Leslie Cook

The Art of the Giveaway

In In My Opinion..., My Favorite Things on July 4, 2009 at 1:17 am

Rally Monkey
This is Sam. I got him last night at the Angels vs Orioles game as a baseball giveaway. I love giveaways. Last year at Comic Con, I was almost crushed to death attempting to get a giant cloth bags which advertised several Warner Brothers TV shows. I’ll endure the endless sales pitch of a timeshare real estate “professional” just to get a $50 Macaroni Grill gift card. And I’m not the only one. People will stand in line for hours just for a free piece of chicken. Apparently, they’ll even riot! (Oprah Fans Riot at KFC )

Why do we do this? Is there some gene that tells us to always seek out the least expensive thing on earth, no matter what it takes? Or is it upbringing? Did my mom really teach me to find the lowest prices and to convince the merchant to give me 10% off on top of the discount?

Perhaps there’s a third explanation. Good old-fashioned greed! That does explain the most recent housing and financial meltdown. Is the instinct to grab a free t-shirt the same one that drives us to buy a house for $500,000, no money down, in hopes that, in a year, we’ll sell it for $700,000? I think the two instincts are related, if not the same.  But is there anything that we can do about it?  Can we try and squelch the urge to grab for the inexpensive and the free?  Is there really a way to stop ourselves from pushing past people at Costco to grab an overcooked piece of egg roll, or are we, as humans, hopeless?

I’m not sure what the answer is, but I do know I love the latest member of my giveaway collection.

  1. I agree – free stuff is awesome! Congrats on your receipt of Sam!

    Nice blog, by the way. I didn’t know you had one, so now I’ll have to check back and keep up with what you’re up to.


    • Thanks Amy! Actually, you’re my inspiration. You do such a nice job with your site. And it’s kind of nice to get those random thoughts out of my head. It leaves more room for new information.

  2. Hi Leslie…How cool is this. I really enjoy reading other friends Blogs. Since retirement…I’ve thrown myself into sewing and the creative world. I probably would not be playing in Facebook except I love games….best memories of my childhood…..Thanks for joining our neighborhood….I actually enjoy the challenge and can plant and feed while sewing or working in the yard. I’m currently in the Central Coast and needed to trim some of the plants in the back yard,,,,I just didn’t know when I got a hold of the electric Trimmers I would become Edward Scissors Hand. There are piles every where. I love the trimming I hate the clean up!!!. So glad I have a movie critic now. We had one in our development here at Trilogy but they moved back to New York and everyone misses the blog. Have a great day and thanks for staying in touch. See ya on the Tractor (I don’t have one yet!)

    • Wow, sounds like you’re having a pretty active life there Vickie! Norm is the perfect film critic. I’m trying to get him to submit is posts here!.

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