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John Caruso
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Cocktails & Chocolate, Countdown to December '06


 
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Well, well, well, we meet again! I know I'm a day early, but I just couldn't wait until tomorrow to post the monthly "countdown to the finals" thread, here-to-fore to be known colloquially as "Cocktails & Chocolate" (due to the rather substantial amounts of each that were ingested during last month's nail-biter of a countdown).

I am looking forward to seeing all the wonderful entries. So, professor, strike up the band and let the festivities begin!

Show us your favorite entry you submitted for the December, 2006 contest. Remember you must be fully signed in to upload a photo to this thread.

I had a few favorites this month, but I'm going to go with this one. Good luck to everyone, and keep making wonderful photographs.


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1/14/2007 4:51:09 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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Hi John!

Have to be honest, seems strange to see someone other than Sharon start this thread, but if it had to be anyone taking over for her...I'm glad it's you!

This thread has been a help to so many people during the "countdown"! I think I've had one to many...too many times!

So, my favorite. I actually have two. One I shot in the summer, although it was for Christmas, and one, well, just because.

So everyone, raise your glass, or break open that box of chocolates, and here's hoping that we don't have to wait too long for the big announcements this month!


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1/14/2007 5:55:08 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Hi John,

Well, I am officially past the nail biting this month. I worked hard last month to overcome the addiction and I think I have succeeded rather well. The links to the rounds are gone and life goes on and is better for it :o)!

Here's a link to my fav for December. Another change I had to make is not uploading photos to the Q&A anymore. After accidentally deleting a POTD I decided not to upload photos I don't need in my admin area *sigh*. Here is a link to my fav from last month.

Grinding

Thanks for starting the thread, John!

Good luck to everyone!


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1/14/2007 5:55:39 PM

 
Tonya R. Boles
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  Thanks for starting this John. Here is my favorite for December.
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=3141461&catID=&style=&rowNumber=19&memberID=78601">Mints here


If the link works..:)


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1/14/2007 7:01:08 PM

 
Tonya R. Boles
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  Sorry, I'll try one more time..
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=3141461&catID=&style=&rowNumber=19&memberID=78601">Mints


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1/14/2007 7:02:48 PM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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Thanks John for the Kick off . Good luck everyone. Here is my favourite for December.


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1/14/2007 7:14:38 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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Yay! I'm soooooo happy to see the Chocolate & Cocktails thread! Thank you John! Here is one of my favorites from December. Best wishes to all!


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1/14/2007 7:27:01 PM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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sorry, here goes my favourite again.


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1/14/2007 7:32:14 PM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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  sorry, here goes the link to my favourite again.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=3192494&catID=&style=&rowNumber=4&memberID=12075


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1/14/2007 7:35:26 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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I see our favorite thread is starting.... Good luck everyone...
I agree, it seems strange not to have Sharon start it, but hey, we all end up here in the end right??

Here is my favorite for December...:)


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1/14/2007 7:54:00 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Here's Tonya's link:

Mints

Here's Ujjwal's link:

Truly Exotic


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1/14/2007 8:18:50 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  I would post the html code here on how to create a link, but I think it would create a link. Not sure how to do it, but I'll give it a shot. Type with a space after the "a" Text here


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1/14/2007 8:21:34 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  I didn't think that would work :(.


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1/14/2007 8:22:08 PM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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  Thanks Sharon for the html conversion of my otherwise long URL.


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1/14/2007 9:05:30 PM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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  Let's see if it works...the link to my favourite which Sharon had alreday put it in for me ......

James Bond Island


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1/14/2007 9:16:18 PM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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  No, it didn't either... I tried editing the URL in a word editor and changed the display name , when I tried it worked in my mail application but when I had cut and pasted it here ...it didn't.


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1/14/2007 9:18:10 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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Here's one


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1/14/2007 9:21:13 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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Stupid cat! Started playing with the modem cable and unplugged my connection. Yeeesh.


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1/14/2007 9:39:08 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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Alrighty then, lets try this again.


