Tuesday, July 25, 2006

maybe...just maybe....

remember how i mentioned that my backyard is a pitiful area of dirt and boring concrete? well, there's a los angeles talk radio station that i listen to and guess what? they're having a contest...win a $100,000 back yard or patio makeover. to enter the contest one had to tell why their back yard was in need of a re-do...in 50 words or less.

on a whim, i emailed my shpeel (saving my last seven characters to say, Thanks!...being polite never hurts) along with a goofy picture of my back patio. i checked out their website this morning and lo and behold, the photo of my patio* is one of the 50ish photos being shown as entries. the caption says, "look at your neighbors' back yards!" or something like that. how embarrassing. i didn't know they'd show my dusty hovel on the net. eGADS! *note: my yard is NOT the one with the toilet in the dirt. perhaps there are needier(filthier)peeps than myself. and hey, one or two of those yards look nice. hmmm. do they really need a makeover? kinda like farrah fawcett thinking she needed a facelift.
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a drastic change is not always for the best.

a funny thing: i mentioned to my sister that i had entered the contest and she said that she did, too! this is only funny if you know that she and her hubby recently bought a m-m-million dollar home and have already had an architect draw up an awesome multi-level back yard dream design (complete with putting green, horse shoe pit and lanai) that they've been planning for some time now. i guess it doesn't hurt to try to win it for free...just like i'm trying to do. our budgets are just a bit different, that’s all. ;0)

and another interesting thing is the radio website's headline says Patio makeover...not backyard. could it be that they've picked a winner (moi?) and they know it's a patio?? the radio station will be announcing the winner this saturday morning on the air. i suppose i should clear my busy social calendar to see who wins.


update: they did not announce the winner this morning. maybe next week? who knows?? they read some of the 50 word essayettes, and i must say i'd rather have the mom who's hubby is away fighting the war be the winner. how cool for him to come home to an awesome backyard.

14 comments:

Neil said...

Who cares if they show your patio online? -- you might just win!

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

some of them backyards dont look too bad..like the ones with the nice pools..good luck though...

and that photo of faraha is plain scary..

kinda like what meg ryan did to her poor face.

dont people know when to stop?

LZ Blogger said...

I checked out the YARD site. Most of them look MUCH better that Farrah's Make-Over does. But I don't think anything with GRASS, CEMENT or a POOL should qualify! Some of the ones with tumble weeds seem to need a LOT more LOVE as it were! ~ jb///

mckay said...

neil, you're right. it's not like they're showing my unmade bed (that would have my mother rolling over in her grave).

bb,...or know not to start. jeeze, if someone's pretty enough to be a movie star, just let nature take its course (think audrey hepburn).

mckay said...

damn, lzblogger. with your criteria i wouldn't stand a chance, as i do have a bit of concrete..

Ellen said...

Looks like they are all "winners" to me, and could use a lot of TLC. That said.... I hope they pick you, because I've seen some of these make-overs and they are beautiful! Almost makes you want to pitch a tent and live out there after they get through.

Best of luck... and fingers crossed for you!!!!

Heart Of Darkness said...

Good luck with the patio makeover! (but yeah, the toilet-people maybe need it a tad more...) :)

I myself have a balcony. It's all glassed in, so sitting there in the summer feels like sitting in a terrarium. All that's lacking is a snake - but then again, I could invite my sleazy, bellycrawling ex boyfriend, and make it count! ;D

Take care and let us know how you're doing in the competition!

Saur♥Kraut said...

Ah well, at least they're not labelling the photos. No one will know it's you! As for Farrah, it wasn't a face lift, it was a face sideways. She looks like a fish.

Ellen said...

Egads.... whatever Farrah had done is just creepy, isn't it?

ablondeblogger said...

I hope you win!!

And that is so sad about Farrah. How could she do that to herself?

actonbell said...

Well, I'll be on pins and needles, waiting to see if you win. Being featured is a good sign!

Thomas said...

Ah the good old days.

TheCleaningWoman said...

Hope you win, McKay!!!

Of course, then I'll be packing my bags and jetting over to laze in the Californian sunshine on your first class patio!

Start making those cocktails.

theresa said...

thanks for your kind comment on my blog. Sorry you didn't win the patio contest. That is really funny stuff on Farah! I can't believe she looks like that know. In my office, the men still have that famous poster of her on the back of the men room door. go figure.