So once again, this is not really a culinary topic, but I can't help myself. I stopped at my local McDonalds this morning for breakfast and received Monopoly game pieces on my drink cup. Now I have never won anything of consequence, in this or any other game of chance, although I am very happy with the food prizes I have occasionally "earned". Despite this poor track record, I am eternally optimistic that I am truly "lucky". If we want to get philosophical, I have been extremely lucky in my health, family, and happiness. I am truly grateful for all that I have. I think we all probably know what I mean, though. I am talking about the type of "luck" experienced by someone who wins a life changing amount from a lottery or contest such as this. I can feel it -- this is my year. This is not the first year I've had that feeling, though. I think that I like contests such as this because I feel that it is not really costing me in the same way that buying lottery tickets and the like might. I might purchase the occasional drink or fast food menu item anyway. Deep down, however, I know its not true. I am part of the reason that companies like McDonalds use these contests as a marketing tool. I don't care. I'm going to enjoy my month of Monopoly. Good luck to all my fellow players, but I plan on winning.