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The dooce® xBox Joy Ride Giveaway 2010

Are you ready for yet another huge holiday giveaway on this here Internet Website Blog Thing? No? Then fine, I’ll just give one of these five xBox and xBox Kinect consoles to someone else.

Yes! Five! One two three four FIVE! (That’s a whole five more than zero.) Five of you will get to enjoy the awesomeness that is Kinect. And no, they did not pay me to call it awesome, nor did they pay me to tell you that it has and will continue to change Leta’s life. Are you ready for me to tear up? Because that’s what I do every time I talk about what it’s like to see this kid play games on Kinect, this kid who was late to walk and jump, this kid who hates physical activity, this kid who now jumps and runs around the living room for hours:

“Is it time to go to bed, Mom?”

“Are you still playing that boat game?”


“There is no such thing as bed time.”

They sent us an advanced copy of Kinect to check out before giving one away, and we had no idea that Leta would love it so much, or that she would beg to play until she sweat. I think the only time Leta has ever broken a sweat was the afternoon she read all three of her library books in the hour after school and then started to panic thinking about how long it would be until she could get her hands on a new one.

I hate it when that happens, too.

Point is, nothing has ever motivated her to get up and moving like this. We’re blown away. Not even that time we snuck into her room while she was sleeping and released a box of snakes.

Over the weekend we invited my sister’s family over to check it out as well, and we’ve put together a little video of all that madness. Reasons this video is worth your time: 1) The Avon World Sales Leader makes a cameo. 2) As does my butt. 3) Jon attempts to dance. 4) Oh just trust me on this one, and by that I mean it gets really good at about 2:42.

xBox Kinect Giveaway Video from dooce on Vimeo.

Give the video a moment to load. If you have a hard time seeing the video, click here to view it.

To enter:

1. You must be 18 or over to enter.

2. You must live in the US. (Dodging rocks from Canadians. You guys, I had no control over these rules. If I did, they’d be all EVERY CANADIAN GETS ONE!)

3. You must read these rules.

4. Five commenters will be selected as winners. Please include in your comment your favorite part of the video we made above.

Note: you must be signed in to leave a comment. If you sign up for multiple user accounts and try to enter under different profiles, you will be disqualified.

5. Comments will be open until 11:59 PM on November 21, 2010.

6. Winners will be chosen randomly using

7. Winners will be announced on November 22, 2010.

8. Prize is the following package: 1 – Xbox console, 1 – xBox Kinect Game Console, 1 – Joyride game

Once again, we’re giving away five packages. Ready? GO!

  • Kreck

    I’m at work, so I had to watch the video without the sound – and it was still hilarious! That looks like so much fun!

  • nicolemm23

    My favorite part is around 47 seconds when the people in the background are leaning with the people participating in Kinect. I love it when people have to act along, even if they’re on a couch! Kind of like when feeding a baby and the adult opens his/her mouth.

  • Krysstyllanthrox

    My favorite part? Watching all the white people try so hard to dance. Looks like tons of fun though!

  • TheDuder

    I loved watching Leta go nuts moving around. So adorable.

    And Damn Meredith can fricking dance.

  • katewestrich

    HYSTERICAL. I am impressed you all were brave enough to dance for all the world to see. In my house there would be none of that. Unless it was secretly filmed.

  • blueduckie24

    I like the parts with your twin nephews. I think I’ve crashed around like that too – but probably only when I’ve had a few too many

  • roadrunner

    Hmmmmm, it’s all soo…moving. Loved the written commentary. Thanks for sharing.

  • maskcmo

    I love how nonchalant your family is while you’re shaking your rear in front of the camera. Oh, that? That’s just Heather’s butt. Also, Bobo’s pajamas.

  • mskuhn

    My favorite part is when Leta raises the roof! What an awesome dance party!

  • ispellkonfusion

    Definitely the twins you live with. Seeing Jon do the worm was hilarious!

  • wandell729

    Awesome! I would love to do this with my family! Love the mother daughter dance moments!

  • jbs2001

    The video sold it! I want one!!!
    Loved the twins – so cute!

  • kcochran

    Those are some of the sweetest dance moves I have ever seen!

  • Amber_D

    I love Leta’s spastic dance moves, but I wish that random baby had a larger role.

  • speakno

    “Goodbye, Los Angeles!!”


    I told my boyfriend I want one of these, but I will not be doing any dancing in front of anyone else. Much less on video, for the whole world to see. Good on ya, dooce!

  • nrward82

    My favorite part, BY FAR, is when Jon gets up and does his perfect white boy dance. My husband dances EXACTLY LIKE THAT. LOL!

  • MTP1021

    That is just too funny! Love when you can see little Marlo in the background waving her arms around in excitement.

