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Blogiversary 5: DAY FIVE

Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2008


Yikes! We're already at the final contest of Blogography's Kick-Ass Blogiversary 5 Celebration!

Of all the reasons I enjoy blogging, getting to meet my readers in person has to be my favorite. That's why I've made an effort to organize blogger meets whenever I can, and created such events as "Davecago," "Davelanta," and "Davelando" (among others), so I can meet as many people as possible...

Dave Event Lanyards

Today you might notice that I've added a new section to my Tab Bar above. It's called "event," and will keep track of all the blogger meets I've devised so I can visit with my readers in Real Life...

Dave Event Tab

But the page isn't as full as I'd like it to be.

Which is why today's contest is designed to fill it up a bit more...

Dave Event Poster

That's right... for this final contest, I'll create a "Dave Event" as close to where the winner lives as possible (almost anywhere... see the rules below). I'll treat you to lunch or dinner, and we can invite any other Blogography readers who might be in the area (they have to pay their own way though!) so we can all hang out and chat.

And as if basking in my glory wasn't reason enough to covet this prize, I'll be showing up with a big box of Blogography goodies...

B3 ShirtFour Artificial Duck T-Shirts ($68 value). Any four shirts you like from the Artificial Duck Store... keep them for yourself, or give them out as gifts you'll know they'll treasure forever!
B5 CardsFour decks of Blogography Playing Cards ($28 value). Four freshly-printed decks are yours, each card featuring an original DaveToon drawing. Host a Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tourney and be the envy of all your friends!
B3 ShirtSix Sets of DuckyButtons ($24 value). Pick any six sets you like, or create your own 5-button sets. DuckyButtons are sure to bring a smile to your face... or to anybody else's you meet when you wear them. And since you're getting 30 buttons, that's a month's worth of sweet wearable art to wear and share!
B3 ShirtTwenty-Five Custom-Made DuckyButtons with Your Design ($25 value). Email us any one design or photo you like, and we'll turn it into 25 beautiful custom buttons of your very own! Use them to promote your blog, impress your friends, or distribute wearable pictures of your cat... so long as it isn't copyrighted, we'll make buttons from whatever you want!
B3 ShirtA Custom DaveToon Print Created Just for You (priceless!). That's right... personalized DaveToons are a rare thing since I barely have time enough to draw them for my own blog... but just because I like you, I'll create a new toon just for you, then print it on archival paper with pigment inks so it's suitable for framing.


Is this a joke?

That's quite an ego you got there... why in the hell would anybody want to meet you?
I dunno, but feel free not to enter the contest.

Really? You'll fly anywhere?
Well, almost anywhere. Here are the conditions...

  • Your local airport is served by Northwest Airlines.
  • Your location isn't dangerous for me or going to get me killed.
  • U.S. citizens are permitted to travel to your location, and there are no visa restrictions.
  • Contests like this are not prohibited by the laws of your location.

Surely you won't travel to meet me if I live outside the USA!
Actually, I will travel to meet you outside of the USA, so long as the above conditions are met. If you take a look at my travel map, you'll see I'm no stranger to foreign travel. I'm flying on airline miles and lodging with hotel points, so it doesn't make any difference where I go.

How do I know if my local airport is served by Northwest Airlines?
You can check the list maintained at Wikipedia by clicking here.

I live outside the USA and Northwest Airlines doesn't fly to my country... can I still enter? It's possible that one of Northwest's partner airlines can get me there on airline miles, so please send me an email and I'll check.

I live in a small town that doesn't have airport... can I still enter?
Yes, but you would have to make your way to a city served by Northwest Airlines in order to claim your prize from me personally. Sorry about that, but I really can't make time to rent a car, take a train, hop on a bus, or endure whatever other expenses required to show up at your doorstep.

There simply isn't an airport I can get to which you will fly to... can I still enter?
Sure. But I'll have to send you your prize in the mail.

When will you deliver the prize?
I'll have to work that out with the winner, but it will probably be in July, August or September since I should have the new merchandise by then. As anybody who has read my blog for any length of time already knows, my schedule is complex and very tight, but I'm sure I'll find a way to squeeze it in. Of course, if I can't come to an agreement with the winner, I reserve the right to send the prize in the mail as a last resort.

