When I asked you to post what your favorite body of water was for the Brita Giveaway, I was being rather flippant. I thought it was a goofy question to ask people, like “What’s your favorite South African mammal?” But – DAMN – you guys really knocked it out of the park. Your comments on water made my eyes wet. After reading all your entries I feel like I’ve taken a trip around the world, from Kenyan tidal pools populated by scorpion fish, to quarries where you were terrorized by catfish, to iced over lakes where you boot-skated as a child. You shared your happiest memories of living in Paris and Egypt and The Caribbean or just kicking around the creek as a kid.
As I’ve sat in my one bedroom apartment writing entries, my stat counter never made me realize that I’d had visitors from such beautiful foreign lands. Your posts made me realize beauty can be found anywhere, in oceans on the other side of the world or in the joy of splashing in the bath tub with your newborn baby. Reading your stories about boating on lakes or meditating on beaches have made it obvious that water has a calm and soothing affect on our lives. So many happy memories are tied to being around water. (Brita should take note. They’ve got the makings of a good ad campaign right here!) Thank you so much for ripping a page out of the scrapbooks of your lives and pasting them on my blog. I just wanted to give away some water filters, but I got 200-something moments of joy instead.
Okay, enough with the sappy, sentimental, shit. Since there were so many entries, I took special care to make sure no one cheated and entered twice. I wrote a script that pulled all the comments from the database and checked for duplicate e-mails and IP addresses to make sure everything was on the level. Then I got out the random number generator and I’m happy to announce that the winners were Jessica, Marianne, and Gwen all who have been contacted and have replied to me. I also wanted to note that the people at Perdue chicken saw the great response to the chicken giveaway and sent me about a dozen more coupons which I have already given away to entrants. (Sorry if this makes the winners feel less special, but more chicken for everyone! Bawk, bawk!) There were lots of interesting recipes left on that post, the strangest of which involved cooking with Diet Coke and ketchup to create a barbeque-sauce-like dish – which I’ve already tried because I find the idea of cooking with soda fascinating. I expected it to taste like ass, but it was really good! Thanks for the weird recipe, Jacqueline!
Thus ends my corporate whoring and shilling for the day. I hope everyone enjoys their prizes. If you didn’t win this time, hopefully I’ll have a contest you do win in the future.