  • stephaniestempinski

    I love your twin nephews – even if you can’t tell them apart. They look like they are snarky – and I like snarkiness in twins.

  • brookieliz

    This thing is amazing and looks like you all had a lot of fun!

  • bebehblog

    Clearly the best part of the video is the enormous amount of blackmail material it provides. Tyrant, fetch me my slippers or I will post this online for EVERYONE TO SEE!

    Oh, wait. You already did. Dammit.

    OK, the best part of the video is your butt. Yeah, I said it.

    I really really want to do this to my family. I mean WITH my family.

  • hmdavis

    Your ass or your twins. So hard to choose just one.

  • jessihover

    You guys have some of the best dance moves around. AWESOME!!!

  • andersmith

    Now that is a family that can DANCE!

  • VanessaT

    It must be the mom in me, but I love Marlo’s cute little pink polka dot jammys and her trying to dance. I also love how not amused Chuck was.

  • mewoods

    Fav part is Leta and Nephew 1 (or was it Nephew 2?) doing the robot. Awesome. Love the website!

  • jesmulloy

    I love this! You guys inspire me…

  • outdrgrrl

    My fave part of the video is the absolute joy and happiness on everyone’s faces… almost to the point of being staged, but that’s just how awesome it is! (So… I’m saying it was not staged…) I want some of that for my family get-togethers, and a good reason to have people over to my otherwise boring house!

  • joliette

    Love the video! Thanks for the giveaway, I want to have that much fun too!

  • vanweezy

    I kept selecting a favorite part and then it would get replaced by a new favorite part as the video went on! All in all, I guess my favorite was just seeing a family have fun together!

  • SincerelyJenni

    I have been wanting to get this for my family for Christmas as soon as I started seeing the commercials! We love our Wii, but the idea of not having to hold on to a controller is awesome!

    Keeping my fingers and toes crossed, hoping I win!

  • fricative

    Ohhhhman. Leta spazdancing. That was wonderful.

  • judi_cutrone

    I heart Tyrant. Never let him go.

  • lobsterandi

    I like that, although Leta appears to enjoy the game, she is still SO concentrated on it. Engrossed. Like a book. She TURNED A VIDEO GAME INTO A BOOK.

    (Also, I like that in order to post this comment, I have to type the words “Scream Butthoet” … Seems appropriate.)

  • srising

    I love Leta’s dancing. She is adorable!

  • jennserra

    Shake it Girl!!! I wish I could shake my @ss like that. 🙂

    Also the cutest part was Leta and Jon danceing together. 🙂

  • Ena Murphy

    your twin nephews are so freakin cute.

  • ThroughKatsEyes

    That looked like so much fun!! But I have to admit, it looked like certain family members were having seizures instead of dancing (cough, cough, Jon).

  • Brookelyn Bridge

    Your butt!

    Kidding. It was cute watching Leta dance. She has your long skinny arms. 😉 And her and Jon together are just adorable.

  • fraukaiser

    I love watching everyone dance so unselfconsciously. Some of those moves remind me of the time my husband and I went to see a friend’s band play. After seeing Dave “dance” the bartender cut him off. He had only had one drink!

  • delinda09

    Nothing beats Jon’s dance moves. Nothing.

  • Geenie

    I love when you crossed so many employer/employee lines while dancing with Tyrant.

  • pooptoast

    “These are the twins I live with”

    THEY MOVED EXACTLY THE SAME WAY. They were more in sync then the *ACTUAL* twins.

    Oh Lord. Still laughing.

    Can I choose the whole thing?

    Also, unrelated, but my recaptcha was “cutiated corps”.

  • preppypitbull

    I loved the entire thing, but I would have to say my favorite part was Jon dancing and of course the subtitles that he hadn’t drank anything. Too funny. It looks like a ton of fun!

  • etrevallion

    definitely the part where Jon tries to dance. CLASSIC! 🙂

  • MommaJ

    What was that at the 2:42 mark? I couldn’t see because I started CRYING BUCKETS. Those moves are dangerous…..

  • kathleenbyates

    Awesome. Although even considering Jon, I think your friends/family are infinitely more coordinated than mine…

    (PS. Jon’s stiff/robot/alien moves are my favorite part)

  • Daddy Mac

    one of the nephews doing the robot dance was the highlight for me. looks like a great time.

  • tarathue

    Fun idea for a “Kinect” party! Love the “friend…with benefits”. Your niece is a really good dancer!

  • Vilma

    My favorite part was of your shakin’ your groove thang! Loved that the whole family took part. Family gatherings would probably be a LOT more interesting if we had one 🙂

  • qwertygrrl

    a) you dancing against your daughter, you just totally see what’s in store for her 😉
    b) the robot
    c) when Tyrant does the lasso
    d) your nephew’s closing

    looks like a blast!

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Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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