The last time I asked for your help, I was looking for shoe donations. I wanted to get involved with Soles4Souls firsthand and take a trip abroad to help them distribute shoes to the needy in a third world country. While I still have altruistic intentions (see my latest venture, Charitable Influence), today I need your help for some purely selfish reasons.
I’d love to spend a week in Italy this summer.
Oh, I know. Wouldn’t we all? But I have a very real chance to go.
You see, there was this contest sponsored by DaVinci Wine. Now, I’m sort of hesitant when it comes to contests because I don’t like to put forth a lot of effort for a chance at anything. I’d rather earn my way. But DaVinci wasn’t really calling it a contest. They were calling it a Storyteller Experience.
Back in April, I applied to be considered for the Storyteller Experience. DaVinci Wine was looking for four people to take to Vinci, Italy this summer to help share the story of the land and the wine and bring it to the masses in their own way. They selected three people already who seem so qualified to go that I look like a schoolgirl: an actor and author, an Italian-inspired cook, an accomplished photographer. But I consider myself a storyteller: through writing and photos and video. I want you to experience what I get to experience. And I love traveling and wine. It’s a no-brainer, right?
I’ve actually been to Italy once before. It was 1998 and I was working the travel business. I had a chance to go to Europe for $50 roundtrip (I miss those days). So I invited my college buddy, Dave, to pick a destination and he chose Italy. I never really had a strong desire to go but in those days, I was game for anything.
We drove and ate our way from Milan to Turin, back across to Venice, down to Pisa and Florence, and wrapped up the week in Rome. Yep. We did all that in a week. But the closest I got to Tuscany was the drive from Venice to Pisa. It was stunning and spectacular and also a blur on our whirlwind trip. I do remember taking a few photos out the window and it looking much like Under the Tuscan Sun.
And I’d love to show you the photos but let me remind you what 1998 was like. No digital cameras. So I have stacks of photos that I took with my Kodak Advantix camera. My Advantix used a special kind of film (the kind you actually had to have developed at the store) and allowed me to take three sizes of photos, including panoramic shots.
My photos were surprisingly good but alas, they are all still packed away from the move. I’m not even sure that box has made it to my house yet. And then I’d have to figure out how to scan them and crop them and so on. I think it would be easier to just head back to Italy and get a fresh batch of photos and stories.
Here’s where you come in. I mentioned that they have select three people to go. They need a fourth. And instead of picking the fourth, they thought they would take the next four qualified people to go and put it to a vote. Yes, I said that ugly, awful word that every online person hates to hear. A vote.
But I just need yours. And all your friends. Every day until June 15th. You can do that, right? I’ll even bring you back a bottle of wine.
In order to encourage you, I created about the most annoyingly visual voting button I could find. So maybe you’ll give me a pity vote.
And if you can’t see the voting button, you can simply click over to Facebook to vote once per day.