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1/14/2007 9:40:30 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Alrighty then, lets try this again.
Power play


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1/14/2007 9:54:43 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Ahhhhh forget it. I need a drink, now.


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1/14/2007 9:55:57 PM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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  Just trying few combinations ...pls. ignore it James Bond Island


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1/14/2007 10:22:52 PM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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  Finally it worked !! So, here is the link to my other favourite of December

Gimmelwald


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1/14/2007 10:31:59 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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I really love some of my abstract creations that were Dec. entries.

But I am going to post one in the people catefory and one in the special category that I really like.


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1/14/2007 11:03:37 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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I am posting one in the people category and one in the monthly special category that I really like.


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1/14/2007 11:10:13 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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  It was very difficult to pick my “best” image, but as it is now winter, I picked a snow picture.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=3137439&catID=&style=&rowNumber=29&memberID=67524


PhotoID: 3137439
Title: S I M P L Y - S N O W
Entered: 12/11/2006
Category: Nature & Landscapes


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1/15/2007 3:12:38 AM

 
Les Rhoades
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Here is the actual image:


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1/15/2007 3:15:46 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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This is my favorite image for December.


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1/15/2007 5:06:56 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Wow, so many fantastic photos so far, and I know there are many more to come.

Margie & Kara, I feel just as strange STARTING this thread!

And Sharon, you sound so calm and centered! And thanks for finding those troublesome links for Tonya and Ujjwal.


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1/15/2007 5:28:10 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  For a change of pace, I limited my Dec. entries to just Digital Darkroom. I had a lot of fun creating some of the more out-there images, but also entered a few that were less heavily manipulated, retaining the recognizable subject.

My favorite heavily-edited creation was
Bridge - Red Edit

My favorite lightly-edited image (maybe should've been Elements of Design?) was
Flights of Steel

My favorite "heavy-edits, still recognizable" image (also a re-submit, but maybe too overtly religious?) was
Reredos

Good luck to all the entrants!
(Fingers crossed, that my HTML links work!)


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1/15/2007 7:05:29 AM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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I must be getting old ,I cant even remember what photos I entered last month . I think these are it .

Good luck everyone


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1/15/2007 10:25:31 AM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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oooops


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1/15/2007 10:30:57 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  You're welcome, Ujjwal and John! I'm going to try again to display the html code so you all can just add the link if you like. I'll do this on separate lines so hopefully it won't create a link. There is a space between (
Text or title of link

If this doesn't work I give up LOL.


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1/15/2007 11:19:18 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Sharon--

Perhaps the eponymous Cocktails & Chocolate will be for technical frustration this month instead of nail-biting anticipation. Or both.


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1/15/2007 11:26:38 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Hello,
This is my first time to participate in this thread by uploading a photo as I just entered my first photos in the BP contest in mid December. Having spent the last month looking at everyone else's wonderful work, I'm no longer so crazy about mine so I've decided to try (emphasis on "try") to upload my least favorite. I did follow and enjoy the thread to the very end. Good luck to everyone.
Nikki


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1/15/2007 11:27:25 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Just a test

Power play


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1/15/2007 11:27:55 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Hello,
This is my first time to participate in this thread by uploading a photo as I just entered my first photos in the BP contest in mid December. Having spent the last month looking at everyone else's wonderful work, I'm no longer so crazy about mine so I've decided to try (emphasis on "try") to upload my least favorite. I did follow and enjoy the thread to the very end. Good luck to everyone.
Nikki


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1/15/2007 11:30:25 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Woo hoo! It worked!
Here's a second one:

Intensity II


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1/15/2007 11:30:38 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Nikki--

You should always be crazy about your own photos, just as you should always be striving to make the next one even better. If there's one thing this monthly thread teaches me it's that, in the end, you have to make photographs that YOU like. If someone else likes them, it's a plus.


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1/15/2007 11:33:17 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Kai--

You're on a roll!


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1/15/2007 11:33:59 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I really like Power Play, Kai. I agree about the b/w and I think that it emphasizes the wrestlers' physical strength, too. Very sharp.
Nikki


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1/15/2007 11:47:11 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Oops, make that Intensity II.
Nikki


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1/15/2007 1:08:13 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  LOL thanks Nikki, the wrestling photo is one of my entries into the Idaho Press Club's Best of 2006 contest as well.


