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Posted: October 11, 2012 in Family, Food, Kids, Uncategorized
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McDonalds' Monopoly Gamepiece - peel it
to reveal a winner.

   McDonald’s just launched their 20th annual Monopoly game contest. When you buy certain food and drink items from McDonald’s, you get two or four game pieces attached to the packaging. You peel the game pieces off to reveal either an instant win coupon or a monopoly property card that you collect for a big prize.

   My daughter has always been a fan of these games of chance. One Christmas, when she was about 10, she wanted to hang around the store after we bought our Christmas gifts so she could win the door prize. I tried my best to discourage her so we could go home, but she begged, and so we stayed. She won the door prize — a diamond bracelet worth about $200.

   The other night, the family was eating at McD’s, and my daughter pulls her Monopoly game pieces from her drink cup. WINNER! She wins a free Tropical Smoothie.

    She goes up to the counter to claim it, and she comes back with a large milk shake instead. The guy behind the counter made another customer the wrong drink, so he let my daughter have it for free… WINNER! Oh and, by the way, the milk shake had two more Monopoly pull-off pieces. You guessed it. WINNER! – She wins a free order of fries to go with that milk shake and smoothie.

   So what did I get on my drink cup Monopoly pull-offs? Luxury tax and GO STRAIGHT TO JAIL.



   When my son was about six or seven, I took him to a Brevard Manatees baseball game. Along about the sixth inning, we were getting fairly hungry and headed down to the concessions booths. We were about fourth or fifth in line when my son announced, “Hey dad, somebody dropped a dollar.”

   I looked down, and between our feet was a dollar bill, folded twice. I told him, “Go ahead and pick it up.” So he bent down and picked up the bill.

   “Dad, should I ask the man in front of us if he dropped it?” he asked. I admired his honesty, but I explained to him a micro-lesson in human behavior: If you offer a person something of value, and ask, ‘Is this yours?’ unscrupulous people will always say ‘yes’ and take your offering, even if it’s not theirs. I told him a better way would be to wait and see if when the man pulls his money out to pay, if he notices the money missing and starts looking around for it, then offer the money you found to him.

   We waited through several customers, and none seemed to be missing some money, so after about five minutes or so, I told my son he could keep the dollar.

   We returned to our seats. We sat down and he unfolded the bill and said, “Dad, it’s not a dollar — it’s twenty dollars!” Then he quickly added, “I think I like baseball.”

John Rocker

John Rocker, retired Major League Baseball relief pitcher played for the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as well as others. He was chastised for comments he made during his career about blacks, homosexuals, and New York baseball fans.

   When we were in Florida, the Atlanta Braves were having an exposition game at the Brevard County Manatees’ stadium. My neighbor, Gene, asked if he could take my seven-year-old son along with his sons to watch the game.

I said, “Sure.”

After the game, my son came home and told me what a good time he had. He showed me a baseball he had bought, and told me about eating hot dogs and peanuts. Then he went to bed.

The next day, Gene was over.

“Did you see the baseball your son bought?” Gene asked.

“I did.” I answered.

“We stood in line over an hour to get John Rocker’s autograph,” Gene said.

   The pitcher for Atlanta at the time was John Rocker. He was quite a controversial figure. In a January 2000 Sports Illustrated interview, Rocker had made some disparaging comments about New Yorkers. When asked whether he would ever play for the New York Yankees or the New York Mets, Rocker’s response was:

“I’d retire first… Imagine… you’re riding through [a city like] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing.” Later he said, “Nowhere else in the country do people spit at you, throw bottles at you, throw quarters at you… I talked about what degenerates they were and they proved me right.”


“What?” I asked. “You all stood in line over an hour for John Rocker’s autograph? There was no autograph on the ball.”

“Oh yeah,” said Gene. “We got John Rocker’s autograph on your son’s baseball,” he repeated.

“I don’t think so,” I told him, and went to get the ball.

Turning the ball over and over, I saw no evidence of a signature. I handed it to Gene.

“That’s the ball,” he said, “but there’s no signature!”

So I called my son over. “Son, did John Rocker sign his autograph on your baseball the other night?”

“Yeah, Dad, some guy wrote his name on it.” he replied.

“Well, where’s the signature?”

“I didn’t like it,” he said. “It just looked like a bunch of scribble-scrabble to me so I wiped it off.”

I like Baseball

Turtle Candies get their name from their whimsical turtle shape.

   Valentine’s Day, 1995. I bought my wife her favorite chocolate treat — Turtles. The combination of toasted pecans, soft caramel and smooth chocolate is impossible to resist. I decided to rather than just hand them to her in some sloven, unromantic way, that I’d make a game of it.
   I stopped by after work and bought the Turtles. Then, I rushed home to set my game into place. I knew I only had a few minutes until my wife got home, so I had to hurry. I carefully cut little place cards out of card stock, and wrote messages on each.  

The first note said,

Happy Valentine’s Day. To show you that I love you, I bought you a gift. But you must find it. You can start by looking on the dining room table.

   On the dining room table was another note card. This one said, “Before you search, you must first check the clock to see what time it is.”

Inside the wall clock was the third note. “It seems it is near dinner time. Maybe you should check the oven?”

   The fourth note was inside the oven. “You’ll want to clean up before you enjoy the delectable treat I have for you. Try checking the medicine cabinet.”

… and so it went. But she got home earlier than I expected. She was already hot on the trail, and I still had to place the last note and hide the candy. As she darted from room to room, I waited for my chance. The last note went on the bed, and said, “Not ON the bed, look UNDER the bed. I love you!” Then she would find her Turtles nesting under our bed.

Only they weren’t there yet.

   As soon as she headed for the back bedroom, I jumped up and ran to our bedroom. I quickly placed the last note card, and dropped the box of Turtles on the floor, giving it a quick kick under the bed. But it didn’t go. I crouched down and lifted the bed skirt. Oh, there’s the problem. My wife had something wrapped in a WalMart bag stuffed under the bed. I shoved it to the side and slid my Turtles in place. I hopped up and returned to the living room sofa, trying to hide the fact that I only planned and executed this little game 30 minutes earlier.

   She headed for the bedroom. There was a long silent pause. Then laughter. She came out carrying two boxes of Turtles, one from me to her and one from her to me — still wrapped in a WalMart bag.


A recipe for home-made Turtles.

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The Lieutenant’s Cookies


This post is the Answers to the Retail Alphabet Game:

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  • A – Sears
  • B – BMW
  • C – KFC
  • D – Bloomingdales
  • E – Life Magazine
  • F – Frito Lay
  • G – The Gap
  • H – The Sharper Image
  • I – Pier 1 Imports
  • J – Bojangles Chicken
  • K – York Peppermint Patties
  • L – Halls Cough Drops
  • M – McDonalds
  • N – Nestle
  • O – Coca-Cola
  • P – ValPak Coupons
  • Q – Quaker Oats
  • R – Radio Shack
  • S – Pepsi Cola
  • T – Microsoft
  • U – Toys R Us
  • V – Ivory Soap
  • W – Volkswagen
  • X – Mail Boxes Etc.
  • Y – Circuit City
  • Z – Pizza Hut

Back to the Retail Alphabet Game #1


Rules of the Alphabet Game : You will be presented with 26 alphabet letterforms, extracted from product logos and corporate trademarks from within the United States. Your job is to figure out the source of each.


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right arrow The Modern-Day Alphabet

Toilet paper origami

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