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Sharon  Day
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Counting Down on November 2006


 
 
Wow, it's the 15th again! Show us your favorite entry from the month of November. Here's mine! Good luck everyone!

Remember you must be fully signed in to upload a photo to this thread. I hope I'm signed in ;)!


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12/15/2006 11:25:44 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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Woohooo... Here we are again... Gorgeous shot Sharon, good luck with it!!

Here is my favorite for the month of November...

Have a wonderful Holiday everyone and best of luck!!


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12/15/2006 12:12:38 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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Hi Sharon , nice to see the discussion is right on time . Been here 2 months and already I cant remember what photos I sent in what month. So I'll add a couple that I think I sent. Have a wonderful holiday season


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12/15/2006 12:17:34 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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geee this is always hard for me


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12/15/2006 12:29:00 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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Last one , I promise


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12/15/2006 12:32:02 PM

 
Tonya R. Boles
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Here's my fav..


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12/15/2006 12:54:11 PM

 
Dr Silly
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Ok maybe this is the one.


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12/15/2006 1:00:04 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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My November was spent learning. I started taking people shots...which I had NEVER EVER thought about doing or wanted to do. But alas, I did. Here is my favorite. No doubt in my mind that it will not be selected by the judges, but my friend, Sylvia, is such a beautiful woman...and this shot was easy to capture.


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12/15/2006 1:06:29 PM

 
John Caruso
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Hello again, everyone. It really is hard to believe it's upon us again already. I'm having a hard time deciding upon my fav this month, but I'll just go with my gut and say this one.

And, of course, all those posted already are quite fab. I like each and every one.


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12/15/2006 1:13:20 PM

 
Chris Rogers
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My only entry for Nov...


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12/15/2006 1:31:01 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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Here are mine......

...good luck everyone.


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12/15/2006 3:34:26 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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The second one


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12/15/2006 3:49:31 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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I have two I put up I really like an element of design and a GREEN one that in the special category.


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12/15/2006 4:01:29 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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Great photos everyone ,Any one notice the photos seemed to be getting so compressed they dont look no where as good as the photo you uploaded? Or is it just me?

Best of luck everyone


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12/15/2006 4:08:44 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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Thanks Sharon for this always intersting thread again! With Christmas week ahead and taking everyone's focus,
I think the finalists will be here before we know it!

Here's my November favorite!
Good luck and happy holidays everyone!


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12/16/2006 12:30:12 AM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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LAst try ,if this dont work , I give up,Happy Holidays all


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12/16/2006 4:38:51 AM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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  Good luck everyone!
One quick question... I reckon that 'Contest--->Finalists--->Most recent Photo Result' is the only place to keep an eye to check as when the Finalist lists are put up . Is there any other place to keep trying on ? I remember to have checked that link frequently last month but could not see the list till almost the very end of the month .


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12/16/2006 8:41:50 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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Wow, some really nice images out there, as always, folks!
Ujjwal; you are correct--that is the place to check on the website, but don't waste your time checking until around the 24th or later, of the month---they come out late in the month, each time. Also, if you get a Finalist, BP will email you directly. And, someone almost always posts a comment in this Counting Down thread, the moment the Finalists are announced.
For my Counting Down favorite, it is really hard; I used November to be a month of 100% re-entries of past entries; so they're all my favorites! ;) But here we go...


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12/17/2006 7:21:37 AM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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Hey,
I going to jump in here. You guys all have wonderful photo's. Makes me just a little hesitant to put mine up. But here goes.
Here's my Nov. favorite.


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12/17/2006 8:14:41 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Hello again , wow this month is gone fast for a change :O) But that's only an illusion..around 24th I'm going to bite my nails again until announcement..lolll :o)

Well these are my two favourites this month!


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12/18/2006 3:09:34 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  So many great photos! I would love to see the finalists announced early. I'm antsy as always LOL. Good luck everyone!


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12/18/2006 4:39:45 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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  Gee Sharon its only the 18th ; ) Christmas is Monday and your thinking about the contest ,

How about we gift wrap a few metals for you and put them under the tree ; )

Good luck and happy holidays


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12/18/2006 5:00:18 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  That would be great, Michael! I'd like 14 finalists. That way I break the record for the most amount of finalists given to one person :o)!

I start the thread on the 15th to celebrate the date the winners were announced way back when the contest was smaller, and it gives everyone time to play along if they like.


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12/18/2006 8:42:02 PM

 
David Pratt
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Lots of great photos here. Good luck to everyone. Here are my two picks. Everyone have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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12/19/2006 6:10:09 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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Okay - here are two of my favorites. So many great shots here. Good luck everyone and I hope we all have a nice shiny gift in our stockings!


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12/19/2006 9:14:26 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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*music*
All I want for Christmas is a fin-al-ist!

Merry Christmas to all and Happy Shooting in the New Year! LOL

Here's my November favorite...


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12/20/2006 7:03:45 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
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My favorite, the one I posted for Darren.
While shooting this spring fed stream the other day, I placed this yellow leaf on the rock thinking what he would have done if he was shooting here.


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12/20/2006 9:58:56 AM

 
Marsel van Oosten
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  Sharon - 23rd entry, does that mean this was your 23rd entry this month? :-O


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12/20/2006 12:28:14 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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Great images everyone... Kara, yours is a favorite of mine, hope to see it again soon.


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12/20/2006 1:26:35 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Marsel, yes to both. 23 entries on the 23rd of the month. I try to enter every day. I only miss if I forget ;)!


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12/20/2006 1:29:47 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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  sharon you forget? I couldnt possible believe that ;o) you may get all them medals yet


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12/20/2006 1:43:32 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Michael, 'fraid so. I missed one day this month due to the fact I forgot :o)!


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12/20/2006 8:47:06 PM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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Hi everyone! excellent photos again this month!
Heres my fav for November.....

ps. Happy Christmas!


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12/22/2006 1:41:40 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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  Help! How do I copy a pic from my gallery to a thread such as this? I tried right click, 'copy' on the thumbnail and then right click and 'paste' onto the box where I am typing this but the 'paste' is not highlighted!
In anticipation, thanks guys.

