The First World Problems Contest is closed!
I am happy to announce that I have narrowed the entries down to my top five favorites – which was a lot more difficult that I thought it would be (<— FWP?).
There were 16 unique entries by 14 commenters. That’s great! Thank you to everyone who stopped by, and an extra big YOU RAWK! to all of you who put your odd, humorous, wry, thoughtful and ultimately human First World Problems out there for the entire world to see (the infinitesimal segment of the world that visits this blog, anyway).
Below I’ve copied the finalists’ stories as they were posted in the comments. After reading through them I invite you to cast a vote in the poll at the bottom of the page.
Please only one vote per person, but feel free to refer friends to vote for you here. The poll will close at 8pm on Wednesday evening. The entry that receives the most votes by that time will win the $25 Kiva.org gift certificate!
First World Problems Finalists
Madeline – Butt-Sushi or Panini?
Today, in the well-stocked cafeteria at my comfortable, well-paying job, someone took the sushi I wanted just seconds before I got there! It was either the butt-sushi that was left, or a panini for me!
Michelle – Carl Kassell Withdrawl
My iPod tragically went missing just before Christmas. Despite searching the car, house, and nearby snowbanks, it remains MIA.
Yes, I still have CDs (I love my albums). Yes, I can still listen to my Macbook at home.
But I can’t get my Wait, Wait – Don’t Tell Me! podcast fix in my car.
Life without Carl Kassell. #firstworldproblems
Erratapage – Diet Coke Dilemma
The worst day of last year began quite simply. I was out of diet coke. No problem. I had to get some gas, so I took the car up to St. Francis to fill up and buy diet coke. Got to the C-store, and they had no cold cans of diet coke. I went back home and got dressed, and got back in the car to go into the office. I stopped at the C-store in Anoka for a donut and a diet coke. There were no cold cans of diet coke. At this point, I’m wondering if I’m going to have to settle for a cold bottle or if I’m going to have to buy a warm 12-pack. I get back in the car and drive to work, stopping at the local stop and rob near my office so that I don’t go to work under caffeinated. I go to the refrigerated coolers, and start looking for the diet coke cans. They were out. I showed up at the office with a 20-ounce bottle significantly unhappier than I had a right to.
Ela Darling – Too Tired to be Adored
My first world problem: my head hurts because too many people bought me drinks last night and I had to wake up at 6:00 to get ready for the Adult Entertainment Expo. I didn’t want to leave the warm white cocoon of my comped hotel room to be coiffed and made up and styled and dressed to spend the day signing things for horny porn fans.
bill – Bananas: Under-ripe/Over-ripe
I like to have a banana every day and they only grow commercially 4000 miles away, so I have to buy them at the grocery store. When I buy them, they aren’t ripe enough to my liking for the first two days. Then they are perfect for about 4 days. Then they are overripe. But I buy them in bunches of 6 or 7. So some of every bunch, I have to eat either too ripe or too green.