June 12, 2007
I'll admit it. I'm the luckiest person I know. I'm not talking gambling. I suck at that. My wife can wipe the floor with me on those video-slot machines that used to be legal and were oh-so-fun. I'm talking about things like drawings and life in general. What made me think about this was the fact that a new HEB plus! opened in my neck of the woods and I was invited to the grand opening event (free food, mariachis, a full band, a mascot... who's NOT gonna want to go there?) and my name was one of the 6 names drawn to win a prize. I won 4th prize, a Rattan Wicker 4-piece outdoor furniture set worth $379.00. Awesome.
But that is just one in a long line of lucky wins I've had.
When I was three or four, I won the tricycle in the community Easter Egg Hunt in Coldwater, Michigan. I was told that I only picked one egg up and it happened to have the "golden ticket."
Not a winning, but it goes to luck. When I was in 2nd grade I fell from a tree and only broke my arm. I fell from the equivalent of the very top of a 2-story house. All I remember is "branches-brown-and-blue. What adds to the luck was the man mowing the grass right next to where I fell was a doctor.
When I was in my early 20s I won a trip to Acapulco in a radio "Summer of Winnings" in Laredo, Texas. It was one of those things where you win something like $10 worth of Burger King food and your name goes into the running for the big prize at the end of the summer. Well... somehow my name came up. I really only wanted the Playstation. I got the bonus plan.
When I moved to San Marcos, Texas to pursue my degree, my wife was the first person I met.
When I graduated college, I got a job at the Austin-American Statesman... then 6-months later was offered a job for $10k more a year to go into the dot-com world as a Copywriter and Internal Communications Specialist. I was downsized only to get a job offer on my last day of severance.
Anyone who knew me in my mid-to-late 20s can attest that the very fact I'm typing this message and not a statistic of misspent youth will agree that I'm lucky.
I'm just lucky. I hope it never runs out. The glass is always more than half-full. I've got to believe that.
I've been blessed with a wonderful wife, two fantastic little girls (3 and 8 weeks) and friends the world over.
I better run, I'll be lucky if I get to work on time now.