Congratulations! You have won a cruise!

It appears to have become a regular occurrence. The telephone rings at random times during the day and a recorded female voice proclaims, “Congratulations”. The pre-recorded message continues, explaining that you have won $25,000 dollars towards a 6 day cruise, or sometimes it is a cruise outright, because your name was the lucky name drawn from the imaginary hat. Wow, a cruise? With the weather being as it is, what could be better than a few days in the sun, onboard a luxury cruise liner, living it up and getting on down?

But wait!

I don’t remember entering a competition to win a cruise. Did I do it online? Was it something on the back of a cereal box? Did I see it in a newspaper. Maybe I did enter it but have since forgotten about it. Maybe I just enter too many damn competitions and can no longer keep track of them all? I am just glad that I am the lucky winner!

But wait!

I can’t imagine being the winner of a competition and being notified by a pre-recorded phone message. If I am a winner, shouldn’t I be worth a personal phone call? After all, what happens if the pre-recorded message goes to the wrong telephone number? What if the message is left on my answer machine but gets cut off half way through, without leaving contact information? I guess I am lucky that I got this message!

But wait!

It’s so strange that it is a general pre-recorded message, not a personalized message with my name and information on it? It must be because there are so many winners, after all, a cruise liner is a big boat! There must be hundreds of winners, it would take too long to call each one individually. I wouldn’t want to be the person having to call all those people. Imagine how sore your fingers would get dialing all those numbers!

But wait!

Isn’t it weird that I was notified by phone call? Nearly every time a form is filled out, beit online or on paper, I always put my email address on it. I would have thought that it would make more sense to contact me by email rather than by phone. Sending an email seems to make so much more sense. There is no chance of not getting a message cut off half way through.

But wait!

I seem to have so many questions about this cruise. I don’t remember entering the competition, getting a pre-recorded telephone message, I am starting to wonder about this phone call. Did I really win this or is this something else? I am sure that I must have. I have always been lucky, and besides, I deserve it. I have been working hard and with this weather I deserve this.

But wait!

The old adage is “if it appears to be too true to be good, it usually is” and well, a free cruise? Does it get any better than that? Of course not. And if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and poops in the wood, it is obviously a bear with a duck on its head. If you really believe that you have just won a cruise and are being informed via a pre-recorded phone message, than I have a bear with a duck on its head to sell you.

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