Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Great Backpack Challenge

Read on for your chance to win a $15 lunch at Andy's expense!

Yesterday, we showcased the last two years of medical school backpacks. Today, I'm going to challenge you to find your own!

Of course, my own bright blue 1T2 backpack is visible from a mile away - making it easy to pick 2012 medical students out of a crowd (for the trained eye). Indeed, it has become almost habitual for my classmates and me to crane our necks at the very sight of a smidgen of blue: "Is that person in our class?"

Yet in conversation, one of my friends proposed the following query: "How come I only see people from your year on the street and never any other medical students?"

This, of course, is preposterous. The grey-blue 1T3 backpacks are equal in quantity and commonality to our own in every way. Even the bright green 1T1 backpacks can be spotted with some frequency around campus, despite having started their CC3 rotations.

So here is the challenge: Every time you see someone from any year walking about with a medical school backpack, snap a picture and send it to backpackchallenge@gmail.com. The contestant who captures the most backpacks out and about will be treated to a meal of up to $15 (taxes included) of their choice at my expense.

Here are the rules:
  • 1T2 and 1T3 backpacks are worth 1 point each to a maximum of 10.

  • 1T1 or red 1T3 backpacks are worth 2 points each with no maximum.

  • 1T0 backpacks (dark blue) are worth 5 points each with no maximum.

  • Pictures inside MSB, Gerstein, in or on any hospital grounds, or at the intersection of College & University do not qualify.

  • Pictures from group/paired outings (i.e. you following around your friends) do not qualify.

  • The backpack must be identifiable as such.

  • Information identifying the location at which the photo was taken must be included in the e-mail.
Now I know you guys are notoriously apathetic when it comes to user participation on my blog (some of you won't even click links), so here are a few more things:
  1. Camera-phone photos are perfectly acceptable, easily taken, and preferred. Let's be honest here - if I can steal a picture of the Fresh Prince, crazy subway lady, and hospital hobo from in front, you can steal a picture of a walking medical student from behind.

  2. That's why there's a reward.
The contest will close on December 31st, 2009. The winner's photos will be featured on a January blog entry about which to gloat... and of course, free lunch. Now get out there in the world and send me those photos!

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3 comments:

Joyce said...

Food as a reward?!... Intriguing...

(And damn the 10 point maximum with 1T3 backpacks hahaha)

crystal said...

couldn't you theoretically go to a class and start taking pictures of every single person's backpack?

i win! :)

sandlot said...

couldn't i just find one backpack from each year and pose it against different backgrounds?

@crystal: but that would be slightly creepy would it not?