Oh, the places Karen Rosales could go: Anywhere in the continental United States, for four days and three nights at no cost.
The Norwalk resident is "free to move about the country," to borrow a line from Continental Airlines, after winning a WLKR radio show contest that requires listeners to correctly identify a tune.
Rosales won two Cedar Point tickets and a WLKR shirt after correctly identifying a song in the fall. Her name was then placed into a Dec. 21 drawing with more than 1,000 others for the chance to earn the getaway for two. The package is good for four days and three nights, and covers airfare, hotel and car rentals.
The phone call to Rosales home informing her she'd won was broadcast on the radio. Rosales said she recognized her voice on the answering machine, and started jumping up and down and screaming. So were her co-workers at Maple City Rubber.
"We went nuts," recalled one of them, Janet Albright.
So where will Rosales go? She said she's received many suggestions, including Yellowstone National Park, Lake Tahoe, the Florida Keys, San Diego and South Padre Island in Texas.
She has until Dec. 31, 2007 to decide, but knows this much: Vegas is out. She's been there three times and wants to see something different.
Rosales has wanted to visit South Padre Island, and her daughter's week-long trip there in October and her subsequent boasting reinforced that desire.
Rosales' daughter, Norwalk resident Kristy Geiger, said her trip to South Padre was the best vacation she's been on. Geiger described the resort area as a gorgeous place with palm trees and a destination where you sit by the pool with a drink in your hand.
Rosales and four others working at Maple City Rubber regularly tune in to WLKR's Name That Tune contest. Between the five of them, they call in three times a week for a chance to win, Rosales said.
One of the women won preseason Cavaliers tickets, two others won Cedar Point tickets while others landed tickets to a chili cookoff contest.
Albright said they have Rosales to thank for giving them the correct answers, even when she wasn't competing.
"She knows them all," Albright said.