Friday, December 15, 2006

The party with the mostest

My date to the annual office Christmas soiree got it right when she likened the evening's festivities to her being on the Price is Right. There were so many prizes given out, it's basically what the night consisted of. $100 gift certificates were the norm, but there were blenders and Playstations and such as well. There were even the game show host questions to deal with: "You can take the blender or whatever I have in my pocket instead." I'd heard beforehand that there would be plenty of prizes given away. I'd also heard these sorts of promises before. A lot. And I never won anything.

Flash forward to the present: I was one of the six lucky contenders for the six grand prizes they gave out after the small stuff. They called my name out, completely at random, and I ran up to the stage so fast, I couldn't stop when I got up there. Adrenaline had taken over at that point. There was a mass scrambling of six founders and an emcee and I did the duck and roll onto the stage. I believe I may have ruined my pants in the process, but I wasn't so concerned about them. I did, however, want to open one of six briefcases. Each founder had one. We were handed combinations that we'd have to use to get into the one that matched.


I was the last person to open my briefcase, so the guesswork was basically non-existent. Other briefcases had contained pieces of paper congratulating them on a trip to Fiji, a Caribbean crise, a $3,000 shopping spree and a big-screen TV with an XBOX to go with it. One even had $3,000 in it.

The whole time I was attempting to open the combination on my briefcase, I had Gordon Morton (one of our company's founders, if I haven't mentioned that enough already) attempting to make me nervous in the process. I wasn't, but he was bent on making me so. I had such a severe case of tunnel vision, I didn't even remember he'd done that until one of my co-workers mentioned it afterward (along with the suggestion that I should have given him a smooch, considering how close he was).

When I got it open, I didn't clog or scream or yell or wet my pants (though I believe all of those had been covered by the previous winners/contestants). I just didn't much know what "personal electronics package" meant exactly. I learned in short order that it meant an 80 GB video iPod, a camcorder that records on DVDs, a digital camera (its 10.1 megapixels totally trumping my lowly 4.0), an external hard drive (300 GB capacity) and a Sony Vaio laptop computer. So that's what it meant. And to think I almost didn't go to the party. Truly. Hey, I was having a hard time finding a date and such. Now, well ... if I never win another thing for the rest of my years, I'm okay. Christmas came early. Boy, did it ever.



13 comments:

ewesa said...

nice!! my company party is tonight, Casino theme, and my date is sick. I'm debating if I'm going to go if he can't, and I think the vision of all this has swung me over to the "oh I'm going!" side of things. poor sick date. hopefully he'll recover in time.
congrats! this totally makes you an iPod user though, you know. unless you give it away. to me.

Dainon said...

I don't mind being an iPod user. I just decided I'd wait until my company gave me one for free, since they seem to give'em away like candy. Fact, I had to call my parents and tell 'em not to get me one, as that was my lone request this year. I think I made them happy, actually.

Anonymous said...

I think I need to come work with you. I love free things. You're a lucky duck.

Anonymous said...

That is my favorite type of story: Someone completely deserving wins an INSANE amount of really great stuff. That story was awesome.

Anonymous said...

What a great story, and those prizes you won are awesome. 80gb ipod? Wow.

ZLB said...

I was feeling pretty good about the miniature plastic stegosaurus and wooly mammoth figurines I got at my work's Christmas white elephant shin-dig. . . until I read this story. Man, I gotta get out of libraries.

plainoldsarah said...

yeah, the davis school district doesn't have work parties. i think the fellow teachers are getting together on tuesday to buy cafe rio for lunch. hooray for the holidays!

Dainon said...

Zina, you need to stay in libraries. You make'em what they are, after all. And to be surrounded by words easily beats pumping'em directly into my ears, with notes attached and all.

Anonymous said...

I keep coming back to read this entry. It makes me happy.

Anonymous said...

i still think it's so funny that YOU don't have an Ipod. you are going to loooooove it. karma knew.

Obvious Expert said...

I almost forgot that we had to force you to come to the party. That we had to put a gun to your head and say "we can do this the easy way, or we can do it the hard way—now are you gonna take your $3,000 personal electronics package, or stay alone in your old gay apartment?"

Anonymous said...

I think I need to seriously consider a career change! Great Blog Dainon & Congrats on your grand prize!

Anonymous said...

All I "win" is a ski pass every year. So, wow. P.S. Can I borrow your camcorder?