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The Internet has been a means by which all has a voice and by this medium some voices cluster through like-mindedness as at TMF. There are lesser places where the wit is half that of here; cogency is spelt 'kojenzy'; and use language sufficient to make a Teamster blush but let us not concern ourselves with these areas of lower life forms and concentrate on these Elysian Fields. The following is a paean to the essence of TMF and I hope I can get though it with my lower lip trembling as it is.

(Pause).

Nah, let's get onto The Feste Award and how it creates one winner and more than three-quarter of a million losers. With a happiness/disappointment ratio like this you'd think TMF would hesitate having such a prize but since Bogey got that cheap plastic trophy for having a golf score not in the triple digits he has it in his noggin that a trophy is sine qua non – a ne plus ultra – for posting excellence.

At this point I should say that The Feste Award is not a trinket trophy but an 'imputed' plaque. Nor is there an Awards Ceremony with tuxedos and champagne spritzers. It is a cyber trophy the same as cyber beers: nothing you can touch. No one knows what The Feste Award looks like because it doesn't exist. This has to change for the 2002 Feste Award. When GoofyHoofy steps up to the podium let there be a real podium, a real award, and – hope springs eternal – a real GoofyHoofy.

And back to one winner and more than three quarters of a million losers. While I agree that having a multi-layer Feste Award dilutes, having an arbitrary one winner of the Award does leaves more than the population of a large city wondering where the yellow went. Therefore I propose The Feste Award be made in three classes: Investing, Social, and MichaelR.

MichaelR


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bravo, Bravo, BRAVO MichaelR!

In part you stated:

“. . . The Feste Award and how it creates one winner and more than three-quarter of a million losers.” . . . . . . “And back to one winner and more than three quarters of a million losers.”

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Losers! LOSERS! There are NO losers in The Feste Award ! <Credits due to Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own>

There are only multiple second-place winners. That's right, 750,000 secondary winners. <Isn't this en vogue politically correct NewSpeak wonderful?>

Me, well I am holding out for that coveted show position, <What would a Fool race be without a Trifecta?>

Shucks, I didn't even KNOW I was a contestant until today!

Waiting for the results to be posted as official,

~ray
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Losers! LOSERS! There are NO losers in The Feste Award ! <Credits due to Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own>

There are only multiple second-place winners. That's right, 750,000 secondary winners. <Isn't this en vogue politically correct NewSpeak wonderful?>

Me, well I am holding out for that coveted show position, <What would a Fool race be without a Trifecta?>

Shucks, I didn't even KNOW I was a contestant until today!

Waiting for the results to be posted as official,

~ray


Gawd, Maude, you're right, ~ray. Never thought of it that way.

You may want the show position and it's odds on that GoofyHoofy may (repeat, may) get the win position but I want place. I want the coveted Feste Award Third Class with Palm Cluster so bad I can taste it. If you are a contestant for that, I'll have your guts for garters. I mean it.

This year is my year to get Recognition TMF style. To do that I will do anything illegal, immoral or fattening. My efforts at bribery have failed (I offered TMFTwitty an undisclosed sum in a coffee can on his porch and his dog bit me – well that's not exactly true, the dog licked my hand and Twitty's kids bit me) so I have to change my modus operandi to the more subtle: kidnapping TMF peoples' kids.

I said that to Twit and he said 'which one do you want?' So I stopped that idea when I realized that if I kidnapped Twit's kids I would have to take them to Chucky Cheese and supply the quarters for the roller ball machines. Plus, I would probably have so much fun with them I wouldn't want to give them back and would invite Twit and Mrs. Twit for a hootenanny.

But back to your theme that there's no losers just a lot of second-place finishers. I agree there's a lot of us that have not the slightest chance at The Feste Award since that appellation is for the crème de la crème but how about us others? We toil in these vineyards also. ~ray, I ain't gonna settle as an also ran.

This year it's The Feste Award Third Class with Palm Cluster or I'm outta here even though my subscription is until 2005.

MichaelR


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