Sending Dawn to Antarctica


If there’s anything that I love about blogging, it’s the possibility of a connection.

And no, not just for me.

Did you know that two different couples have met in the comments section of this blog, and dated for a bit?  I mean, people with NO prior association, and I had nothing to do with it – I didn’t even know it was happening until it was happening.

So, if nothing else, let that be a lesson to you: comment on blogs – you never know whose internet eye you’re going to catch with your wit and thumbnail picture.

Then again, you could wind up like me – just the ring-leading moron.

Anyway, she might be someone I have never met face-to-face.  But people, Dawn is a Hootenannie reader – she is ONE OF US – and she is trying to get to Antarctica.  I love her passion and enthusiasm for a place that so many of us think of as totally barren; this passion has led her to enter a contest in which the grand prize is a trip to the polar regions.

But she needs your votes!

Click here to vote for Dawn – to support someone you didn’t even know you were connected to – and help her dream come true.  It will cost you nothing.  And honestly (I’m channeling Ira Glass here), what kind of a person do you want to be?  Someone who sits back assuming that someone else will do it for you – or a person of ACTION?

I might be putting words in her mouth now, but I am telling you that if you vote for her, she will bring you back a baby penguin.



  1. FW on July 22, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Dawn might then enjoy this blog:

  2. wrecklessgirl on July 22, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    i just spent some time browsing the expedition site and i’m drooling. now, i want to go. vote for me! (i’m not for the voting of course…you’ll just have to vote for me in your heart.) i voted for dawn on the site and in my heart. that’s two votes for her! :)

  3. Dawn on July 22, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Oh thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting me!!!!!! You don’t know how much this means to me! I know that this dream seems so far fetched (penguins and extreme ice… what?), but there’s simply nothing else for me to do than go for it. If I fail to take this chance I’ll only be left wondering… what if?

    So, thank you so much!!!!

    Attempting to live life with no regrets,

  4. Tad on July 22, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Yes Annie, you are a Ring-Leading Moron (what ever). I think it’s both awesome and hilarious that people meat and date in your blog. This means that you are becoming an institution (a cool one).

    I love Antarctica! I’ll certainly vote for Dawn. Heck, Dawn for President!!

  5. Peg on July 22, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Go Dawn go — I voted!
    Annie – you’re an amazing ring-leader! Could you or Dawn send me a baby penguin? Or….alternatively some nice 40+ guy here in the Seattle area? Greta – I don’t think the 70+ guy qualifies for me, so don’t go there OK?

  6. Elizabeth on July 22, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    I voted for Dawn, now I want the freaking baby penguin.
    Dawn, I don’t know who you are (besides reading the little thing you wrote on the website) but I voted for you and I say you kick the pants off this contest.

    PS. I’m single, 25, really cool, and I live in Chicago. Fellas?

  7. Casey Evans on July 23, 2009 at 6:06 PM

    I’m going to Antarctica too:) Not now, right now I’m raising my baby penguin Claire. But some day. Mark my words AP, mark my words. Africa first, though, will be continent number 6 for me. Then on to the nether regions.

  8. jami on July 24, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Okay, that sounds really amazing. I voted for you and I so hope you win!

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