Anyway--my GOD you guys. I must admit, when I decided to select the winner of the Wii & Wii Fit contest by picking my five favorites, I figured it would be a cinch. I WAS WRONG. So many of your comments made me laugh to the point that I snorted various beverages onto not one, not two, but three separate computers, and some of your stories about why you needed one actually made me cry. I had the obligatory “I WANT TO GIVE ONE TO EVERYBODY WHO ENTERED!” moment, and after my eyes started going blurry from reading the comments on the screen, I printed out the comments (all NINETY-SEVEN PAGES OF THEM. Sorry, Earth!), and began sorting them out utilizing an intricate coding system of arcane symbols, dog-eared pages, and assorted colored markers.
As I’m sure you can imagine, the decision was not an easy one. I have a hard time deciding which flavor of Melba toast to buy, so perhaps, in retrospect, attempting to whittle nearly 200 comments down to the top five was not a position for which I was well suited. That said, I took my job very, very seriously. In sum, I have spent nearly three (3) hours reading and assessing the comments, two (2) hours in total discussing them with J, and 45 minutes on a conference call with both J and my little brother analyzing our final selections. Although my brother MeeMee is still annoyed that I excluded his fiancée, R, from participating in the contest (as the rules prohibit family from entering, and I already consider her my sister-in-law), he cannot deny that we have precisely the same sense of humor (genetics at work!) so I truly needed his impartial input. (Which he offerred, after I buttered him up by showing him the best site ever, www.fuckyoupenguin.blogspot.com, so he’d forgive me for not allowing R to enter the contest.)
While the final decisions ultimately rested with me, the guidance of both J and MeeMee was invaluable, and in many instances, we were unanimous. I was, however, unable to narrow down the last two choices for the final five, so instead, I leave you with…THE FINAL SIX!
Gina G. – Gina and her roommate totally impressed me by a creating a short stop motion animation to make their case for why they need the Wii and Wii Fit. Check it out here: http://g.homes.mcad.edu/~ggiampaolo/wii.mov
Rosie – Rosie clearly reads this blog enough to know that pop culture is one of my obsessions. Her rationale for why she deserved the Wii and Wii Fit referenced, among other things, Flashdance, Olivia Newton John, Dieter Sprocket and Amy Winehouse, and did so seamlessly, and to great comedic effect.
Gabrielle- Gabrielle regaled us all with a hilariously-crafted tale of needing a Wii and Wii Fit because, after being abandoned by her boyfriend with his only-Russian-speaking grandmother for an extended period of time, he added insult to injury after returning and (in the process of trying to compliment her body) telling her how much he loved her soft fat rolls.
Demicmic/Michele- Michele survived a battle with breast cancer, which left her unable to get pregnant. She and her husband adopted a little girl and a little boy from
Nancy- Nancy reworked the Beatles song, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” to be “I Wanna Hold a Wii.” With such lyrics as “Yeah you’ve got that something/That will tone my thighs,” she had us all giggling. She says she needs the Wii because diabetes runs in her family, she lost 65 lbs. in the past year, and is stuck trying to lose the last 20 pounds.
Amy S. – Amy S.’s entry was one of the sweetest things I read. She admitted that she has plenty of time to work out, but her very best friend (a new mom who cannot afford to join a gym), does not. Amy indicated that if she won, she’d give the Wii and Wii Fit to her friend so she could “work out, stay fit, and encourage her daughter into a healthy lifestyle.”
So there you have it—your final six. Want to know who won?
Before I share that with you, know this: I truly appreciate the generosity of Nintendo in sponsoring this incredible giveaway, and you all for sharing your stories. Each and every entry was carefully considered, and I hope you enjoyed playing along. Although I didn’t reach 200 comments by of the contest deadline (and thus, no $25 Barnes and Noble gift card to first runner-up…don’t worry, I’ll do another contest soon and give it away then!) I did just want to make a small gesture on my part, both in recognition for you all taking the time to enter, as well as the time of year and current financial climate. In the winner’s honor, I’ll be donating $25 to the Food Bank of
Now, on with the video:
(I AM TALKING ON VIDEO OH MY GOD MY VOICE IS MAKING MY EARS BLEEEEED.)
(No, I do not know why I’m making Claw Hands each time I fold up an entry for the comically large hat, either.)
(Also, yes, I very much needed to stage the opening like an infomercial, for reasons that are unclear even to me.)
HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER! I have your email address, so I’ll be in touch with you shortly!