Our New Sponsor Event: Cluedo Palooza

It’s one of those things that always made me scratch my head but never quite piqued my curiosity enough to research the answer. Why is the board game Clue called Cluedo in the United Kingdom? Is “clue” not an actual word across the pond? I’m pretty sure it is – Sherlock Holmes would sound pretty stupid telling Watson, “Aha, a cluedo!”

Alas, the explanation was not quite as interesting as I had hoped but still doesn’t make a ton of sense. The game was actually first called “Murder!” when it was developed in the 1940s but then morphed into Cluedo, which is a combination of the word “clue” with the word “ludo” (it means “I play” in Latin). But then shouldn’t it have been called Cludo? I mean, you are mushing the “lu” so why keep the “e”? OK, I’m overthinking this.

Anyway, while I liked the board game Clue, I loved the ’80s movie. For all the Millennials out there, no, I’m not talking about the Alicia Silverstone vehicle, “Clueless,” but rather the Martin Mull/Tim Curry masterpiece from the mid-80s.

“1+2+2+1+1”

I used both the board game and movie as inspiration for our CMEpalooza Fall sponsor event, which is creatively called Cluedo Palooza. You see, it takes the word Cluedo and combines it with the second part of CMEpalooza. I know, super creative.

There weren’t enough characters/weapons/rooms in the Clue board game to cover all of the CMEpalooza sponsors, so I pulled a few from the movie to fill everything out.

As with all of our special sponsor events, Cluedo Palooza is a competition where you can win real cash prizes. We’ll be giving out five (5) $100 Amazon gift cards to our winners this fall.

Here is how Cluedo Palooza works:

  1. Click here to download the list of forms you will need to play, both the questions and the answer form
  2. Use the Sponsor tab of the CMEpalooza website to get links to all of the entities involved in this event. You’ll need to visit the Sponsor sites to get the answers to all of our questions. We promise there is nothing that can’t be found within a click or two.
  3. Complete the entry form by coming up with a correct response to three Character questions, two Weapon questions, and two Room questions.
  4. Added bonus this year — you can enter up to three times, as long as you select different sponsors for each entry.
  5. Send your completed entry form to me via email at scott@medcasewriter.com by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, October 1.
  6. Watch Clue: The Movie

Who Wants to Trivia? Part III

We’ve reached that time of CMEpalooza prep where I make my appeal to everyone to stick around for the last session of the day, our third iteration of CE Pop Trivia, at 4 pm ET on October 13. Why? Because it’s fun! And because our host doesn’t have skeletons in his closet from old podcasts that will get him fired! (Note from Scott: You better be sure about that)

For this version of CE Pop Trivia, we have four amazingly qualified Question Masters who will be focusing their questions on the new Standards for INtegrity and iNdependence IN Accredited Continuing Education, better known as SINNIN’ ACE. They–…hold on a second…

OK, I am being told that the new Standards are not better known as SINNIN’ ACE and that there is not a new acronym to replace the old SCS. Huh. That’s too bad as I think SINNIN’ ACE is sort of catchy and even kind of appropriate on a certain level. I will try to overcome my disappointment and carry on.

Though we had a very nice turnout for CE Pop Trivia I & II (did I mention there are prizes? There are prizes. Amazon gift cards in various denominations), I feel compelled to once again urge everyone to attend due to the view that some may take that a trivia session focused on the new Standards might be…boring (gasp!) To those who think that, I offer one response: How dare you!

I also offer as evidence of the non-boring nature of CE Pop Trivia III, a list of the Top 5 Things Definitely More Boring Than a Trivia Contest on the SINNIN’ ACE Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education (Yes, another list. This blog will soon just be me making lists of my favorite and least favorite things. It’s my ultimate goal. No one tell Scott.) (Note from Scott: Mum’s the word. I never read your dreck anyway)

5. Vanilla ice cream. In a world where flavors such as Chubby Hubby and Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz! exist, who would choose plain vanilla? Boring people, that’s who.

4. Pong. The first time I ever played Pong was at my friend Brian’s house in Sebring, FL, and I thought it was one of the most incredible things I had ever seen. After about 15 minutes, the novelty of “hitting” a slow-moving square “ball” with a rectangular “racket” wore off, and I was ready to go shoot hoops again.

3. A Smash Mouth concert. Sure, everyone is having a great time when they kick-off with All-Star. There’s even a cheer of recognition when the opening notes of Walkin’ on the Sun start. But then they launch into a cover of I’m a Believer, and you realize you don’t know any other songs they play. It’s all downhill from there.

2. Any Episode of Dukes of Hazzard without Bo and Luke. A shameful period in television history. Let us never again speak of Coy and Vance Duke.

1. A PowerPoint presentation on the new Standards. Seriously, who wants to sit through that? A much better option is to join us for CE Pop Trivia III on October 13!

Birth of a Salesman

Periodically during the summer, my son sets up a lime-aid stand (not a lemonade stand!) outside our city rowhome. We are in a neighborhood with a lot of foot traffic so sales are generally rather brisk.

We have our standard protocol well set by now – I serve as the cheap (very cheap!) labor in the kitchen squeezing the limes, mixing up the ingredients, putting out the cups, etc. while he handles sales out front. People are generally rather generous – we charge $2 per cup ($3 for two cups – learning the value of bulk sales), but I would say more than 50% of our customers gladly pay double or more as a bonus. It’s a pretty easy, sweet gig for a 10-year-old.

I don’t mind being the brawn behind the sales – in fact, I rather like it that way. I’d rather be the doer in the background while letting someone else handle the schmoozing and chit chatting with potential customers. That’s never been something I terribly enjoy.

And yet, here we are in Year 7 of CMEpalooza and I am still the one regularly responsible for drumming up interest in our sponsorships. Why is that, you ask? Well, perhaps because while I would rather be the behind-the-scenes guy, Derek would rather be the way-way-behind-the-scenes guy. So I stepped up out of necessity (note from Derek: You’re doing a great job, buddy!)

Quite frankly, it’s gotten easier and easier over the years to attract sponsors to CMEpalooza. Whether it’s the affordability, the value, or simply the fact that we’re such a likable duo, we tend to get a barrage of companies who rush towards us with fistfuls of cash to lock in our sponsorship packages when they are announced in the spring. You can check out our Sponsor page to see all of the companies who have already latched on for CMEpalooza Fall.

But what about you over there, you who chose to wait or simply forgot to lock in a sponsorship package in the spring? Well, I’ll be honest – there isn’t a lot left. But we have gotten creative in adding a few new opportunities for the Fall that you can read about in our Updated Sponsor Prospectus. You’ll learn about things like CMEpalooza King for a Day, CMEPalooza 5 Questions With…, and some other goodies. And hey, we’ve always got our most popular standby with our Bronze sponsorships, which is essentially an entry-level gig – we take as many of those as people want.

Sound interesting? Just shoot me an email with the subject line of “CMEpalooza Top Salesman Alert” or something else that is aimed at the Willy Loman in me and give me an idea of what you’re interested for. I promise to get back to you within 12 hours – I mean, if you send the email at 1 am, it’s going to wait until morning.

Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you that you need to add a tip to any sponsorship, but I’m not going to sit here and tell you that you don’t need to add a tip to any sponsorship either. You do you.