Thursday, August 14, 2008

Who says I'm not a winner?

Yesterday I won a valuable cash prize in a company-wide contest!

Okay...I won $20 by guessing the amount of loose change in a bucket, but it was exciting to me.

My boss came in lugging this enormous bucket, into which he'd been tossing his loose change for something like 15 years. He said he'd give us the morning to analyze it, then he was cashing it in, and the person who could come closest to guessing the amount would win $20.

Well, many different methods were used in the guessing process. One guy measured the depth of the bucket in inches, and tried to calculate $/inch. The two strongest guys lifted the bucket and tried to measure $/pounds. (It weighed 74 pounds, incidentally.) I scooped out a random handful of change, counted it--$4--then tried to figure how many handfuls were in there. Of course, one handful barely made a dent, so I just eyeballed it for a minute and said "I think there are more than 100 handfuls, but I don't think there are 200 handfuls, so...splitting the difference...I say $650."

There were guesses from $400-$860. How much change was in the bucket? $652.54. Yep, I was really, really close. I told my boss I attributed my superior calculating abilities to the recent acquisition of my "Nensa" card. Hee.

I spent my "prize" on takeout pizza last night, and ice cream for lunch today. Whoo hoo! Moving on.

I finally sent an email yesterday to Ordinary Guy, suggesting we cut to the chase and meet face-to-face. We're going to have dinner on Tuesday night.

I'm planning another "friend date" with my funny friend.

I haven't heard anything from Mr. K.C. regarding the trade show he was planning to come to, though I think it was this weekend. Maybe his plans have changed. Whatever.

I've exchanged a couple of messages with my junior high crush--he has a yacht! It's beautiful. I am jealous. Why couldn't I be a gay man? Instead of, as I've always suspected, a gay man trapped in a woman's body?! Heh.


Melliferous Pants said...

Hooray for winning. I love money for nothing!

Excited to hear what Mr. Ordinary is like in person.

gorillabuns said...

I like money, especially tax-free money!

Are you going to get to go on this yacht? After all, he was the object of your affection in junior high.

Stinkypaw said...

LOL at "a gay man trapped in a woman's body" I think I'm the same! I just can't keep myself from looking at men!

Congrats on the guess, a $20 easily made, woohoo!

3carnations said...

I'm looking forward to your date with Mr. Ordinary. Is that weird?

lizgwiz said...

pants, free money is always a good thing!

gbuns, well...considering that he lives on the east coast, and I live here in the middle...I don't think it's too likely.

stinky, I sometimes wish I could be done looking at men. I think I'd be very popular as a lesbian. Hee.

3car, I'm glad somebody is! (Okay, that's unfair. I'm not NOT looking forward to it. It'll be nice to have some resolution, either way. I'm just not particularly optimistic about the whole "dating experience" right now.)

flurrious said...

I am rooting for Mr. Ordinary. Because you never know.

-R- said...


I am amazed that someone could save $652 worth of change. Whoa.

I think I will wait until I get a yacht to join Facebook.

Sauntering Soul said...

I know you're sick of hearing this from me, but I absolutely did not want to go on a date with Hot Brazilian and he turned out to be the man of my dreams. For some reason, I have a good feeling that you may be surprised by Mr. Ordinary and I can't wait to read the date recap next week!

And I'm impressed with your mad money guessing skillz! Congrats on winning.

Stefanie said...

I'm secretly rooting a little bit for Mr. Ordinary, too, just because I want to see you casually and gradually change his blog name to something less potentially insulting.

And congrats on the win. Whoo! Clearly Nensa was right to let you join their ranks.

3carnations said...

Are you taking a little break from posting so you can provide us with a post detailing tonight's date with Mr. Ordinary? :)

nancypearlwannabe said...

I am glad you won $20, but I think that the dude should have split it with you. $650 is a good chunk of change!

I am also secretly rooting for Mr. Ordinary. Have fun!