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Sometimes, it pays to be a Wiener

April 25, 2009
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Even as NOE himself was having words with the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, his mother and I (his older sister) were living it up at the Chamber’s annual expo–held in the Los Altos Youth Center, where I had my first middle school slow dance (and was so mortified, I never looked up to see who I was dancing with).

The expo is one of Los Altos’ liveliest events–second only to the Arts and Wine Festival and the Festival of Lights Parade.  This may explain why I was nearly prevented from purchasing raffle tickets upon entering.  Apparently, needing to reign in the day’s wildness, the chamber strictly enforces the 18-and-up rule.  I was actually flattered that someone was demanding proof of my age, but 18?

Mom is a huge devotee of the expo, and quickly swooped in to ensure that we could purchase raffle tickets– $20 in total–as this is the main reason she attends the event each year.  We then made our way around the center, getting a piece of paper stamped by various local businesses and government agencies (which would then be entered in yet another raffle) and eating a dinner’s worth of samples of ribs, chinese chicken, cheese sandwiches, Hershey’s chocolates and pomegranate carrot juice.  The most memorable free sample may have been the silver dollar from a local bank.

Around 6 p.m., someone called out: “Karen Whine-er.”  Mom’s face lit up as her name was mispronounced over the loudspeaker. She made her way to the front of the room where, after some initial confusion, she was able to claim a gift basket put together by the Los Altos Garbage Company.   (The gift basket was not filled with trash but, rather, had a “day at the beach” theme.)

As they walked out of the expo, Ms. Whiner confided to me: “It’s the only day of the year when I feel like a winner instead of a Wiener.”

Except we were also winners the next day.  Ms. Whiner picked up a photography session, Miss Whiner received another kickass gift basket that included two $50 dollar restaurant gift cards (one each to P.F. Chang’s and Cheesecake Factory, neither of which are located in Los Altos) and a stylish fanny pack–apparently the fashion among the under-18 crowd.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2009 3:17 pm

    Under 18? Was Will standing next to you?

  2. bigdra permalink
    April 25, 2009 3:52 pm

    Getting the most comedy mileage out of the funny last name before it changes, huh?

  3. jocelynwiener permalink
    April 25, 2009 5:57 pm

    it’s not changing! Though Will might become Willy Wiener! (probably not)

  4. andy permalink
    April 25, 2009 9:17 pm

    if something is second to two things, isn’t it automatically third?

  5. bruce permalink
    April 26, 2009 11:02 am

    Andy correcting Jocelyn’s writing. Amazing. Next thing you now we will have a black President.

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