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April 11, 2006 - M.y W.heels?

After nearly a week of nothing new in the realm of freebies, I was just about to call it quits... Then today's mail came...

BMW, obviously not one to be outdone (or out-performed) by rival Mercedes, sent over this lovely BMW keychain. I checked the price at the official BMW merchandise website, and it lists for $18, so that was certainly nice of BMW.

There was no letter (nor anything else) included with the keychain, so I'm guessing that the opportunity to correspond isn't desired/required in this case (as it was with Mercedes). I can only wonder if someone at BMW saw this website...

In any event, thanks to BMW for the loot. As for me... I'll continue to muddle along, waiting for additional freebies to arrive sporadically...


Who the hell is Tucker Carlson?
A producer from MSNBC e-mailed me wanting me to appear for a few minutes (on VERY short notice) on some show called The Situation with Tucker Carlson.

Now, I don't watch late night TV. In fact, I don't watch any TV — I think it rots the brain, and with all of my Internet use, I simply can't afford that. In any event, I Googled for "Tucker Carlson" and didn't find anything of interest. I Googled for "Tucker Carlson sucks" and found plenty of matches, however.

With that in mind, I declined MSNBC's interview. I didn't feel like driving (or bicycling) for an hour to a TV studio in downtown Chicago only to spend five minutes talking to a camera to a guy named "Tucker" only to face an hour bike ride back — let alone on one day's notice.

The $39 Experiment: Safe for Senior Citizens
I was recently e-mailed by one "Glenn" of North Carolina. Amongst other things, Glenn says:

What a great idea. Your letters were so witty and I could not stop laughing. I just showed my father who is 82 years old. He was laughing so hard, I thought he would drop dead on my computer. I had to calm him down.

There you have it, folks. Scientific proof that The $39 Experiment is safe for young and old alike.

Freebies Summary
Who? What?
approx. $
Fellowes Four cans of compressed air $32.00
Carma Labs One jar of Carmex $1.29
Stash Tea Nine teabags $1.80
White Castle 19 burgers, 2 breakfast sandwiches, 2 orders of Chicken Rings $12.37
Airborne One free tube of Airborne $5.99
Reynolds Two 50-cent coupons $1.00
S.C. Johnson One free ($3 max.) Skintimate coupon $3.00
Church & Dwight Two $1 Arm & Hammer coupons $2.00
Pfizer Three 50-cent Purell coupons $1.50
Pepsi Pepsi pen, pencil, stickers, and gift catalog N/A
Biotene Free samples of gum, toothpaste, and mouthwash N/A
Burt's Bees Free stick of Burt's Bees $1.87
Dunkin Donuts Book of five $1 gift checks $5.00
Mercedes Benz Mercedes keychain $30.00
Eden Foods Pasta, tea, soymilk $9.54
Chicken of the Sea Two $2 coupons, one 25-cent coupon $4.25
Sanford Four pens $5.00
Gatorade (aka Pepsi) Three 60-cent coupons for Propel $1.80
Nestle Two coupons for Nestle candy $1.00
Max and Erma's A hat and travel cup $15.00
Dairy Queen Three $1 gift certificates $3.00
Del Monte Five coupons for dog snacks $5.25
Celestial Seasonings Three sample teabags, three coupons $5.60
Boston Market 33% of $50 coupon book $16.67
Campbell's Four 50-cent coupons $2.00
Energizer Three $1 coupons $3.00
Frito Lay Two 55-cent coupons $1.10
Nylabone A "Double Action Chew" with "Minty Fresh Center" (wolf size) $9.33
Brownberry Three $1 coupons $3.00
Riceland Three coupons $2.70
Eight in One Pet Products A bunch of free dog snacks $25.00
BMW BMW keychain $18.00
32 companies $229.06