Yes, you heard it right; I’m running for President (this week)

image If you’ve been following me in my pursuit of “Performer of the Year” in the A Star is Born competition at The Public Blogger, then you know I’ve made the Final Four!

*sound of old dog stretching*

If you haven’t been following because you’ve had more important things to do, such as flipping your couch cushions and wiping down the power chords, I understand.

Shame on you.

But I still understand.

To bring you up to speed, we are now in week 49… ok, it’s actually week 7, but it feels like 49. Or at least I feel like 49. Probably because I am. Which I usually don’t. But my back has been bothering me lately and I think I have a growth near my… oh wait, I think that’s actually supposed to be there.

Whew! Feeling better already! 

Anyway, where was I? Right, Performer of the Year! For this week’s challenge the theme is Collaboration. We were allowed to choose from a pool of artists — writers, photograhers, recording artists, poets, competitive knitters — to collaborate on a piece to be presented for this week’s show, which is this Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. We were allowed to put together anything we wanted, in any medium, as long as it’s a collaboration.

After careful consideration, I decided the best thing to do was to keep things simple by 1) establishing a new political party, and 2) running for Presdient. Because I’m a decisive decisionmaker, I quickly chose my vice-presidential runningmate, the hilarious and spritely Stephanie Lewis (aka, Little Miss Menopause), and 7th Born Productions recording artist Kendrick Merk Nichelson as my Minister of Hip-Hop.

Because not only do we want our new Dempublican Party to address the issues, we also want to sound really cool while doing it.


So all this week we have been campaigning, spreading the news about our political platform and building strong, grassroots support. Especially here in Oregon where, thanks to legalized marijuana, “grassroots” has an entirely different meaning. If you’d like to follow our campaign, possibly because you are with Homeland Security, you can do so on my Facebook page, where there are more inspirational promotional ads like this one…



And starting tomorrow, we’ll will have some short video clips garnering support from the campaign trail. Like this guy from the bowling constituency…

In the meantime, I’d like to put my presidency aside for a moment and thank all of you for your incredible support these last six weeks. As a friend said yesterday, it’s like a monumental commitment that you’re having fun with — but sometimes ask yourself,  “What have I gotten myself into?!?” His observation is true on both counts, but in those “WHIGMI?!?” moments (I should probably hashtag that) it’s been your support and encouragement that has kept me going.

I truly and sincerely appreciate all of you sharing in this with me.

I’ll keep you posted as we head into Sunday’s round of voting, which begins when the link goes live at 7 p.m.

And remember: A vote for me is a vote for bacon! Yes, even if it’s Canadian…

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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...

54 thoughts on “Yes, you heard it right; I’m running for President (this week)”

  1. Spritely. I’ll take that! A much better ring to it than Diet Pepsily. Can’t wait till Sunday night — then let’s book a flight on Air-Force One, shall we? Or is that just for you and I gotta go coach?

  2. Working on a campaign song for you. Any thoughts?

    A force is a force, of course, of course,
    And no one can talk to a force of course
    That is, of course, unless the force is the famous Mr. Ned.

    Go right to the source and ask the force
    He’ll give you the answer that you’ll endorse.
    He’s always on a steady course.
    Talk to Mr. Ned.

    People yakkity yak a streak and waste your time of day
    But Mister Ned will never speak unless he has something to say.

    1. Stan, this is awesome! And a real improvement on “Hail to the Chief.” But it does make me worry about how you’re spending your free time in Vegas.

      (And thanks, my friend haha!)

  3. Ok, that explains the phone calls asking for donations to Ned Hickson For America Or At Least Making It Into The Next Round Of Public Blogger Contest SuperPAC.

No one is watching, I swear...

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