Pete


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12/24/2006 7:24:51 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Hi Peter, you can not copy a photo from your gallery. You have to upload it again. You must be fully signed in first. When you click on Respond at the bottom of the page you'll see a choice for submitting an image along with your response. If you have any problems just give a hollar.


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12/24/2006 7:36:03 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
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I used the photo-id (from my gallery) to load the image onto this thread. That is the reason I ended up with the redundant info on the entry above. Because I did not realize was the photo description is also copied along with the image (which actually makes sense in afterthought).

Someone seems to have said before that you can load an image by photo-id (from your gallery) if you have not uploaded a photo into the contest for the day.


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12/24/2006 8:15:00 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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It is Christmas morning, the dogs and cats are fed, I'm coffeed, the rest of the house still is sleep so why not spend a while on BP?
Thank you Sharon and Nobi for your responses to my pathetic query! Why did I not scroll down far enough to see the "Upload Image Option" ? Probably for the same reason I dump a packet full of cereal on the floor before I read "OPEN OTHER END" LOL
Have a peaceful and love-filled day, friends.


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12/25/2006 5:49:36 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Don't know about you folks ...but my fingers are prickling again :o) Time to open a bottle of something to calm down again ...loll


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12/26/2006 1:27:34 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Amen, Sylvia! I just so happened to received a jar of "Tipsy Olives" under the tree this year, so I just HAD to sample them in a nice martini this evening... ;) I think the Finalists are coming any SECOND now!! ;)


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12/26/2006 2:10:50 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Peter, I miss stuff right in front of my face all the time! Literally!!

Chris, I have my fingers crossed too! Can't be much longer.


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12/26/2006 4:36:54 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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  When do they usually have the finalist up? I know Sharon said the 25th, but since this was Christmas does any one know when they will post them???


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12/26/2006 4:38:37 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Shawn, no one knows when they'll announce them. They moved the date for the winner's announcement to the end of the month so since the winners aren't announced until a few days after the finalists I would guess any time.


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12/26/2006 4:44:26 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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  Sharon,

Thank you.
Happy Holidays
Shawn


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12/26/2006 5:11:39 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  You're welcome, Shawn! Happy Holidays to you as well!

Good luck everyone!!!


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12/26/2006 5:12:44 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Now, see... Here I deliberately took my mom out to dinner, nice, leisurely time, then browsing a furniture store, then Starbucks... all the while expecting that because I was away from my PC, they would announce the Finalists... :(
This can only mean that, as soon as I fall asleep tonite, the announcement will come out! hehe
Good luck, everyone!


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12/26/2006 6:46:06 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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  Anticipation, it's keeping up waiting...!


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12/26/2006 6:56:26 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Alas, my predictive powers are faulty---no Finalist announcement overnight. Must be today... I can feel it! ;)


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12/27/2006 6:46:43 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Christopher--

I'm with you all the way. I really can't believe that the leisurely dinner with your mother (with the Starbuck's chaser) didn't do it. Thanks for trying!

So today's the day I'd say.


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12/27/2006 7:02:39 AM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  I agree Chris - today is the day!


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12/27/2006 7:05:37 AM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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Here is my favorite for Nov.


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12/27/2006 7:06:32 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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I keep checking back also.

Good luck to everyone.

My favorite for the month of Nov.


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12/27/2006 8:20:33 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Hey BP !! I can't open a bottle every night ...lolll...can't loose the feeling we won't get any results this year..hope I'm wrong :O)


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12/27/2006 1:44:03 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  My hubby thinks I've been at the computer all day because every time he's seen me I was here 'Just checking' AGAIN! :o) LOL Tonight I am opening some plum wine that Santa brought me... I hope it lasts until the 'big announcement' !


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12/27/2006 1:59:20 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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Here are my favorites for November.


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12/27/2006 4:20:31 PM

 
David Pratt
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I am like everyone else, been checking constantly through the day. Thought maybe during the 1 hour commute home the finalist would be announced, but no luck there, went over to the neighbors had a couple of beers, came home had dinner and another beer, still no announcement of the finalists. Guess, I will have another beer, put my daughter to bed and maybe then they will be announced. But for now here is another of my favorites.


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12/27/2006 4:21:23 PM

 
Jenny D
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  Geez, you guys are making me thirsty! Great shots, by the way!


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12/27/2006 4:35:22 PM

 
Jayne Martin   OMG, I thought I was the only one to get this way around the end of the month and then I found this thread!! You guys are so excellent in your ability and I'm just new to photography, so it's perplexing to me.... I don't mean to sound mean-spirited (and I hope nobody interprets it this way, b/c this is a complement to all you outstanding photographers), but you guys should just be grateful that you CAN and KNOW HOW to shoot these beautiful pics!!!! I aspire to have all of your talents!!! Cheers to everyone on this thread for a job well done!!!! I'm in awe, but it makes me want to go on,,,,,, and, yes, I'm going to open a bottle b/c after looking at these fine pics I will celebrate each and every one of you!!!!!


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12/27/2006 4:49:12 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Jayne,
Yes, as usual, we all are shuffling back and forth to our computers, building up static electricity - getting "charged up" for the big announcement! Nice of you to jump in here with the rest of us!
Thanks for the compliments, but you certainly don't need to feel intimidated... you have some great shots in your gallery, and a good eye for subjects and composition! A lot of us are fellow amateurs and we all feed off the wonderful submissions on BP and here on this thread! Sounds like you have the main ingredient for success - and that's the desire to learn and improve. So welcome aboard!

It's just after 5:00 here on the West Coast... so I'm having dinner and then getting into the Christmas eggnog again! If the announcement doesn't come soon I'll be keeping the candle burning (and the eggnog flowing) for all you in earlier time zones who have to find time to sleep!
Keep those fingers and toes crossed everyone!


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12/27/2006 5:14:44 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  The one thing that I am keeping in mind was the storm we had in this area. If the judges were trying to look at our photo's from home that may have posed a problem. I was without power for five days. Keeping my fingers crossed for tonight though.


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12/27/2006 5:39:51 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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  Well! I am not sure about you lot. Can't make up my mind whether you are more addicted to contests or booze!
Michelle is into plum wine; Sherry has two bottles of "good wine"; Sylvia also with a bottle of something; Jayne is opening a bottle; David is already on his fourth beer and Christopher has his Martini, shaken not stirred.
Guys, I have just opened a nice cabernet-sauvignon, alcohol is obviously where your talent comes from!

