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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What Would You Say/Do CONTEST


If you've been following me for any length of time (I've only been around for 5 months, so yes that qualifies as a 'lengthy' engagement) you might remember back in May when I won a contest held by the one and only, the fabulous Sarahwithachance who is represented bynone other than THE Suzie Townsend.  

The prize?  Lunch with the Suzinator & Sharkly Janet Reid.  C'mon say it with me:

(I was gonna say SQUEEE, but that sounds like a good word for the leakage of pee and that's so not what I'm going for here)

So, to say I'm excited is an understatement!

Anyhow, the lunch date is fast approaching.  I leave for New York on September 30th.  I'm taking my sister with me and neither of us have ever been to NYC so we're both REALLY looking forward to the whole weekend.

And that's where the contest comes in.  My sister will be with me to act as chaperone, and etiquette advisor, but I think I should be prepared for any possibility.  

Sooooo I want your advice on:  
  • Behaving in the Big City
  • Lunching Etiquette
  • Conversing with Uber Agents (any questions you would ask?)
  • What NOT to do while one's mouth is full/walking down sidewalk/squishing into an elevator
  • In short, tell me how to keep my foot out of my mouth and my butt out of jail....and still have a good time.  Please don't tell me to stay in my hotel room!

Rules are simple:
(1) Be a follower (a couple button clicks and your done...most of you already are)
(2) Leave your advice in the comments section. 

You can be as serious or as outrageous as you like...I highly encourage you to unleash your imagination and go for outrageous ... WAY more entertaining! 

If you're still with me, I bet you want to know what's in it for YOU, am I right?  Well, for one, you'll amuse the crap out of me for which I'll be eternally grateful.  That's worth something, right?  No?  Okay, how about if I REALLY like your question, I will try to ask it for you oh-so-casually over lunch.  Is that better? 

You want something a little more tangible, don't you?  How about I subsidize your book addiction up to $20? Winner picked at random, and you can enter as many times as you like up until September 28th.  

One piece of advice = one entry

When I get back from New York, it will be my 6th month blogging anniversary and very nearly my 40th birthday so we'll have to do something BIG and FUN to celebrate.  I've got some ideas, but you'll just have to wait...

So, what are ya waiting for?  Gimme your best (or worst) advice below.  I cannot WAIT to read all about it!


Mary said...

Years ago I went to visit my brother who was living in NYC. His advice was, if there's a body on the sidewalk don't stop. Keep going, it's a scam. So that's my advice to you.
Oh yes, relax and have a great time.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Janet likes bourbon or whiskey...I can't remember which one, just an whimpy girlie drinks...

Have a wonderful time! I forgot about you winning this contest. :) I'm not sure when we "met."

My best advice...cut those pesky little tomatoes on your salad in half before you put them in your mouth...They can make a mess or be a choking hazzard.

I know you're going to have an exceptional time and they're gonna love you!

SiNn said...

wear comfy shoes! lol when going about town in NYC because those girly ones ur feet will hurt

deff cut up the tomatoes on ur salad

dont talk if u have spinch could get caught in urteeth

andif u get too drunk call a cab dun try and ride the subway

im a follower

Nicole MacDonald said...

Oooooh wow what a prize!! It'll be an awesome lunch :) I'd offer advice but I've never been there *grin* just have fun!

Mason Canyon said...

No advice from me. I'd be lost in NYC. I'm just looking forward to your photos (you are taking photos, right). Hope you have a wonderful time.

Thoughts in Progress

Talli Roland said...

Wow! That's amazing - I'm sure you'll have a fab time. Just remember agents are people too! I'd try not to talk JUST about writing and stuff but to connect with them on a personal level, too. :)

Have a GREAT time in New York! Love that place.

Clarissa Draper said...

I love NYC!

Behaving in the Big City - Don't say hello to everyone or ask if they know "Frank, from NY." Apparently, they don't.
Lunching Etiquette - don't talk with your mouth full. Use a napkin.
Conversing with Uber Agents (any questions you would ask?) - This one, I have no idea. Be original though, they've probably heard it all.
What NOT to do while one's mouth is full/walking down sidewalk/squishing into an elevator - speak.
In short, tell me how to keep my foot out of my mouth and my butt out of jail....and still have a good time. - Why are you planning a trip to jail? How bad do you think NYC is? I felt incredibly safe and people there are nice. Be friendly. Go to Central Park. Go to The Met. Catch a musical or play. By a hot dog from a street vender.


Dawn said...

How exciting for you!
I went to Thrillerfest a couple of years ago and I'm sure I broke every New York rule while there.
DO spend time in Times Square.
DO try a hot dog from a vendor. But don't try popcorn - blech.
DO wear comfortable shoes and bring a couple pairs.
DO expect to stay up late because NY never sleeps, it seems.
DO try and catch a play. I've seen Phantom of the Opera four times but nothing beat seeing it on Broadway.
DO have fun.