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1/15/2007 3:03:48 PM

 
Tonya R. Boles
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  Thanks for fixing my link Sharon.


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1/15/2007 6:02:35 PM

 
Tracy Monte
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this one is my favorite. My 6 month old baby granddaughter. entered in digital darkroom. good luck everyone


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1/15/2007 7:22:38 PM

 
Tracy Monte
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this one is my favorite. My 6 month old baby granddaughter. entered in digital darkroom. good luck everyone


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1/15/2007 7:24:28 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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You are doing great John for your first month! Here is my favorite for December. It was Kodak Photo of the Day in Times Square December 22nd!


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1/15/2007 8:35:10 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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Here is my fav. I had a hard time picking my favorite, but this one is especially emotional for me. Taken in the slot canyons near Page, Az.


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1/15/2007 8:56:46 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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A cold January "Hello" to you all! A great sampling posted already on this thread!...and welcome Nikki! I didn't contribute many entries in December, but I thought I'd post this one from Christmas time... (so now I'm qualified for cocktail time!)
Good luck everyone!


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1/15/2007 9:57:00 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  It does indeed seem strange to not have Sharon running this thread, but you are doing a great job taking it over! Lots of fantastic images everyone. November was a month of resubmits for me...here's the link to one of my favorites:

www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=2403113

P.S. I don't drink nor do I like chocolate...so I'll just join in with my coffee and cheerios....LOL! :)


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1/16/2007 9:01:56 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Thanks Tamera & Corinne! As I wrote to Sharon, it feel strange to see "Response to Question by John" instead of "Response to Question by Sharon" overflowing in my inbox!

And Corinne, I clink a toast to your cup o' coffee!


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1/16/2007 10:20:58 AM

 
Amy JACKSON
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Here are a couple of my favorites from December...


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1/16/2007 12:40:28 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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I'm figuring this out, John. This thread isn't about the contest--though everyone is interested ; it's about favorites. I do have a favorite that I entered in December. It is a photo of a friend with her niece and nephew. I was visiting with Laura and had taken a few photos of her and Gwen and set down my camera. Suddenly Gwen's brother, Liam, darted over and gave his sister a big kiss on the cheek. I was too late for the kiss itself, but caught Liam just as he drew back. Laura and I really like this photo.
Nikki


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1/16/2007 5:16:48 PM

 
Candy Avera
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I was afraid this thread jinxed me in Oct so I skipped it last month (and got a finalist - LOL) Here I go, tempting fate. To he** w/the contest. Here's my favorite for December. My beautiful girls


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1/16/2007 6:38:26 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Nikki, when I began the thread some months ago it was about which image we thought had the best chance of placing in the contest. Just a fun way to show off our best, but some thought saying which ones they thought were winners was jinxing them so I changed it to "favorite" images and John continued with this theme when he took over.

Several have said it seems strange that I didn't start the thread this time, but it seems perfectly normal to me ;)! I'm good about starting something then finding someone else to take over :o)! I never start out that way but others usually see better ways of doing things and I'm always happy to take a back seat. I hate driving and John is a good driver so I don't feel bad :D.

I imagine we have a while to wait yet. Good luck everyone!


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1/16/2007 8:03:17 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  LOL, jinxes shminxes. Its all up to the judges and not even God knows what they will pick. :)
I'm really hoping to get at least a finalist this time, though. I've gone back through, changed my images from jpegs to tiffs, double checked my sharpening so nothing is lost when I upload.
Three years is a long time to wait for one to make it to the "finals".
If I don't get one, well, I've got 12 entered for this month and I'll re-enter 28 in February.
If none make it, ce la vie, I'll stop spending my time readying my images for the contest, blank out my gallery and just look at the images others enter. (While enjoying a glass of fine Irish whiskey and chocolate, of course.)


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1/16/2007 9:07:11 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Wow, Kai, 3 years is a long time to wait! Good luck big time for getting a December finalist and win!


