathroom encounters you might have had at a Star Trek convention -- they might have taken weird to a whole new level.

Posted by: alison at May 6, 2009 10:53 AM

#5 - I vaguely remember you writing about this once.

Posted by: Adi at May 6, 2009 11:19 AM

#1, yeah, definitely #1...

Posted by: Sue R at May 6, 2009 11:19 AM

Ummmmmm....I pick #3.

Posted by: Arwen at May 6, 2009 11:30 AM

Ahaha. I like these games. Funny as it is they could ALL be true when it comes you. =)

My official guess is #2. What boy didn't want to be a martial arts black belt?!?

Posted by: lesley at May 6, 2009 11:32 AM

I'm going to guess #2, not because I have any idea if it's right or not, but because I'll kick myself if I don't try. I have recently read The Rabbit Factory and am in the process of reading Blood Thirsty and would really love a signed copy of Flipping Out.

Posted by: Heather at May 6, 2009 11:33 AM

I'm going with #2 by process of elimination. And if I don't win, I may have to break down and buy that Pearl Jam remastered Ten b/c it was the soundtrack of grad school for me. Had a big crush on a flannel-wearing, pool-shooting, guitar-playing poet at the time too. He ended up marrying a mutual friend and they're still together. I deserve Ten as a consolation prize, I think.

Posted by: rebecca at May 6, 2009 11:39 AM

5

Posted by: JSEE at May 6, 2009 11:53 AM

#3 thank you

Posted by: David at May 6, 2009 12:33 PM

statement #1:)

Posted by: just someone at May 6, 2009 1:14 PM

#2. It just sounds like something a 12 yr old you would do.

Also, I won a copy of Flipping Out so I'm just in for Pearl Jam. I'm thinkng great father's day gift.

:)

Posted by: Debb at May 6, 2009 2:21 PM

I am going to say #3 because there is nothing wrong with sci-fi conventions. There are two reasons for going for guys: 1)You love the sci-fi lifestyle or 2) You love the girls in there almost not there sci-fi outfits. I would see you as a reason #2 kinda guy...maybe you could get Beth to dress up as Barberella(sp?) for Father's Day. Big plans....

Posted by: Becki at May 6, 2009 2:28 PM

#5. I know you built the toilet, though I'm not sure you ever used it. Good luck, me!

Posted by: jennifer at May 6, 2009 3:04 PM

#5. I know you built the toilet, though I'm not sure you ever used it. Good luck, me!

Posted by: jennifer at May 6, 2009 3:04 PM

I'm gonna say 3...

Posted by: sarah at May 6, 2009 3:06 PM

I'm going with #5. Like Karen above, I am thinking of your other bathroom-related stories, and it seems like something a 4 or 5 year old boy would do.

Posted by: Brooke at May 6, 2009 5:07 PM

Wooo, I won!! I never win.

I hope the toilet this is true, because I can't stop laughing about it.

Posted by: caleal at May 6, 2009 5:48 PM

Definitely #5.

Posted by: jen at May 6, 2009 7:17 PM

Ooh I guess the one that's true, you know the one..

Posted by: jess at May 6, 2009 9:31 PM

I know it's #4, but can't for the life of me remember what the television character is...

Posted by: unixlass at May 6, 2009 9:31 PM

I'm guessing 2!

Posted by: Lori M at May 6, 2009 10:29 PM

1.

pick me please.


Posted by: RD at May 7, 2009 12:57 AM

2?

please pick me.


Posted by: RD at May 7, 2009 12:58 AM

3!

if you pick me, i will read.


Posted by: RD at May 7, 2009 12:59 AM

4...

you can pick your winner, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your winner's nose (unless she's MEmeME!, and then we can negotiate).


Posted by: RD at May 7, 2009 1:01 AM

5;

no more angles here;
i just want to win his book.
flirting with haikus.


Posted by: RD at May 7, 2009 1:04 AM

I'm guessing #2 for no particular reason.

By the way, between you, Fish and Sundry I was convinced Marshall Karp is a must read. I like to start at the beginning of a series though, so I just purchased The Rabbit Factory. Tell the fabulous Mr. Karp (I've read a few of the blog interviews) he should double whatever he is paying you.

Posted by: Lisa at May 7, 2009 1:21 AM

I'm guessing #2 for no particular reason.

By the way, between you, Fish and Sundry I was convinced Marshall Karp is a must read. I like to start at the beginning of a series though, so I just purchased The Rabbit Factory. Tell the fabulous Mr. Karp (I've read a few of the blog interviews) he should double whatever he is paying you.

Posted by: Lisa at May 7, 2009 1:21 AM

#5, but if it's 4 I hope it was after Greg House!

Posted by: Andrea at May 7, 2009 8:35 AM

I'm going with the (unwritten) sixth option:

6. I still haven't sent the CD to the winner of the "guess when Owen will be born" contest.

Sorry, I'm just teasing you - I couldn't resist!

Posted by: erin at May 7, 2009 8:59 AM

I'm going with the (unwritten) sixth option:

6. I still haven't sent the CD to the winner of the "guess when Owen will be born" contest.

Sorry, I'm just teasing you - I couldn't resist!

Posted by: erin at May 7, 2009 8:59 AM

#1.

Although #5 is strangely tempting.

Posted by: Teresa at May 7, 2009 10:23 AM

no. 5 ! I want to win this book too !

Posted by: viviane at May 10, 2009 12:28 PM

Because of a convoluted but pretty mundane twist of life events I've been on the internet so much less for the past few months-
and therefore missed my own winning!
Thank you so very much!
Did I miss you getting in touch with me, too?

Posted by: Karen at June 11, 2009 4:46 AM


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