So here’s the deal.
I go to Raley’s everyday for coffee and/or lunch. What’s Raley’s? It’s a grocery store. They make delicious soups, and sandwiches, and sushi. Since I only take a 30 minute lunch break, and it’s within walking distance from work, it just makes sense that I go there on the daily.
It was a normal afternoon. I probably went to Raley’s for some soup… but perhaps I was grabbing a beverage. It was like a Tuesday or something, I don’t remember the details. But I saw a sign that looked something like this:
- I ❤ Disneyland
- My boyfriend <3’s Star Wars
It really seemed like the perfect combo of awesome and fun.
I know there are a lot of people out there who like to enter contests. I’m not one of them, never have been. But I’m nerdy and the poster had a QR code and it was a trip to Disneyland. What’s the worst that could happen if I entered? I’d forget about it, and never win. And I’d lose like 30 seconds of my day filling out my name and e-mail address. I figured my win to lose ratio was pretty even on the “doesn’t matter” scale.
So I lasered the QR code with my iPhone (or at least that is what I like to think I do when I use a QR code scanner) and entered my name+e-mail. I met up with my boyfriend for coffee and then I completely forgot about the contest altogether.
October 12th rolls around and I’m driving back to my office from my morning trip to Raley’s for coffee. I receive an e-mail. I don’t recommend doing this, but I read the e-mail while driving. It said something like “Congratulations you’re a winner”. Normally I’d delete it because those things are ALWAYS spam… but I saw the Star Tours logo and it all came rushing back to me. (still driving) I read the rest of the e-mail and long story short… I won the grand prize.
What? Up until this point, I was convinced people didn’t actually win the contests they signed up to win.
So what do I get?
- Round Trip flights
- Ground transportation
- 2 night stay in a Disneyland resort
- 3 day park-hopper passes
- A private tour of Star Tours
- A nerdy merchandise basket full of Disney+Star Tours stuff
Now… for the last 2 months, I’ve been telling Jason to take me to Disneyland. Why? I don’t know, I just really want to go there and I feel like everyone I know is going. He always rolls his eyes and laughs… like I am a child (but it’s deserved, 97% of the time I act like a child).
After I won this all inclusive trip I called him to let him know that I can manage my own life and find ways to go to Disneyland for free. He didn’t believe me at first. But after a few: “No I’m really serious, like seriously serious” he realized I wasn’t all crazy and we got wayy too excited.
Obviously there were 2 spots left. So on October 12th, I had a lot of friends. People texted me, and messaged me, and facebooked me… and I was like whoa… I know what you all are doing.
So anyways, it wasn’t too difficult for me to decide that I wanted these guys to go with us to the happiest place on earth:
So the KleiGuerAlkers are going to Disneyland in 2012. And you all should be jealous because it’s going to be magical.
The moral of this story is:
- Make sure to stay really close to your friends if they seem like they often have good luck.
- ENTER EVERY CONTEST YOU SEE EVER.
Now watch this, because it basically mirrors the reaction I had when I found out I won this trip.