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October 28, 2012

CLIF Chocolate Cherry BLOK Contest; CLIF Holiday Bar Winners; Random Shots of Beauty

“Three is a magic number, yes it is ... “

-      - From Schoolhouse Rock

This is the third straight weekend that I’m offering up a new CLIF Bar contest, and I’m also announcing three winners of last week’s CLIF holiday bar contest – so we'll ahead and have some fun with the theme of three on this one.  But first, let’s get to this weekend’s Random Shot of Beauty:

As seen in Carmel Valley, three days before Halloween.  Incidentally, if it weren’t for decorations like this, it would be hard to tell that it’s fall around here lately with the 80-degree weekend we just enjoyed.  Have I mentioned that I love living in California?

Now it's time to announce the three winners of last week’s CLIF Bar holiday flavor giveaway contest.  Grimzeak, Southern Tim, and MittenKim: e-mail me your contact info – you’ve won!  Thanks to everyone who entered, and remember to get your holiday flavors while they last, so you don’t have to wait until 2013.

(P.S.  Remember how many holiday flavors there are?  Three, of course!)

So it’s time for the new contest, which features a brand new CLIF product.

Shortly before our family trip to Zion, we received a sampler box that contained three (yes, really) packs of CLIF’s brand new Chocolate Cherry flavor BLOKS.  In the midst of our three days of hiking, each of my three kids got to sample the new flavor – and the reviews were overwhelmingly positive.

CLIF offers this same flavor in their SHOT gel, but it’s somewhat unique among energy chews, which generally seems dominated by strictly fruit flavors.  Evidently it’s hard to mimic the taste of chocolate in this category of energy food, but CLIF does a pretty good job of it with the Chocolate Cherry BLOKS. 

The chocolate flavor is subtle but unmistakable; I thought of it like someone had poured chocolate syrup on CLIF’s black cherry BLOK flavor.  However, my 11-year-old daughter came up with an even better description: “It tastes like an ice cream sundae.” 

With the addition of this new flavor, CLIF now has nine (or, stated another way, three times three) BLOK flavors to choose from.  Like other BLOKS, the Chocolate Cherry flavor is made with 95 percent organic ingredients, with a balance of carbohydrates and electrolytes for quick energy and proper muscle function during athletic activity.  This variety will give you a caffeine boost as well, as each pack features 50mg worth, which is the equivalent of one shot of coffee.

Sound interesting?  The new BLOKS are now available in stores, but a few of my readers will get to try a sampler pack for themselves.  And in case you didn’t guess … the number of winners will be three.  However, I’m making it slightly more challenging than just leaving a comment.  This time, you have to name something that comes in threes, or name a group of three things that go together: for example, the past, present and future, or faith and hope and charity, or the heart and brain and body … you get the idea.  If your item(s) are the same as one that’s already listed, your entry doesn’t count.

And if those three examples I just mentioned seem obscure, it’s because I didn’t really make them up: they’re from one of my favorite childhood songs that has become something of a pop culture classic.  That Schoolhouse Rock video is below, and I’ll announce the winners of this contest on – you guessed it, November 3!

Special thanks to CLIF Bar for sponsoring this contest, and good luck to everybody!

“Three Is A Magic Number” from Schoolhouse Rock (click to play):

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pretensesoup 10/28/12, 8:26 PM  

Things that come in threes...the three fates (maiden, mother, and crone). Also the three witches from Macbeth.

Joe Myers 10/28/12, 8:28 PM  

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

Guits 10/28/12, 8:58 PM  
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Guits 10/28/12, 9:01 PM  

I am sure these CLIF chocolate Cherry Blocks would have helped The three little pigs to build their three houses faster ;)

stephan.uzzell 10/29/12, 3:36 AM  

I'm a triathlete, so the answer is obvious: Swim, Bike, Run :-)

Aranan 10/29/12, 4:46 AM  

When you first start with distances, you're concerned with hours. Then you start moving onto minutes, and then you finally start trying to shave seconds from your PRs.

