Man and Dog

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Where is Nathan Atkinson

Hello world. This is Nathan’s Dad. You have probably been wondering why his blog has gone into hibernation for the past few months. We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons. Nathan decided about a year ago that he was going to serve a 2 year proselytising┬ámission for his church. He has served since May 2011 and will serve thru May 2013. You can follow his adventures weekly at and can find out more about Mormons and our beliefs at

Thank you for the support of Nathan in the past and I am sure he will update his blog upon his return in 2013.

Why I love Winning

I recently won a bottle of Sparkling Grape Juice from a blog that I found through Money Saving Mom called Healthy Life Deals. No, I have never actually had sparkling grape juice and I actually don’t know why I entered the contest…

Anyway, I won! So there should be a bottle of Sparkling Grape Juice showing up on my door step any day now. So why is winning so great, so fabulous, so invigorating to the soul? OK, maybe just great. But winning makes you feel like you’ve been chosen somehow, that chance has shined on you this day and that you are someone special, chosen from the masses and bestowed by a grand gift from the internet world.

You get addicted to winning. You can’t get enough of the thrill of waiting all day for the winners list to be posted, for to choose your comment number. It’s so exhilarating. Waiting, watching, making sure your e-mail address is correct so that the blogger can contact you when you win their giveaway.

Then, you get the e-mail. After entering so many contests, spending time filling out forms, making comments, twitter updates, facebook posts, linking all over to the giveaway, hoping, watching, waiting, crossing your fingers. You open the glorious e-mail and quickly send off your mailing address to this unknown giver of free stuff. Then you wait. And wait. And wait. Then, the moment arrives! The UPS (or other shipping company) man comes to your door and says “Here you go.” You tear inside and destroy the packaging. You take pictures, post on twitter, thank the blogger, post the pictures to facebook, tell all your friends and family. You throw a party to celebrate your championship in the game of luck.

Then comes the waiting, the filling out forms, the twitter links, the prowling for giveaways with low entries, the good stuff that you really want. You wait and watch, anticipating the next win, the next victory over chance.


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