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1/17/2007 8:35:02 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  I've pulled out all the stops, got my rabbit foot, four leaf clover and lucky penny..... and my chicken bone.
"Chicken bone, chicken bone... lucky lucky chicken bone"
hehehehehehe


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1/17/2007 11:09:35 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Hi everybody :O) I'm happy to join the thread again but as I'm on diet I do it with a hot winter tea and no chocolat,no no !
That photo link is intriguing me, I'll give it a try :O)

Here are my two favourit shots from December!

Xmas blues

little switzerland


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1/17/2007 2:38:59 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Okok I hope I found the mistake now :O)

Xmas blues

Little Switzerland


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1/17/2007 2:47:27 PM

 
David Pratt
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Glad to see we are all back for another month. Lots of great stuff here so far. Sure there is alot more to come! Here are my two fav's of the month


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1/17/2007 2:56:23 PM

 
David Pratt
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  Great to see were are back with Cocktails and Chocolates once again. Some great photo's already, I am sure thee are more to come. Here are two fo my favorites. I will enjoy everyone else's while I enjoy this hot coffee and bailey's. Good luck everyone!

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=3091285&catID=&style=&rowNumber=26&memberID=167423

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=3203755&catID=&style=&rowNumber=8&memberID=167423


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1/17/2007 3:02:59 PM

 
David Pratt
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Lets try this again. I will need another coffee though....


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1/17/2007 3:06:16 PM

 
David Pratt
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And the second.. apparently I forgot how to use my computer...


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1/17/2007 3:13:06 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Off-topic but . . .
Does anyone else think that for a site that is as big and technologically sophisticated as BP is, uploading a photo for a discussion (as opposed to the contest) is at best counter-intuitive? I was trying to participate in the before and after discussion and I accessed the BP help and explanation but neither my husband (VERY computer literate) nor I could really figure it out. We finally got my photos in once and my message twice--sort of like what happened to me and so many others in this thread--but it took way too long and I was swearing by the time we did. Were the galleries or other things changed recently and explanations not changed to match? Also, don't you think it would be nice to be able to delete "oops" messages in discussion threads so the whole world--well, the world that is following the thread--doesn't have to wade through them?
Just musing.
Nikki


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1/17/2007 4:12:47 PM

 
John Caruso
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  David--

More coffee! More Bailey's!


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1/17/2007 4:17:36 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Nikki, I am pretty sure that some time ago you could just select the ID# of the photo and put it in a Q&A as part of your reply if it was already in your admin area. After deleting one of my POTD's I'm not adding photos to the Q&A anymore. It just gets too confusing for me. I don't blame the setup here for my blunder, but uploading photos to a Q&A again is just more stuff to wade through when I'm trying to organize my gallery. What I wish is we had separate folders in our gallery admin area where we could place pictures we don't want to lose.


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1/17/2007 4:20:00 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Nikki--

You snuck that one in there while I was responding to David!

I agree that there needs to be some updating of the message system. I would LOVE to be able to go back and edit posts. I would also like to see more flexibility and ease with adding photographs directly from one's gallery. As it stands now, I figured out that you can reference a photo in your gallery (such as I did on the first post of this thread) as long as you haven't entered a photo in the contest on that particular day. Once you select that you want to add a photo to your message and click "submit," on the ensuing page there is that little box on the right hand side where you can enter your photo's ID. Of course, this assumes two things. First, that you haven't entered a photo in the contest for that day (or else the little box will be gone), and second, that you have previously looked up your photo's ID in your "Edit Photos" section.

Now that's a lot of wind to say so little, I realize. But I'm on cold medicine right now, and my fingers have a life of their own.

The long and short of it: I agree that there should be more flexibility.


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1/17/2007 4:24:16 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Sharon--

I'd love to have a system of folders. That would make organization so much easier! As it is, I dread having to go through and manually re-order all my photos if I want to move just one. I tend to just let them pile up as I upload them and keep my hands off.


