Just want to remind you, before they yank me and our fund-raising campaign offstage with a cane, that you can help Children's Hospital and yourself at the same time by entering our "Singles" contest.
All you have to do is to pick a word to replace "single." A lot of people (married as well as un-) think "single" sounds judgmental and negative. So a panel of judges has been assembled to sift through your ballots and find a less pejorative replacement.
The contest has been open for business since November. We've received more than 1,000 suggestions, many of which are excellent. But we want many more.
To enter, it will cost you $1 (you can contribute more if you like). The money goes to Children's Hospital. If you're the grand prize winner, you go to the Club Med resort in the Bahamian island of Eleuthera. The trip is sponsored by Club Med and Dimensions Travel, a local agency. It includes round-trip plane fare, transfers, hotel, three meals a day, unlimited wine at lunch and dinner and all the sunshine your winter-weary body can absorb.
There are several additional prizes: dinners at local restaurants, flowers, gift certificates, tickets to sports events, free limousine service, a day on a yacht and a health club membership. The whole contest is sponsored by Entrees, Inc., a Washington-based social club.
You may enter regardless of marital status, but you must be at least 18 years of age. Write your "replacement word" on a piece of paper, along with your reasons for choosing or inventing it. Include your name, address and phone number. You may enter more than one suggestion, but be sure to enclose a buck for each suggestion you send. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Children's Hospital.
Send your entries to Bob Levey, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. 20071. Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 31.