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Ideas Wanted For Food Drive Contest(Vanity)
01/02/03 | Sockdologer

Posted on 01/03/2003 7:43:01 PM PST by Sockdologer

I apologize for the vanity post, but I need your help.

A techie friend of mine was layed off has been unemployed for some time. He is low on both finances and food. I found out today that he's been eating only mustard for dinner.

Though he doesn't want to accept welfare, he hasn't been able to find a job yet, and so we've been thinking of holding a food drive contest, challenging the people we know to send in the most bizzare, non-perishable foods they can find - to be judged by him. In order to pull this off, we need some sort of interesting prize to give away. Nothing fancy, mind you. Neither of us could afford much.

So where do you come in? While I won't ask anyone here to donate any food, I'd appreciate any prize ideas my fellow freepers could come up with.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.

-Sockdologer


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bakesaleincolorado; busheconomy; food; fooddrive; globalism; hungry; iatesteaktonight; maglev; nafta; recession; unemployment

1 posted on 01/03/2003 7:43:02 PM PST by Sockdologer
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To: Sockdologer
Here is a Bump For Ya!
2 posted on 01/03/2003 7:47:04 PM PST by cmsgop
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To: Sockdologer
BTW I don't want any FReeper eating mustard. If he is that bad off Freepmail me, and I will send a Care Package.
3 posted on 01/03/2003 7:49:19 PM PST by cmsgop
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To: Sockdologer
Do you have any Grey Pupon?
4 posted on 01/03/2003 7:49:40 PM PST by jigsaw
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To: Sockdologer
Your mean to tell me your friend would rather eat mustard for dinner than take any job?

I may get flamed for saying it, but I do not believe that a person cannot find work. It may be a crappy low paying menial job you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy, but I'd rather shovel **** than eat mustard for dinner.

5 posted on 01/03/2003 7:50:58 PM PST by JZoback
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To: Sockdologer
You should also check with the various Churches & Charity Assn's in the area. I'm in AZ, and St. Vincent De Paul delivers food to needy people as does the Phoenix Rescue Mission. They collect food and money from giving parishoners and the giving outside community. They can also arrange for reduced utility expenses, rent payments, etc. Your friend should accept their help and then give back to these institutions when he's back on his feet in an ongoing manner as thanks.

Wishing you the best of luck!
6 posted on 01/03/2003 7:51:59 PM PST by ShuShu
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To: Sockdologer
"KEYWORDS: BUSH ECONOMY; FOOD; FOOD DRIVE; GLOBALISM; HUNGRY; MAGLEV; NAFTA; RECESSION; UNEMPLOYMENT;"

??????????????

How about a bake sale in Colorado?

7 posted on 01/03/2003 7:56:14 PM PST by Mark
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To: Mark
Ahh Yes, Dan's Bake Sale, Now your talking!
8 posted on 01/03/2003 7:58:03 PM PST by cmsgop
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To: Sockdologer
most bizzare, non-perishable foods they can find

SPAM comes to mind....

9 posted on 01/03/2003 7:58:52 PM PST by chance33_98
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To: Sockdologer
Sounds like he's too lazy to "cut the mustard"
10 posted on 01/03/2003 8:02:12 PM PST by Mears
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To: Sockdologer
What kind of techie? What does he specialize in? Is he willing to relocate?
11 posted on 01/03/2003 8:04:36 PM PST by chance33_98
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To: Sockdologer
My prize?

A self-compiled Word document containing the most hilarious negative feedback comments left by eBay users.

Example:

Buyer's Complaint: "Instead of shipping the item I won, he sent me a photograph of the item I won plus two pieces of bubble gum. :( "

Seller's Response: "Bizarre, foul-mouth adolescent with intense anger + persecution complex. Psychiatric intervention needed ASAP".

I'm working on a coffee-table book which compiles nothing but (what I feel are) hysterical negative feedback comments (from eBay users). However, if it's like every single project I've ever started, it will never be completed/published.

12 posted on 01/03/2003 8:05:34 PM PST by tuna_battle
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To: cmsgop; Mark
Ahh Yes, Dan's Bake Sale, Now your talking!

Do you think there is still a outstanding arrest warrant for RUSH in Co ?

13 posted on 01/03/2003 8:08:49 PM PST by tubebender
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To: Sockdologer
Though he doesn't want to accept welfare

I was on welfare once after an injury (I hated it myself, but had kids and they came first, got off it as soon as I was given ok by doc to work - funny thing is I would not have had to go on it had another government agency, workers comp, had been paying me as they were supposed to. Crap Happens). Your tax dollars pay for it and he might as well suck out what money he can from Uncle Sammy because once he gets back to working they will take it from him without a thought. Use the system when you need it.

