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Thank You, Heather Anne


Until today, I have only received one trophy.  One year, I was on the winning Little League team.  It was an undeserved trophy.  I played right field, and only one ball came to me all season, which I dropped.  My batting average was .100, which I remember because I thought it was good, like getting a 100 in a test.

Today in the mail, I received the most beautiful trophy I’ve ever seen.   Thank you, Heather Anne and voters of the 2006 Hoagie Blog Awards.   Whenever I have doubts about why I am wasting so much time blogging with a bunch of strangers, I can look at this trophy and understand what it all means.

Along with the trophy, Heather sent me a package of delicious jelly beans, which Sophia and I ate in three minutes, and a crisp one dollar bill.  With that one dollar, I will buy a California lottery ticket later today.  If I win, I will share it with everyone on my blogroll — a group I care so deeply about — (after taking off a 10% handling fee, taxes, and a 20% penalty from anyone who has gotten on my nerves recently).

Thanks!  Remember, tomorrow is the Second Annual “Thank Your First Commenter Day.”


  1. JavaCurls

    Neil, It’s already Wed in my part of the world so here is my post for the second annual “Thank your First Commenter Day”. Fabulous idea!!

  2. Eileen

    Very well deserved my friend. If anyone earned a golden turkey it would be you. Somehow although I mean this in a nice way it sounds somewhat vile.

  3. scott

    That’s funny. Mine’s twice that size with my name encrusted in diamonds.

    Oh well. I wouldn’t take it personally.

    Hello, President Neil.

  4. Churlita

    It all brings a tear to my eye. Imagine a world in the blogosphere where Neil is president and we eat reubens every day and Dancing With the Stars is on every night and everyone has enlightened conversations with their genitailia. Sigh.

  5. Leesa

    Wow..congrats, Neil!
    I hope I don’t get on your nerves anytime soon 😉

  6. deezee

    Wow, a turkey in time for Thanksgiving. How understatedly appropriate!

  7. better safe than sorry

    what an, ummmm, lovely trophy.

  8. michelle

    I’m jealous. I’m attracted to shiny things, even if its a scary looking turkey wearing huge boots. I think those might be Timberlands.

  9. Neil

    Just my luck. On my special trophy day, most of my traffic today is searching for “Kramer racist rant.”

  10. Cover Your Mouth

    First order of Blog President business: Are we pulling the bloggers out of Iraq?

  11. Two Roads

    Are you looking for cabinet members??? I come with impeccable references.

  12. Non-Highlighted Heather

    Are you looking for interns? I come with impeccable references. Ahem.

  13. Peanut

    How funny!!!!!!

    I found my way here completely by chance.. and reading the comments, I see Scott is also here.. lol… I KNOW SCOTT!!!!!!!

    Hi Neil… thanks for your comment on my blog.. hope to see you around sometimes.. and I’ll be around more and more often.. :o)

  14. SFGary

    Does that turkey have running shoes on? Very clever indeed, stay thin and the fat ones get eaten first.

  15. JanePoe (aka Deborah)

    Congrats Neilochka!! I hope you are a kind and benevolent ruler … much peace, JP

  16. Fitena

    Is that a bird? lol!
    Well done and deserved Mr. President!


  17. Mr. Fabulous

    Oh man, that is sweet!

    I just want you to know, Mr. President, that I am ready to take a bullet for you, if needed.

  18. Nance

    Hail to the Chief! I just want you to know, Neil, that the bumper sticker on my car that says “Not My President” in no way refers to you. But I am really resistant to any attempts to organize us. Can you just feed us instead?

  19. Megan

    Congrats Mr. President!

    Can I be your intern?

  20. 2nd Pearl Past the Post

    Congratulations. And a most distinctive statuette it is. Definitely coffee table conversation starter piece.

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