Cheers!

Pete


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12/27/2006 5:47:29 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  You know, my husband cracked open a bottle of wine for dinner tonight. It smelled and tasted like wet dog. He just got in the car to take the bottle back and get another one...so I thought I'd check in to see if the finalists were announced. Guess not...just found a bunch of drunk photographers! LOL!!!


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12/27/2006 5:49:49 PM

 
Jayne Martin   WHEW, I didn't know if I was a photographer or an alcoholic.........cabernet-sauvignon sure sounds good to me!! And I thought I was just depressed b/c you were all such great photographers!!! Cheers again... PS ... never drink and type!!!!! LOL


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12/27/2006 5:53:41 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Pete I am having a Pepsi.

LOL....Kerby


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12/27/2006 5:55:29 PM

 
Dan E.
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  Hey nothing better then having a few shots of Jamerson's followed by a Guinness or three to help pass the time while waiting! So here's to everyone while you wait!
My pictures do improve with Guinness!


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12/27/2006 6:05:47 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Pete, since last night's martini didn't help pass the time successfully (and contributed to a typo in my comment, I now see) I decided to change tactics...
Tonite's beverage is the Max Brenner Suckao. For those who love chocolate, be afraid... Max Brenner is a chocolatier who has opened a chocolate bar & lounge in NYC. I enjoyed a 4-course meal there recently, of which 1 course was not chocolate-based. Anyway, for Christmas, my friend there gave me the suckao set... Picture this:
A small porcelain egg-shaped form, nearly the size of an ostrich egg. In the base, a tealight candle sits. The top of the "egg" is sliced off horizontally, to allow a steel cup to rest there, protuding down inside the egg form. (Picturing a very miniature fondue arrangement is appropriate...) You are given a pitcher of steamed milk and a bowl of dark chocolate chunks. You blend your milk and chocolate to your desired ratios, allowing the chocolate chunks to melt into the milk, in your little steel cup over the tealight. A long steel spoon is used to mix, but also, the 8" handle is a hollow steel tube---when your mix reaches the desired state of thickness/darkness/molten nirvana, you suck it up through this steel straw. (Suckao comes from the combination of suck and cacao.)
So, a glorified, gourmet, customized, intimate, refillable, gorgeous little hot chocolate experience. Surely THAT will give sufficient time for the Finalists to be announced!! ;)


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12/27/2006 6:14:52 PM

 
David Pratt
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  Wow! Now that sounds better than any beer I have had tonight! That sounds delicously sinful!


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12/27/2006 6:43:03 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  "...so I thought I'd check in to see if the finalists were announced. Guess not...just found a bunch of drunk photographers! LOL!!!"

Not me Margie! I'm strictly a Pepsi person. If I'm really stressed I'll have a mixed drink...Pepsi with vanilla or chocolate :D.


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12/27/2006 6:53:21 PM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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  Christopher, don't you know that pornography isn't allowed on BP? (Oooooooh yesssss...)

My beverage of choice tonight is merely a great Riesling. Pity. Glad to hear I'm not imbibing alone. A toast to us all!

Kay, inveterate Valrhonaphile.


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12/27/2006 7:07:16 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  I love a great Beringer Zinfandel. I'll be happy to share while we wait!


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12/27/2006 7:10:06 PM

 
David Pratt
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  Since were still all waiting, and since I am not really a wine person, I will go back to my having another Tuckerman's Ale.


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12/27/2006 7:13:33 PM

 
Amy JACKSON
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Hey all!! I am having a Captain Morgan Parrot Bay "Sunset Surf" while we are watching The DaVinci Code. Here are a couple of my favorites from last month...


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12/27/2006 7:33:50 PM

 
Amy JACKSON
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I am signed in but I don't see the place for the photo ID... anyway my favorites are
"Erick" and One Fine Day"!!


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12/27/2006 7:40:25 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Ohhhhhh, Christopher, you have my mouth watering. I need chocolate. Guess I'll go have a Hershey's bar and a Dr. Pepper! Even though I shot the wine bottles, my drink of choice is DP. The diet will come next year!


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12/27/2006 7:41:49 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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  You all are to fancy for me. I think I will have another Mikes Hard Lime! My husband thinks I am crazy. I think that I have checked this site 50 times to day. lol!!! Glad to see I not the only one.
Here's to good company.


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12/27/2006 8:07:23 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  coffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeebaileysnbushmillswhiskeycoffeecoffeecoffeecoffee

I DO live in the great NW of the U.S.

We don't need no steenkeen Nikons, but we do need coffee!


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12/27/2006 8:21:36 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Sharon I coming to your house.

I bring the Pepsi and you can bring the chocolate. Sounds really good.

Brian I have a hard time crossing my toes.

Kerby


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12/27/2006 8:24:43 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  East Coast, signing off... hoping for a morning treat, finding the announcement published by then... ;)


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12/27/2006 8:30:21 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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  East Coast signing of, too. And hoping for a morning treat, as well.


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12/27/2006 8:32:32 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  It's like a beverage buffet, a cornucopia, a veritable plethora of potables!

I'll have one of each, please.

Good night, all. Until tomorrow.


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12/27/2006 8:33:54 PM

 
Cris . ( D.K. )
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  relax... there's more to life than photography. I don't know what, but I'm sure there is. good luck to all of you


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12/27/2006 11:37:38 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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  Sleepless in the Midwest up checking all hours of the night. Like it will help. lol I guess I should have had more than one "Mikes" Tomorrow it will be Coffee Coffee Ect.


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12/28/2006 12:26:52 AM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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The East Coast is back online! My delirious self (from waking every 5 minutes to see what time it was) and my new coffee mug filled with somw fresh ground coffee are perched at the computer again! Here's another of my favorites for your enjoyment...I think today is IT though!!!!!


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12/28/2006 5:50:21 AM

 
john dunne
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  CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THIS MONTHS FINALISTS


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12/28/2006 6:17:46 AM

 
john dunne
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  In advance, that is!!


