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Congratulations to all of the nominees. We had another incredible group of contributors this year. They are all representative of what a fine community you have all built together. Quality attracts quality.

Unfortunately, we regret to announce the there is no Feste Third Class with Palm Cluster award this year. We do intend to have one though, just as soon as the palm tree we planted in the backyard at FoolHQ grows large enough to yield said cluster. We hope you can wait.

Thank you.


I can understand TMF's position in not awarding The Feste Award Third Class with Palm Cluster this year because of the paucity of entrants: one. It seems that no one else posting at TMF wanted this award being too busy aiming for The Feste.

However, I am not bitter about not receiving The Feste Award Third Class with Palm Cluster for the second year. My sourness is tempered by the simple fact that The Feste Award Third Class with Palm Cluster is itself a sign of rejection and being rejected for being rejected makes, in my mind, a cancellation of negatives and that in fact I have won.

The winner of The Feste Award and runners up are a Motley crew of excellent posters paddling the TMF boat into better waters; as the putative winner of The Other Award I stand on the bank shouting helpful comments. I have therefore a place in the TMF world even if I stand there acting as a bollard.

So this farrago is now over for another year. My thanks in my campaign are to Raggmopp and his Feisty Frenetic Cheerleaders for adding their effort: that it achieved nothing is neither here nor there. It was a fine try done under exceedingly hard circumstances mainly brought about by the candidate, me, not trying hard enough to merit their endeavor. I should have posted more blather, more inconsequentialities, a greater logorrhea of scrolly posts (as this one which is a bit late, isn't it?).

In the upcoming Feste Award competition, a year on, I shall not try for The Feste Award Third Class with Palm Cluster since even this is beyond my capabilities. I shall try for The Feste Award Fourth Class with Gold Braid, a lesser award to be sure yet since the main requirement for it is body temperature I may, repeat may, have a chance.


To Bogey, Tom and David: again, this year, thank you for letting me have fun with The Feste.

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