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2-Year Blogiversary: DAY FIVE

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Dave!TODAY'S PRIZE: Dave's "Hard Rocker" $225 Rock Box OR "Hard Lurker" $50 Bag!
When mapping out Blogiversary 2, I really struggled with just how I was going to give away all this stuff. At first, only people who had left five or more comments were going to be allowed to enter. Just my way of saying "thank you" to the many people who make this blog as fun as it is for me. But then I thought this would be really unfair to somebody who only just discovered my blog yesterday and might go on to leave thousands of comments. So the initial four days were open to everybody. This time is a little different, because I still want to have a day just for my "commentin' posse"... my favorite things for my favorite people!

There are two prizes today. EVERYBODY is welcome to enter, but ONLY those who have left five or more comments between April 18 2004 and April 18 2005 are eligible to win the "Rock Box" prize! After the Rock Box winner is drawn from qualified entries, all remaining names will be put in a drawing for the "Hard Lurker" prize (whether you are a lurker or not!).

Sorry about that, but hopefully it will encourage people to have fun and participate with their comments for Blogiversary 3 next year... because look at what you could have won this year:

Rock Box

THE CATCH: Ground shipping is included to any address in the Continental US. If you live outside these 48 States, you can still enter, but you will be responsible for exact shipping charges (weight is about 6 pounds). ALSO... Some countries have severe restrictions as to what can be imported. If you live outside the USA, please make sure that none of these items are forbidden to receive in the mail (call your local post office and see).

THE RULES: One entry per person please! Entries must be received before midnight on Saturday, April 23nd (Pacific Time USA, here in Cashmere, WA). Winners will be notified on Sunday, April 24th. Email addresses will never be released, and will be deleted once winners have been notified. Winners are responsible for any customs duties or import taxes (if applicable). If you aren't in the Continental USA, shipping charges can be paid via PayPal or money order in US funds.

TO ENTER: Just send an email to and be sure to include your name and a valid email address so I can contact you if you win.

A complete list of the goodies in the box and bag can be found in an extended entry.

ROCK BOX CONTENTS (for commentors only!)...

Hard RockHard Rock Cafe T-Shirt (Value: approx. $20.00).
As you can probably guess from DaveCafe (my Hard Rock Cafe fan site), I love me the Hard Rock Cafe! For the winner, I will hand-pick a NEW, UNWORN T-Shirt from my personal collection just for you! Depending on where you live, I'll try to select a shirt that's far from your home so it's a bit more fun that way. Choice will also depend on whether you request a large-size or medium-size shirt (if you need a different size, you can substitute a Blogography shirt from the Artificial Duck Store). Rock on buddy!
ShuffleApple iPod Shuffle (Value: $99.00).
I love my iPod Shuffle more than either of my other "full-size" iPods, and consider it to be one of my most prized posessions. So small and lightweight as to be practically invisible, it goes with me everywhere. The very first prize I bought for Blogiversary 2, because it simply had to be here. This is what I had to say about mine.
101Depeche Mode: 101 (Value: $19.98).
My favorite album of all time by my favorite band of all time taken from the best concert of all time... LIVE! A 2-CD set recorded from Depeche Mode's landmark "Music for the Masses" tour in 1998. I've listened to these CDs a billion times, and will probably listen to it another billion times before I die.
YellowLance Armstrong "LiveStrong" Adult-Size Bracelet. (Value: $1.00).
A brilliant idea for a very worthy cause. Lance Armstrong totally rocks, and his cancer research charity belongs in this box. It may only have costed me $1, but the potential of the purchase is priceless.
ShooterHard Rock Cafe Shot Glass Set. (Value: approx. $18.00).
I will hand-pick two NEW, UNUSED Hard Rock Cafe shot glasses from my personal collection. Depending on who wins, I'll try to select locations that are far from your home so it's a bit more interesting.
GoldenPhilip Pullman's The Golden Compass. (Value: $6.99).
I just got this book from the library last week, decided it rocked hard enough to be added to this prize, and went out to find a copy today. It's supposed to be a "children's book" of some kind, but it's so brilliant that you would never know it. Far superior and lush in prose than any Harry Potter book. Has nearly a 5-star rating based on over 1100 customer reviews at, and deserves every bit of it.
HRCHalf-Dozen Hard Rock Cafe Collector Pins. (Value: approx. $60.00).
I will hand-pick six NEW, UNUSED Hard Rock Cafe collector pins from my personal collection. Depending on who wins, I'll try to select locations that are far from your home so it's a bit more interesting. If you are a collector, let me know what you are in to, and I'll see if I can help out.

LURKER BAG CONTENTS (for everybody!)...

