UPDATE: A winner has been selected! Contacted the winner, waiting to hear back :)
I’m excited to announce that my promised monthly giveaway contest officially begins with this post! (If you’d like to be the first to read new posts and to learn about contest updates, please subscribe to my feed.)
Why I am I doing this? Why am I being so generous? Because there are way too many awesome things here in Japan to hoard to myself. I had to find a way to share!
Barring unforeseen circumstances, I will announce the giveaway contest rules along with the details of a corresponding-themed prize package on the first of each month. I may throw in a pack of Japanese candy or some random things into the box at last minute, so please let me know if you have any special requests and/or food allergies.
The winner will need to provide their mother’s maiden name, social security number, and a valid US credit card number + three digit secret code. JUST KIDDING! I will, however, need their name and mailing address which will be kept strictly confidential.
If they’re agreeable, I’d like to interview the winner and feature them in a future post. I would consider including links in the post to the winner’s blog, favorite cause, home business, etc.
Winning contestants may not enter my subsequent monthly giveaway contests for a year following their win. In other words, if you win in September, 2009, you can’t enter again until October, 2010.
September Contest Rules:
Name my mid-90s Toyota Estima Lucida minivan.
Post your family-friendly name suggestion in the comments to this post by September 24.
Explain why you’re suggesting the name
My children will pick their favorite and the van will be forever called by this name
It’s a 4 WD tank, deep eggplant/plum in color with a grayish blue interior. (Color update, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. viewed in bright sunshine: The color is really weird. Itâ€™s kinda black, but it has these flecks of sparkle in the paint that make it look brownish/purple. ) The steering wheel is, of course, on the right. It has moon roof over the front seats and a large sunroof over the back passenger seats. The sliding passenger door takes a little oomph to open. This van seats eight, including the driver. Although it’s not too sleek, this van gets us to where we need to go. We use it to travel through the mountains, in all kinds of weather, while the kids (okay, and sometimes me, too) sing at the top of their lungs to Weezer. While we haven’t had any food spills to add extra character, the van does contain a lot of sand at the moment from frequent trips to the beach this summer.
An Automobile-Themed Care Package
-One portable, two-person picnic-sized tatami mat with a built-in floral carrying case. (See the photo with Tab for size of the mat unfurled.) Store this mat in your car for impromptu picnics and to impress your friends.
-Car wash cloth
-Car dust cloth
-Red, stainless steel travel mug
-“Deep Forest” laser carved air freshener “Please enjoy a fragrant time with this wood air freshener.”
-“Baby On Board” “I Am Safety Driver” sign
-“Maternity On Board” “I Am Safety Driver” sign
Items will be wrapped in Japanese newspaper.
Have fun! Tell your friends. Send me a gmail @mrsalbrecht if you have any questions or suggestions for future contests/prize packs. If you’re new here, check out the Welcome!