It is officially Christmas, in Australia, Christmas Eve in the United States. The most glorious days of the year when friends and families come together, share love, gifts, with each other, sing and smile. Peace and joy gripping hold, pushing stinginess and resentment into the cold night air everywhere.
Everywhere except Santa Monica, that is, where the World Surf League finds its headquarters and pre-revelation Scrooge is worshipped like a saint.
For directly ahead of yuletide, the WSL sent out a survey to its dearest fans but I will let one of them pick the saga up from here.
I got an email that asked me to take a survey about the WSL. Normally, I would ignore it and not bother, but they offered a FREE hydro flask for my time and effort. No “while supplies last.” No “limited to first X amount of surveys.” Just fill out a survey, get your hydro flask.
So, I did it. I like free stuff and I know the value of a hydro flask. I guess that should have been a red flag (how would it be financially viable?), but I carried on. I finished the survey and it said, “click here to get your Hydro Flask and use this code at check out.” It rerouted me to the WSL store. Things are looking great. I selected my water bottle. I entered the code and it was not accepted. The code reached its “USAGE LIMIT”????
This was my response to the WSL.
“I took your survey. Then, I tried to use the code and it didn’t work. Said the code used it’s usage limit. Not cool. I will never fill out another survey for the WSL.”
I have not heard back yet. No E Lo saying “I’m sorry.” Crickets!!!
You can get away with a lot of stuff, but don’t offer me something for taking a survey and cheese out me!!!
David Lee Scales and I discussed, anyhow, along with WSL’s edict not to say Joel Tudor’s name and the value of cashmere. Gather around the Christmas tree and listen.