Friday, October 24, 2008

Tim & Kari Larson baby pool #2!! Enter and Win! revised

Ok, sorry folks, I guess some people found my baby pool post a little to involved or complicated.

This is the scaled down version and if you have further questions, see the post below (the blue type are the rules).

Enter the contest by submitting a guess on a variety of categories related to the birth of our second child! Every guess is worth a $2.00 entrance fee up to a maximum of 3 guesses. A guess must include the weight (lbs, ounces), length (inches), date, time (a.m., p.m.) gender, and the name (first and middle). With such a guess you are entered into the contest! Contest closes when the specifics are disclosed and the winner (whose combined guesses are closest to the truth) will receive half the winnings. The other half go to the child's education fund.

Thanks and happy guessing!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tim & Kari Larson baby pool #2!! Enter and Win!

Baby pool guesses so far:

1. Gabriel Erik, boy, 8 lbs 11 oz, 21 inches, November 9th, 6:10 p.m.
2. Soren Timothy, boy, 8 lbs 7 oz, 21.3 inches, November 9th, 3:03 a.m.
3. Lauren Marie, girl, 7 lbs 6 oz, 19.2 inches, November 7th, 7:33 a.m.
4. Eoyewin Peregrin, hermaphrodite, 6 lbs 8 oz, 18.5 inches, Oct. 31st, 6:00 a.m.
5. Mahar Nebucadnezzer, boy?, 7 lbs 3 oz, 20.5 inches, Nov. 7th 11:11 p.m.
6. Morgan Rebecca, girl, 8 lbs 9 oz, 20.5 inches, Nov. 1st, 7:30 a.m.
7. Guy Fox, boy, 7 lbs 9 oz, 23 inches, Nov. 5th, 11:00 a.m.
8. Ferdinand Railroad, boy, 7 lbs 5 oz, Nov. 4th, 2:34 a.m. (length?)
9. Bertrand Russel, boy, 7 lbs 5 oz, Nov. 6th, 10:06 p.m. (length?)
10. Pascal Brennan, boy, 7 lbs 5 oz, Nov. 5th, 5:25 p.m. (length?)
11. Benjamin Evelin, boy, 9 lbs 2 oz, 20.5 inches, Nov. 6th, 2:47 a.m.
12. Cassidy Phaydra, girl, 8 lbs 7 oz, 19 inches, Nov. 7th, 2:17 p.m.

There have been a few other incomplete guesses I'm waiting on as well. A few adendems to the rules: You are allowed no more than 2 middle names in the guess. If the child does NOT have two middle names, the middle name that gains you the most points will be used. Names chosen as guesses must be a reasonable, widely accepted names and not simply a string of letters or words put together. Name guesses must be in the english language and common names from other nationalities are accepted. All names will be reviewed for legitimacy and entrants will be asked to submit a proper name if the guess is unreasonable. If the gender guessed is 'hermaphrodite' or some other combination of sexes, then the child MUST be that particular gender classification as assigned by the doctor after birth for that guess to count for points.

We're less than 4 weeks away from the due date of our second child and I'm excited to announce that we're opening another baby pool for you to enter. It is much the same as last years except there will be a few slight changes to the rules and you'll have more time to guess and get your entrance fee in.

Because of complaints and discovered truths of baby's birth, I have removed the option of guessing the childs hair colour and eye colour. I said the winning hair and eye colours were blond and blue. I've since been told that EVERY child is born with blue eyes (is this true?) and their eyes change colour quickly after birth. Also, a child's hair is generally rather wet and can also change quickly after birth so it's true colour is sometimes up for debate.

Here's some details of last years pool:

Total Pool Winnings amount (all guesses included): $151.00
Winnings: $75.00; Baby education fund deposit: $76.00
Total # of guesses: 73

The rules are below for the pool. The Pool is open from the time this post is posted.

Pool fee minimum: $2.00

Entrants must guestimate the baby's weight (in lbs & oz's), length (in inches), gender, name (first & middle) and date and time of birth. Entrant whose combined guesses are nearest the actual will win. Winner will receive half the pool money. The other half of the winnings will go towards the child's education fund to be set up by the parents. Only three guesses per participant. $2.00 fee per guess required. Once submitted to the parents, the guesses will stand and cannot be changed or swapped or removed. Winnings cannot be awarded until winner's entrant fee is submitted. If winner does not submit fee within a week of disclosed winning specifics, winnings will go to the next closest entrant whose guess and fee are submitted. Weight, name and time of birth guesses nearest to the actual will add to the probability of a win. For example: if actual name is Ferdinand Englebert and guessed name is Frank Vince, points towards the guess are awarded for every correct letter in the actual name found in the guessed name. So the letters F, R, A, N, I and E are all correct letters and count as points towards a win. Also, if actual time is 6:42 pm and closest guessed time is 6:40 pm, points towards that guess are awarded to deciding the winner. Time guesses must include a.m. or p.m. suffixes. Entrants may otherwise scheme, plot, conspire, collude and machinate to their hearts content but may not, in any way, request leading information from the parents. The pool is open to anyone wishing to join who is at least acquainted with the parents. Pool closes when the actual information is disclosed to the populace. Disclosure will be formally done on Tim's blog: Guestimates may be entered on paper in person, via e-mail (to, via snail mail (#2 27915 Trans Canada Hwy, Hope BC, V0X 1L3), on Tim's blog posted as a comment below on this post or on Tim's Facebook profile as a private message. Pool fees may be done via cash or cheque. Cheques may be made out to Tim or Kari Larson. Pool fees are non-refundable.

The points system works as follows:

Guess closest to baby's actual weight when born = 10 points
Second closest guess to baby's actual weight when born = 9 points ... and so on

Guess closest to baby's actual time of delivery = 10 points
Second closest guess to baby's actual time of delivery = 9 points ... and so on

Guess closest to baby's actual length when born = 10 points
Second closest guess to baby's actual length when born = 9 points ... and so on

Guess that is correct for baby's actual date of birth = 10 points. 1 point is deducted from every date guess for every day removed from the date of birth. So, if actual date of birth is Nov. 5th 2008 and guess is Nov. 4th or 6th, either of those guesses will receive 9 points.

Guess that is correct for baby's gender = 10 points

Guess closest to baby's names: 1 point is awarded for every correct letter in the first name and middle name. For instance, last year's winning guess was Franklin Bruce. The actual name was Griffin Bruce. This guess, now would have received one point for each letter in the word 'Franklin' that is also in the word 'Griffin'. So that means 1 F, 1 R, 1 N, and 1 I would receive points towards the first name (4 points total); and the middle name, being the same as the actual, would receive 5 points for that guess (one for every correct letter) for a total of 9 points between both names.

Thank you and good luck!!