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1/17/2007 4:26:34 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Maybe we should start a "what would you change about BP" Q&A??? Hey John, you want to do that?? LOL


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1/17/2007 4:28:01 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  I do wish there was some way to label photos under the thumbnail you absolutely do not want to delete, but honestly, how many people do you suppose are unconscious enough to delete a win or POTD? I bet not too many ;)!


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1/17/2007 5:57:52 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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Hi John,
wow I am a day or so late and just look at all of you all ready chocl. and Cocktailing. LOL
Kai, I realy like that one for this month!!! I have missed out on checking this every day!!! 3 times 6 times 8 times a day. LOL. Well here is my photo for the month...


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1/18/2007 9:13:32 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Here's my favorite entry from December.


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1/18/2007 10:05:35 PM

 
Sherry Sturgis
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Wow! Some great images from December entries! GOOD LUCK to you all.
Here is my favorite:


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1/19/2007 10:08:49 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
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  And in response to Nikki,
Yes, the system isn't so great and really needs improvements. For a while you couldn't choose to put in a photo by photo ID, but it works (at least for me) again. Also, of course there should be something for you to delete or edit a comment (with something showing up next to it that it was changed), but change takes time. And some times, for some reason, only some people only some times can see certain photos that have been put into a discussion. I don't know why.


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1/19/2007 1:42:57 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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For editing sort order how about if you could just drop and drag them where you want.

I'd like to see is a way to delete all the discussions that have piled up instead of just turning them off and on.

How about uploading the photos the original size instead of compressing them.


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1/20/2007 5:11:13 AM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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As for Sharon D about protecting photos .I would like to see a way you could edit photos sizes so that you dont have to delete and re-upload .

You maybe able to go to live help and they could put the POTD icon back on.


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1/20/2007 5:23:53 AM

 
Sherry Sturgis
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  Hmmm, my photo didnt turn up! I'll try again :)

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=3153322&catID=&style=&rowNumber=37&memberID=179124


I haven't figured out how to do a clean one click link :(

Great suggestions! I still get frustrated with uploads and sorting thru photos, especially with a slowwww dial up connection. I REALLY like the drag and drop into folders idea!!!! BP needs a suggestion box :)


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1/20/2007 8:05:46 PM

 
Amy JACKSON
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  Hey Sherry...I thought I was the only one left still using dial-up.
I have thought about how nice it would be to be able to drag and move images also! :)


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1/20/2007 8:40:46 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Hi Sherry... Let's see if this works. The HTML code you want to put into your message, to turn your photo's title into a clickable link, is:

(a href="http://www.betterphoto.com")text title here(/a)

In the sample above, replace each ( with < and replace each ) with >
Then, replace the web address within the quotes, with the address to your photo. Finally, replace the text title here part with the text you want to appear as the underlined link.


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1/21/2007 6:34:58 AM

 
Sherry Sturgis
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  Then I know you can feel my frustrations, Amy!! Last one to the internet is a --> DIAL-UP!!! LOL

Thank you Chris, and Ariel who took the time to email me the link info. I'll give it a try and see if it works...

ALOFT


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1/21/2007 6:48:48 AM

 
Sherry Sturgis
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  TA-Da!!! it worked! thanks again for all your help! That's why I love BP!


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1/21/2007 7:06:03 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
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  You're welcome! So you linked to two different pictures now, huh? ;)


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1/21/2007 10:17:46 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
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The case where the rule is intentionally broken, ...for the title... :)

My favorite, regardless.


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1/21/2007 1:23:56 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Thanks, Chris, for your clarification of the links. I know everyone's happy to see it explained so succinctly.

And, again, I wanted to say how great everyone's photos are this month. Such a wonderful selection!

I know we're getting close, I can TASTE it!


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1/22/2007 4:31:42 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  No problem... It is such a handy little bit of HTML code to have, but I had the same problem as Sharon, in her attempts to share it---I couldn't figure out how to post it here without it turning into a link, itself!
I believe I originally saw the parenthesis version offered as a sample by Chris Vedros in another thread, but I couldn't locate that thread, to link readers to it.


