Saturday, December 20, 2008

And the Winner Is...

This person. Congratulations, Heidi! You were the first to correctly guess the secret identity of the mystery man. By the way, I've given you a prize. It's quite lame, by the way, but it's the best I've got at the moment. I've started following your blog and have left comments on all your posts that are on the front page. Like I said, it's really lame. Your prize, that is. Not your blog.

I realize there are long-established blogging etiquette conventions that dictate you're supposed to respond to comments, visit the blogs of those who visit yours, etc. Unfortunately, I don't have as much time to dedicate to that sort of thing as I would like. Especially if Rebecca is on the computer. I think we both need laptops. Anyway, this means I will not be able to do as much blog-hopping as I would like to do.

There's a principle in Economics (WARNING: If you suffer from sleep apnea, read no further unless you're hooked up to your machine) known as opportunity costs. Opportunity costs are what it costs a person to engage in any given activity. The opportunity costs of that activity are whatever benefit you would have gained had you chosen your best alternative activity.

In this case, the value of Heidi's prize is whatever I gave up to go read and comment on her posts. Since those infomercials tell me I could be making bazillions of dollars working out of my home part time, that would be my best alternative activity. So, Heidi, I gave up bazillions of dollars, being my own boss, and wearing my PJs (Attention Grammar Nazis(TM), notice I left off the apostrophe. You're welcome.) to work to give you your prize. Those are some seriously valuable comments. In other words, you hit the jackpot. No need to thank me.

To the rest of you who were kind enough to read my first post and leave comments, I promise I will eventually get around to reading some of your stuff and commenting on it as well. Unfortunately, I will only be giving up, oh, I don't know, a part-time job at Wal-Mart (EDIT: Wal-Mart should be so lucky to have me working for them). So that means my comments on Heidi's blog will be worth far more than the comments left for everyone else.

Or not. That's still lame, isn't it? But hey, it's Christmas! It's the thought that counts, right? In memory of the new-and-improved, charitable and generous Ebeneezer Scrooge, have mercy on my pathetic offering.

Oh! Wait! I know! I can put in a plug for Heidi's book, Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind. If you read it all your dreams will come true, and if you don't, all the hair you want to grow will fall out and all the hair you don't want to grow will become a forest. Hopefully that makes it a no-brainer for you.


Heidi Ashworth said...

First of all, b/c there is an order to these things as you will learn if you can drag yourself away from your albiet part time job at Walmart long enough to notice, THANK YOU for this fab contest, the opportunity to enter and for being the winner. Me being the winner, that is. Second, I love this post! Just love love love it! I am going to link to it on Tuesday. Third, I thought that I had chosen to be a follower on your blog. In fact, I was wondering where in the heck James had gotten to with his own postings as none were showing up on my dashboard. So, I checked, and my shiny little face wasn't there, so I remedied that pronto! Fourth, I love your blog look--and here you said that you weren't going to change it up for Christmas! This blogging thing gets addictive--you have to keep up with the virtual Jones' and all. I have been super enjoying your comments on my blog! Thank you! It is indeed a prize worth having since, as you might have noticed, there is a dearth of gentlemen in the blogging world.

Nancy Face said...

Happy Birthday, hubby of Rebecca! :D

Rebecca said...

Congratulations, Heidi!

James, I'm sad that I didn't win. Wait--no, I'm not. I win because I have you!

(And if that sounds sappy to anyone...well, it is. I make no apology for it either.)