I'm still in the hours phase. :)

*~*~* Tracy 10/29/12, 4:53 AM  

Hmmmm. How about up, down and sideways?

Cami 10/29/12, 5:02 AM  

Inspired by another Schoolhouse Rock video, 'Three Ring Government', there's the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary branches of our government.

Ian 10/29/12, 5:19 AM  

Ready for the holidays...how 'bout some Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh?!

Eddie 10/29/12, 5:22 AM  

Mind, Body, and Spirit -- motto of our school district.

Adam B. 10/29/12, 5:39 AM  

Traffic light, red, yellow, and green !

Te2184,  10/29/12, 5:41 AM  

Curly, Moe and Larry

JimDog 10/29/12, 5:50 AM  

How about 5ks? They come in 3's (well 3.1). Does that count? :-)

If not (just to make sure my entry counts), how about the Three Musketeers.


grimzeak 10/29/12, 5:55 AM  

You have to win the Belmont, the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby to win the triple crown.

krystyna47 10/29/12, 6:16 AM  

How about my 3 favorite things: bars, gels and chews?

BE 10/29/12, 6:48 AM  

Well, to double my chances, the 3 famous double-players:
Tinker, Evers, and Chance

RunningLaur 10/29/12, 6:50 AM  

What I always think of with shots/gus/bloks: Solid, Liquid, Gas.

Jeff Gallup 10/29/12, 7:18 AM  

Sex, drugs, Rock n Roll?? lol

Mike E 10/29/12, 7:29 AM  

Easy. Here are the three things I am currently experiencing: plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis, boredom.

Winning these CLIF BLOKS would help. :)

AWO 10/29/12, 7:58 AM  

Horizontal, vertical and diagonal! Is that too close to the up/down/sideways entry above? How about Mama Bear, Papa Bear and Baby Bear?

rbrown10 10/29/12, 8:30 AM  

rock, paper, scissors! (shoot)

Al D. 10/29/12, 10:35 AM  

Hits, runs, and errors

Cody R.,  10/29/12, 10:48 AM  

3 primary colors on the color wheel

red, yellow, blue

Nate 10/29/12, 11:45 AM  

The simplest of them all....TRIPLETS!

Hopefully, I won't have triplets on my first go-around.

Anonymous,  10/29/12, 3:56 PM  

Red, white, and blue!

Owen Yeates 10/29/12, 4:21 PM  

Truth, justice, and the American way

Gerald C. 10/29/12, 8:18 PM  

In martial arts we have.... Yin, Yang, and Tao.

matt 10/29/12, 8:35 PM  

Every contest deserves a Monty Python quote. From "The Holy Grail,"
"First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.

altorresusc 10/29/12, 11:18 PM  

A man and a woman had a little baby, Yes they did.
They had three in the family and that's a magic number!

TheRunningNobody 10/29/12, 11:51 PM  

I nearly cried reading the quote from the holy grail ... my three thing : ready, get set, go!!!

DavidS 10/30/12, 6:16 AM  

Donald Ducks' nephews: Huey, Louey and Dewey!

bryan m,  10/30/12, 10:53 AM  

The holy triumvirate know as Rush: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, & Neil Peart

Sarah 10/30/12, 11:58 AM  

Knife, fork and spoon.

Erin "Sunday" Mahoney 10/30/12, 5:58 PM  

Jack Bruce
Eric Clapton
Ginger Baker

elizabeth 10/31/12, 7:10 AM  

Fall, leaves, chill.

Go Gators 10/31/12, 7:25 AM  

Athos, Porthos, and Aramis

Kevin 11/1/12, 12:20 PM  

Eagle, globe and anchor - the Marine Corps emblem - for my USMC running buddies. Semper Fi.

Joyce 11/1/12, 8:38 PM  

Protect, Preserve & Defend - what you have to swear to do for the Constitution in the Presidential Oath of Office.

george 11/2/12, 10:01 AM  

Tempo, fartlek, long runs.

Chris 11/3/12, 8:50 AM  

Small, medium, and large.

Anonymous,  11/4/12, 9:43 AM  

"Once, twice, fee tines a mady"

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