Leslie Monk has one great regret in life. It's not that she hasn't written the great American novel. It's not that she hasn't climbed Mount Everest. And it's not that the Nobel Prize has eluded her thus far.  "I really wish there were a SuperTarget store near me," she admits, with the utmost earnestness and sincerity. "I would be in heaven."  Not that she hasn't tried to make that happen. "I sent the Target people an e-mail, and I got a reply that said there were a lot of factors in making a decision like that. So I'm not exactly holding my breath - but I am hopeful."  Until SuperTarget comes her way, Leslie is more than happy to skip Macy's and Saks and explore her favorite local Target, which, as she firmly stated in her contest essay, is the "true road warrior's" home away from home.  "It is, after all, the last place I visit before I head out of town, replenishing my travel-kit items like shampoo, cotton swabs, toothpaste, sleeping mask, and Airborne tablets," she wrote. "It's one of the first places I visit when I get home, stocking up on laundry supplies to do the turnaround wash before it all has to be refolded and carefully repacked in the suitcase."  We can't argue with logic like that. Nor can we argue when Leslie tells us that Target is a "dangerous place."  "You go in looking for Tylenol and some cereal, and you walk out with three bags of stuff you didn't know you needed!"



Third-Prize Winner
Mordy Golding



I'm 35 years old, but I feel like I'm … 21.



My first airplane trip was … When I was 2. We went on a family vacation to Israel.



When I was a little boy, I wanted to grow up to be … An artist.



Five years from now, I want to … Be retired and spending more time with my kids and family.



Mary Ann or Ginger? Definitely Mary Ann.



If I'm having a party and have to prepare one dish, it would be … Sushi. Nothing fancy, though - just anything that will qualify.



Sing in the car or shower? Both.



My go-to song when I'm in the mood to belt out a tune: "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica.