The traffic was horrible. The time was 6:30 a.m., way too early for me to be up and on the run. I hadnt even had time to grab a cup of coffee and now I was stuck in traffic. The only thing I could manage at the moment was a huge yawn. My eyelids were getting heavy; I knew I had to do something before falling asleep behind the wheel.
Thinking the radio would do the trick, I found a station that played something between Heavy Metal and Rapp. I jacked the volume up as high as I dared without becoming embarrassed. I was glad to find that it did help a little.
Why did I volunteer to be a liaison at our yearly conference? I shook my head. How dumb was that move? Thank goodness my husband was still home to see the kids off to school. I decided to give him a call while waiting to make sure all was going well.
Hi Sweetheart, I yawned. Did you manage to get the kids up and moving? Are they getting ready for school? They are, oh good, thanks for doing this for me. I promise I wont make you do it again this year, I snickered.
Dont worry, Hon, my husband assured, everythings going fine. You have a safe trip and Ill s Youve just won a fully paid trip to Paris, France for two! Caller number 10 how does that sound to you!
Ah-h, whats going on? Jake, are you there? Jake? Who is this? What caller? I didnt call any radio station. Wait! Ive won a free trip for two to Paris? Youve got to be kidding! Youre kidding, arent you? Youre NOT Wow, where do I collect my prize?
Its yours for simply being the tenth caller to KV buzzzzzzzz
Lois sweetheart, what happened to you? We were talking and all the sudden you werent there. I thought Id completely lost you.
Oh no! Jake. I won a trip to Paris for being caller ten at a radio station that starts with KV. Do you know what station that might be?
When did you call the station? You were just talking to me. Whats going on, Lois?
I frantically turned the radio to a different station to see if I could figure out which one it was. I may not have called them but my phone call was intercepted just at the right time. So wouldnt that make the trip to Paris mine? Of course, I rationalized.
The radio stuttered as I whipped across the numbers until I heard a voice say Well folks, looks like weve lost our 10th caller so the free trip to Paris goes to caller 11!
NO! I screamed in the ear of my forgotten husband.
Joyce, just whats going on? Youre acting a little strange and Im beginning to freak!
Sorry hon. I sighed, guess I was just having temporary illusions of grandeur. Ill see you tonight. Love ya. Bye.