14 posted on 01/03/2003 8:10:22 PM PST by chance33_98
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To: Sockdologer
A cheap 12 gauge shotgun and directions to the nearest woods. "Teach a man to fish...."
15 posted on 01/03/2003 8:14:10 PM PST by yooper
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To: chance33_98
He started out as an internet Tech support type, though he's done hardware service as well. Unfortunately he's not here right now to answer questions about specialization, but
I can get back to you later. He's worked everywhere from small ISPs to AOL and Gateway.

Yes, he'd be willing to relocate and would actually
probably be glad to. Right now he is in the Albuquerque area.
16 posted on 01/03/2003 8:33:38 PM PST by Sockdologer
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To: chance33_98
most bizzare, non-perishable foods they can find

It's amazing how long some things last. I have just about finished off my Y2k stash and some of those perpetual foods are not too bad. While those MRE dinner rolls are interesting, I still don't care for them. Might save those for Y3k.

You might take a look in Sharper Image or someplace like that for an interesting prize.

17 posted on 01/03/2003 8:34:03 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: Mears
He's been applying for jobs left and right.
18 posted on 01/03/2003 8:34:28 PM PST by Sockdologer
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To: ShuShu
Thank you. I'll pass the idea on to him :)
19 posted on 01/03/2003 8:36:19 PM PST by Sockdologer
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To: Sockdologer
Albuquerque

Several call centers are hiring there (I was a tech at a call center previously and with the volume of PC's techies were always in need) and a new one just opened up (have a link here somewhere for the articles relating I posted). About 700 new jobs total in the area, some were in Moriarty but most directly in Albuquerque.

20 posted on 01/03/2003 8:37:12 PM PST by chance33_98
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To: Sockdologer
I've got plenty of MRE's lying around I could send for the contest. But I don't know if they would qualify as food.
21 posted on 01/03/2003 9:10:34 PM PST by KineticKitty
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To: KineticKitty
Hmm...Pardon my ignorance - MREs?
22 posted on 01/03/2003 10:23:49 PM PST by Sockdologer
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To: Sockdologer
Meals Ready to Eat.

A pre-Packaged meal that the military serves their troops. My daughter loves them, but then again I think she just weird. lol, Everyone around here has their own personal favorites. + there are quite a few makeshift recipies that one can create out of MRE's. Like Ranger Pudding. 4 envelopes of coco to about a half cup water, heated. etc etc.

Technical Description; MRE's (which are pronounced as separate letters: M,R,E's) are ready-to-eat meal kits. The name MRE comes from their military description: Meals, Ready-to-Eat. Developed for soldiers in combat conditions, these meals are already cooked and moist. No finding water, boiling water or waiting for re-hydration. Great tasting, (huh????) long shelf life and always in high demand and short supply whenever disaster strikes.

23 posted on 01/03/2003 10:41:40 PM PST by KineticKitty
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To: Sockdologer
MRE = Meal Ready to Eat military rations. You can get them at surplus stores for about $4.00 ( at least that's what they used to cost) You can get a pack of chemical heaters for the entree too. You just add a little water, and the pack gets hot, stuff the entree in and presto, hot "food" They come in a tough little brown plastic bag and include desert, maybe some 20 year old apple sauce or such, some candy or gum, matches, drink mix, some tp and other little goodies. I kind of like them. Some are not bad at all and you never know what you will find inside. Kinda like adult Cracker Jacks but I think MREs last longer.
24 posted on 01/03/2003 10:44:01 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: Colorado Doug
My daughter loves them

I agree with her. I used to take them with me when I was out working in the boondocks. They make great hot lunches.

25 posted on 01/03/2003 10:47:42 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: KineticKitty
Good description, by the way
26 posted on 01/03/2003 10:48:50 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: Colorado Doug
Well, I guess I should be honest. At least alittle. I love the Pork Chow Mien. But beyond that not much else. But the new ones? Like the burrito? No thanks. Now if we could just get them to bring back Chicken A'la King, minus the beak a friend once found in it.

And since I am being honest, the "technical descript" was pure plagiarism.

27 posted on 01/03/2003 11:13:35 PM PST by KineticKitty
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To: KineticKitty
And since I am being honest, the "technical descript" was pure plagiarism.

You never should have fessed up since you already had gotten away with it. ;)

I liked the rice and pork but I havn't tried the new ones. Never cared for beak much though.

28 posted on 01/03/2003 11:45:12 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: Sockdologer
He could ALWAYS relocate down here. There is a severe need for internet gurus.

'course, the pay may not be what he's used to. But there's food growing off the trees. Beats the hell outta mustard

Meega, Nala Kweesta!

29 posted on 01/03/2003 11:58:24 PM PST by Experiment 6-2-6
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