Its funny- I was going to post a reply to some of these, but I couldn't really find one that wouldn't either:
1. annoy half the people out there.
2. annoy me for the disservice to all the people who were generous with their congratulations.
Frankly, when I saw the topic, it seemed obvious to me that a real trophy actually made would have a good shot at winning. I suppose on some level I stole the idea from mnementh's entry that won contest 47 by making an actual necklace out of a Blinged-Out Cabbage. I remember kudos to mnementh for thinking of the idea, I don't remember hate filled spiteful comments.
Since I wasn't working Friday, I made my own trophy, and posted a picture of it. After Wonderstew posted his trophy, with the added silliness of putting in a video, I shamelessly copied him, and posted my own video. I didn't intend to include my kids, they (meaning Stephen) just inserted themselves into the view. My video WAS gratuitous, soothedbyrainfall, intentionally so. I even put in some idiotic zooms in and out, just to make it more ludicrous.
Everything I did, and everything Wonderstew did, anyone else could have done themselves. Other than JoeDeeDee's making her own T-shirt, and LKK making some sort of head thing, none of you made anything. All of you could have. This contest is about being original, and clever, and most of the time funny. I think all three of the winners were all of those.
Almost all of the time, some sort of chop is going to win. I hope so, because I think I have my best chance at that kind of contest. My haikus suck like that Dustbuster, frankly. Every once in a while, something off-the-wall is going to win. We thought of it, and executed it, and we were right. I think a lot of us knew these two trophies had a pretty good chance from the time each appeared. Not because of who we are, but because of the nature of the contest and the quality of the work.
So, anybody who is annoyed that I won, I wish you didn't feel that way. But,
since TGentry showed us a couple of weeks ago that in fact one can win twice in a row, rest assured that I'll be back tomorrow, with my Photopaint, or my chisels, or, looking outside, maybe a snow pile, doing my best to win it again.