A â€œâ€™Tis the Season to be Jolly (to the Tune of $100)â€ Contest!
Look... Once and for all, letâ€™s all be honest about the upcoming holidays. Far, far, far too many of us wait until the last moment, and then race out and buy a ton of amazingly stupid junk for an astounding amount of money. There... I said it... Someone had to do it. According to the polls, the average adult American will blow between $500 and $1,000 this season. And I claim that sum will be spent for the most part on significantly pointless presents. Oh sure, thereâ€™ll be the old standards like bikes and dolls that will serve faithfully for years, and thatâ€™s good. But all too often, folks will end up buying stuff like:
- Video game machines that will be obsolete and discarded in just a few months.
- CDs and DVDs that will spin a few times at best.
- Ties for guys who really would prefer never see another tie as long as they live.
So how about another tack? How about if we give moderately-priced gifts that provide real meaning and long-term value? Some ideas follow:
- Fill a feeder for a neighbor...
- Contact the local retirement home, fire department, police department, community center, etc., and see if you canâ€™t help them experience the joy of bird watching.
- Things like thistle socks, bird seed coupons, suet, birding books, binoculars, disposable cameras, etc. makes for great stocking stuffers for both the birder, and the backyard birder to be.
Ok, ok, ok... Now on to the contest...
All you need to do is respond to this post by entering a comment describing How Feeding the Birds has Improved My Life using 200 words or less by midnight 12/15/2006. The winner gets a $100 eBirdseed.com Gift Certificate. Multiple comments (entries) for this contest are acceptable, but each must be unique, distinct, and will be judged as such. Finally, the ruling of the judges (owners Dan and Gordon, bloggers Kathryn and Alan) is final. Employees of eBirdseed.com (and their families) are ineligible.
Shop wisely, and good luck in the contest!
See you by the feeder,