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1/22/2007 4:40:20 AM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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  John do you think that it's almost time two break out the Disaronna ?? I bought a bottle and have been saving it for Just this time. LOL Thought I would have to join in with all the fun. Just waiting for the almost there time to open it. lol.
Good luck every one!!


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1/22/2007 9:48:48 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  I got my case of Pepsi ready.

Sharon your invited over....

Good luck to everyone.


Kerby


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1/22/2007 9:53:01 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I myself think it is too early... my guess is Finalists announced 1/26. So chocolate and cocktail binges begin around 1/24 or so... ;)
Perhaps, putting my guess in writing will cause the Finalists to come sooner, just to spite me!


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1/22/2007 9:58:00 AM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Chris, that's what happens to me everytime I've predicted a day here...My post barely shows up, estimating a few more days, and then "boom" they announce the finalists within hours! So I'm not predicting, but I see nothing wrong with "sampling" a variety of chocolates now,...you know, so that I'll know which kind to have available when things get tense! (Of course there is the danger that there may be none left by then... LOL!)
Hang in there everyone - as others have noted, some wonderful images here again!


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1/22/2007 10:11:12 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Christ, it's not too early when you think they used to make the announcement on the 15th :D.


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1/22/2007 10:14:33 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Chris, you have a point. But Brian, you have a point as well.

Perhaps to be on the safe side, we should have just a wee nip now. I couldn't hurt, could it?

We can start with a toast to the wonderful photographs so far. As we get closer to the finals announcement, we can go full throttle.


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1/22/2007 10:17:16 AM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  I'll second that toast John...congrats to all of you on your wonderful entries! My guess is towards the end of the week also.
Good Luck to you all!!!


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1/22/2007 10:31:32 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Here is a site that shows the html code for creating a link.
www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000074.htm
Just copy and paste your photo's web address behind

Here


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1/22/2007 10:42:06 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Well, that didn't work, lost a bunch of text, so just copy and paste the addy.
Hope it helps


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1/22/2007 10:43:35 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  You all might as well start hitting the sauce now. I just looked at last month's email notification and I didn't get one until the 29th ;)! Hope you all can still type legibly by then :o)!

Hey Kerby, I'm coming for Pepsi. Do you have some vanilla so it can be a mixed drink LOL?


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1/22/2007 11:33:59 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Sharon let me know your vanilla of taste and I will have ready!

Kerby


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1/22/2007 11:40:38 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Alright everyone, we all need to chant at the same time....."chicken bone chicken bone lucky lucky chicken bone"
LOL, good luck all!


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1/22/2007 12:18:33 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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  You mean no one figured out the semi-finalists page yet?


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Sharon  Day
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  They were hidden again *sniff sniff*


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1/22/2007 2:18:22 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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  Hint I believe the page number is higher then " 13955"

We could make a game of it , who ever finds it gets a finalist for any photo they want.You think BP will go for that?


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1/22/2007 2:26:36 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  I found the page last month trying to find November's. It was 13969, but Sharon is right, it is hidden now. If you go to it, it just takes you back to the home page. I do wish they would let us see this page even if it's after the winners come out. I would like to know what was in the running.
I hope we don't have to wait as long this month. Maybe they were later than usual last month due to the holidays. At any rate, I don't have any chocolate on hand and need to go get some....today. Good luck everyone.


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1/22/2007 2:35:18 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Remember in Braveheart where Mel Gibson screams "FREEEEEEEDOM" at the end of the movie? When I saw the links to the rounds being posted in the Q&A I was screaming "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO" and it reverberated through the neighborhood LOL. I knew then they'd be hidden. Same thing happened once before. Whatever caused them to surface the last time you can bet BP won't make that mistake again. I've heard through the grapevine it causes problems for them when people are privy to the rounds. Like someone emailing them wanting to know why the pic of Precious didn't make RU. I wish we could see the rounds afterwards too but maybe they'd have the same problem then as well.


