This Is Really Getting Funny!

I had intended my last Peet's coffee post to be the final one, but I can't let this go without blogging about it! From the moment I made my Destiny or Coincidence post things have continued to take on a life of their own, moving from an innocent blog poll, to entering an official contest, to becoming a winner of said contest and receiving Peet's beans for a year, and now this craziness...

Our next door neighbor Robyn just told Amy, "It's not everyday I get to read about a neighbor in the newspaper." Of course Amy was completely caught off guard and didn't know what Robyn was talking about, until she explained that the Beaverton Valley Times ran a brief blurb on my contest victory. Really!

Amy and I almost couldn't believe it (they certainly didn't arrange an interview with the victor, much less even inform us) until Robyn handed us her copy of the local rag. Sure enough, under the title "Coffee Lover's Essay Earns Free Beans From Peet's" is a brief summary of "Beaverton resident Matt Guerino" and his recent triumph, along with some blah blah from a Peet's PR guy about how great the contest is going. While they didn't interview me, the VT did quote briefly from my winning essay.

This is a momumental achievement. After all, it's not just anyone who gets written about in a publication as prestigious as THE Beaverton Valley Times. Just to give you a sense of how big a deal this is, my blurb appeared on the same page that reported major headline news stories such a new web site launched by the Small Business Administration, an upcoming student art display at a local car dealership, and (most impressive of all) the grand opening of the Camp Doggie Tails full service dog salon. This is NEWS people!

So let me see: I settle the question of destiny, win free coffee for a year, and now I'm a local celebrity! What will happen next? A seat next to the Mayor at Portland's Rose Festival? Official pronouncement at this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing? An invitation to ride shotgun on the next space shuttle launch? Stay tuned...

Here I am with the newspaper and my 1st free coffee beans from Peet's!

6 comments:

Melissa said...

oh good grief.... well, now I expect that when I am in town you will have me over for some Peets... Does Amy drink Peets?

Ken said...

That is TOO FUNNY. Hey, we all have to get our 15 minutes in somehow, eh?

Amy Guerino said...

I don't really drink much coffee these days and am not a Peetnik but I do enjoy their tea. So, Matt and I will be at Peet's connecting and he has coffee while I have a lovely pot of Black Currant tea!

Anonymous said...

Esther said..Ok...nice job getting in the paper...I need your autograph..you have had a sweet month + of victories...and I must say it is nice to be one of the friends of Matt that got to get some free beans as the result of your love(or do we call it being a "coffee snob") for the Peet's coffee. Thanks for moving to area and bring Peet's closer.

Matt Guerino said...

Melissa: Come over and Amy and I will definitely give you Peet's. Come over in the next 12 months and it'll be free!

Esther: Of all people, you deserve free coffee for a year - maybe even more than me! Especially since I beat you and won our March Madness office pool... :)

Randolph Koch said...

I'm not a Peet's convert, (haven't had it, yet) but happy for you that you won the contest since we know you are a Peet's fanatic! Because of your love for Peet's, you of all people deserved to win the contest. :-)

all the best, rk

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