Garage Sale Ballot Results:
The Votes are In
By Steve Fink
Washington Apple Pi Journal, January/February
2001, pp. 16-19, reprint
I know, aren't we sick of election pontifications,
whether they be written, verbal, or multimedia images.
Please however, "cut me some slack, man;" this is my first
article submitted for publication. If you are reading this
somewhere other than at my house, guess what? I'm now a
published author. Please include $50.00 bills with the cards
of congratulations to the address at the end of this
article. (Why? Read my editorial below.)
And now for the vote
For each Garage Sale, the Pi Webmaster posts an
interesting coupon on the Pi's Web site. The Winter 2000
Garage Sale was no exception, with the posting of a unique
"Coupon/Ballot" to be printed and handed in when attending
the show. Turn in the ballot and save a buck on admission.
The "ballot" portion had a number of interesting issues
you could vote on. These "issues" collected the most votes:
- I'm not making any admissions, though I may have made
mistakes in my youth.
- I fondly remember typewriters
- I've never had improper relations with that operating
and the all time favorite; winning by a margin of 1 was
- I never read computer manuals until they stopped
including them with new software.
See if you can find the "ballot/coupon" on the Pi Web
site. I'm not promising that it's still there [try
says the Webmaster] but noodle around. It's worth the
Not sure what else I should tell your about the Computer
Show and Sale. Sure it was fun. Look what you could have won
if you attended and stayed till the hourly drawings
- Matt Nixon - Muggie Bear
- Marshall Maley - Slikie
- John Cerveny - T-Shirt
- Carl Proza - Word 6 Book
- Daniel Kothe - QuickKeys Program
- Matt Kupferman - Adobe Book
- Darrick Sparks - Stuffit Deluxe program
- Richard Etner - T-Shirt
- Bill Ashcraft - T-Shirt
- Bob Russell - Web Design Book
- Jeanette Redden- T-shirt
- Eric Crane - Slikie
- Lassie Corbert - Drreamweaver Book
- Jamie MacDonald - Spring Cleaning program
- Jamie Mitchell - Magic 8 Ball
- Tayler Armstrong - Intellinews program
And now for the editorial
Like you, I'm a member of Washington Apple Pi. Again,
like many of you I love to go to the Washington Apple Pi
Computer Show and Sale, held in June and December. For the
past four or five years I've volunteered at the event,
answering questions, stamping hands, collecting admissions,
and folding up 100 tables with some of the nicest people
you'd ever want to meet. The stated purpose of the Garage
Sale is to redistribute new and used computer wealth, but
another critical purpose is to get all our member to see
what we have done, what's coming up in the future, and get
newbies to the WAP experience.
Definition of the WAP experience.
From The Living Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary of the
English Language, copyright 1999: WAP experience
- an individual or family of basically nice but
occasionally confused computer enthusiasts. Although, they
may be rated anywhere from virgin to expert on various
computers, including Windows computers, the Macintosh (or
Apple II, or ///, or...) is their preferred computing
platform because it's just more darn fun. As a group, they
have banded together for more than twenty years to provide
support and answer those nagging "how do I do ________ on my
computer?" questions. Helping answer questions on the
telephone hot line, at monthly meetings where we have some
of the neatest freebies going, or in person at the office,
the WAP experience is about people helping people.
You've already enjoyed some of that experience by reading
our award-winning Journal. I hope that the WAP experience
has been so good you have volunteered to help. And if it was
good for you, why shouldn't it be good for others?
Volunteering can be a fun, learning experience as well.
I'm asking for your demonstration that the WAP experience
is a good one. Please place new $50.00 bills in an envelope
and send them to the author whose address follows this
article. If you really can't do that, help us in other ways.
Don't call the office to get on a list of people, or ask how
you can help. Instead, think what are you good at. That's
what we would like you to do for the club.
There was once a member who's talent was being a hostess,
a people person. Many members will remember going to a total
stranger's home and feeling awkward and out of place. Many
new members feel the same way when they first encounter
Washington Apple Pi. The hostess put her people skills to
work and, doing nothing more than making people feel wanted,
made their WAP experience much more positive.
Please determine your talent and volunteer to share it .
Don't make someone pull your talent out of you, like a taffy
pull. You are the best person to figure out your talents.
Just let us know what you are good at. We'll use that talent
to help spread the WAP experience.
In response to you, that's right the tall person in the
back row ducking down, maybe, just maybe, you can let a
family member help too. Most up us with kids find they know
the answers to computer questions better than we do and have
the ability to show/explain how to do it.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
I love anything that has to do with Clint Eastwood. With
my sons Jason and Eric and daughter Rebecca, we were in a
Cint Eastwood movie. OK we were Extras but it was a lot of
fun. If I'm ever asked to write another article I'll tell
Again, as the New Year rolls in without snow, please
resolve to help others have a WAP-experience.
Steve Fink would appreciate any cards (with or without
money) be sent to the WAP office attention: Steve Fink.