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National Car Rental’s Emerald Club is celebrating their 25th anniversary this month. Happy Anniversary to Emerald Club!
I loved National’s Emerald Aisle when I was traveling for work weekly, because I could select any rental car (even if it was a better car than what I had booked) and drive off the lot with it.
To celebrate their 25th anniversary, National has a Facebook Sweepstakes called “Blast from the Past” which asks folks to celebrate with them. You can submit photos, videos or stories of what you were doing 25 years ago for a chance to win a $25 VISA gift card.
What were we doing 25 years ago?
Emily: 25 years ago, I was 3 years old, so I don’t remember a lot. I had a very happy childhood with parents who loved me very much. My favorite toys were dolls. My mother grew up very poor and never had dolls, and even though we didn’t have much, she made sure to buy me a few dolls of my own. To this day, I still have those dolls saved for my own children.
We never flew anywhere for our vacations, but we did enjoy some happy moments at Sea World and other local amusements parks. Some of my favorite memories of being a kid are going to the park and feeding the ducks, going sledding with my dad, and going for ice cream after school.
Daraius: ~25 years ago, I took my first trip (which I remember) to the UK. My first trip to the UK was with my mom, when I was just shy of 3 months (so I don’t see the big deal about infants on planes), to join my dad who was working there. We stayed in the UK until I was ~4, but I don’t really remember anything except my blue bunny scooter.
Anyway, ~25 years ago my dad took me back to the UK and it was the first overseas trip which I remember. And it was this trip which set off my love for travel. I’m reminded by my parents that I cried when I left (because my mom wasn’t coming) and I cried when the vacation was over (because I didn’t want to go back home!).
I distinctly remember the strange sounds and smells of London. Walker’s Roast Chicken and Shrimp Cocktail chips, cucumber sandwiches, Cadbury chocolates, the quaint little houses, and the “Mind the Gap” announcements on the tube (subway).
I remember getting bored at The British Museum as my dad took what seemed to be the entire day looking at colored canvases and shiny objects. But I eagerly looked forward to visiting 221B Baker Street (the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes) and Stafford Upon Avon (the home of Shakespeare).
And I do remember the roller coasters at Thorpe Park, an amusement park, where I passed myself off as a year older so that I could get on some of the rides.
How To Win 3 Prizes
National offered me a “Go Like a Pro” gift basket (with a National tumbler, a National embossed leather writing pad, a National pen set, a weekend duffle bag and a driving kit) for running this contest, but I’d prefer to give it away as a prize.
This is in addition to two $25 gift cards which National is generously giving away.
How to Enter:
The contest will run until 11:50 pm CST on Saturday, March 10, 2012.
1. Leave one comment on this post about what you were doing 25 years ago. “I wasn’t around 25 years ago is also a valid response.”
I’ll draw 3 random winners – one each from the comments, Facebook, and Twitter.
You can also enter in National’s own Facebook Sweepstakes, Blast from the Past, for yet another chance at a $25 gift card.