Hey – I want to apologize for all of the blog award nuttiness these last few weeks. It’s warping my brains lately. I need to get this one thing out of my system though just so I can move on with my life. So – here goes….
Open Letter to Saveur Magazine Editors:
Hi! It’s me! Jacko!
I hate saying this, but I’ve been thinking A LOT about winning the blog contest. When y’all sent me that first note about being a nominee, my brain pooped its brain-pants. I got to share the news two weeks ago and it’s been non-stop smiles since then.
It is a complete honor to be a finalist – my blog has been viewed more in the last two weeks than in all eleven previous months combined. I feel more sure-footed of my life now than I have ever felt. I have new purpose – and that is the best gift I could ever ask for.
But – let’s talk about winning.
It would be AMAZING! I am planning on making myself a pageant sash to wear around town to make sure everyone knows I’m a winner (“SAVEUR BLOG WINNER” it’ll say. Maybe some rhinestones… We’ll see.).
I’m 90% sure the wife of the Columbus mayor hangs out at my local coffeeshop – I’m going to ask her to ask him how parades get started. I’m thinking just a parade down my street with a marching band (and me in my sash). You guys are welcome to come!
From the parade, I would drive up to Cleveland to share the news with my Grandma. Here’s how that conversation will go down:
Me: Grandma – Hi! I won the Saveur blog awards!
Grandma: Oh Jacko – I always knew you could do it! You’re my favorite grandchild!
Me: I know!
And then, off on a tour of my grade school (St. Michael) and high school (St. Charles) for some inspirational speeches and some classroom re-naming ceremonies. The Jack Volpi 3rd Floor Intermediate French and Earth Sciences Learnatorium really drips off the tongue, doesn’t it?
OK – Listen – I have seen the other finalists. I know where I stand…
But, I just need to put this stuff out there. If I have learned nothing else from this whole thing, I know now that in order to get anywhere in life – you have to put it out there. So – I’m putting it out there!
I’m super excited to meet y’all next month!
Your best friend,