National Car Rental “Blast From The Past” Contest – and a giveaway!

You may remember the contest I held last year on behalf of National Car Rental. I’ve teamed up with National once again for another incredible contest! This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Car Rental’s Emerald Club, the car rental industry’s first frequent-renter program. To celebrate, National is hosting a contest called Blast From The Past via its Facebook page. You may enter to win a $25 Visa Gift Card by submitting a photo, story, or video describing what you were up to twenty-five years ago.

To further promote the contest, National has given me two more $25 Visa Gift Cards to give away to my readers! But before I get into that, I got to thinking, what was I up to twenty-five years ago? It was 1987 and it was a pretty important year for me. I graduated from 8th grade in June and started high school in August. Talk about a transition! I went from a grammar school where I was friends with (just about) everyone, where most of the students were from the same neighborhood as I, to a high school where I knew no one and met kids from all neighborhoods and suburbs of Chicago – many I’d never even heard of before! It wasn’t always easy, but it paved the way for me to take on life’s challenges and face them head-on. I definitely learned a lot from my experiences that year.

So, back to the contest: there are two ways to enter and you may use each method only once.

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post describing what you were up to twenty-five years ago. Were you dancing to new wave music or rockin’ a mullet? If applicable, “I wasn’t around twenty-five years ago” is a valid entry.
  2. “Like” my Facebook page and leave a comment there describing what you had going on twenty-five years ago. Again, “I wasn’t around twenty-five years ago” is a valid entry. If you already “Like” my Facebook page, still leave a comment there so I know you’re looking to enter the contest.

I will pick two winners at random, one from each method of entry. All comments will be given a number (the first comment will be #1, the second comment will be #2, and so on). I will use to select a number; the author of the comment corresponding to that number will be the winner! The winner from this blog post’s comments will be notified via email so be sure to include an email address that you check regularly and/or will not direct my email to your Junk folder. The Facebook winner will be announced there on The Working Mom’s Travel’s page.

The contest ends on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 11:59pm CDT. Thank you and good luck!

Some fine print:

  • Immediate family members of The Working Mom’s Travels are not eligible for the prizes.
  • The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
  • For hosting this contest, I receive a “Go Like a Pro™” gift basket, which includes a National tumbler, a National embossed leather writing pad, a National pen set, a weekend duffle bag, and a driving kit.

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0 Responses to National Car Rental “Blast From The Past” Contest – and a giveaway!

  1. Leah Travels (@L_e_a_h) March 20, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    Twenty-five years ago I was about to start the eighth grade. My big brother was going to college and I was free from his tyranny! I sure hope that auto-number picky thing chooses #1!

    • Francesca March 20, 2012 at 8:19 am #

      Wouldn’t it be something if it did pick #1?? 🙂 Thanks for entering, my friend!

  2. Laura Raffae March 20, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Twenty Five years ago this month, I was two months away from graduating High School. I was going to be attending Western Illinois University in the fall and could not have been more excited. In hindsight, going away to college was the best thing I could have done. It began shaping my independence and what makes me the person I am today. I also met so many different types of people which even coming from a big city like Chicago, you are still in your own little bubble and have no idea what all out there, even in a tiny town like Macomb. I met several women there who are still my friends to this day and in fact, one of them, Lisa Favia and I took a roadtrip to St. Louis a few weeks ago to visit my old college roommate, Candice Carnahan.

    • Francesca March 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

      Thanks for sharing, Laura. Good luck!

  3. Jamie "The Awesome" Koziol March 20, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I had to do math to figure this out and it took me a while, but I was a freshman in high school. I was making friends of a lifetime and learning a little too. I miss those carefree days. Pick me! Pick me! Thanks Tuna.

    • Francesca March 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

      I hate math 🙂

  4. Annie F. March 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Thank you for putting 1987 as 25 years ago…geez, I feel old! I was wrapping up a very tumultuous 6th grade year, fighting with both my teacher & my parents, trying to figure out how to tame the lovely spiral perm I had (after finally growing out my ill-advised mullet), and diligently posting Kirk Cameron posters — which I had lovingly torn out of Sixteen, Bop!, and Tiger Beat — around my room.

    I was also getting ready for the move to seventh grade, which meant figuring out how to purchase, then apply, clear mascara — one of the few types of make up we could get away with at my Catholic grammar school and really only something the upper classmen tried — and hoping Mark Wahlberg would see my mascaraed eyes through the crowd and tell me he’d be loving me forever.

    • Francesca March 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      Oh, Annie, if I were selecting a winner based on which comment was my favorite, you would so win right now!

      • Annie F. March 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

        I thought you might appreciate it ;-). In the words of Meredith Grey, “Pick me, choose ME.”

  5. Mark Mazurkiewicz March 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    If i remember correctly I was in sixth grade with an itchy cast on my ankle from trying to jump playing basketball. We all know “White Men Can’t Jump!!” and I am the proof!!!

    • Francesca March 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      But I still love you!

  6. Dominick March 21, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    25 years ago I was wielding a “He-Man” sword and screaming “I have the power” while running around the house in my G.I. Joe underwear.

