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Seems that many people have cointest giveaways and people in other parts of the world (or even near home but on a different work shift) miss out for one reason or another.


So here's my cointest rules:

1: You can post only once per hour. Say anything you want. Extra credit is given for original verse and haiku.

.... 1 day passes ...

2. Cointest entry ends at exactly 20th December 2007 - 5:00:00 PM (Forum time) - just a wee bit over 24 hours from now.

2: I'll choose 24 random numbers, all between 0 and 59 (Excel spreadsheet)

3: If your post occurs in that hour on the minute that is randomly chosen you win!

4: Ties are broken by looking for the post closest to :00 seconds, based on the timestamp on my email, or, if there's a tie there too, then the post that makes me laugh the most wins.


Simple? Hopefully.


Could I be giving away 24 coins? Yes.


What coins do you get? Something from my trader list -- also randomly chosen by grab-bag draw by my son.




Edit to add:

Since we have Scouts tomorrow night at the time this cointest ends, I'll have to work out the final set of random #s by printing my Excel spreadsheet when we get home. (funny thing - the numbers change every time I type something on the sheet...) Then I'll go back and figure out who won for each hour and post the results later that night. If you win, then I'll email you for getting your postal address. Coins will be drawn on Friday morning, since that's the first day of winter break for my son and he's home from school. But I have caching commitments with friends later on Friday, so I probably won't anything mailed out till Monday 12/24 or Wednesday 12/26.

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Wow! Thanks so much for the cointest!


Snowing...snowing...yet again,

Makes me wish I was a bear in a den.

Then I could sleep the whole winter through,

I'd miss out on cointests, that is true.

Even though I don't like the cold,

I have to live with it, or so I am told.

Good luck to everyone playing this game,

With any luck wsgaskins will draw your name! :)

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New hour.... here's a Christmas one that I did last Christmas for Podcacher.


Twas the Night Before Christmas

And all the through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.


The stockings were hung by the front door with care,

In hopes that new caches and FTF’s would soon be there.


My daughter was tucked in and snug in her bed.

While visions of Tupperware danced in her head.

With me in my k-way and my hubby in his Tilley cap,

We had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.


From my computer speakers there arose such a clatter,

That I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

I flew to the monitor in a mad dash,

And turned up the volume in a flash.


When all of a sudden on the screen did appear,

A new geocache, an FTF was near.

Away to the front door I flew in a flash,

Grabbing my GPS, Axim and trading stash.

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,

Was sure to give me good readings, I know.


When what to my wondering eyes should appear??

But a pair of geocachers full of Christmas cheer.

I knew in a moment it was Sonny and Sandy,

They were the FTF, well isn’t that just dandy?


More rapid than eagles this pair had been,

To find the FTF and all I felt was chagrin.

So back to their house those cachers flew,

With a backpack full of toys, and a geocoin too.


And then in a twinkling I heard on the street,

The prancing and dancing of two pairs of feet.

As I drew my Axim in my hand, and was turning around,

Sonny and Sandy had left in one big bound.

So I followed the notorious pair as best as I could,

I used my GPS and caught up with them, there they stood.

A bag of toys Sonny had flung on his back,

He looked like a big kid just opening his sack.

Their eyes how they twinkled, their dimples how merry,

Their cheeks were like roses, their noses looked like cherries.

(It’s the middle of winter…what do you expect???)


Sandy’s scarf was tyed in a bow,

As she looked in the new fallen snow.

They spoke not a word but went straight to work,

And signed the log book and turned with a jerk.

Sonny laying a finger aside of his nose,

Pulled out a geocoin, it was the compass rose.

He placed it carefully down,

It’s goal was to travel from town to town.


Sonny sprang to his car, to Sandy gave a whistle,

And away they flew like the down of a thistle.


But I heard them explain as they drove out of sight;





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Thanks for the cointest, Fingers Crossed for actually winning one of them! :)


Here's a Haiku I shamelessly plagiarised from here.


I thought it quite appropiate being 'coin' inspired!


Haiku rides again!

Nice to have you back, poem

Been bored without you


I don't use coinStar

I save my change in a sock

To bludgeon people


Coins jingle-jangle

Like windchimes in my pocket

I'd rather have cash


Coins minted in Rome

Cannot be used to purchase

A goddamn thing here


Wayne Coyne is famous

For his musical antics

With the Flaming Lips


You can coin a phrase

Or you can earn some phat coin

Jokes can be coin-y


A coin collecter

Probably is a huge dork

Just think about it



By Dan.

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Ok it's not a haiku, but here's my favorite...thing.. by Stewie from Family Guy:


Oh squiggly line in my eye fluid. I see you there, lurking on the periphery of my vision - But when I try to look at you, you scurry away! Are you shy, squiggly line? Why, only when I ignore you, do you return to the center of my eye? Oh squiggly line, it's alright, you are forgiven.


That particular quote appears to have gained quite a few fans as it's been posted more than 3000 times on myspace!

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Heres a Christmas Haiku I found through some googling, this is not my poem but I thought it was nice!


coats scarves to the chin

smiling frosty sighs in time

childlike smile within


eyes turn to heaven

magic elf in red does fly

bringing gifts of soul


solemn prayers of peace

holding our holy moment

burst around the world


living once again

the memory of past time

soaring open skies


breathless sparkling

holy thought continuing

moonlit shining star


blessed birthing light

burning brightly shining soul

savior in us born

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thanks for the cointest!


here's some useless holiday facts:


The average American takes six months to pay off holiday credit-card bills.


Pogonophobia: the fear of beards.


There are currently 78 people named S. Claus living in the U.S. -- and one

Kriss Kringle.


December is the most popular month for nose jobs.


Weight of Santa's sleigh loaded with one Beanie Baby for every kid on

earth: 333,333 tons.


Number of reindeer required to pull a 333,333-ton sleigh: 214,206 --

plus Rudolph.


Average wage of a mall Santa: $11 an hour. With real beard: $20.


To deliver his gifts in one night, Santa would have to make 822.6 visits

per second, sleighing at 3,000 times the speed of sound. At that speed,

Santa and his reindeer would burst into flame instantaneously.

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