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12/28/2006 6:18:25 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  JOHN !!!!!!!!!!!! That's the second time you are trying to kill me by an heartattack !!!! Wait until I get you in the hands ...one day :O)


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12/28/2006 6:23:23 AM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  John!!!!!!!!! You just shortened your life a bit! LOL That's not a nice thing to do! LOL I need more coffee. I am stuck here with a sick kid and nothing else to do but keep checking for finalists!


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12/28/2006 6:32:24 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Just checking in, haven't posted since the thread started... Looks like a few of you are getting restless...lol
Looks like mayhem... Drunken rants... sleepless nights, Pepsi jitters, coffee induced coma's will not help that stiff REFRESH finger will it??...:)
I bet for sure it will be today guys!!! Take heart and good luck to you all!!


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12/28/2006 6:34:39 AM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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  John, you're mean!! It's mid-morning, and you nearly drove me to the rest of my Valrhona Guanaja (grumble). If the results aren't in by afternoon, I'd be happy to share with BPers who like really dark chocolate with a bite that goes right to the brain. Then again, maybe Christopher could invite us all for Suckao?!


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12/28/2006 7:57:24 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  You're all welcome to experience the suckao's chocolatey indulgence; I only have 2 of them, so we'll have to work in shifts... ;) Just note that it does NOT speed up Finalists, apparently!


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12/28/2006 12:25:41 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  I am just checking. Still no finalists.

Best of luck to everybody.

Kerby


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12/28/2006 12:38:42 PM

 
Stacy L. Robertson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2006
  Good luck to all, I am having so much fun reading this thread! Haven't laughed this hard for a while! I am on pins and needles too but the french vanilla coffee I'm drinking definately helps calm the nerves...(it's decaf) Hope everyone gets a finalist in this thread!!!!!


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12/28/2006 2:05:17 PM

 
David Pratt
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  Hmmph!! Nothing yet. I think I will switch to Bailey's on the rocks tonight. No more beer. Good luck everyone!


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12/28/2006 2:10:42 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
  Just add some Bushmill's whiskey or other fine mash to that Bailey's, Stacy, and you'll have a fine drink!


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12/28/2006 2:12:12 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Hey.... maybe the judges have gotten into the Baily's! You know, pick a finalist, have a drink, pick another finalist, have another drink....
of course that means we'll probably ALL get a finalist nod, unless they run out of that "judges inspiration" lol!!


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12/28/2006 2:21:35 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  This is hilarious! I go to check my email and there's 31 messages in my inbox and immediately think the finalists have been announced. NOT LOL


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12/28/2006 2:43:28 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Sharon--

I know what you mean. Every time I check my e-mail, I see a slew of posts to this thread and figure, "wow, there are some happy finalists out there!" Then I check in to see who, exactly, is so happy, but all I see is chocolate and cocktails. (In my twisted head, that is now the unofficial name of this thread: Chocolate & Cocktails!)


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12/28/2006 2:53:14 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  Sharon~
That's my vote for the name of this monthly thread. :O) I like it! LOL Very fitting!

The Chocolate & Cocktails Waiting List


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12/28/2006 3:01:25 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  LOL Michelle!


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12/28/2006 3:41:57 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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  The Chocolate & Cocktails waiting List gets my vote!!!!! Wow is it this excititing/tense every month?

My husband thinks I nuts with all the checking BP every 15 min. Or so. I do beleive that this could be addicting.
LOL.
Shawn


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12/28/2006 3:47:18 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  They better hurry up or they going to have a lot of drunk photographers.

Except for me and Sharon we drink Pepsi.

LOL...Kerby


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12/28/2006 3:59:13 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
  Pepsi? Plain?
Is it good without whiskey in it?
I tried water plain once.....yuck!


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12/28/2006 4:13:44 PM

 
David Pratt
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  I vote for Chocolate & Cocktails as well. I think whiskey can just about help any beverage improve. Maybe we can give some to the judges. It might help.


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12/28/2006 4:19:50 PM

 
Stacy L. Robertson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2006
  Well I've graduated to orange juice! I wish I had some vodka.


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12/28/2006 4:20:23 PM

 
David Pratt
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  I have some, I would be willing to share!


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12/28/2006 4:21:19 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Hey Stacy, add some Peach Schnapps to that OJ. Make it a Fuzzy Navel. Yum. That's what I'll be having. Plus I'm almost out of chocolate. If the announcement doesn't come soon, I will have to declare this a state of emergency and send my hubby for more chocolate. I, too, vote for the Chocolate and Cocktails Waiting list. Also 'Chocolate and Cocktails' makes for a good monthly theme..... Good luck everyone, hope we all get a finalist.


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12/28/2006 4:35:54 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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12/28/2006 4:38:34 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Well, that didn't work.
Cheers!


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12/28/2006 4:39:53 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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  I stopped in to see if the finalist were sent out and found myself in a all night bar hop.

Was wondering did anyone think it maybe easier to start a chatroom? ;o)

Good luck everyone


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12/28/2006 4:46:15 PM

 
Deborah Liperote
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2006
  Oh my God !!!!!!
I'm finally a finalist!!!!
I can"t believe it... I have tried a million times and it finally happened!!!
Congratulations to everyone who was Novembers finalists.


Just teasing everyone!
There's no announcements yet.
Come on ...it's obvious that I suck, I'll never get a finalist!
I guess the White Zin is getting to me.


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12/28/2006 4:46:55 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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Is this what you were trying to do Kai? LOL Cheers!


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12/28/2006 4:53:09 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  LOL My glass o' bubbly didn't work either! Why does BP straighten the lines like that? It was fine when I made it. Now I know I am losing it! LOL I am mad cause I couldn't post a wine glass! AAAAAAaaaaaaggggggghhhhh! I can hardly stand this waiting!


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12/28/2006 5:09:56 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Well, I have been at BP over a year and I keep finding things I never knew existed ... such as this! What fun. Well, it's cool to know I'm not alone out here, checking - checking - checking -- !! They are quite late this month, I think! Understandably, in view of Christmas but they did announce them on Thanksgiving last month which to me, was a surprise. Tonight "HAS TO" be the night! Doesn't it??? I almost hate this time of month... Best of luck to everyone!! I don't think I'll get the drinkies out until I get a finalist - or especially if I don't!! LOL!


