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Old 04-05-2008, 05:37 AM   #1
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Hockey Game/House Giveaway--Bad News

Remember the sweepstakes that James and I both won--tickets to the Carolina Hurricane's game, and we were both in the running to win a $340,000 house in Wake Forest? The game was last night. Well, bad news...
The Hurricane's lost the game. But...
I really did! Only 170 of the 200 contestants showed up. We all got Hurricanes hats and white Hurricanes/St. Lawrence Homes shirts. From the 170, they drew 10 names, and I was one of them. The 10 of us got red shirts, like the first ones, but on the back they say "Finalist." We watched the first period of the game, then they brought us back "behind the scenes" where they keep the Zambonis and tons of other stuff. They had us draw a puck from a bag, to determine the order we would line up. I was number 10, so I was the last in line. They drove a new Lexus out on the ice, put tables with 10 shirt boxes on the ice, then we lined up in front of our respective boxes, 10 feet away. As they called our names, we walked up to 2 feet away. Then they asked, "Who wants to win a house?" and they counted down 3, 2, 1. On one, we were to open our boxes. Nine of the boxes had white Hurricanes jerseys in them, and one had a red one--the winner. When I opened my box, I just looked at it for a second and calmly thought to myself, "That's a red shirt." Then I grinned, pulled the shirt out, and showed it to James, who was over at the side of the ice. Someone interviewed me (a very short one--the whole box opening and everything took about 3 minutes), then they escorted James and me to the Lexus and drove us off of the ice. Then I was interviewed by a couple more people (newspaper and TV). I was never nervous throughout the whole thing, and everyone was amazed at how calm I was! We went up and finished watching the game, then the lady who was in charge of the give-away drove us over to see the house. It is SO gorgeous! It was late, so I didn't get any pictures of the whole outside of the house, but James got a picture of me putting the key in the front door, I took one of him on the porch, and I took a few in the kitchen.


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Old 04-05-2008, 06:16 AM   #2
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Well congratulations multiplied by the universe!!!!!!! You lucky doers!!! This is the best news I have heard in ages!!! And it looks lovely. You must be so excited. Everything turning up roses for you. Very happy for you both. Wish you well in your new house.

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Old 04-05-2008, 06:42 AM   #3
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This is AMAZING! Great news Barabara, and that kitchen looks great.

Can't wait to see more pictures, what a great story - Congrats!!!
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:31 AM   #4
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No one deserves it more. I am so happy for the two of you..ENJOY

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Old 04-05-2008, 07:48 AM   #5
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Wow - congratulations. It is wonderful to know someone does win these contsts. Every blessing and hope you enjoy your new place.
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Old 04-05-2008, 08:05 AM   #6
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That's awsome! A house... I couldn't imagine winning an entire house. It looks beautiful too. Congratulations!
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Congratulations! What an incredible win!
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Old 04-05-2008, 09:55 AM   #8
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Way to go Barbara and James!!!!!!

A gazillion congratulations!

I know you'll put that kitchen through its paces.
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:10 AM   #9
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OMG Barb!!!!! And we didn't go to the moutains because it was so yucky!!!!!!!!! To be there to see your face would have been priceless!!!!!!!!!

I'm am just speechless with pure joy for you and James!!!!!!!!

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Old 04-05-2008, 11:11 AM   #10
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That is wonderful! Love the house. Appreciate it and the freedom and security it brings to you. Take care of it and it will take care of you. Now you just need to throw some evacuated tube collectors on top to take care of your hot-water needs so you don't have to pay any hot water bills.


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