Monday, 25 August 2008

Winning stuff is cool. Especially MONEY!


How's that for an obvious statement?

Well, it's true at least. The relevance? Well, I forgot to blog about it last week, but I won some money by entering a movie competition. Basically, all you had to do was text a message to the competition line with your movie ticket number and the cinema complex name in it

And I did so, and won R2 500 (about $325 US, I think). That was awesome. But when the woman first called to tell me I'd won, she sounded like a telemarketer. Have I ever mentioned that the only thing that irritates me more than estate agents is telemarketers?

The conversation went as follows:

Her: Good day, maam. Do you have a couple of minutes to chat to me?
Me: (Frantically working on an MC script for an event that evening, surrounded by frantic eventing folks) Ummm... It depends what it's about.
H: I'm calling from , and...
M: I'm sorry, this is actually not a good time for me, so if you're trying to sell me something..
H: No, maam, I'm calling about...
M: (Getting snappy now) Listen, I can't talk, here's my husband, k?...

So TSC chatted to this woman. And when he put the phone down, he says to me, you do know you were just rude to the marketing director of .

Oops. Anyway, we sent her a copy of my ID and stuff, and they said the cheque would arrive around 15 Aug at the local cinema complex, and they'd call us. So 18 Aug, we call them and ask if it's arrived, seeing we haven't heard from them. Yes, yes... we can pick it up anytime.

Hah! When I arrive on 20 Aug (yes, my birthday!), to pick it up, they've misplaced it. ?!?!?! So I purse my lips and do my unimpressed dance (not really), and they tell me it's at another cinema complex. So I drive there, in a foul mood, sign for my cheque, and jump back in my car, where I open the envelope, and see that it's actually for R5 000, not R2 500 (so it's about $650)!

The coolest of birthday presents, no?

17 comments:

sweets said...

wow... i can so do with R5000 right about now!!!!

congrats that is SO cool!!!!

Ruby said...

damn!!! i'd loooooover to just get R5 000 right about now

Arkwife said...

Seems everyone is in dire need of R5000. Could I make that R500 000 and we'll call it quits??

Lol, congrats. I am really jealous, but really happy for you. Enjoy it!!

phillygirl said...

oooh, now that does sound worth the effort :) and a very nicely timed birthday gift!

Glugster said...

It's always the unexpected windfalls that are the nicest. Congrats.

PS. I don't want R5000.

Ches said...

Nice...could you send some of that luck my way?
Us Irish don't get much! ;)

Slyde said...

wow, congrats! i could use that kind of dough right now...

XUE said...

wow! happy belated greetings & how wonderful to win something like this!

angel said...

woohoo!!! awesome birthday type suprise!!!

sleepyjane said...

That is AWESOME! :) Wow, what an awesome gift!

sweets said...

i forgot to give you my banking details!! hehe

so what are you spending it on???

The Jackson Files said...

AWESOME birthday present.

Tamara said...

Sweets:Yeah - me too. That's one of the reasons I'm super-glad to have it. The money will fund my orthotics, pay off the credit card and be put towards TSC's birthday present.

Ruby: Well, start entering competitions. I started entering random ones I came across last year, and have since won a box of really good wine, some fab kitchen knives and this cheque.

Arkwife: Hah! If I had R500 000, I would be putting down a nice deposit on a house, my dear.

Philly: It was a great surprise.

Glug: Are you nuts? Who doesn't want R5000?

Ches: Is that so? I'm part Irish. It's grand.

Slyde: Thanks, but I think you're getting other free perks what with Amy and your therapist ;-)

Xue: Thanks very much. good to have you back!

Angel: I know... wish it would happen every year.

Sleepy: Awesome is exactly what it is!

Tamara said...

TJF: Yup ;-)

Gill said...

You lucky, lucky girl!! Have fun with it :-)

AlasMyDear said...

woweee...now that was worth the goose chase, wasn't it?

congrats! can't think of a nicer person for such nice things to happen to :)

Being Brazen said...

AWesome for you. I love free stuff!