Thanks to your votes…we are now Cleveland’s Most Interesting Couple!
We hadn’t heard anything all week about the results, and my heart jumped into my throat every time I went on Metromix. After a busy and crazy but great day, we checked Metromix on a whim just to see if the results were announced.
And they were!
I looked down at the small pics of the couples, and we were first. I didn’t know the order in which they announced it, so I figured that the folks who received the least votes could have been first. Finishing last would have been a bummer!
Throwing all caution to the wind, I clicked the “next” button, and there we were, with the word “WINNERS” prominently displayed next to our picture!
Sheila is thrilled and overjoyed, and I know I will be in a few days…but right now, I’m mostly in shock. While I thought we had a good chance of winning, I thought for sure that the couple who finished in second place was going to win the whole thing. On a side note, the fact that many of the couples in the contest live in Tremont is really cool. I love our neighborhood!
But more than that, I’m grateful. Money has been super tight for us in recent months and we haven’t been on a getaway in awhile. Now we’re able to go! I’ve never had a massage and am looking forward to enjoying a couples massage. Also, I’ve never been to a Lake Erie Monsters game.
I’m also grateful for everyone’s votes. These days, everyone wants everyone else to sign petitions for all sorts of worthy causes, vote for this or that, “like” their page, and do all of the many other things that make the Internet a place that brings people together. The fact that so many people took the time to vote for us really means a lot.
We had all sorts of people from all over voting for us. We had people whom we’ve known for years voting for us every day and we had friends of my family whom we’ve never met voting for us. There were folks we know who are far from tech-savvy who bothered to log on and navigate through the complex voting system just so that we could have a chance at a nice evening together. I’m sure, too, that there were completely unaffiliated people who voted for us who read what we wrote and liked it. I am also sure that we probably got a few votes because of Butters, so we probably should make sure to buy him a new marrow bone before we head out on our getaway! Every vote meant a lot, because in the end, we won by three votes.
I’m pretty humbled too. As I wrote before, this city is full of cool couples. There are couples out there who are busting their butts every day to make this city a great place to live and to improve the quality of life for all citizens. Sure, we love this city, but so do a lot of other people, which is why I was so shocked that we made it into the final 10 couples, let alone winning the whole contest.
Anyhow, thank you again for all of your votes! Lord willing, this will be the first of many elections that Sheila and\or I will win in Cleveland. We’ll definitely post pictures as we use our prizes so that you can share in our celebration!