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August 13, 2006


Mercy_corps Since I am always complaining at the scarcity of comments on this blog, I offered a $100 dollar prize to one random commentator, if I get 500 comments in less than 30 days. I am glad to announce today that the contest is now over after receiving those many “Hello”s. Yeah!

As far as the winner, I wanted to eliminate any hints of favoritism, and decided that it will be chosen by somebody else than me. To randomize it, I said that the person who left the very first comment may choose the winner, and in this case it happened to be Uwe Lübbermann of Hamburg. Uwe took this task seriously, read all the comments and gave it some thoughtful consideration, to come up with Laurie X Wayne of Portland, OR as the winner. Laurie is a world traveler, a teacher & Entrepreneur. Click on the picture above to see her peddling the Willamette Narrows. From her flickr set here are some Lamprey mouths.

And the reason Uwe picked Laurie’s comment? She wrote on her July 23 comment: “If you pick me, you can just give the money to Mercy Corps”. So today, I contacted Laurie at her home, and gratefully sent her the $100 check prize, to go toward the charity of her choice.

I want to sincerely thank everybody who participated, as well as the many bloggers who advertised the contest on their sites.

Question: What kind of a crazy contest should I come up with next?

By the way, Uwe Lübbermann is part of a German collective who produces Premium-Cola. Premium-Cola is not a company, since profit is not a goal of the collective. There is no office, no salaries and no actual boss. All members of the collective make a living by other jobs and build up Premium-Cola as sort of a hobby. All issues are decided on collectively, there is hardly any advertising - instead, art pictures are printed on the inside of the bottles' labels. So, if you are an artist who would like to have your art being drunk, you can contribute to the project, by adorning these fine soft drink bottles. Please contact them with for details.

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what a waste!
I would have spent it on wild living.

Next time Hanan I will pose as a dolphin cuddler that lives in a leper colony, and knits sweaters for penguins.

Debauchery for ever!

Posted by: dodderyoldfart at Aug 14, 2006 2:00:26 AM


Lampreys are delicious!

Posted by: dodderyoldfart at Aug 14, 2006 2:04:37 AM

Hee hee, Doddery, you can not possibly think that charity and debauchery are mutually exclusive! I'm splitting Hanan's c-note between Mercy Corps and Northwest Medical teams, adding $25 of my own money to each, and then I'm going to go out and have a big ol' party to celebrate my miniscule part in the redistribution of global monetary resources. Please come visit Portland and I will show you some wild living, regardless of our cuddliness! You may wake up under some table wondering how you ended up wearing a penguin sweater.
Danke vielmals, Uwe! You come to Portland too! We'll party with Doddery!

Posted by: lxw at Aug 14, 2006 8:45:21 AM

Can I bring the penguin ?

Posted by: dodderyoldfart at Aug 14, 2006 10:53:58 AM

But of course! Please also bring an extra-large (emperor if possible) one for me. I have long arms, so if it had some nice sized flippers that would be excellent. And don't forget your favorite lamprey recipe. I know where we can find some big fat ones!

Posted by: lxw at Aug 14, 2006 11:31:41 AM

Give a condo away!!

I say this knowing that the inlaws are thinking of moving to the states again!

Posted by: cobra427 at Aug 14, 2006 11:09:11 PM

Yay for lxw! I will have to read through the comments. The whole thing reminded me of the Dylan bootleg giveaways on the Dylan Pool where every hopeful chimes in with "hat me, please!" (i.e. put my name in the hat for the draw).

Given how much fun I had doing a co-post with you, Hanan, how about you offering an aspiring blogger a full grow-a-brain-style blog post? You will write a post for them based on an idea/concept that they leave in a comment, and you will link to them with a post of your own on grow-a-brain.

Posted by: Patrick at Aug 17, 2006 6:36:39 PM