Weird freebies continue

I’ve just added another thing to the list of weird freebies we get sent to the office as part of being in the news business.

I received a small box from the Iowa Lottery on Friday. I opened up the box to find an hourglass – with the words “All or Nothing” imprinted on it.

An hourglass?

Yep, it was sent to me to promote a new game on the way by the Iowa Lottery and the Minnesota Lottery. Also in the box was an invitation to a press conference to announce this new game that is going on this Friday – in Rochester, Minn. Umm, I won’t be able to make that press conference in person, but thanks for the hourglass – my 5 year old loves it.

She used the hourglass to see how fast she can get dressed or how many jumping jacks she can do before the sand runs out.

Luckily, the hourglass only has a few minutes worth of sand in it. If it had an hour, our daughter would be ready for Basic Training by now.

I have to say an hourglass is one of the more unique items I’ve been sent – but not the strangest sent to the newsroom.

I remember getting a huge box of Mega Bloks (kind of like Legos) one time, which was unique. Not sure if they wanted me to do a review on the blocks or what. The blocks did eventually go to a family in need after a co-worker was done playing with them.

Latham Seeds sent me some sunglasses a few years back and I think invited me to some field day to check out their seed in action. I didn’t go, but if I did, I would have sported those new shades – that’s for sure.

The best freebie in our office in recent years has to be the whiskey bottle and glass set our editor received.

She passed it on to another newsroom staff member – no wonder why he calls her the “best boss ever” every chance he gets.

I’ve received countless other freebies – which typically are notepads, pens, cookies or free lunches.

In fact there are some weeks where I can pretty much eat free for half of my meals – just like John Travolta’s cab driver character in “Look Who’s Talking.”

Editor’s Note: Abigail Pelzer is the best boss ever. That’s not an exaggeration.

Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or