First, I have to tell you a story.
My wife receives complimentary tickets through her employer to an annual soiree’ in Boston. It’s called Steppin’ Out for Dimock, and it’s a benefit for the Dimock Center, which serves low-income people (mostly of color) in Boston.
It always has multiple jazz groups in different rooms playing jazz – some of the musicians are local, some international, some mediocre, some excellent. This year the featured performer was Gladys Knight, who was excellent.
She still has an excellent voice, considering her age. Everyone sang along with her, because they knew all her songs, although I didn’t. Everyone knew her songs, because the event is roughly 90% black.
Which is fine, because everyone is “dressed to the nines”, and well-behaved. No underwear showing, et cetera.
So, I am milling about in the early hours before the music starts, with a complimentary drink in my hand, and I notice the charity auction for the donated items.
As usual, these are completely unnecessary items that tend to be from upscale retailers or sports clubs. There is expensive luggage, expensive jewelry, expensive hotel stays, expensive paintings, along with some signed Red Sox bat, a signed Celtics Jersey, etc.
But, in a corner, overlooked and unappreciated, was the following:
Silent Auction Item #29
Clear Channel Outdoor
Electronic Billboard Message Service
- Message service is good for one month and must be displayed during Quarter 1: January-March. Service is based on available space.
- Clear Channel Outdoor will work with the winner to find open space based on occupancy levels for one spot in rotation on one board.
- There are 7 faces available for the message board location. Clear Channel Outdoor will work with the winner to determine what works best and if there is space during the best period for the winner.
- Exclusions are political advertisements.
The initial bid was $50. Bids had to increase by $20. And the initial bid was the only bid.
It was five minutes before the close of the auction when I saw this. So I bid $70 dollars. I watched it like a hawk for the remaining four minutes.
And I won.
An electronic billboard for one month displaying my message.
So, if the administrator of this site is interested, I would like to promote The Burning Platform. I spoke to the ClearChannel contact person. It will be on a 14 foot by 48 foot billboard for one month. It will show the message for 10 seconds, then rotate to another electronic message. It will most likely be on Route 495, which is a major road in the suburbs around Boston.
I have zero computer graphics skills. Someone else on this site would need to come up with a visual graphic.
Here are the specs:
File Size: 400 pixels H by 1400 pixels W
File Type: Uncompressed JPG.
Color Mode: RGB
Resolution: 72 dpi
Note: If file size exceeds 3 MB, send a compressed (zipped) folder via our FTP site, FileExchange.
Admin can pick the winning design and message, and I will forward to the contact person.
I wish I could be more excited about this, but I am still depressed from the Zombie Election we just had.