Monday, March 15, 2010

HGTV - You Tease You

I'm a sucker, I admit it. (OK first rabbit trail - what is the difference between a sucker and a lollipop? Some friends of mine came up with this question. I wish I had, it is so me, but I wonder myself. I think a lollipop is a round candy on a stick and a sucker is a flat candy on a stick, twisted paper, whatever. That's my thought. Probably should Google that.)

So, back to me being a sucker - I enter contests on line. Not all of them. I enter for things that are big dollar items like a year's worth of groceries, a car, money for my children's education, a house. I sadly expect sometimes I might have a chance to win. Why? Maybe because I am an optimist at heart (stop snickering people); okay how about crazy? Or a sucker?

I watch what info I give. Some sites have my info and I repeatedly enter contests with simply my email address. I get reminders to enter daily. I ignore them until my bills start to mount and then I make sure I enter. What in the name of Peter Pan am I thinking I will do with a house in New Mexico/South Carolina/Georgia/Tennessee? I am not moving. I love it here, except for the unarguably distressing heat during the hottest points in the summer. Then, not so much in love. But other than then, like now for instance, I love it here. The weather is so nice, flowers are peaking out, buds on the trees are showing off, people are out and about cleaning, mowing, landscaping, the kids are playing outside ... ah it is nice. And that also means no heat or air is needed. I really like that. And yet I still enter.

I suppose these companies are on to me. See if I win a house in Utah, I am so selling it and taking what is left after taxes to pay off my debt. They must know this about me. This is why I do not get picked. And I know the odds of being selected are greater than being struck by lightning while running with scissors under a ladder.

So tonight HGTV announced the winner of the Dream Home in NM. The winner was a "she" from New Orleans. Come on. I'm waiting. "Born and raised in the Big Easy" - well kind of, I think. "One who gives of herself to the community" - okay now we may be murky. And the winner is - a nice lady who lived in Gentilly, lost her home in Katrina and now lives across the river. Not only did the sweet soul win the house (which is loaded with the newest, latest and greatest), she has a new car and $500 K. Now I am happy for her but really - couldn't that have been split into three prizes? HGTV, if you are reading this, you need to kind of rethink this.

Soon a new contest will run and I will get an email. I will probably enter, providing the prize is good. And again I will be disappointed by the tease. Oh well. I didn't want to go live in NM (no offense friends who live there) anyway. Besides that gigantic check won't fit in my wallet.