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An update on some inspiring Washington area people in 2009
Are you keeping the watch, Jon? "Good question," he e-mailed me. "I don't see myself or my Dad wearing it so it'll probably end up sold."
Alexandria's David Kowlessar invested tens of thousands of his own dollars in the Sip & Dip, a device he invented for dipping cookies in milk. His first shipment of 10,000 units arrived from China a few weeks after my November column.
"It's gone," David said of that sold-out order. "I have a new shipment that's coming in on Jan. 14."
Also arriving soon: a Sip & Dip character costume. Expect to see a costumed cookie-dipper plying area streets, drumming up business. "A little bit of guerrilla marketing," he said.
As for the big picture, David said he's in negotiations with several heavy hitters, including a cookie manufacturer and a Florida theme park.
What about people who say his idea is a few cookies short of a full box? "I'm very resilient and driven," David said. "I put a lot of time into this, and I believe in it. I've heard more noes than yeses, but I'm starting to convince people."
Here's the latest update on our Children's Hospital campaign: I need your help now more than ever. We've raised $160,242.04 toward our goal of $500,000 by Jan. 8. Please take a few minutes to send a check or money order payable to "Children's Hospital" to Washington Post Campaign, P.O. Box 17390, Baltimore, Md. 21297-1390. To donate online using a credit card, go to http:/