Friday, October 17, 2008

Dumpster Diving

In an age when the economy is in the tank, banks and megacorporations are dropping like flies, and government-packaged stimuli and bailouts have become commonplace, there remains only one secure investment plan.

I have been paying into this plan for years and look forward to the glorious day when I can cash out and retire on my earnings. Like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, my treasure awaits me at the end of two glorious Golden Arches. That's right: Monopoly at McDonald's is back!

Yesterday, on the way to my car, I noticed that someone had thrown away a large soft drink cup-- get this!-- without peeling the affixed Monopoly game pieces! Of course, I overcame germ and grime and reached into the trash and removed the stickers for my own collection of this year's properties (you need to be willing to get your hands a little dirty-- or punctured by random sharp waste products-- if you want to be successful in this or any other worthwhile venture). Then, after work, I hit the McD's drive thru, specifically ordering so as to maximize game piece acquisition. I ate dinner while driving home (the wife is out of town). I pulled into the driveway around 8:00, and in my haste to let Watson out after a long day, I accidentally threw away my wrappers, game pieces still attached, in the trash can that we share with our neighbors.

I didn't realize this until I was driving to work this morning, mentally reviewing all of the properties I own (many in duplicate) and couldn't remember which ones I had earned yesterday. I replayed the post-large fry/"southern" chicken sandwich/ large diet coke consumption events in my head and could see myself, almost in slow motion, recklessly tossing the game pieces into the garbage. Needless to say, the first order of business when I arrive home this evening will be to retrieve those (probably winning) game pieces from the trash.

I haven't hit the jackpot (**yet**), but I have garnered two free breafkast sandwiches and 25% off my next purchase at Foot Locker. I'll keep you posted.



For a review of last year's Monopolooza, click here or here or here or here.

9 comments:

Russ Parker said...

What a scavenger.

Beth said...

ok, yes, but do you play online as well? You can collect the game pieces as you have always done, but every game piece also has a code you can enter at playatmcd.com. it's a totally different game with totally different prizes. also, every mcdonald's bag has a code on it. you can only enter one "free" code online, but i didn't know that, so this morning i literally almost took two bags out of the garbage and took them back to the office with me. "was it in the bin? was it below the rim? ...that's garbage." Just wanted you to know you're not alone in your mania.

milakak said...

I'm so glad I could participate in reminding you of this pot of gold. I would hate to think you would have missed your chance to win your fortune!!

Mark said...

Lady Foot Locker?

Trevor said...

Oh man, I love McD's Monopoly purely for stories like yours!

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