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Thursday 19th January 2012, Minturn, Colorado
They told us the salsa was extra hot and that's exactly what I wanted to hear. It was tasty, but nowhere near as fiery as I had hoped. Maybe my time in India had left my taste buds immune to this kind of stuff, because the sauce just wasn’t hitting the mark. Luckily, the ribs and the white beer were bang on target and the experience was enhanced by the friendly and energetic waitress who made it her mission to ensure that we enjoyed herself. She even built a fire to keep us warm. It was a good night and as we left I dropped an invitation on the bar. I thought the saloon would make a wonderful location for the photos.
I didn't hear back from Kissy and so I decided to call the bar. Once again, the response was sceptical, but there was just enough intrigue for Kissy to agree to a meet. I met her back at the saloon, but she didn't really believe it until she had the $1000 in her hands. Suddenly the bar was packed with her friends and colleagues, firing out questions and wanting to find out more about the other Lucky People. No matter how many times I explain the project, it still sounds a bit weird. Even to me. I feel amazing when I pass on the money, but sometimes I doubt whether it's such a good idea to photograph the recipients and document their stories on the website. I suppose moments like this help to convince me that Wearelucky is worthwhile. Weird for sure, but definitely a good thing.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
I laughed off the interaction, tossed the unopened invitation behind the bar and went about my business. Obviously this was a complete scam and I didn't give it any more thought. Like my Dad always said, nothing is free. I couldn't believe these people would think I was so naive.
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
I immediately gave some to every employee in the building. With the remainder, I purchased a trip to Mexico for someone special in my life.
3. What were the reasons driving that decision?
I decided quite impulsively to share the money with my co-workers. I wanted to share my good fortune with the people around me. The lack of snowfall has made it a slow season and we were all making less money than expected. As for Mexico, my entire life people have sent or taken me on vacation and I have never been able to do the same. I know what it feels like to be the recipient of a gift like that and wanted to see that joy on someone else's face.
4. What, if anything, are you hoping it will achieve?
I hope it will make those people feel included and lucky like I did. In Mexico I'm hoping for lasting memories and a love affair.
5. Is it important to get something back and why?
No. However, I think it's impossible to do something 'good' or give without getting back a feeling of self satisfaction and that feeling may inspire one to want to give again. So for the sake of more giving, getting something back is important.
6. How did the people close to you react when you told them about taking part in Wearelucky?
Unfortunately, many responded with disbelief and then envy. Many acted as if it should have been them; indicating I was unworthy and that they would be a better candidate. It made me question myself and hurt my feelings. After much thought, I had to ask myself why the people around me were so selfish. Did they want the money for themselves or the opportunity to do better than I would? Jealousy brings out the worst in people. I wondered were they right? Was I not worthy? I actually cried over this question, and then decided they were wrong.
7. Has Wearelucky inspired you and if so how?
Yes, I've already decided that while we are in Mexico we will spend one day volunteering in the community. I've looked up opportunities and there are many to choose from.