So, it’s been crazy since we last chatted.
Mourning the lost lives. Asking the questions that won’t ever be answered here on Earth. Praying the prayers that feel a bit futile if we’re being honest. Shaking angry fists. Trying to make sense of something that will never make sense if you live a thousand years. Trying to push down the silent terror and imagined pictures that keep bubbling to the surface.
I’m right there with you.
It is a giant burning hellfire ball of suck that we’re left staring at until our eyes melt right out of our sockets.
But life goes on even if we don’t want it to, so let’s just try to focus on the good we can find out there and make that good shine so bright it dwarfs the evil.
So this seems so trivial in light of THAT, but I do have some Burghy things to give away to one of you as either a Christmas gift to yourself, or a last minute gift to someone in your life.
What: One randomly selected winner will receive the following:
— One copy of Food Lovers’ Guide to Pittsburgh autographed by all four authors Julia Gongaware, Sarah Sudar, Amanda McFadden, and Laura Zorch. I personally purchased this book at their book signing. It is apparently mostly sold out all over the city, so it’s a hot item!
— One artist signed “Pittsburg” print by illustrator Rachel Sager. Again, I personally purchased this print from her at Handmade Arcade. I AM GIVING YOU ALL THE THINGS.
— From Edgar Snyder himself! A “Mocktails” kit to help you throw a safer New Year’s Eve bash. Inside you’ll find mocktail recipes. A few small mixers, a t-shirt, Ghirardelli chocolate, recipe cards for you to put your own recipes on, and coasters, etc. I didn’t purchase this, but rather it was sent to me by Mr. We Get Money For YOU!, who makes a point to encourage safe and responsible New Year’s celebrations. And as the former recording secretary of Norwin’s SADD, I feel it my duty to pass this on.
— One just-released Pittsburgh Dad DVD, autographed by both the director Chris Preksta and Pittsburgh Dad himself, Curt Wootton. He has WOOT! right in his name.
That’s the face of a man who says WOOT! a lot, don’t you think?
To win! You have until Thursday at 5 p.m. to enter at which time Random.org will pick the winner. This is another one of those giveaways that I’d rather not mail because of all the different sizes of the items, so if you enter, either live in or around the city, or have a buddy willing to retrieve these items from me at Las Velas in Market Square.
One comment per valid email address and so you have something to say, tell me something Christmas-y or Hanukkah-y. A Christmas joke. The gift you can’t wait to give. The gift you hope you’ll receive. The time your kid figured out the truth about Santa. What you made your Elf on a Shelf do. Your favorite carol (O Holy Night). Anything at all!
Good luck. If you don’t win, I’ve linked out to all the various places you can purchase the items.