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12/28/2006 5:26:02 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  Nadya~
I never knew of any 'semi-finalist' list! Where is that????????


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12/28/2006 5:38:07 PM

 
Jenny D
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  Mm'mm, baileys sounds good to me!!


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12/28/2006 6:05:03 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Been awhile since I've seen our trusty Counting Down thread reach this number of posts! ;) Glad to see some newbies contributing, and the same old obsessed crazies (myself happily among them) coming back again and again ;)
Good luck, everyone... I actually asked Heather today what she thought, and she said "any day now" but later in the chat said "I'm sure it will be today"... so I don't know what to think!
Nor, on the previous topic, do I know what to drink! ;)


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12/28/2006 6:32:39 PM

 
Tracy Monte
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/6/2006
  If I had a nickel for each time I've checked the finalist page, I'd be able to stay home from work tomorrow! Talk about suspense!! My fingers are crossed for Michelle's green M&Ms. :)


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12/28/2006 6:36:22 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  ...and here I was up past midnight (west coast) LAST night...do I have to do that again? I'm out of drink stuff, so I guess its time to start chocolate binging! I'm starting with some German Lebkuchen and working up to pure chocolate!! (Chocolate & Cocktails is going to get some interesting hits next month I bet!)


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12/28/2006 6:50:37 PM

 
John Caruso
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  As this thread gets longer, it's getting a lot more fun and interesting. It's all been worth it just for this!


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12/28/2006 7:01:35 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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  Ok guys - after 9 here in Central Standard Time and still no finalists! Good thing we have this thread: it is too much fun! I think they discovered it and now they want to read our funny comments! Good thing I used to own a bar, otherwise I "might" think we're a bunch of drinkers!!! LOL - LOL. Hey, too bad we don't have it anymore. I could invite everybody over and we'd sip our tiddlies as my partner used to say (Canadian, ya know) while waiting for the big announcement! I still have hope! Any minute, now! Right??? Best of luck to all! (I am still trying to figure out the way this works... think I may have got it now.)


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12/28/2006 7:06:32 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Many moons ago, my Counting Down drink of choice was amaretto... I think I will resurrect that tradition tonite, as my anticipation libation!


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12/28/2006 7:06:38 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  Well Chris you have given us some hope to hang around tonight and watch! I've got egg nog and beer. Which goes best with chili? LOL.


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12/28/2006 7:07:27 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Scotch for me. Lagavulin, specifically. As I've been known to say, "I'm a-droolin' for Lagavulin."


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12/28/2006 7:09:17 PM

 
David Pratt
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  Beer go much better with Chili! Preferably a ice cold Guinness.. or maybe a Smithwicks...


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12/28/2006 7:10:50 PM

 
Revonda L. Gentry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/18/2005
  I will take one of everything everyone is having..no make that two of everything..this has been a long wait!!


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12/28/2006 7:15:54 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  We should call this the BP Lounge tonight! LOL. Good to see you here Revonda. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.


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12/28/2006 7:22:09 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  What if, perish the thought, they've opted to combined the announcements this month? ie, release the Finalists and Winners all at the same time? (Yes, that could just be the amaretto talking...)
I mean, Seattle was clobbered with that terrible storm a week ago, I'm sure that must have set them back a bit... (Heather mentioned one instructor was without power at home for a full week.) Combining could be a way to try and catch up, and still make their published deadline of month-end for Winners announcement...
Surely that is just my paranoid imagination at work; I mean really, they wouldn't inflict that kind of torture on us... can we even sustain this level of alcohol consumption for another day or two??! ;)


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12/28/2006 7:29:07 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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OK guys, I know my limitations with a camera but I'm a whiz at finding ways to make time pass happily without checking BP every few minutes. So, what did I do? Let me tell you. I slow cooked dry-rubbed ribs on the barbecue and that takes three hours. All day I done a passable imitation of "Chain saw massacre" as I cleared the dozens of fallen tree limbs that came down in an ice storm a couple of weekends back and we were without power for six days.(In my gallery you will see my pickup with the side stove in by one of the larger ones that fell from 50ft up this huge sweetgum tree.) So, at the bottom of our yard we had a huge brush pile some fifteen feet across and ten feet high and we lit this when it got dark. Happiness is another bottle of cabernet
while sitting on tree stumps watching the flames and occasionally turning and basting the ribs. There was something magic about being outside with a bright moon, toasty warm and enjoying a plate full of ribs and baked potatoes in the middle of winter in central Illinois.
Of course when we came back inside I couldn't resist just checking and there were 35 "Responses to question by Sharon"! It is now 9.45pm Central time and I am positively not going to check again tonight so you all have a wonderful time and around 5.15 tomorrow morning I will check to see which of you stayed up nursing a bottle.


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12/28/2006 7:39:26 PM

 
Stacy L. Robertson
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  I wish I did have some alcohol in this stupid house. I'm about ready to drink my bottle of Nyquil!


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12/28/2006 7:39:38 PM

 
Revonda L. Gentry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/18/2005
  Hi Tamara..and everyone!!:) I thought for sure once I posted a comment on this thread the finalists would be announced and I would be totally ignored..LOL!! I tried:)


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12/28/2006 8:02:25 PM

 
Revonda L. Gentry
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  I guess it does not even take that (finalists being announced)LOL!!


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12/28/2006 8:18:17 PM

 
Kurt  Hawkins
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  I'm guessing everyone is either drunk and past out .. or keeled over from all the stress of waiting for the finalists to be announced ..


