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to nominate Michael Read for a special Feste Award this year, if you would.

As I am aware:

No one has more avidly appreciated, respected and supported the honor than Michael.

Few are as versed in Shakespeare as Michael... or old enough to have known Shakespeare, personally, as Michael likely is. ~ ~

No one has "lost" the award more than Michael - OK, might be Alzheimer's Disease. ~ ~

Michael will teach you how to fish, rather than give you a fish - What can I say, he's cheap, but long in the tooth on wisdom - knows some of the best fishing spots in the world, how to fillet a Salmon - and down a beer or 2 in the process.


Thank you, Bob. You not only get the Ginsu knives but, if you call now, a quart of SuperLubey ‘Get 100 miles more per tankfull,’ and its companion product Glopgrease ‘Never oil a hinge ever again’. As I said in the infomercial: “Feste is not only for the squeaky.” Of course, in saying that I was a mite hammered to don’t take this literally or even try to understand it.

So onto the competition for The Feste Award or, as it’s know around the Read House, shameless self-promotion. While others nominated bask in the fact of being nominated (and rightly so) I, on the other hand, don’t have that cachet. Their loftiness is assured, mine isn’t. Their standing is assured by competence and aptness, mine is an uphill slog reminding everyone their vote is not wasted – something in six years (now seven) I have yet to accomplish.

And I have tried, lord, I have tried. Through years one through six I have tried to no avail. Bogey, in one year, suggested I get the Susan Lucci Award (Ms. Lucci got the Emmy after 18 failed nominations) and later I did a faux interview with her. Motley gets around and Ms. Lucci responded delightfully. I think I am in love.

Where was I? Right, shameless self promotion. And this year, from seeing the nominations to date, it’s going to be harder this year than last. Heck, there’s another 19 days to go and they’re already nominating the heavy hitters.

This year I don’t think being able to filet a salmon in less than a minute is going to cut it (it didn’t six years in a row but I’m holding on to it – think hard, voters, can any of the competition flay a salmon? Ha!).

Bob, thanks for your support.

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