    • Francesca March 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

      That is ridiculously adorable. I remember my brother doing the exact same thing.

  7. Jill March 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    I was 2. Don’t really remember a whole lot. =

    • Francesca March 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

      It’s ok, Jill. We still love ya!

  8. Barb Adolfo March 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    25 years ago I was chasing after a little boy who was running around wielding a “He-Man” sword yelling “I have the power!” in his G.I Joe underwear.

    • Francesca March 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

      Again, ridiculously adorable 🙂
      Thanks for sharing, Barb, and good luck!

      • Jill March 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

        He hasn’t changed THAT much!

  9. Megan Jamen March 22, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Twenty-five years ago, I was finishing up my first year as a freshman at Mother Theodore Guerin High School (Mama Teddy as we affectionately called it). I’m sure I was thumbing through some teen magazine and cutting out words or pictures to tape into my planner. We did more work trying to make our planners look cool with the right “hip” words and heartthrobs, than we did actually keeping our calendars and logging our homework. I wore a hideous wool uniform skirt with just about every color imaginable in its plaid pattern – I called it my crayon box. Under the crayon box, as I’d wait in front of St. Pat’s High School for my bus everyday, I donned the ever popular leg warmers, layered crew socks and either tennis shoes without the laces or Tretorns (sp?) with colored laces! And don’t forget all collars were turned up because we were just that cool! My hair was always “big” enough, so I never needed to schedule that ritual into my day. But, thinking back, what a trip that must have been for our parents! (Fun contest Francesca, thanks!)

    • Francesca March 26, 2012 at 8:48 am #

      Oh, Megan, the memories you stirred up… Catholic high school – yuck. But Tretorn tennis shoes and decorated planners?? I was right there with you! Good luck!

  10. Mary Happymommy (@mami2jcn) March 22, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    In 1987 (25 years ago) I was in 6th grade and I had just broken up with my first “boyfriend”. Haha! We had only had 2 dates (one at the school dance and one at the local ice cream shop) but I didn’t want to get tied down that soon. 😉 I was also putting up Kirk Cameron posters on my bedroom wall and locker, as another poster said.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

    • Francesca March 26, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      That’s some serious stuff, breaking off a 6th-grade romance. I like how you said you “didn’t want to get tied down that soon.” LOL! Good luck!

  11. anna pry March 22, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I was only 3 then, so probably playing with my toys and having a good time 25 years ago.

    • Francesca March 26, 2012 at 8:52 am #

      Doing stuff that normal 3 year olds do? 🙂

  12. Elena March 22, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    25 years ago I was in 1st grade and was pretty excited about school and learning.

    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

    • Francesca March 26, 2012 at 8:53 am #

      I remember 1st grade being a pretty exciting time, too! Good luck!

  13. shannon March 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Twenty five years ago I was living in NE Tennessee and loving kindergarten!

    • Francesca March 26, 2012 at 8:54 am #

      Thanks for entering! Good luck!

  14. Aubreylaine March 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    25 years ago I was a one year old living in North Dakota.
    family74014 at gmail dot com

    • Francesca March 26, 2012 at 8:55 am #

      Thanks for entering & good luck!

  15. Amy smith March 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    25 years ago I was finishing up my freshman year of high school where I fell in LOVE…with hockey:). I was also about to have my first job… At the Dairy Queen in Boyne. I always worked the evening shift and my dad would be waiting there at 10:00 every night. I can only imagine what I’ll be doing 10 years from now when my own girls are 15…picking them up from a job? Watching them in a sporting event? Visiting them at the juvenile detention center;)?

    • Francesca March 26, 2012 at 8:56 am #

      Somehow I don’t see your girls ending up in a juvenile detention center…. Sweet story about your dad 🙂 Good luck!

  16. Megan Kelley March 22, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    25 years ago, I was getting ready to graduate fron 8th grade. We went on a class trip to Kings Island in Ohio. I bought a safari type hat and half shirt which I wore most of that summer. then I started high school where I ran into an old frenemy that became one of my best friends. She broke the ice by asking to borrow my bible. I guess I am lucky that she was an irresponsible bible owner.

    • Francesca March 26, 2012 at 8:57 am #

      “Frenemy”… lol. I’m glad, too, that I was an irresponsible Bible owner 🙂

  17. deborah craig March 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    I WAS DANCING ON THE CEILING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Francesca March 26, 2012 at 8:58 am #

      Why can I believe that???

  18. lala r March 25, 2012 at 5:22 am #

    I wasn’t around twenty-five years ago.
    thanks for the giveaway

    • Francesca March 26, 2012 at 8:58 am #

      You’re welcome! And thank you for entering. Good luck!

  19. Rebecca Lopez March 26, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    25 years ago I was learning how to drive 🙂

    • Francesca March 26, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      And before we know it, you’ll be teaching Alyssa to drive 😉

  20. Julie March 26, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    25 years ago I was adjusting to being a new mom 🙂

  21. Shanda S. March 26, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Twenty-five years ago …. I was inching towards my 3rd birthday. I was busy driving my parents crazy, causing my older sister severe jealousy, and probably getting into all sorts of trouble. Yep, not much as changed…

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