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Friday, June 1, 2012

Trying that whole giveaway thing again...

So here's what happened:

The day JUSTIN CASE: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom came out, my sweet husband brought home roses and cava, to celebrate. My older son had his laptop on the counter, and was choosing good music to play. A fantastic celebration was starting, just the four of us, laughing, dancing around the apartment, catching our breath in the midst of the busiest year of our lives to CELEBRATE -- and that's when we knocked over a glass of cava right onto my son's keyboard.

The thing clicked off instantly. BAD SIGN.

I will not bore you or torture myself with the details of what happened after that, for the next 3 weeks of phone calls and trips around Manhattan and stress. Suffice it to say that my son, who handled the situation with so much more grace than I would have mustered had the situation been reversed, is in 11th grade. May of 11th grade. He had papers he'd written on that computer -- and half-written. Applications that were due for stuff at school next year. Plays he'd written and was revising. Hundreds of songs. Thousands of photos. Some backed up; most not.

Plus -- no computer on which to communicate with all his friends and co-workers on multiple projects; no way to write all his papers and other stuff except to borrow mine -- less than ideal.

It was, as a cousin of mine says, Not Good.

So I suspended the book give-away contest that was supposed to happen mid-celebration, since the celebration was abruptly halted. 

Until today. Because:

The good news: everything from my son's cava-soaked hard drive has been rescued!
The bad news: the computer itself is in the trash. 
The necessity: New computer has been purchased.
The upshot: a sad goodbye to so many dollars.
The celebration: the book giveaway is back on track! 

So here it is!

The JUSTIN CASE contest:

Win a free copy of JUSTIN CASE: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom!
All you have to do is type JUSTIN CASE in the comments below. Share this link to be entered 5 times -- and have a donation made in your honor to First Book!
Winners chosen at random Sunday night sometime... so enter asap.

You can go here to get more info on the book, and buy it from Amazon here or Bank Street Bookstore here.

But whatever else you do today, take these two pieces of advice:
1. back up your stuff.
2. keep your cava away from your (and your kids') computer

okay, and,

3. enter to win a free book!

Rachel Vail


  1. Sorry to hear that, Rachel! Thank God you guys were able to rectify the situation. But it is Spring, right? Out with the old, in with the new? All good things come to an end? Back up your important docs JUSTIN CASE?

    You don't even know how much I crack myself up. But seriously, I'm glad everything has worked itself out. Remind your son that he's brilliant and all of the ideas he's had will come to him again, better than they left him. And I think this definitely says something about the Vails--- ya'll like to start summer off with a bang. :)

    Wishing you well,

  2. I will remember this story, JUSTIN CASE. :) Off to tweet about your giveaway. Thanks!