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1/22/2007 2:54:57 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Sharon....somehow I'm sitting here picturing you and Mel Gibson together!...both screaming! Now that would be a picture, ROFL! But you make some good points.... I would like to see (for my own curiosity) the semi-finalists, AFTER the contest is over, but you're right..I'm sure BP would get complaints about entries that didn't get that far... and I can totally understand their not sharing anything but the finalists and winners. That's the way the contest is set up, and we really don't need to be 2nd guessing the preliminary judging (too).
So pass the beverages around, and we'll all do the usual waiting and guessing (and hoping)...


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1/22/2007 3:16:28 PM

 
Sherry Sturgis
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  :) I see alot of chit chat, and not too many favorites being posted... (ahem) LOL It's just getting started, I can see everyone is planning the party!!

It's a shame the contest is taken to the extremes (for some), rather than a learning experience.
Oh well... I still enjoy reading your posts, and browsing your galleries! And after taking forever to finally load, I take my time viewing! LOL (dial-up is so behind the times)
Hope to see all of your names as a finalist!! Good Luck


This is another favorite of mine

Cool Day


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1/22/2007 3:30:06 PM

 
Tracy Monte
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I agree with Sherry. I've enjoyed the thread and the galleries. I realized the fave I posted was actually from this month. Duh. Here's another that I love...this was a HOOT!


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1/22/2007 4:08:26 PM

 
Tracy Monte
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I agree with Sherry. I've enjoyed the thread and the galleries. I realized the fave I posted was actually from this month. Duh. Here's another that I love...this was a HOOT!

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=3183476


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1/22/2007 4:10:25 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  "It's a shame the contest is taken to the extremes (for some), rather than a learning experience."

Maybe taking it to the extremes is what's fun to some people ;)!


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1/22/2007 4:40:48 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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Sorry Sherry! Don't you ever get off track once in a while? LOL We (speaking for all us 'Chocolate & Cocktailers') will admit to it! LOLOLOL

How about another one from me?


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1/22/2007 4:53:44 PM

 
Sherry Sturgis
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  I agree 100%... all in fun!

But just to clarify, by extremes, I meant contacting BP to find out why their photo (ie: Precious) didn't make the cut. Going off track is good Michelle, especially when chocolate & Cocktails are involved!! LOL


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1/22/2007 7:19:57 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Thanks, Sherry. Back to regular programming (whatever that is)!


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1/22/2007 7:31:55 PM

 
David Pratt
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Definetly time for some cocktails! My beloved Pats didn't make the superbowl. Time for a beverage, look at some fantastic photos and lookk forward to baseball season! Here is another of my favs for Dec.


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1/22/2007 8:06:10 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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  I wish they would post the photos in the running. How could you think there would be any more "precious" didn't winn complanits than why didn't my photo make a finialst complaints. You know that there has to be tons of those. Hell at this point I would throw a party for a " in the running photo finish". But alass they didn't ask me darn it!! lol. Oh well I will console my self with just a little nip of Disaronno. Love this thread never boring!!!!!!!!


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1/22/2007 8:07:53 PM

 
Dennis Flanagan
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  They do post the shots in the running. They are called Finalists! :-)


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1/22/2007 8:26:00 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  Forgive me if I'm wrong Ben...but are you traveling incognito? Your icon sure looks familiar to me! I fyou er who I think you are....where'd your gallery go???


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1/22/2007 8:57:31 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/23/2006
  Dennis I mean Ben where have you been? I have looked at your gallery about 10 times and nothing there.
I know about the finialst. and one day I hope to have one my self. hope springs eternal and all that. But it was intresting seeing the others that didn't make the final cut. Just a learning opp.
Dennis or Ben hope you are back I have missed your no holds barred critique.


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1/22/2007 10:13:19 PM

 
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1/23/2007 9:46:54 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Thanks, Nobi...I needed that! It was a long weekend and I'm still tired from it!


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1/23/2007 9:48:56 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Here's some more coffee for you:

Coffee Break

I hope that helps you get jump started after your busy weekend, Margie.

And as long as we're waiting, I thought I'd post another one of my favs from December. I have a good feeling about it, too, so it fulfills the spirit of the topic!

