Yeah, yeah, yeah, no.
“Oh, no! You shouldn’t have changed your mind!”
“Unfortunately, it looks like the RM400 in this bonus round is not going to you after all.”
”(beep) Bad news; your answer was incorrect. Aww…”
“You are absolutely… (drum rolls) ... wrong.”
You will be in your car, gripping the steering wheel tightly and making undecipherable strangling sounds, or tsk-tsk-ing, wishing you had earlier call in to the radio station to answer that oh-so-bloody-easy-but-why-no-one-else-has-got-the-answer-to question.
But you see, there can only be one. More often than not, it is not you.
“The answer is ‘March 1997’, damn it!”
“Aiyah, so easy also cannot answer…”
“That. So. Could. Have. Been. Me. I could have won!”
“For goodness sake! Arrrrghkrjhhggrrhhhh!”
It makes you turn all smug and mighty suddenly, belittling the intelligence of the poor caller, who had hazarded a blind guess in his or her attempt – but subsequently received strings of curses by the thousands of listeners who had been confidently armed with the correct answer.
The world is probably divided into two: those who have actually bothered to take part in radio contests, be it just a simple music CD giveaway (yeah, you could have just given away that Ashlee Simpson album to your neighbour’s kid), or scoring a romantic trip for two to Paris – and those who do nothing but grumble about having lost the opportunity to bag ten tickets to go watch a movie heavily panned by critics, or a holiday to Disneyland where you probably would have been able to rediscover the joys of being a carefree five-year-old again.
Freebies are freebies.
But hey, knowing that a few thousand bucks had flown right out of your grasp is just plain sad, you know.
I shall now open the floor to questions.