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Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Theme I've Been Waiting for All My Life!

This is a quote from A Christmas Story, one of my all-time favorite movies.

It's the scene where Ralphie imagines how his teacher will react to his paper on what he wants for Christmas. He starts writing and he just thinks he's writing the Iliad, one of the greatest stories ever told. And that his teacher will be so moved by his language of love that he will get his wish...

Well, that's how I feel today. I thought: wow. That is one heck of a masterpiece.

What is this masterpiece you may wonder? It was a paragraph of exactly 100 words, describing why I want to be included in a local paper's reader panel. Presumably, the chosen panelist would have an opportunity to try new foods and then write about it.

So I wrote out something. Did a word count. Got 170 words. Then worked from there. And I managed to cut it down to 100 words. Thank goodness for twitter, although that's just 140 characters, but I'm used to writing something out then trying to shorten it. However, at least as a plea for being included in a panel for a newspaper, I couldn't substitute "2" for "to", or "4" for "for", etc.

And when I sent it off, I thought "they will be moved by this that they will have to ask me right away and not evaluate the 100 others that seek the same position". And when I thought that, I thought of Ralphie, and how silly we both were to think so highly of ourselves.

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