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I Win Brunch Every Week

Sometimes, the world is just a strange place. I wrote 15 punning words on a contest form last year at Salty's restaurant, and now I've won Sunday Brunch for Life.

I got an email about it from the PR person for the restaurant this morning and didn't quite believe it. Then they wrote, wanting a quote and permission to use my name in a press release. Now I believe it.

Now, Salty's does a great Sunday brunch, and there's no arguing with the view. Chances are, the prize is for the life of the restaurant, but who knows? Maybe I'll be there in 30 or 40 years, extending my Social Security benefits with a free brunch. The more I think about it, the more the prize creeps me out a little bit.

But only a little. Who's hungry?


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Mar. 16th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Congratulations!
Mar. 16th, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)
Me! Me! Sunday brunch! Mmmm...
Mar. 17th, 2004 10:26 am (UTC)
As soon as I get the "Free Brunch" card from the PR people (and I picture it like a Monopoly card, frankly), I'll be making a trek to brunch. And everyone's invited to join me.
Mar. 16th, 2004 10:15 pm (UTC)
We have a winner! I wonder, what was the contest and your entry?
Mar. 17th, 2004 09:24 am (UTC)
Re: Ding!
The contest was just to complete the sentence "I like Salty's because&hellip"

My entry, in its entirety, was "I like Salty's because I get all the mussels I want without much heavy lifting."

Which is about par for the average Baur family pun, but the PR folks at Salty's liked it. I gots no complaints. :)
Mar. 17th, 2004 06:29 am (UTC)
That so rocks! Congratulations!!!!

So are you going to post the list?
Mar. 17th, 2004 09:00 am (UTC)
damn, that's a great prize... nice to know you have at least one free meal a week... but then again, i have no idea where or what salty's is so this may be a good or bad thing
Mar. 17th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
It's in West Seattle on Alki with a great view back toward downtown. There's also locations in Portland, Oregon, and Des Moines, Wash. I'm guessing their views aren't quite as killer.
Mar. 17th, 2004 09:32 am (UTC)
do you get free brunches at all of their locations or just the one here in seattle?...
Mar. 17th, 2004 10:21 am (UTC)
All of them. But I'm not driving to Des Moines or Portland just for brunch.

Besides, the view is better at Alki.
Mar. 17th, 2004 09:47 am (UTC)
Wow, great prize! And one heck of a per-word pay rate; have you done that calculation? *S*
Mar. 17th, 2004 10:24 am (UTC)
About $1100 per Word
Sure, the math is easy. Follow along, won't you?

First, since I have no way to estimate whether Salty's stays in business longer than I do, I'll go with my mortality rather than the restaurant's. The average white American male lives to ~77 years of age. Assuming that I'm not eating brunch often for the last few of those years, let's assume conservatively that I'll eat 35 years worth of brunches.

For purposes of this estimate, I'll ignore the risk that I might move out of the neighborhood of a Salty's; too hard to calculate.

Now, assume further that I'm lazy and only go to Salty's once per month instead of every Sunday. Not a big assumption, really. So, 12 brunches times 35 years is 420 brunches.

Since this is a fancy spread, each brunch is worth $27.95 plus tax, or ~$30 to make the math easier. Multiply by 420 and you get $12,600. I won't adjust for inflation because it's a pain; let's just assume the value is in constant 2004 dollars.

Of the 15 words, I only wrote 11 (I can't take credit for the "I like Salty's because") intro. And $12,600 divided by 11 words equals $1145 per word.

That's pretty much the pinnacle of my writing career right there, folks.
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