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Monday, January 2, 2012

A new year, a new life, and a new contest!

You heard me! I'm contesting this biatch!
One week from today, I will be boarding that airplane to cross an ocean and cross into a whole new experience. I'm beyond excited!

I returned from Georgia Saturday morning, and spent most of the day in a daze from exhaustion. I managed to unpack, open my mail, and I had a nice improvised Chicago dog for lunch. I fell asleep around 10pm, but was awakened for a glass of midnight champagne before going back to bed for another 10 hours!
The new year meant a few treats: cream puffs, pizza, Starbucks, cookies, popcorn, and Italian sausage. I'm going to miss some great food in Japan, though I am looking forward to a whole bunch more great food! I already love ramen (and I mean the real ramen, with sliced pork, a hard-boiled egg, etc) and yakitori (mmm, meat on a stick!). I brought back a few hundred cards from Georgia to scan - all the awards cards, my non-sport hits collection, and some of the type collection. The rest of the type collection was shipped (at great expense, hopefully it arrives safe!) and should be here for scanning in a couple days. So my preparations are moving along as fast as I can make them!
You're welcome.

I came home to a couple trade packages. Robert and Napkin, thanks! A full post is coming soon!
Today is hunting day. I need to hunt down a few last items for my trip. Really, other than tons of scanning, baseball cards have been on the back burner for the past month. I miss writing posts of real substance about cards. I need to finish up the Japanese cards series that I started sometime last month, Yes I intend on finishing that this week. Maybe after I finish scanning cards and photos today I can hammer a post or two out. I have been somewhat neglecting the Cardboard Zoo, but I haven't forgotten it!
Wait, didn't I mention something about a contest? Oh yeah! I have some great items to give away as a going-away present. There are some good prizes to be had. Seven total gifts to be distributed! Or more? Not sure. Anyway, leave a comment here to enter. Enter by Thursday January 5, 2012, 11:59pm Pacific time. I'll post the prizes and their winners Friday morning, and I'll need mailing addresses that day since I flee fly out of the country Monday morning! You can win only one prize. Pimping gets you nothing!

Speaking of shipping stuff, I need to get these clearance lots shipped. I'll email you if you don't respond today, but if you claimed a team or teams in my clearance sale I need to arrange payment and shipping this week. There are eight boxes packed and ready to go as soon as the money is here! (Please email me about this instead of leaving a comment. My email is located through my profile.)

37 comments:

  1. I'm in...and I'm sending you an email about some unfinished business!

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  2. You just couldn't resist leaving us with a great contest.

    Sign me up.

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  3. Have fun on your adventure. Count me in.

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  4. I'm in for the contest. Sounds like a lot of work to get ready this week. Good luck!

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  5. Ryan, you rock. I hope you have a blast in the land of the rising sun

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  6. I'm always up for a contest. This will be the first of 2012 for me. Thanks for running it.

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  7. Thanks for the contest. I'm in. Good luck with your move.

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  8. Congrats on the move. Can definitely tell in your writing that you're very excited. Best of luck getting it all packed up and out the door and on the plane! I love me some contests!

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  9. Count me in on the going away contest!

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  10. Good luck! We'll miss you! Well, not really because we'll still see you here and we never really "see" you anyway, but it will be neat that you'll be there and we'll still be here wishing we were there but then there would be away from here and there are a lot of people here I would miss...

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  11. Good luck with your move - it'll be fun to see what you think of all the new experiences!

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  12. Best of luck in your trip. I hear great things about Japan, as I'm sure you have, and have had many friends who lived there for a few years and loved it. Anyway, happy trails, and thanks for the contest.

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  13. Bro... I hope you enjoy your journey... stay safe and may the force be with you.

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  14. I get overwhelmed even taking vacation in English-speaking foreign countries, so you're a better man than I am. Good luck with it all. And thanks for the going-away contest.

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  15. "Bring me back something French!" -- Home Alone

    Have a great time and count me in for your contest.

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  16. I'm in and I identify with your food thing. We moved from Chicago to middle of nowhere Iowa and we miss a lot foodwise, (like Chicago hot dogs) and kosher salami. At least you'll have a bunch of new foods to eat. Best of luck in your adventure.

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  17. Oooh, a going-away contest. Consider me entered.

    /that's what she wants you to say.

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  18. Good luck in your travels and count me in for the contest!

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  19. You know I'm in! If I win, you can use the 'bad' ramen to pack my winnings!

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  20. I'm in too!

    Best of luck in Japan! I'm excited to see what you bring back cardswise and story wise!

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  21. Count me in, good luck in your Japanese endeavor.

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  22. Japan?! That sounds cool!

    I'm in, but only to block Dimwit ;-)

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  23. I'm in!! Thank you for the contest

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  24. Looking forward to hearing about your time in Japan! And thanks for the going away contest!

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  25. So you're holding a contest in the middle of traveling to/from Georgia and to Japan?

    How many energy drinks a day are you up to?

    Entered!

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  26. Try to avoid any uncooked food over there. And im in too!

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  27. I'd like a chance at a prize! Thanks.

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  28. OHAYOU! おはようございます FROM CINCINNATI, OHIO! LOL I'll send you the rest of my address if I win! Thanks! Have a safe trip!

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  29. Count me in!! I'm jealous of the food you will get to eat.

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  30. Yes, please! Thanks for the contest.

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