Why did you give the $20 to the one you percieved as "prettiest?"
To reward her
for radiating the greatest amount of beauty out into the world.
She was like a Beauty Fountain.
In that vein, something that I 've done over the years
is call over a beautiful waitress (not necessarily my own) in a restaurant
hand her a $100.oo bill, informing her that she won the contest.*
Invariably, thay have inquired qua " what contest ? "
Then I told her that it was " the most beautiful girl around here contest. "
A variation on the " contest " theme
was in the mid 1980s, I was seeing a young lady who had an 8 year old boy.
In some ways, he reminded me of myself, at that age.
I travel a lot; I go to many conventions of different groups to which I belong,
scattered around America.
I mailed him a $100.oo bill, postmarked from a distant state,
under cover of a letter saying something like this:
Mr. Richard Whateverthehell
1. It is the purpose of this writing to inform you that you have won
second prize in the contest.
2. Here is the money.
3. Better luck next time.
.........................................................The Contest Committee. "
He was known to like dinosaurs (not that he had any).
I bought a sheet of stamps from the Post Office with pictures of different
dinosaurs on them, which I applied to such cash bearing letters to him,
( always typed )
from distant states. Thay have never been attributed to me.
I also reasoned that he 'd describe this perhaps unusual
to his friends in school ( or for that matter, to his grandchildren )
and that with each re-telling
, he 'd mentally re-live
but it woud cost me nothing.
I know that he liked cash
because he kept hitting his mother up for it whenever I went over there.