Last week we went to the Novotel Vishakapatnam for the Chinese Food Festival. What I didn’t tell you, because frankly it was so inconsequential that I completely forgot about it, was that a lady in the hotel lobby accosted us to take part in the Blender’s Pride Fashion Shoot Competition. Photo shoot – moi? not the DH surely? Have I got your attention…
We were headed to the restaurant when a young woman approached us to pose for a photograph for the Blender’s Pride photo shoot competition. There was a little cardboard 3ft by 3ft raised black booth with their logos plastered around . We looked hesitantly at each other (the DH far more hesitant than I). If all we had to do was take a picture then I was game. So we smiled at a camera, held hands, “CLICK” and headed to dinner. No dramatic poses, no pouty lips, no attitude, just a smile. I did enquire about the prize and when she said “free passes to the fashion show”, I recall saying (a bit too loudly and disappointedly) “Is that all? No free dinner, no free drinks, no free hotel room stay?”
Two weeks later and we got a call this afternoon saying we had won the photo shoot and were voted the best looking couple in Vizag! Hah! Who would’ve thunk it. We Winned! But let’s put this in perspective:
Unfortunately, the prize has not changed and neither of us has any intention of going to a fashion show in Vizag, without free drinks or dinner, no free gift hamper, packed with sweaty young people a decade and half younger than us and loud throbbing music with women parading clothes I’m never going to buy. We’re not really fashion show people. I called to enquire if the passes were transferable because there are a few young Lieutenants and their wives who would love to go for something like this but sadly, no.
Reason No.1 for not going: Fashion shows are phony.
Reason No.2 for not going: This is a Vizag fashion show.
Reason No.3 for not going: Loud chaos.
I’d go on, but I think I’ve said enough.
At least we’re winning things and my obsession for winning freebies is being sated. Which reminds me that I still haven’t been sent my prize for winning the Castrol Power Blog contest….that’s a prize I could really use as well.