Good luck, sunshine. xo

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh, that is soooo cool. I didn't know you won the prize, Vicki. Or maybe I did and was so jealous that I blocked it from my mind. ;)

Theresa Milstein said...

I'll say it with you - WOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!

As for advice, I've read your blog. I know what you're capable of, so I don't know if you'll listen. But I'll try:

1) No eye contact. Act like you're tough so nobody messes with you.

2) Check the bathroom first. If it's clean, eat there. If it's not, get out... NOW.

3) Here's what NOT to ask:
Will you represent me?
Will you read my query, manuscript, daughter's first-grade essay now?
May I have your home phone# in case I think of more questions?

4) Swallow your food before speaking.
Wear comfortable shoes, but stylish. And dress up a little, so you don't look like a tourist. Remember, you're competing with models and socialites.
Use plenty of elbow.

5) I don't know how to tell you to keep your foot out of your mouth so I'm offering advice for keeping out of the hospital - don't eat hotdogs on the street. You're welcome.
How to keep your butt out of jail:
don't jump the turnstile
don't pack heat
don't pick a fight

Have a great time!

Jessica Carmen Bell said...

LOL I'm Australian. You don't want advice from me! ;o)

Steena Holmes said...

I still can't believe you won that contest!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Oh I wish I could offer you advice right now, but I'm too busy squeeing for you. :)

Nicole MacDonald said...

OOoooo I know - if you're staying a night or two in NYC take bedbug repellent sheets (..if they exist..) I read that they're having a problem with them :)

Bish Denham said...

Truly most anything goes in New York.

1.) The most important thing to do while you are there is to remember to stand on a street corner (any corner will do) and look up. You don't have to say anything. All you have to do is stand there and look up (and maybe point occasionally) and see how many people start looking up with you. Then, when you get a nice number of people all looking up you simply walk away. This is an activity that's fun to do if there are at least two or more of you standing looking up.

2.) Go to the top of Empire State Building.

3.) Link arms with your sister and skip down Braodway singing "We're off to see the wizard."


LTM said...

OMG--lol! I don't think I could do it. Eat lunch, I mean... That's so funny. It would be weird b/c you're like meeting these people you've been reading for so long, and so you feel like you know them but you don't.

wait. What was the question?

1-Have fun!
2-Be yourself!
3-Skip the Statue of Liberty (or so everyone always tells me...)
4-When all else fails, you can always go with, "So what do YOU think of Yo Gabba Gabba???"

;o) no, best of luck!

Shellie said...

I've never been to New York, but I hear it's an experience. Be yourself, yeah, that's always good advice. So is have fun. Just don't do anything too wild and crazy because it's not Vega.

Carolyn V. said...

My advice. Have a super fun time, but be careful too.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Wear comfortable clothes. Business attire yes but comfy. You don't want to be scratching your back the entire time!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Thought of some more advice:

Bring a notebook and a couple of pens (in case on runs out of ink)

Bring a camera

Remember to breathe and relax. Be yourself.

Think before answering questions.

Bring a list of questions to ask.

Kristi said...

I totally forgot about this....I'm SO excited for you! What a fun trip this will be. I can't wait to hear all about it!

My best advice is: Be you. You're awesome. People appreciate honesty and genuineness (not sure that's really a word!) I can TOTALLY see you and Janet hitting it off...I think you both have an amazing sense of humor!

AND if you're like me - bring a list of questions. I'm easily sidetracked and can spend valuable time talking about anything but the things I SHOULD be talking about.

Anonymous said...

Wow, how exciting! :O

I would ask the agents what their favorite pizza topping was.

Yes, I think that'd be important.

Wendy Ramer said...

1) According to Carrie in Sex and the City, don't wear scrunchies in your hair (use real ponytail holders).

2) According to me, enjoy the walking but walk with a purpose. Walk as if you live there and everything you see around you isn't as awesome and amazing at it really is (but still appreciate how awesome and amazing it really is).

3) Don't forget to have a drink, mark your location, take a picture, and pass on the info to me ;-)

DL Hammons said...

So...if your really worried about sounding like a complete idiot...or even illegal this. Just before your lunch, take a grape, preferably a green one, and stick it in your left nostril.

If they ask you about it, pretend like you don't know what they're talking about.

Believe me, they won't pay attention to a single word you say. :)

Jolene Perry said...

You need to buy something that you would NEVER normally buy for yourself. Like eighty dollar underwear or OR you need to take a picture of you in front of that dinosaur - the star of Night at the Museum, or like my son likes to call it, "Museum of Terrible Monsters"
It needs to be something stupid like you're holding him up or kissing his nose - OR picking his nose. That would be cool too.
Maybe you could try your eighty dollar underwear on him.