Where will we meet?
Well, if there's a Hard Rock Cafe handy, that's my location of choice! If not, it's no big deal, we'll figure out a public place (probably a restaurant) to meet.

What if Northwest Airlines goes bankrupt or something?
As with all prizes being given away during Blogiversary 5, awarding of prizes is solely at my discretion. If circumstances outside my control conspire to prevent me from delivering the prize then there's nothing I can do about it, and will have to come up with something else or (worst case scenario) eliminate the prize.

What if I don't have a blog... can I still enter?
Of course! A blog is not required to win the prize... this contest is open to all Blogography readers.

What if I've already met you or have already attended a Dave Event?
It doesn't matter if we've met or not... I'd be glad to see you again if you won!


Since this is such a monumentally different prize than usual, the rules are a little different. Instead of getting a single entry into the contest, readers can get multiple "tickets" to enter. The more tickets you have in the hat, the better your chances of winning. But how do you get tickets? I'm glad you asked!


I will search through all my comments between April 18th, 2007 and April 19th, 2008. The number of comments you've left gets you tickets...

  • 15-25 Comments = 1 ticket
  • 25-50 Comments = 2 tickets
  • 51-100 Comments = 3 tickets
  • 100+ Comments = 4 tickets

IMPORTANT: I will be searching for your comments using your EMAIL ADDRESS. So if you've used multiple email addresses to comment in the past year, please let me know so I can be sure to get an accurate count!

But what if you don't have 15 comments? Or what if you have 15 comments, but want better odds of winning? No problem! If you answer 10 of the following 12 questions correctly, you'll get a ticket!

HINT: If you don't know the answers, you'll have to work for it! Try using the search box that can be found in the sidebar of every Blogography page! ALSO... the first ten answers can be found on entries from my Best Of section.

  1. In the DaveToon Heroes Collectible Card Game, what attack does Dave-Devil use to crush his foes?
  2. If you were to purchase a box of D•A•V•E brand condoms, how would they be scented?
  3. What was the cause of the "CLICK! CLICK! CLICK!" noise that caused me to go ballistic while eating breakfast at McDonalds after complaining about the McWeather?
  4. On the "Elizabeth Hurley Scale of Hotness," what comes directly after Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry?
  5. After shooting 232 photos at Bryce Canyon, how many of those was I able to toss out?
  6. What is located at the very top of "Dave Monument"... a fifty-story tall Italian marble statue I want to build to honor myself once I've become Ruler of Earth and annexed Mt. Rainier National Park?
  7. In DaveLand, the "Daviest Place on Earth," how many jets of water pulse through the laser tag arena of the "Splashabout Laser Killers" ride?
  8. When Steve Jobs introduced the iToast Toaster with built-in iPod functionality, how many songs did I report it would hold?
  9. What is it that distracts the worker at the salad processing plant, resulting in the creation of Penis Salad?
  10. After being inspired by Byron Barton's book "Airport," I decided to write my own children's book. What was Bad Monkey smuggling that caused him to get caught by airport security in the story?
  11. What score do you get if you answer all questions correctly on the DaveQ Test?
  12. What was the name of the dog in Blogography's "A VERY LEGO HOLIDAY TALE?"

Good luck!

As with all of the new Blogography stuff presented this week, these prizes will be made sometime in May for Delivery in June. This will give me time to accept pre-orders and figure out how many pieces I'll need to have made. Winners will be announced on Bullet Sunday 79 on April 27th, and the Artificial Duck Store will reopen at that time so everybody who wants to buy stuff can get their orders in.

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  1. Avitable says:

    Davelando looks so lonely with only one blogger in attendance.

  2. Dave.

    You are a delightful and wonderful human being.
    You bring joy to my day by existing.

  3. bluepaintred says:

    The idea of actually meeting a blogger in real life (any blogger, not just you) is kinda scary to me, so I will pass this one up!

  4. Laurence says:

    DaveParis! Your next event is DaveParis! 😀

  5. Cherry Coke Kevin says:

    You HAVE to do Davelanta II with me and Beth. Her life has not been the same since she reached Dave Number 2. In fact, all she does now is read Blogography on the Wii

  6. Kyra says:

    You know… I’d enter, but making you come here would probably be considered cruel and unusual punishment. On the other hand, I could take you to the Ben & Jerry’s factory and introduce you to the Monster Bucket. Hmmm. I suppose that could be classified as mean too, though.

