Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Nutrition (and roll up the rim to lose...)

Well... the new streak of "Please Play Again"'s (maybe (c)) is up to 5. I think I was really on to something earlier on. Ah well. I heard on the radio recently that Tim Horton's skewed the contest so that you're more likely to win stuff if you live in Alberta or Quebec. I say good for the people who live there, and nuts to Tim's.

But it got me thinking... How nutritious *is* Tim's food? Not really - if you read their info on www.timhortons.com. Though I guess their sandwiches are ok... (They are good!) But it's important to eat healthy food - so less Tim's (except maybe the odd coffee) and more good stuff (fruits & veggies) for me from now on... Lots of fat & sugar will only help me die earlier - something I'd rather not do! The other nice benefit is that it's much better on my wallet to not eat donuts / muffins / bagels / etc. @ Tim's all the time.... And that's almost as good a benefit as the health ones. :)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

A what!?!?

Ummm... So which one is it??? I'm confused now...


Dre --

[adjective]:

Extremely extreme!



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Dre --

[noun]:

A person of questionable sanity who starts their own cult



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Dre --

[noun]:

A master blogger



'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com



Dre --

[adjective]:

Tastes like fried chicken



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Monday, March 06, 2006

Adventures in TimHortonLand...

The streak is officially over. I "won" a coffee this morning. (Whoop-eee... just look how enthusiastic I am...) So this gives me a "free" shot at a new entry in the "Rrroll up the rim to lose" contest. Basically it works out to a 2 coffees for the price of one. Fortunately it doesn't say anything about what size I'm "limited" to... heh heh heh. Think the second one'll be an extra large (or at least a large). I've added the "evidence" below - no more "Please Play Again" (sigh).

Anyway... why TimHortonLand?? Well... I was thinking about how Tim's still falls under the banner of "fast food"... And for the children of the eighties, you might remember McDonaldLand... with all the associated characters: Ronald, Grimace (due for an obesity-related heart attack in 1984), the Fry Guys, the Hamburglar, etc. So I propose we create a TimHortonLand for those of us who remember McDonaldLand. Instead of a mayor (wasn't it Mayor McCheese or something?) we should have two Co-Presidents, Bob & Doug McKenzie (see below).

Mind you, we'd also have to change the menu selection *slightly* at Tim Horton's... (brewski anyone?) But these good ol' Canadian boys do represent our (unofficial) national food... Donuts. And yes, they represent beer too... so? What's your point? (Cold beer's a good drink, especially on a hot day...) If you're scratching your head right now (i.e. completely clueless) PLEASE rent & watch the movie Strange Brew. You'll understand some more after that. (If you need to borrow it, I could arrange that too...) If you still don't get it after watching the movie... Please seek medical attention.

So thus endeth the "losing" streak... at least till this afternoon when I started a new streak of "Please Play Again"s... Ah well...

So now for this year's edition of "Rrroll up the rim to lose" I stand at 4 coffees, of which I won 3 "Please Play Again"s and one free coffee.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

The running tally...

Ok I have a confession to make... I ended up playing Roll Up the Rim to Lose today... Twice. Actually it was a rough day and I wanted the coffee(s) to keep me awake @ work. Really.

And true to form... I won "Please Play Again". TWICE. Yay me. Check it out if you don't believe me (note the 2 "Please Play Again"'s in the rims):


So now I've played twice, and won 2 "Please play again"s.

I think I'll keep a running tally here... It'll let me show that (a) this contest is rigged against me; and (b) how much Tim Horton's coffee I *actually* drink (which isn't that much when you think about it).

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Please Play Again...

Yaaayyy... It's time to play "Rrroll up the rim to lose" at Tim Horton's again - er I mean "Rrroll up the rim to win"... Except most people I've spoken to never seem to win anything... I haven't either, for that matter.


Unless you count all those "Please Play Again" cups... I've won TONS of those. The problem is, none of the Tim Hortons stores are willing to give you a free cup so you can play again when you try to claim the prize. They all have this silly insistence that you actually *PAY* for the new cup with another chance to play. What sort of nonsense is that??

Ok I'm kidding. I don't really believe the crap I just wrote. However... An old housemate from uni came up with the "Rrroll up the rim to lose" name for the contest. (Click HERE to see his blog.) And let's face it, he's right on, you gotta give credit where credit's due. I think the only time I've ever won something was when I FOUND a winning ticket on the sidewalk outside a Tim Horton's, last year. It probably fell out of a garbage bag. (Just imagine - even if it didn't, it was in downtown Toronto so we can only guess the number of shoes that had stepped on this little paper stub by the time I picked it up - YIKES!)

It kinda feels like playing the lottery, really. You get a "chance to win" every time you buy a medium (or bigger) coffee / tea / etc. The odds seem about that good too. (I seem to recall that the odds of winning the lottery are about as good as being struck by lightning twice...) But seeing as how I haven't been struck by lightning once - and I hope I never have to deal with that - somehow I'm skeptical that this contest is a good way to get free stuff. But hey - to all those who are playing in the hopes of winning a plasma TV or a barbecue or an SUV... all the best! :)

As for me? I'll get my occasional (monthly) Timmy's coffee in the hope that maybe, just maybe I'll get a free coffee or donut out of it, not really expecting it - because let's face it, last year I actually bought a coffee every other day (sometimes every day) and didn't win diddly.

Actually, Timmy's has a heck of a marketing campaign to plug this little contest, I have a feeling they make great money while the promo's on. But based on my recent experience in the last few years, I don't think I'm buying the hype this time. They make a decent coffee, they make good donuts, their sandwiches put Subway to shame with the amount of meat they put in them, but somehow I'm just not inspired to "Rrroll up the rim" this time around.

Ah well. (Of course I'd love to hear from people who've actually won stuff - might restore my faith in the whole process...)