Saying for the day: Beware the hidden cost of winning!
My wife , who usually answers the phone was taking a bath ( she takes too many baths) the other morning when the phone rang. This meant that I had to wheel to the phone, which is in the kitchen, ( if we had money we’d get another phone) or just listen to it ring.
This got me slightly irritated.
But this was a good call.
I answer: Hello, what do you want now. ( I thought it was one of the kids)
A voice filled with joy and happiness says. I want to congratulate you on winning..
I cut happy voice off and the conversation went as follows.
Its about time you called. This is Publisher’s Clearing House isn’t it?
Sure. They would have the rung the doorbell and given me a big check. Right?
I guess so.
So you must be either Group Lotto or Prize America. Did I get the million or just some stupid car.
No we are not..
Well then you must be Iwon.com . Did I get the $10,000 daily prize or the $25,000,000. Don’t tell me I got one of those stupid little monthly prizes.
Good then I got the $10,000 right.
No this isn’t Iwon.com.
I suppose your one of those contests I didn’t even know I entered because the company that enters me in 100 contests every day did it for me.
Well who in the darn( I didn’t say darn but this is family blog) world are you?
Well sir. We are the “Life is Better in Orlando Agency”. We choose your name at random from a phone number list.
Wonderful when do you send me the check for a million. Or do I just get one of those stupid T-shirts?
No. Actually you have won a trip.
A trip. Wow. Hey Betty! I know your in the bath but we’ve won a trip. A real trip. Can you believe it a trip.
That’s right sir. Five days and four nights in one of Orlando’s finest motels. With a two day cruise thrown in.
Wow! Hey Betty we got a cruise too. This is free isn’t it.
Well, sort of.
What do you mean sort of. If its not really free I don‘t want to hear about it..
You’ll miss all those wonderful days and nights.
I don’t care if Its not free you can forget about my signing on.
Its your loss.
I know but that’s house rule number 15.
House rule number 15.
Yes it reads as follows: Phone answering people in this house are forbidden to accept free trips unless there is no cost involved.
But its just a little registration fee.
I ‘m really sorry but rule 15 is very clear.
At this point the phone begins to hum. I think he must have just gone to check on something.
If he doesn’t call back we’ll never get to Orlando.
But I won today’s telephone game.
7650 spins without a prize. Old Hapless saw his kind of loser on "Wheel of Fortune". Twice she had large sums of money and seemed to know what the words were. She went for that last spin that would give her just a little more and hit bankrupt. So she had nothing. She even had to give back a $1000 prize she picked up. Now that's bad luck. She is certainly welcome at his big losers party.
Well Uncle Wiggly lovers if Old Hapless doesn't get the wires on his new train crossed causing the fuse to blow thus leaving no power for the computer. we will be back tomorrow with "As the World Spins".
Walked twice from the lift chair to the bathroom with the walker. It was more like walking and less like hoping. The left knee still hurts a lot. Betty went to Tops. She came home not very happy because she had a gain. Now she is making something for tonight's service. Stayed off of oxygen all day. I measured the blood oxygen every hour and it was fine. The lungs seem to be coming back after the fall. Betty has gone to church so I'll have to wait for my breathing treatment.