Monday, April 13, 2009

and the winner is... In Memory of Grandpa Bernie

Another hard fought battle this year.  Submissions from Indiana, Ohio and Alabama made for an interesting group of contestants.

First Place, with 7 votes
In memory of Grandpa Bernie by Andrew stole the show.  An artistic and timely submission is hard to beat.

Second Place, a tie
The Alabama Bell and her northern mother both garnered 6 votes.  Cheep by The Alabama Bell was in the lead through much of the event with Egg Salad Surgery by Robin showing a strong finish.

Third Place
Signs of Spring by the Alabama Bell was a clear favorite of many garnering several positive comments.  Too bad comments do not count as votes.

Fourth Place
Carrot Top by the University of Cincinnati Queen (Leighann our neighbor) had a strong showing with 4 votes.  Leighann's first year in the contest was a huge success and I expect next year she will learn that quality is not always the key to success.  It's a hard lesson, but she's young.

Fifth Place, a three way tie
Eggsoneration by Robin, LaLaLaLaLaLaLa and Halloween both by the next country music idol enjoyed a strong following and generated viewer interest.  (neither of which count in the polls).  Luke's choice of LaLaLaLaLa was also Cousin Jake's vote, indicating both are at the same emotional, intellectual and social level.  The Chicago contingent put in a strong showing as Grandpa Casey voted twice for Robin's Eggsoneration, which of course is fully allowed within the rules of Chicago voting.

Sixth Place
Honey Bunny Bee by the UC Queen was a strong contender in the nature category.  I thought it would pull in more votes, but since it was first on the day to be posted, there was a renewed effort by ruthless competitors to stop the flow of honey. 

Honorable Mention
Driving the Train by Bo was a photo journalistic masterpiece showing the hard but joyous life of a conductor driving to a successful life.  Congratulations Bo on a fine contribution.

Last Place, not Seventh, but Last
Hope Rides Again (Aunt Mary), J Jagers (Aunt Mary), Gertrude (the UC Queen), Change, but When.?.?.? (the KC Kid) and Cowboys (Big Dad) all pretty much sucked or alienated the voters.  Now, we do know that Change, but When had a goal of receiving zero votes, so some level of success was achieved.  A word to the losers:  if you feel your contribution was meaningful, relevant or impactful, you are probably correct.  Several people reported being impacted after viewing your posts.

As we close this year's Easter Egg contribution, I would like to congratulate the winners and encourage the challengers to try again next year.  May the spirit of the holiday bless us all.

God Bless


Andrew Monk said...

First, I must congratulate the contestants in this years Easter Egg Competition.
Second, For the first timers and those who would like to learn from a champion... It takes a great idea along with execution and an artistic mind to pull something this spectacular off.
Finally, I would like to thank Grandpa Bernie for having such a strong impact on me and so many others. It is only fitting that on Easter his spirit has risen and carried me to victory. Without him, this victory would not have been possible. May he rest in peace.

Bowlby said...

Well I guess I can't be disappointed by losing to Grandpa Bernie. Fine work, Andrew. I'm off to plan next year's submission!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Andrew and all the contestants. I really thought Grandma did the Eggsoneration and then Egg Salad Surgery. I thought Robin did the Robins. It is fun to try to figure out who did the entries. Get ready for next year! Mary Monk

Robin said...

Congratulations, Andrew. That was a wonderful tribute to Grandpa Bernie.

For the record, Egg Salad Surgery (inspired by the album Brain Salad Surgery by Emerson Lake and Palmer) was Dougs. My brainchild was Eggsoneration. But Doug did the work on both.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe that my sister did ESS. Although I voted for it, I believe she must have some sort of dementia. (Not the kind the Dooleys get.) And she did the Ode to Joey, too? Geez.

Congratulations to Andrew. It was well deserved.

Katie - loved the birds.


Natalie said...

The stomach flu stifled our creativity this year. Rob has already started planning his submissions for next year. Thanks for opening the competition to all... it's been fun! I think we need family competitions more than once a year...

Anonymous said...

Oooohhhhhh. It was Doug. Nevermind. Makes more sense. Tam

BigDad said...

In the spirit of South Park, would Robin have been so generous giving Doug the tribute if "she" had won? One must ponder this question. (if you haven't seen the South Park episode: Fish Sticks, then the reference is not relevant)

Robin said...

of course I would.
but we will never know...will we??

Anonymous said...

It doesn't surprise me about Doug. He's very creative.


Anonymous said...

I was fooooled by all the contestants - trying to guess the designers. I guessed all wrong on all of them except Bo's.

Congrats to all and I agree with Nat. More than once a year would be nice. Maybe at Thanksgiving or Independence Day.