Hard Rock Cafe T-Shirt (Value: approx. $20.00).
I will hand-pick a NEW, UNWORN T-Shirt from my personal collection just for you! Choice will depend on whether you request a large-size or medium-size shirt (if you need a different size, you can substitute a Blogography shirt from the Artificial Duck Store).
Lance Armstrong "LiveStrong" Adult-Size Bracelet. (Value: $1.00).
Three Hard Rock Cafe Collector Pins. (Value: approx. $30.00).
I will hand-pick three NEW, UNUSED Hard Rock Cafe collector pins from my personal collection.


And that's the end of Blogiversary 2 Week here at Blogography... or is it? For anybody who hasn't entered yet, Contest 2 closed midnight last night. Contest 3 closes midnight tonight. Everything else ends midnight Saturday, just in time for the big drawing Sunday afternoon. Good luck everybody!

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  1. Aravis says:

    If you liked The Golden Compass, you should go on to read the rest of the trilogy: The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Wonderful!

  2. karla says:

    Jeez, Dave, you’ve really outdone yourself this time!

    An ipod? Wow.

  3. kmsqrd says:

    So, have you broken your Depeche Mode: 101 CD yet? I only ask because I’m going to have to replace my TWW-Season 1 DVDs soon because I’ve almost cracked them in half.

  4. Dave2 says:

    I am not finished with “The Golden Compass” yet, but I definitely plan on reading the rest of the trilogy once I’m done! How did I miss these books?

    Now that I’ve ripped my copy of 101 into my iPod Shuffle and iTunes, I think my CD is safe! The DVD on the other hand…

    Yeah… iPods are cool. 🙂

  5. girlonaglide says:

    This prize package truly Rocks! Nothing says Dave more than this giveaway. *shaking head “no” in sheer amazement*

  6. theMike says:

    You have WAY outdone yourself. How will you ever top this for year 3?

  7. Awww Dave…

    You’re killing me man. Killing me.

    *sighs and shakes head* I guess I’ve got seven months to come up with something good for my two year.

    You know, earlier you talked about maybe quitting, or falling away from Blogography after 1000 entries, but somehow I think you’re here for the long haul:>) It looks like you like your readers quite a bit.

  8. Uncle Horns says:

    Very generous, Dave.

    And whether I win or not I just wanted to say thanks.

    (I’m hoping for the former =)

  9. karla says:

    Hey,. I just realized I read that whole Pullman series. It does rock. I think it just has different titles here.
    I think about those stories, still, and it’s been a year since i read them. I would love to have a daemon.

  10. Aravis says:

    Karla, I believe The Golden Compass is known as The Northern Lights there? Yours was the original title but of course we here in the US had to be different. I think the other two titles are the same. Excellent trilogy. It’s being done as a play in London. A friend recently went to see it and was blown away!

  11. Sayuri says:

    Oh, the Philip Pullman Trilogy is very good. They were those kind of those books where I just couldn’t put them down once I started…ruined a whole weekend…..well not ruined but, you know what I mean…

  12. Dave2 says:

    How will I top myself for Blogiversary 3? That’s a good question! I am assuming that Blogography will still be around in another year, but don’t even know that for certain. My favorite giveaway (after the Hard Rock & iPod Shuffle box today) was Thursday’s prizes… but since that didn’t work out, I will try again next year. So that’s one day down… 🙂

    I’m in a state of shock that something of such quality as the Pullman books is virtually unknown (at least when compared to Harry Potter). And I’m not coming down on the Potter novels… they are entertaining reads… but the “His Dark Materials” trilogy is in a different class entirely.

  13. Alessandra says:

    I don’t think I hit the 5 comments mark but it’s fair.

    Still, all prizes are nice so… good luck to us all!!

  14. Alessandra says:

    And by the way… I loved the Pimp Dave!

  15. Dave2 says:

    Ah, but now you have an incentive to share your opinion with us more often! Who knows what “crazy Dave” is planning for next year?!? 🙂

    (and Pimp-Dave loves you too… he loves EVERYBODY!)

  16. Art says:

    Great stuff up for the winning. Thanks for many hours of laughs.
    Have you ever tried this?
    Just kinda makes everything mello mello.

  17. Patrick says:

    However the lottery goes I must say I’m really looking forward to another year of insane outlooks on reality and really nifty insights to what’s going on a couple of thousand kilometers from me.

    Great going, Dave. Blogography ROCKS!

  18. Chris says:

    Wow – Ipod Shuffle….That’s just fantastic! 😀

  19. James Bow says:

    The Golden Compass is destined to become a classic fifty years down the line. I also liked the sequel “The Subtle Knife” a lot, but thought that the anti-religious prostheletizing ate most of the story of “The Amber Spyglass”.

    To be clear, I didn’t have an issue with Pullman’s agenda, even though I am a Christian. It made me think and it challenged me, and that makes it a successful book series, in my opinion. But I thought that too much was packed into the last book.

    As I said, the books made me think, and the result of that was a five-part series of LONG blog posts early in my blogging career. You can check out part one here.

    Be warned that these reviews contain major spoilers for the remaining two books.

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