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12/28/2006 8:42:24 PM

 
Kurt  Hawkins
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  of course it could just be past their bedtime


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12/28/2006 8:48:44 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  SOOO past my bedtime, I can't believe it... signing off from VA; may we all wake up to a bounty of emails NOT just about Sharon's thread!! ;)


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12/28/2006 8:52:53 PM

 
Kurt  Hawkins
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  here's a trick to keep a few of you busy or give you something to do ..
load octobers finalists and change the last number in the browser address from a 2 to a 1 and it will show you the semi finalists from october .. B)


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12/28/2006 9:36:22 PM

 
Kurt  Hawkins
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  it works for september too ... just change the 6 to a 5


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12/28/2006 9:48:02 PM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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  Yes, it works, very interesting! It will certainly excite few who will NOW realize that their entries almost made it and will make good case for future resubmission entries :-)


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12/28/2006 9:52:36 PM

 
Kurt  Hawkins
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  looks like you can even go back farther by reducing the last number even more .. I just found september's semi semi finalists


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12/28/2006 10:15:51 PM

 
Kurt  Hawkins
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  and runners up after that .. maybe if I go back far enough .. I might even find one of MY photos .. lol .. oh well it is something new to do for now at least even if I don't see any of my photos


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12/28/2006 10:19:51 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Wow, Kurt!! Thanks (and I'm sure I speak for many) for the great tip! I looked up the October semi-finalists and there was my Oct.favorite, right on the first page... so I'm indeed enthused to find that my Iris shot was in contention!
A tip of the hat and a tip of my beer to you!!


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12/28/2006 10:20:28 PM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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  from an earlier thread I understand that the BP folks are based in Seattle, that being the case it is unlikely that the finalist list will be up in next few hours at least not before the day time in Seattle, I'll be more than happy though if I am proved wrong ...has it happened before ?


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12/28/2006 10:42:37 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
  Congratulations to Tamera P. and and Rachel S. for the lighthouse and the cows.
I didn't make the cut. 35 months and counting.


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12/28/2006 11:01:55 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/23/2006
  Kurt,
Thanks for the tip. something for we the people who can't sleep.Insomina sucks!!!!! Oh well nothing better to do than check Sharons thread and the past runner ups for finalist.
Sleepless in Kansas


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12/28/2006 11:43:24 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  Kai ?!? What are talking about ??? I just checked out Tamera's and Rachel's gallery and there is no medal under the captures..where did you get that information ???

Kurt ! Thank you !! It is amazing to get through those pictures and discover the pictures that didn.t make it ...I even discovered a gallery with the further selection named Contest Runners up but these are about 200 pages to browse :o)


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12/29/2006 12:38:20 AM

 
Sammie Burks   After a few calculations and a few guesses after that, I found the Nov. semi-finalist:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=13460

Congratulations to all the semi-finalist!!!


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12/29/2006 12:54:07 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Thank you Sammie :o) You just lighted up my day :o)


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12/29/2006 1:07:00 AM

 
Kurt  Hawkins
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  cool .. nice job sammie and thanks for sharing .. B)


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12/29/2006 1:32:10 AM

 
Sammie Burks   They now have the finalist posted at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=13461

Congrats to all of the finalist!!!


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12/29/2006 2:10:06 AM

 
Kurt  Hawkins
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  lol .. figures .. B)


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12/29/2006 2:34:02 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Thank again Sammie :o) Big congrats to all the finalists :O) got 2 yihaaa :O)


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12/29/2006 2:35:32 AM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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  Congratulations to all the Finalists! Good luck for the final round.


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12/29/2006 2:39:38 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Congrats to all the finalists! For those of us who got shut out, the long delay only means that it is a shorter wait until the NEXT announcement! Hey, it was a fun countdown. I look forward to next months Chocolate & Cocktails. Thanks.


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12/29/2006 4:46:32 AM

 
Sherry Sturgis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2006
  This has been one of the most enjoyable threads I've read in a long time!!!! Extremely entertaining!!! I see "Chocolate & Cocktails" might just catch on for next month's countdown thread! But once we get into the spring and summer months, "fruit and cocktails" might be a better choice! LOL
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all the finalists! I'm so inspired by all of your talents... whether a finalist or not!

Since they've already been announced, I won't post my favorite.

Question: Who has fingernails left? LMAO Tooo funny! Now you have to re-stock your liquor cabinets for the new year!

Good luck for the next round :)


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12/29/2006 5:24:50 AM

 
Revonda L. Gentry
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  Finalists have been announced? I went to the link mentioned above and saw 3 of my pics. but I have not seen any announcement from BP as far as emails or little finalist badges under pics?


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12/29/2006 5:30:57 AM

 
Revonda L. Gentry
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  ..and a huge congrats to all the finalists..!! If that is the right/final list!!


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12/29/2006 5:32:37 AM

 
Diane Dupuis
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  It's not final until the e-mails go out and the medals are posted...


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12/29/2006 5:43:02 AM

 
Revonda L. Gentry
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  Now I feel bad for peeking..alas


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12/29/2006 5:46:20 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  For my opinion it is the finalist list, when you look to the past months, run-ups, semi-semi finalists, semi finalists and finalists the number of the pages are growing with the decisions.... just the medals are missing :o)


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12/29/2006 5:53:49 AM

 
Karim Abiali
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  Hey Sammie, I tried to calculate the ID # but no luck, how did you do it?? Thanks for sharing.


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12/29/2006 6:29:32 AM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  Congrats to everyone. I hope that link is right. I saw 4 of mine in there....now just waiting to see if I get an email.


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12/29/2006 6:37:18 AM

 
Marianne Fortin
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  Congrats to everyone!

I was panicking when I saw the finalists were out but no emails!

Now it appears that I have 3 finalists for October. Awesome!


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12/29/2006 7:22:13 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  People people people, if BP wanted us to see those links they would have posted them on the homepage .


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12/29/2006 7:56:57 AM

 
Marianne Fortin
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  Umm, I meant November. Sorry, but I have a bit of a hangover.


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12/29/2006 8:01:20 AM

 
Revonda L. Gentry
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  I wish they had never posted that link on how to get there..I feel it was wrong to look!!


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12/29/2006 8:03:07 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  I, too, found the list with a bit of math and some guessing, but I didn't want to post the url because I was worried that BP might ban me.
I was glad to see that 3 of mine at least made the first cut. I hope that my December entries go further.


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12/29/2006 8:10:49 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  This is interesting to say the least. How did you find this?

My suggestion to Better Photo is password protect this information.

Kerby


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12/29/2006 8:18:14 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Kai, I am certain they would not ban anyone even for posting the link here, BUT if they wanted them to be general knowledge they would post the links on the homepage. BP will probably thank you for bringing it to their attention LOL. Now they can hide them again like they did the last time they were made public knowledge in a Q&A ;)!

Ok, back to speculation as to why they are so late in announcing them since we all know they are likely finished :D. I'm guessing the weather they've had recently is the cause.


