Seriously -- is that not the ugliest coffee mug you've ever seen?
What? You think you've got one that's uglier?
Uglier than ... THIS?:
Oh dear, I can't believe I'm admitting this, but this is an actual mug in my actual cabinet. Due to the hard water mineral deposits and the practice painting for my Christmas goblets, I have decided this mug is no longer usable by humans. Or maybe even nonhumans. It is going in the trash. Except I think something this ugly might have the strength to come back from the trash. Or the dead.
Do you, too, have tan ugly mug--really ugly-- that you need to burn or blow up but are afraid to?
Then I challenge you: Break its evil power! Show it off to the world in an "Ugly Mug-off" to be chosen by the mass public (well, anyway, people who read your blog and mine) on Monday, January 26th, 2009.
The Prize: Starbucks Card! Yes, fifteen dollars at Starbucks goes to the person with the ugliest mug chosen by votes left in my comments section on January 26th.
How to do play:
Beginning now or any time between now and the 26th,
1. Put the beautiful pirate button above on your sidebar. (Required) Here is the code:
2. Choose whichever way(s) you think will garner you the most votes:
A. Post a pic of yourself with the ugly mug in your sidebar under the button.
B. Write a post including the pic of yourself with the mug and directions on how to go to my site to vote on the 26th.
Personally, if I were a contestant, I would post the required button, then I would add my pic under it so that people could already see my mug and me. Then on the day before or day of the contest (Jan 26th) I'd write a post including that pic again and beg people to go vote for me at 2nd Cup. You could even do a video imploring people to take pity upon you, if you'd like. In your post, tell us the history of how you became the owner of that mug, etc. Connect with us emotionally. Draw us in. Grip us with drama and conflict and repulsion and compassion.
See? It's easy.
You must indeed own said mug and will prove this by posting a picture of yourself with said mug.
Must be a coffee mug, not a tall travel thingy or cup. M-U-G. Look it up on Wikipedia.
You must Ken Lee coffee. Please don't enter and say, "But I don't like coffee" because you're entering a coffee mug contest with a Starbucks prize, Hello. And if you won, then coffee lovers would have to come looking for you to make you walk the plank.
No early voting.
No absentee ballots.
No hanging Chads.
Winner announced on the 27th.
One vote per person allowed.
You may not vote for yourself because, duh.
So let's see your ugly mug!