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Please Play Again.Please Play Again.Please Play Again.Please Play Again.

It's a litany I'm becoming used to, as I slip deeper into the realms of double digit Roll Up the Rim to Win losses. Todays XL Coffee places me at 0-12, which is not a happy place to be. I'm not asking for much. I'd be happy with a simple free coffee out of this, but I'm 0-12 on this year. We won't even talk about last year and the year before, both of which I won not a single thing. I mean, yeah, a 37" Plasma screen would be OK, and so would the truck, for that matter, but I'd be happy with a lousy, stinkin' coffee for my effort. Each morning I go into to Timmies, that big sign behind the counter torments me.

937 winners at this location!

1023 winners at this location!

Bastards. Rub my face in it, why don't you? I visited the website, TimHortons.ca, and there's no help to be had there.

If this keeps up, I may have to start going to CountryStyle Donuts, where "Every cup's a winner!".


The combination of one pack of Regular Quaker Oats, and one pack of Baked Apple Quaker Oats is actually pretty revolting. I really, really must buy some more Maple and Brown Sugar ones, as they appear to be the only ones I can tolerate.


In early competition for the 2005 Darwin Awards....


Finished Dan Chernenko's The Bastard King today. I picked it up on a whim last week, I don't know the author, and I was bored. So, bought it, being Book 1 of The sceptre of Mercy. It's good. In fact, I finished it in a day and a half. A neat concept, two kings sharing a crown; one by right of ascendency, the other, keeping the dynasty alive, but taking control for himself at the same time, and both pitted against assassins, opposing and invading countries, and a demon-god across the southern border known only as "The Banished One", thrown down from the Heavens ages ago, in disgrace. Great characterizations, very human, and some great quick twists in it. Excellent fantasy, and the second book is apparently due out in April. I'm hoping he can maintain the flavor of the first one, because if he can, this'll be a great series to keep up with.



Sunday, yes? Say 3:30 to whenever the hell we're done? I know ardently won't be there until after 4pm, but that's ok, because with staggered times for people showin' up, it'll be at least then before we actually get started. Also, me and fellthisgirl will be out in the boonies raiding some sugary goodness, with others, until then, me thinks! Y'all need the address, just look back a few posts in dis 'er journal, and look for one of the very, very few "friends only" posts, wherein both it and a phone number is. Heh. English good yes.



Don't be afraid to wear pink, Ryan Seacrest tells kids

National Post
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Six schoolboys who were banned from a class portrait for refusing to cover up their pink T-shirts have gained the support of fashionable American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. Ensign Middle School principal Edward Wong pulled the boys from their Grade 8 class portrait last week because he feared the colour could be associated with gang-affiliated "dance crews." The boys denied being crew members and said they wore the shirts to stand out in the photo. More than 400 of the 1,000 seventh- and eighth-graders at the school wore pink to class the following day in support of the teens. Seacrest said Tuesday he got involved because a student was quoted in a local newspaper as saying pink was popular among teens because Seacrest often wore it. He fielded calls on his morning radio show, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest. "I'm standing up and saying it's OK to stand out because I am the Pink Piper," he told a caller.

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vario24 From: vario24 Date: March 25th, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Working backwards

Yeah... I noticed a lot of the girls wearing pink today at the office... and I was all in black.

I would play Monopoly if I was there on Sunday night...

Isn't the Darwin award suppose to be given to the victom ...

Not a big fan of Quaker oats... but good Oatmeal crisp...

I gave up on trying to win something myself as well...
quotation From: quotation Date: March 25th, 2004 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Numbers based on the official rules at http://www.timhortons.com

			(Cups in thousands)		Odds are one in:		Overall big-ticket	
		Cups	Trucks	TVs	Cash	Bikes	Trucks	TVs	Cash	Bikes	odds are one in:
Eastern Ontario										
	M	5868	1	3	13	199	5868000	1956000	451384	29487	27166
	L	8383	1	4	20	285	8383000	2095750	419150	29414	27041
	XL	2515	0	1	 6	 85	N/A	2515000	419166	29588	27336
Atlantic Canada										
	M	15964	2	8	36	542	7982000	1995500	443444	29453	27149
	L	15964	3	7	36	541	5321333	2280571	443444	29508	27195
	XL	 2776	1	1	 6	 94	2776000	2776000	462666	29531	27215

So, based on these numbers, you have better odds of winning the truck by buying XL in Halifax, and better odds of winning the TV by buying Medium in Ottawa.

Me, I've been buying the Large in Halifax because I like Large. It's just the right size, regardless of the odds.

But, I've lost 57 times in a row. Assuming that the odds of winning anything are one in 9, then the odds of losing 57 times in a row are one in ( 9 / 8 ) ^ 57 = 823. Your odds of losing 9 in a row are only one in 2.89. The odds of winning any of the "big-ticket" prizes is about the same as your odds of losing 89 times in a row.
sykomonkey From: sykomonkey Date: March 26th, 2004 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am now 5 for 16.
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