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12/29/2006 8:23:46 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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  Here are my thoughts on this -
If you found the "secret link" then you should keep it to yourself. period. And then wait until the emails go out and it is official before congratulating anyone. Information like this gets most of the photographers at BP in a tizzy because they think they've missed out on something.
If BP wanted this to be general public info they would post it.

Happy New Year to everyone!


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12/29/2006 8:30:06 AM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  Well said Kerby!


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12/29/2006 8:31:06 AM

 
Diane Dupuis
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  Congrats to everyone who made it!!!


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12/29/2006 8:32:29 AM

 
KV Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2005
  They are out, congrats


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12/29/2006 8:32:46 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2005
  wow! I just got 6 finalist emails!!!! yipee! that was well worth the wait!

congrats everyone!!!


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12/29/2006 8:34:37 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Congrats everyone!!! Good luck and Happy New Year!

Who suggested the new name be "Chocolate and Cocktails"? I'm passing the torch to you :)! Don't forget to start this thread next month on the 15th where everyone can again wait anxiously for the results :).


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12/29/2006 8:45:05 AM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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  Congratulations to all of you who made Finalist, and best of luck in the next round!


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12/29/2006 9:18:28 AM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/23/2006
  Congratulations to everyone who made the Finalist list. Good luck in the next round. I have enjoyed the Thread.

Oh well maybe next month. LOL!!!!


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12/29/2006 10:17:56 AM

 
Kurt  Hawkins
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  the way I see it if BP didn't want us to see it they would have hid it or protected it better .. to all those that can't "handle" the truth or don't want to spoil the surprise ... don't look .. I see no reason I should suffer because some of you you want to be a sour puss about it ..


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12/29/2006 12:43:01 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Congratulations, at last, to all the Finalists for November! I hope nobody knocked over a drink, or dropped their chocolate, upon hearing the results were officially, publicly, published today!

JOHN CARUSO---will you take up the torch from Sharon, who has diligently started this thread every month, for at least a year now, and start the December 2006 Counting Down/Chocolate & Cocktails thread, on or around January 15, 2007?


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12/29/2006 3:22:49 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Chris--

I'd be honored, as long as Sharon doesn't mind. I'll set my alarm and wash my glasses.

Again, congratulations to all!


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12/29/2006 4:38:02 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  John, I'd be honored if you'd pick up the torch and run with it. We'll look forward to your turn next month! Thanks!


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12/29/2006 4:43:53 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Hey John,...a word of caution, if I might...while your carrying that torch, try not to hold it under the chocolate!!

Sharon, "Thank You" for initiating this thread for so long! We have all enjoyed the images and the chatter, and its a part of BP I would miss!...so its nice to have John take it on!

Last but not least, congratulations to all the finalists, and to everyone who posted such great images here! Have a Happy New Year!!


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12/29/2006 5:00:51 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  It's been fun, Brian! In all honestly I've come close to forgetting on several occasions and if it hadn't been for Chris emailing me I probably would have forgotten. It's good to have someone take it over that has a better memory LOL.


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Kara L. Hendricks
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  I too want to add my thanks to Sharon for doing this every month for longer than I can remember.. It has been fun... Thanks John for taking it on... I think many of us really look forward to it every month... It's like coming home... Old familiar frineds and always inspiring images to look at...

Congratulations everyone and see you next year, here same place!!!


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12/29/2006 6:29:22 PM

 
Jayne Martin   Congratulations to all the finalists!! It was a fun wait this time b/c I found this thread with all you great people. And, I'm glad to see it will continue and that Sharon will get get a well-deserved break!!!! Well, until next year.....

P.S. Thanks to that tip above, I found I was a semi-semi finalist on 2 of my pics and I'm just thrilled!!! Is that pathetic?? LOL!


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12/29/2006 8:26:06 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Congrats to you, Jayne! I actually feel the same way LOL.


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12/29/2006 8:55:12 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Thanks Sharon, and everyone. It really has been a hoot. It's hard to believe that it's just a shade over two weeks before we start the next one. Pray for our livers.


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12/30/2006 5:36:04 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  For all the newbies to BP or this thread, or, for just the plain forgetful among us... don't forget that tomorrow night, 12/31, BP will reset the contest entries to make way for January entries... so, go to your Member Center before then, and copy/paste/jot down all your DEC. entries before they vanish--so you will have a record of what you entered, and thus, be able to remember what your DEC. favorite was, when this thread starts up again in mid-January! Happy New Year!


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12/30/2006 8:47:58 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  Seems like I'm going to be the only one to stay in this thread until the end...winners are not out yet, aren't they !!Heyyy I don't wanna be alone on my nail biting + drinking something bottle trip...anyone out there who's going to stay with me to hold my hand ???Hellllp !! That sounds pathetic!!!LoL :o)


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12/30/2006 8:56:34 AM

 
Peter W. Marks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/5/2006
  OK Sylvia, I'm going to give you the opportunity to wish me happy birthday in return for me holding your hand. Deal? We folk who were born close to Christmas grow up feeling cheated because when we were kids relatives would always claim that the gift they gave us at Christmas was "special" and was for our birthday too. I learned math at a very early age and quickly calculated that the gifts my siblings received for both occasions greatly exceeded the measly one I had. So, I grew up trying to ignore all these celebrations.
I am sure all this is more than you need to know, but hopefully it has used up a bit more time for you and distracted you from all that angst.

Pete


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12/30/2006 12:14:50 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Happy Birthday, Peter. You should have a 'half' birthday celebration in June......Congrats to all the finalists and Happy Near Year everyone. I have been on BP since June and I now feel I have a whole new family at BP. I love you guys!


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12/30/2006 12:51:52 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Jayne wrote: I found I was a semi-semi finalist on 2 of my pics and I'm just thrilled!!!
I would be, too. I'm so new to BP that I can only participate vicariously in everyone's pleasure. Visited your gallery, Jane. I'm going to guess that Best Friends and Milkweed might have been the two. Am I right?
Nikki M


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12/30/2006 1:54:36 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  Sharon ~ Thanks for running this thread. Where are you going?

