Every politician wishes they had this kind of support. And probably Dolly Parton, too.

imageThe final results for round two of voting are in for “Performance of the Year” at The Public Blogger. We aren’t told anything until the announcement shows up on each of our Facebook pages. Usually within 10 minutes after the close of voting. I was at work, drinking coffee at my desk when this showed up on my screen. Unfortunately, I was also using my coffee to wash down a rather large piece of apple fritter when it appeared.

I won’t get into the details, but take my word when I say it IS physically possible for a fritter to move through your entire nasal passage in less than seven seconds.

It’s also why I’ll be asking, “Is it just me or does everything smell like apples?” for a few days.

Once again, I am incredibly humbled and appreciative of all your support in helping me stay at the top for a second week. As most of you know, I don’t normally do awards, and I’m not really interested in competing with anyone other than myself.

And yes, armwrestling gets a little tricky.

But this was an opportunity that swept in and caught my attention because of being the only humorist in a gallery of diverse and talented artists. I truly believe in the importance and value of humor in our lives, and representing that notion is something I couldn’t pass up. I’m an “All-In” or “All-Out” kind of person (something that scares my teens when I’m wearing swim trunks). It is an amazing feeling to discover that, when you need them, the folks who are part of your blogging and Facebook communty are also “All-In.”

I was going to make a quip about getting a little teary, but why quip when it happens for real?

Thank you for that.

Whether it all ends next week, or on Dec. 30 after the last round of voting, I hope you know how much this has meant to me β€” and that if I’m ever fortunate enough to meet up with all of you, and there are swim trunks involved, you can count on me being all-in…



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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

40 thoughts on “Every politician wishes they had this kind of support. And probably Dolly Parton, too.”

    1. Seven more, with a break during the holidays from what I understand. It’s along haul but a worthwhile one πŸ˜‰ But please don’t feel obligated at any time β€” I don’t want anyone to feel that way!

  1. Congrats! I can’t wait for the next entry. There are some good writers out there. So far, I have liked yours the best, and I’m not just saying that to make you keep your promise about the swimsuit.

  2. Congratulations, though when seen through the eyes of your apple fritter it’s a tale of pure horror. Then again, apple fritters don’t have eyes. They just have a lot of apple, as you know so well.

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