  7. tori says:

    Oh crap. I just realized that the email address I leave here and the one I sent all the entries from are different. Do I need to email you both of them together so you know for sure or do you know they are both me? On to my real comment….

    You are amazing to put this all together. I really am in awe of all that you accomplish and how talented you are. I really think it is cool that you give so much back in life in general and also in your contests.

  8. Beth says:

    Oooohhh, I feel selfish for entering because I’ve had a Dave event (though I DID NOT get a nametag, ahem). I would, however, like the big box of stuff. Ah hell, who am I kidding, I want MORE DAVE!!

  9. Tracy Lynn says:

    I know the condom flavor. Daveattle 2008!

  10. jeff says:

    I’m pretty sure I’m going to win by default, since Northwest is based out of Minneapolis. Sorry everyone!

  11. lizriz says:

    L. A.! L. A.! L. A.!

    And the DaveToon is really, really cool. 🙂

  12. kilax says:

    I am going to enter and then I can share you will all my fellow Chicagoans if I win 🙂

  13. Tug says:

    You definitely need a Daveenver, and there’s a Hard Rock there! I would travel the 1 1/2 hours to see you, and even pick you up at the airport if need be! YAY. There have GOT to be more Denver area bloggers to join us…I know of 1 offhand I’ve never met IRL but would like to!

  14. kim says:

    I really need to quit lurking. I am starting a blog so if Tracy or Sizzle win I can come.

  15. Cherry Coke Kevin says:

    JEFF – afraid you are going to lose, Northwest is going to get bought out by Delta therefore ATLANTA will be the hometown and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will be renamed “Hartsfield-Jackson DAVElanta International Airport”!!

    DAVE – I’ll get the CEO of Coke to bring back Coke with Lime if you let me win this contest! Okay, not really, but I’ll buy a lime and squeeze it in a Coke for you.

  16. I kinda feel the same way as Kyra, forcing you to come to Dearborn (I mean DaveBorn or should that be this DaveTroit) might not be so exciting for you. But I’ll still be entering….

    If I move to Costa Rica, can I change my destination?

    And thirdly, you’re really gonna get the ego/hate-mail now 🙂

  17. Walter says:


    That’s awesome! I’ve wanted to attend one of your events for sometime. What a great prize. Why are you not running for President? Let’s face it the job is mainly to act as a role model and spokesman while others do the grunt work. We could use a good hearted person behind the big desk!

  18. kapgar says:

    I’ve gotta admit, dude, this outdoes them all. I’m not going to enter as I’ve had the privilege of meeting you four times and I want someone else to have the opportunity to hang with you. Besides you’re in Chicago enough anyway that I’m sure I’ll see you without having to enter. Katie misses you and your monkey, though.

  19. seewhy says:

    Awwww… that stinky airline doesn’t go as far as Australia 🙁

  20. Karl says:

    I don’t care. I’ll totally host you in Sebring, in the middle of nowhere. I’ll pick you up in Orlando and drive you back to my small town and we’ll party it up!

  21. Robin says:

    What an awesome Blogiversary this has been! The prizes have been AWESOME! I don’t even care if I win.

    OK, I care a little bit.

  22. yellojkt says:

    And I thought I was a comment whore. I bow before the master.

  23. margalit says:

    Daveachusetts? Gesundteit. Um, yeah.

  24. Anthony says:

    Woot, what a great prize.

  25. Penelope says:

    To use a totally non-British word….AWESOME!!
    This really is incredible Sir Dave2 ;o)

  26. Mooselet says:

    No Australia?!?!?! Hell. I was looking forward to Davebane (please remember the ‘bane’ is pronounced ‘bin’) and showing you the sweet sights of Brisbane. Ah well. Perhaps one day your travels will take you to Oz – I’d even fly to Sydney for a chance to meet you!

  27. ChillyWilly says:

    DaveLakeCity would be cool. The Hard Rock Cafe would be a cool place, but I would have to recruit new Blogography readers before the event so it would be more than just a few of us. I know there are other Blogography readers here in SLC and nearby cities, we just have to find them.

  28. Hilly Sue says:

    Said it in email but I’ll say it too…this really is your best prize ever.

    I was totally gracious and put LAX over SNA ;).