Sylvia~ I am here too! I was out for the day and I am leaving for a good part of the evening for a dinner with friends. That will kill some time won't it? lol I am hoping for a winner with my one finalist though too. I doubt it after the odd comment the judges left for me on the photo. Anyway, fingers crossed!

Good luck to all the finalists!


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12/30/2006 1:54:56 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Hey Michelle, I'm not going anywhere, just letting someone else have some of the fun :)! I'm pretty forgetful so it's a good thing.

The announcement is going to be close this month ;)! OR has it happened and I'm the last to know??? LOL


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12/30/2006 3:12:34 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  1st of all :o)Pter, A happy happy Birthday :O)

2nd : wait is over they have been announced..Big congrats to all the winners :O)


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12/30/2006 3:29:53 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  Hmmmm where's the first place winner of Animals gone and why there are two 1st place winner cat.S.E. ?? ...hmmm..No I didn't drink tonight :o)


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12/30/2006 3:40:05 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  and two first places in Flowers ???Yoo I think there's somebody who opened op a bottle of something to much ...lolll


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12/30/2006 3:42:07 PM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/3/2004
  I'm wondering the same thing!!!! and the flower category has an extra image!!!!??????


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12/30/2006 3:42:09 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  I second both of Sylvia's points:

Happy birthday, Peter! And I have to tell you, your rib post gave me a hankerin' for some bbq. The picture put me over the top. Now I'm obsessed with getting some ribs!

And congratulations to all the fine winning photographers.

Well done everyone.


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12/30/2006 3:42:49 PM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/3/2004
  I think they all had too much Egg nog...


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12/30/2006 3:44:23 PM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2005
  ummm, theres no digital darkroom 1st place either and I can see 3 first places in Special Effects - too much diet coke today I think ;o)


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12/30/2006 3:44:25 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  ROFL ! Special effects got even three 1St places :O)


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12/30/2006 3:45:25 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Congrats to all the winners!
Sylvia, I see Three 1st place tags for Special effects, and two tags for flowers...(no animals or digital darkroom) so BP has some photos tagged wrong, or they are not(?) recognizing first in every category?? My guess is a mixup!


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12/30/2006 3:45:41 PM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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  there has been a mix up cos some of the first places also show in the second place winners


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12/30/2006 3:50:35 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Well they are in trouble !!I think the 3 who are too much. who are also listed in the second places are going to be A)disappointed B)given an extra 1st place to excuse the trouble..mhhh heads will roll tonight..lolll


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12/30/2006 3:51:18 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  It only seems to be an misplacement, when you click on the wrong ones you see a 2nd place winner medal :O) so only missing two 1st places ...


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12/30/2006 3:55:40 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Congratulations winners!!!!

Yep, I think something got messed up. You'll notice I didn't say I think someONE messed up :o)!


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12/30/2006 4:53:02 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/23/2006
  1st. Peter Happy Birthday. I can understand. I am the biggest kid ever. You had better not forget Birthday cake on my birthday or "If momma aint Happy aint nobody Happy". So Here it is again
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETER!!!!!

2nd. Congratulations to all winners.


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12/30/2006 5:04:53 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  Is there anyone who has contacted them to tell them the mistake already?


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12/30/2006 5:13:59 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Happy Birthday, Peter!!!!


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12/30/2006 5:18:33 PM

 
Revonda L. Gentry
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  First congrats to all the winners!! Does anyone know if this has happened before (contest mix up) and if not what would you think would be the reason for this time?


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12/30/2006 5:26:04 PM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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  If you go to the winners page and click on the digital darkroom link by the second place winners there is a finalist in there - same with the animals - could they be the 1st place winners?


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12/31/2006 3:48:17 AM

 
Revonda L. Gentry
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  I thought the same thing.


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12/31/2006 4:51:06 AM

 
Terry  R. Hatfield
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2003
  A Computer Glitch? Looks Like Thats What Happened Rachel, Dont Forget The Finalist For Detail And Macro Too:)


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12/31/2006 5:36:56 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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  oh yes! forgot all about detail and macro!
looks like uploading photos isn't working today ;O(


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12/31/2006 6:17:40 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  The links to the Runners Up and the rest of the rounds are gone. I hate to say I told you so but I told you so. Go ahead and click on them. You'll be dumped back at the homepage. Bummer!


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1/2/2007 1:28:22 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Yup... I see that....:(


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1/2/2007 1:35:35 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Ahh, they were on to us! No matter, I suppose. As I discussed with another BPer, I know I shouldn't look at the "hidden" contest galleries. It feels contrary to the spirit of the whole thing. However, being a curious monkey and all....

I guess it's like playing Nostradamus. We all say we want to know the future, but when we do, it tends to feel so anticlimactic. There is a sense of joy and surprise in not knowing what is coming. It's kind of like sneaking into your parent's closet and seeing your presents before they're wrapped. When the gift comes, it just doesn't have the same jolt. Sure, there is a certain joy in-and-of-itself in the discovery, but the main oomph from the real surprise is gone.

Geeze, I didn't mean to drive the philosophical bus non-stop into metaphor land, but sometimes I just can't help myself.


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1/2/2007 2:13:40 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Well, I lived through it last time they were hidden, I guess I will again ;)! I just liked watching to see which photos made it to RU and which ones were ignored completely. It did not matter to me seeing the process as a way to determine what was working and what wasn't. The judging is subjective so watching did not have any bearings on how a photo progressed. It was just something I enjoyed watching. I wish they would at least post the links after the contest is over. I guess they have their reasons for not doing that though.


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1/2/2007 2:24:12 PM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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  now there's a good idea, sharon! I, too, just enjoyed watching the process...had nothing to do with the final results .. can't control any of it .. just a bit of fun seeing how the inside of BP works .. and it kept me entertained! My attention span isn't very long! LOL


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1/2/2007 2:34:12 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Sharon--

I, too, would enjoy seeing the link after the contest is over. It would be an interesting learning tool, I believe.


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1/2/2007 2:35:52 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/5/2006
  Thank you for the birthday wishes Sharon and thank you for this crazy thread! I found myself thinking back to "One flew over the cuckoo's nest" while reading all the responses. I wonder why!!

Let us all do our bit to make it a joyful and fulfilling new year for all we come in contact with. God loves you and so do I.

Pete


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