I mean, who can resist a bonus? Actually, this prompt arrived just in time to help me avoid a bonus. As of 8:00 AM, Friday, November 28, 2014, Amazon had sent me no fewer than 10 emails telling me about Black Friday sales, sales where I was sure to save a few cents off the price of the same item at the local Target store. I’d much rather pour my thoughts out for the Stream of Consciousness Saturday Challenge than stand in line and fight the crowds (real or virtual). In fact, I’d rather do anything than shop today – well, yesterday but this is a Saturday challenge, so…
It’s not that I don’t have stuff to buy, I do. I have Christmas gifts to buy, a birthday gift to buy as well as the odd assorted stuff you need around the holidays. I need some blue, green and red wrapping paper to cover my office door for our annual wrap-your-door contest. Last year, I used blue ribbon on a red background to illustrate the Connecticut River between my house and our office. I attached photos that I’ve taken along the way during my daily commute.
I can share this idea freely because it wasn’t a winner. This year, I am going to use blue ribbon to illustrate the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers and I am going to decorate the door with pictures I’ve taken in Pittsburgh.
You might think that it doesn’t make any sense to try the same failed technique for a second time, but I have an ulterior motive. I’m not in this for the prize. The prize, by the way, is the opportunity to designate what local charitable organization gets the collected entry fees.
Yes, we pay for this opportunity – $10 a door.
Plus the cost of the wrapping paper, the ribbon and the ink/toner to print the photos, not to mention the time it will take me to cull the various photos out of the digital archive and plan the layout. This will be a lot of time and money to have spent with no chance of winning, BUT… I get to look at my door and I will enjoy looking at those pictures.
The winning door will no doubt be one of the ones decorated by the child of one of my coworkers. Children are better at this kind of thing. Adults are looking for an angle, calculating the odds of winning and planning an over-the-top-signature-element to make their door stand out. Last year, one person attached a basket of chocolate to their door – as if you could buy my vote with candy.
Yes, that’s how we determine the winner, we vote in an anonymous on-line poll.
Someone is talking about burying an iPod in the decorations and having it loop through a collection of holiday music. That’s a bad idea, especially for the nearby office dwellers. Sights, sounds and sweets have all been used to nudge an individual door into the winner’s circle. Hmm, nobody has tried to use the scents of the holidays, maybe I could try that. I could use the photo from Heinz Field shown at the right, and add a scratch-&-sniff BBQ sticker (seriously, you can buy those) or maybe a strategically located drop of BBQ sauce. Oh, I know that’s not a holiday smell (unless your team is playing nearby) but the smell has to fit the backdrop of the Three Rivers area.
Maybe I could have Santa flying over the Golden Triangle in a sleigh that has (unwrapped) candy cane runners. No, that would probably only attract bugs. Besides, last year’s winner was a life-size snowman that had been painstakingly made by a coworker’s daughter from a gazillion cotton balls and a bunch of glitter. Teenage daughters always have the edge for creating “awwww” inspiring stuff and they always have glitter.
The tickets remaining after winning no prizes at ADNET’s Chili Cook-off went through the wash with my jeans. Just inside the gate at Heinz Field is all you might ever want to eat. The prompt was to use “sense-scents-cents” in the blog and the bonus word was “sent.”