But Wait, there’s more!

Imagine my surprise when in my email InBox I found this:

!!!CONGRATULATION YOU ARE A WINNER!!!.

My first thought was that some vendor or customer had seen the news about my IMAGE OF WELDING award, and was sending salutations.

And then I read on…

The Board of Directors, members of staff and the International Promotion Department of the SWISS-LOTTO Satellite lottery, Netherlands, wishes to congratulate you on your success as the STAR PRIZE WINNER in this years’ SWISS-LOTTO Satellite lottery Netherlands International Promotion (SLP) .The late notice was due to mix up email addresses, no tickets were sold, and you were randomly selected as a winner.

This comes with a prize of Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euro (Ђ750,000) Euros in the SWISS-LOTTO Satellite Software email lottery in which e-mail addresses are picked randomly by Software powered by the Internet through the worldwide website.

Your email address was amongst those chosen this year for the SWISS-LOTTO Satellite lottery. And this promotion is proudly sponsored by the SWISS-LOTTO NETHERLANDS organization. The selection process was carried out through random selection in our Computerized Email Selection System (C.E.S.S.) from a database of over a million email addresses from the World Wide Web. Each email address was attached to a ticket number and your email address with ticket number: KY/098/HG/7BN was randomly selected as the star prize winner amongst other consolation prize winners.

Your email address, attached to Ref number 18, 43, 5, 7, 14, 17 with Serial number SLN/2378-32 drew the lucky Numbers 56, and consequently won the lottery in the “A” Category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of Ђ 750,000 Euros.( Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euros).

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European Booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In View of this, your Ђ 750,000 Euros will be released to you by our accredited claims agent located in Europe. Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your winning funds as soon as you contact them.

To file for your claim, kindly fill the verification form below and send it to the accredited Claims Manager, Mr. Luis Johnson of the claims department through email, stating your receipt of this notification. He has been mandated to offer you assistance and facilitate the urgent delivery of your prizes.

sigh.

It’s all about image…

… the image of welding at least. I was just informed that I have won the IMAGE OF WELDING AWARD:

Congratulations! The American Welding Society and Welding Equipment Manufacturers Committee are pleased to announce that you have been selected to receive the 2009 Image of Welding Award for the Individual category. You will be recognized for your exemplary dedication to promoting the image of welding in your community at the AWS and FABTECH Welding Show in Chicago, Illinois.

We invite you to join us to receive your award at the Image of Welding Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 16, 2009, at 11:15 AM, at the McCormick Place Convention Center. You are welcome to invite your family and friends to celebrate this wonderful achievement.

SO… if anyone is going to be in Chicago, and wants to come to a luncheon with bunch of welders…  well let me know!  ’cause I’m going to get my award in person!

Here’s what “my boss” said in the application:

Jennifer took the lead on developing two industry leading blogs for Arc-Zone.com: JoeWelder.com and CarmenElectrode.com.

As Jennifer learned more about the welding industry, she became fascinated with the stories behind the people in the industry, and particularly the women in the industry, of which there are few. As of 2006 only 6% of welders were women according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, in spite of a projected shortage of welders, and the fact that there are good paying jobs out there.

With a hat tip to Rosie the Riveter, the iconic World War II factory worker, Jennifer developed a regular feature on the CarmenElectrode.com blog called “The New Rosies.” (http://www.carmenelectrode.com/category/the-new-rosie/) Through this column she has profiled women who weld in a variety of industries, chipping away at some of the lingering stereotypes about women who weld and some of the misconceptions about what kind of work welding is. With the JoeWelder.com blog, Jennifer initiated a feature called “Show Me The Metal” (http://joewelder.com/category/show-me-the-metal/) to profile all kinds of interesting welders and a variety of welding applications.

Both of these endeavors have showcased the incredible people in our industry to well over 130,000 web views world wide in the past year alone.

Jennifer has also contributed to the Arc-Zone.com technical library, writing white papers on everything from tungsten electrode preparation to safe welding practices. She has also written several articles for industry trade magazines and contributed in several online forums, including guest posting on other industry blogs. Educating the industry has become a major goal for Arc-Zone, because as Jennifer likes to say, “it’s not just about selling stuff.”