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    Quote Originally Posted by starla View Post
    on a slot machine at Hard Rock back when that was a cool casino.

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    Things I've won by chance:

    A pair of airline tickets at an office party. I don't remember where we went with them, but it wasn't Alaska or Hawaii.

    A $200 gift certificate from some provider of overpriced stuff no one needs, at another office party. I used it on Beers of the Quarter (too many IPAs for my liking) and Neckties of the Quarter (I got a couple I really liked).

    In general I've been lucky at office party prize drawings.

    Things I've won by my own merits, at least sorta:

    The county spelling bee, which qualified for the regional. The winner of the regional qualified for the big enchilada in DC. I finished third in the regional. My concentration slipped and I lost my place in spelling "stereoscope", which I knew cold. Fuck. The county bee was the last time I remember praying, between turns at the mic. I found it effective in clearing the mind. I know now that I was meditating.

    Some board game tournaments at conventions.

    Two baseball fantasy leagues with coworkers. I won them both with "Moneyball" tactics: I indentified inefficiencies in the "market" and exploited them better than anyone else. If only I could do this shit for real money.
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    I forgot another little victory.

    The software company I worked for put together a special build of our product, which someone in management called the "clean tape". (This was the 1980s; we still used mag tapes then.) All of us, regardless of title, were drafted to test it. In an attempt to create a festive atmosphere, a pool was created to guess how many bug reports we would generate.

    I knew our product as well as anyone and I thought the tape was anything but "clean". I guessed there would be roughly 1,000 bug reports, but to stay a bit on the low side entered 965. (Yes, I still remember the number 30+ years later.)

    My entry won. After I bought the first round of drinks there was about $12 left. Still, money you win is the sweetest money there is.
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    I won some kind of contest on CompuServe in the 90s by figuring out something and I think it was the author of this book who sent me a copy. This is the one I received:



    I was an inventor then and still am but I never had any interest in reading it for over 20 years. Turns out it got good reviews and was called legendary.
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    Won a toy robot from a commercial. Won 5,000 pesos for getting 4 out of 6 numbers right in the lottery. Won an electric fan and bathroom cleaner as a consolation prize in a raffle. Won cellphone holders in a Christmas party raffle at work. Picked the winning number in a lottery for our maid. She left us soon thereafter.

    Merit-based: tmtm. usually writing contests, spelling bees, scholarships...
    Loneliness isn't being alone with no one to talk to. Loneliness is being surrounded by so many people, none of whom sees the real you. Loneliness isn't an island. It's a sea of people moving through you and past you. It's a storm of empty days and empty moments, going through the motions and hoping that just for one day your emptiness is filled.

    Loneliness isn't a state of being alone, but a state of not being fully understood.

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