Not To Be Trusted With Knives

{March 3, 2007}   A test of my will

The other day I was watching the Canucks game with some fellow scientists at Coppertank and Erika told a story about how she was burned as a young child when she spilled a scalding hot cup of hot chocolate on herself and she bears the scar tissue to this day. For some reason, this made me crave a hot chocolate*. And since Coppertank is right across the road from Timmy Ho’s and I was walking home from the ‘tank, I decided to pop in to satisfy that craving. And what did I discover when I entered Timmy’s?

It’s Roll Up The Rim To Win time. For you non-Canadians, RUTRTW is this promotion they have at Tim Horton’s where you can, not surprisingly, win prizes by rolling up the rim of your coffee cup. Your disposable paper coffee cup.

This is where the test of my will comes in. As I have mentioned before, I bring a travel mug around with me, as I prefer not to use disposable cups, destroying trees and filling up landfills unnecessarily. When I emailed my sister the pic from the Metro, her response was “And look at you sporting your environmentally friendly coffee cup.” It’s what I do. However, I also like winning things. Hence, my dilemma. You can’t very well win anything at Roll Up The Rim To Win if you don’t take the paper coffee cup. So, I’ve been to Timmy’s twice since RUTRTW started and used my travel mug both times, forgoing my opportunity to roll and win. But how long can I resist the siren song this is a chance to win an iPod**? And shouldn’t they have a contest that rewards the use of non-disposable mugs, rather than promoting those who continue to fill up our landfills??

Me, modeling with a disposable paper cup at Timmy’s (not a Roll Up The Rim To Win one, mind you) on a day when I was not practising what I preach. And yes, I always dress this nicely to go to Timmy’s, don’t you?

*I know. I’m weird.

**I know that I already have an iPod. But this one has more memory than mine!

{March 3, 2007}   Wear the Fox Hat

The same radio station that brought you Hump at the Pump has recently had a new contest: “Wear the Fox Hat”* 99 people won the opportunity to wear this silly looking fox hat 24/7… didn’t matter what you were doing – when you slept, when you showered, when you had sex, you had to wear the fox hat… and the one who wore it the longest would win $10,000 and a new car. This gave the radio station plenty of fodder – they sent DJs out to ambush contestants at homes or their place of employment. Some guy was a welder and wore his hat under his welding mask. Some girl quit her job to stay at home and wear the hat.

A subcontest of this contest was that if you saw any of the contestants wearing one of these hats and you got a picture of yourself with them, you could send it in to the radio station and one name would be drawn from all those who submitted photos and that person would get tickets to every concert that CFOX hosts for the rest of 2007.

So, last month on the Aggies trip to Roosters, guess who saw a guy in a fox hat?

I asked him if he really wore his hat all the time, “You really haven’t washed your hair since this contest started? Have you had sex wearing that hat??” He swore that he had never taken it off. And he had a girlfriend and that they had, in fact, had sex while he wore that hat.

My friend Jamie was with me, so we got a pic of her too and we both emailed them into try to win concert tix:

And guess who won??

Not me. And not Jamie. Some guy we never heard of won. Stupid guy we don’t know.

But, I did just hear on the radio that the winner of the $10,000 and the car was none other than hat #84. Take a closer look at those photos. Yup, that guy is wearing hat #84.

*say it aloud. It’s funny, trust me.

et cetera