Friday, May 6, 2011

Sadly, I'm Not Oprah

If I were Oprah, everyone who entered this giveaway would receive a free copy of The Great Lenore.  I wish I could do this.  I really wish I could do this. 

Sadly, I am not Oprah.  I do not have a talkshow, and I cannot give a free copy of The Great Lenore to everyone in the audience - or in this case, everyone who entered.  And since many great friends entered and supported this month's giveaway (thank you), I'm rather uspet by this realization.

Of course, the winner is not up to me. handles that.  I'm simply a viewer watching a reality show, waiting to see who advances to the next round.  So, let's see who advances this time, shall we?

Congratulations to....

Michele Shaw, who some of you may recognize as @veertothewrite.  Michele is a good friend of mine from the online writing community.  She is a great supporter of fellow writers and has returned to enter this contest each time I run it.  I'm happy to see her win.  I'd be happier if everyone could win.

The final drawing for a free copy of The Great Lenore will take place the first week in June.  Stay tuned!

And to be clear, I don't wish I was Oprah.  I do wish I had Oprah's money.

Odds and Ends:

Tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby.  I'm excited to score a slice of Derby Pie.  I'm also excited to spend tomorrow reminiscing about the eight years I spent in Louisville. 

Derby Trivia:
  • The Kentucky Derby Festival is a two-week long celebration composed of over seventy events.
  • The Festival kicks off with Thunder Over Louisville, an airshow and fireworks display put on over the Ohio River.  Thunder is the largest annual fireworks display in North America.
  • The majority of KY schools are closed on Oaks Day (today), the day before the Kentucky Derby.
  • The annual Chow Wagon Festival is held at Waterfront Park.  The event features southern cuisine, including BBQ pulled pork, roasted chicken, brisket with Derby sauce, ribeye sandwiches, gyros, kabobs, Italian meatball subs, funnel cakes, ice cream, fried candy bars, strawberry shortcake, fresh lemonade, fajitas, frozen daiquiris, frozen margaritas, corn dogs, sausages, and more.  Hungry?
  • The Chow Wagon Festival also includes nearly thirty live concerts featuring local and regional entertainment. 
  • On average, the Derby brings 150,000 visitors to Louisville each year.
  • The Derby is a 1.25 mile long race for three-year old thoroughbred horses only.
Sunday is Mother's Day.  I will join my parents in their neighborhood's annual 5K Breast Cancer Walk at 9AM.  Afterwards, I will return to the cul-de-sac and stuff myself at the potluck breakfast buffet.  (I will also finish the walk first.  Just sayin...)

My blog will turn one-year old on Monday (I started it last year after drinking too much coffee at the Mother's Day breakfast buffet).  In lieu of cards, please leave comments.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. Oh, wow, Paul. I didn't realize that excess caffeine had giving you superhuman blogging powers! This is way cooler than being bitten by a radioactive spider as Spiderman has no interest in being my friend.

    Ah, how I love superhero origin stories. Oh, and congrats to Michelle!

  2. Plus, I think you're a lot taller than Oprah.

  3. Congrats to the winner! ANd happy blogoversary! Cool beans!

  4. Congratulations to Michele!

    Happy Blogoversary!

    Interesting facts about the Kentucky Derby.

  5. Congrats to Michele for the win and to you Paul for making it a year!

  6. Congrats on the year... Unfortunately, I will never visit Louisville b/c my wife has banned us from ever going there (she had to take her board exams there and associates it with complete stress, never mind the fact she didn't travel two miles from the airport... ah bien).

  7. Congratulations on one year of blogging! You've created a very nice blog in that time!

    Duncan In Kuantan

  8. Congrats to Michelle! Somehow I missed this!
    Happy Blogoversary!!
    P.S. I forgot to say in my comment about teachers, that I loved your quips about parents!Someone quoted Ron White's "You can't fix stupid!" Ditto!

  9. Congratulations on your upcoming one year Blogoversary!

  10. Well, Oprah become overrated anyway. Everyone loves a car, but sentiments are hard to come by. This makes me want to move to Louisville and celebrate the derby. I was never a fan, but for a practical holiday and two weeks of celebrations, count me in for next year!

  11. Your way more awesome than Oprah and you don't need to give away stuff because reading your posts are already a gift for us.

  12. Your way more awesome than Oprah because your post are really awesome and even if you dont give free stuff you give great info.


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