  29. oh my dogs, i would love to have you party it up with me here in davesburgh, pa. seems as though your airline of choice should have no problem getting you here. AND we have a hard rock cafe right down by the river. i make a great tour guide…

  30. Tracy says:

    This contest is crazy awesome. You’re da bomb!

  31. Jodi says:

    OOooo! I’m foreign now. I live in exotic British Columbia Canada. Every been there? 😉

  32. Dave2 says:

    Avitable… Yeah, but Mew was there, so it’s all good!

    Kachina… You are entirely too kind. I assure you that there are some days I am a total bastard! Ask anybody! 🙂

    Bluepaintedred… You really should attend a blogger event one day… it’s a lot of fun, and meeting your fellow bloggers in the flesh is totally worth overcoming your fear!

    Laurence… That would be nice! I haven’t been to Paris in years now!

    Kevin… Oh Davelanta2 is so on… July 19th, if I’m not mistaken!

    Kyra… Well, I do love ice cream…

    Tori… When you enter, just give me any addresses of yours that you might have commented under. I’ll check them all.

    Beth… We really must have name lanyards next time!

    Tracy Lynn… Daveattle 2008 has to wait until “Down With Pants” Brandon moves back to Seattle in July!

    Jeff… Sure, and Minneapolis has a great Hard Rock PLUS Mall of America! w00t!!

    Liz… You are what I like to call a “Double-Daver”… you attended both “Davewood” (my second blogger meet-up ever!) and “Dave L.A.”… another event would make you a three-timer! Are you sure you can handle that?

    Kilax… Chicago certainly could use another Davecago… there hasn’t been one in almost a year!

    Tug… I think there are a couple of bloggers in the Denver area who read my blog… but I’m not sure if they’re still around. A mile high Davenver event certainly sounds enticing…

    Kim… You don’t need a blog to go (or to enter)! Later this year there will be Daveattle2, and you should be there… with or without a blog!

    Kevin… If you could get the CEO of CocaCola to bring back Coke with Lime, you wouldn’t NEED to win this contest. I would gladly fly to Atlanta and shower you with Blogography merchandise!

    Gary… I actually enjoyed my first trip to Davetroit! But the drivers there are insane. Truly insane. In my short time there, I saw an accident on the highway and a side-swipe downtown. I think I’ll be taking a taxi next time!

    Walter… President would be a nice stepping-stone to world domination, so I’ll think about it!

    Kapgar… Yep, Davecago3 will be happing this summer!

    Seewhy… Yes. And I’m a little disappointed about that. I think the solution is obvious… I simply must put a trip to Australia in my future!

    Karl… Davebring does have a nice ring to it…

    Robin… I know I’d care! I mean, there are PLAYING CARDS… WITH MONKEYS ON THEM!! How cool is that? 🙂

    Yellojkt… Hey, I do this once a year… you whore for comments every single entry!!

    Margalit… Or Daveston. That would require some thought!

    Anthony… And a trip to Ireland wouldn’t be so bad for me either!

    Penelope… I see my knighthood is holding! Now THAT’S awesome!

    Mooselet… Yeah… this is not a situation I’m happy about. I’ll have to address that soon.

    ChillyWilly… Ah, but it would be Dave Lake City 2!!

    Hilly-Sue… Eh, John Wayne isn’t too bad. I really like Long Beach, however!

    Hello… I love Pittsburgh! And the Hard Rock Cafe there is indeed a nice one!

    Tracy… That’s kind of you to say… most people say it’s crazy-crazy!

    Jodi… Only for strippers. Oh… and Expo 86!

  33. Winter says:

    Heh. I wasn’t as gracious as Hilly, but I have a sneaky suspicion that if I win, Hilly wins too, John Wayne Airport or not. 😉

  34. Nicole says:

    no matter if i win or not i hope it’s close enough to drive to!!! or maybe it’s time to take another trip.. and Dave is a pretty good trip excuse!!!

  35. Lewis says:

    Oh for cryin’ out loud…why don’t you just come on down to Portland and save yourself the airline and hotel miles.

  36. Stacey says:

    This is by far the most awesome contest ever.

  37. Lisa says:

    What an awesome contest.

    If I wasn’t so sick today I would totally enter it but then it would mean dragging you back to Philadelphia after TequilaCon.

    Well, depending where it is and depending how I’m feeling I may just make Dave-where-ever…

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