Shoes

As always, I love seeing your favorites and/or your most-hopefuls from last month.


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1/23/2007 10:12:12 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Thanks for the full-strength...not the decaf in the background (although I see it is only water).

The week is proving to be busy as well, just different stuff! I need a vacation!


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1/23/2007 10:15:19 AM

 
Andreas G. Karelias
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Hiw are you doing Margie? Nice to see you again. I wish you luck with the Dec 2006 competition. Regards - Andreas


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1/23/2007 3:26:37 PM

 
Andreas G. Karelias
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Hiw are you doing Margie? Nice to see you again. I wish you luck with the Dec 2006 competition. Regards - Andreas


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1/23/2007 3:27:26 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Andreas, we're heart broken! You didn't wish the rest of us luck *sniff sniff*. Good luck to you too though ;)!


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1/23/2007 5:54:51 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  Yeah Andreas - I feel left out....Hi Sharon!! Hi everyone! So good to see you guys - what's it been? A month? LOL. Good luck to everyone.


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1/23/2007 6:23:36 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Hi Tammy! It's hard to believe it's been another month! I'm beginnging to get anxious :o)!


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1/23/2007 7:36:30 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Hi Andreas! I'm doing wonderful! I'll have to e-mail you...we need to catch up!

Nice to see you too, Tamera! It is hard to believe another month has passed. We should have finalists within the next week!


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1/23/2007 7:42:07 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
  Hopefully, the finalists will be out soon, I'm getting kind of tired of chanting.....chicken bone chicken bone lucky lucky chicken bone.... LOL
I really should get back to work, deadlines don't for anyone.


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1/23/2007 8:00:18 PM

 
John Caruso
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  But Kai, you chant so well.


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1/23/2007 8:19:47 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  I KNEW those years I spent in a Tibetan monastery would pay off for something!


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1/23/2007 10:55:24 PM

 
Andreas G. Karelias
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Sharon and Tamera you are right, so good luck to everyone here. Margie is an old classmate in many classes, so I had to say hello. Margie, I look forward to your e-mail. Regards - Andreas


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1/23/2007 10:59:37 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  WOW Andreas they are beautiful !!


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1/24/2007 7:02:51 AM

 
John Caruso
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  I can feel it. We're getting close. It's in the air....


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1/24/2007 9:59:21 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  I'm predicting Friday, but that's close isn't it???


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1/24/2007 10:24:33 AM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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  I just got an e-mail from BP stating that the winners will be announced Friday. But unfortunately they are going out of business Thursday.
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You cant tell me you believed that ; )


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1/24/2007 10:38:44 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  shicken bone shicken bone lucky lucky....dang.....I dropped my chocklit in my whishkey.....


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1/24/2007 1:04:03 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Michael, I bet you want a dollar for every gasp you induced, eh?

And Kai, you're a hoot.


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1/24/2007 1:40:31 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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  Actually John it never crossed my mind , but if you can get people to pay it , I'll split it with you.


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1/24/2007 1:45:01 PM

 
John Caruso
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  You're on.

And by the way, did you hear that they're only going to be posting the finalists on a super secret web page?

It's true.

(Please send check or money order to Michael S., c/o this station.)


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1/24/2007 1:47:47 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Hey... I just got a Finalist notice! Looks like they've been announced!!


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1/24/2007 1:48:15 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Congratulations everyone!!!


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1/24/2007 1:48:52 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Congrats, Chris! I got one too...now the really long wait begins for the wins! Congrats to all the other finalists!


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1/24/2007 1:49:38 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Big congrats everyone :O) One for me too :o)


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1/24/2007 1:50:38 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Big congratulations everyone!!!!


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1/24/2007 1:58:05 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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  Congratulations everyone!
A different version of my planthopper picture was finalist!


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1/24/2007 2:01:03 PM

 
Andreas G. Karelias
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  Congratulations to all the finalists. I managed to get 3, including one of the images posted above. I am so happy.

I wish all of you the best of luck for the next round. Regards - Andreas


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1/24/2007 2:09:56 PM

 
Andreas G. Karelias
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  Actually two of the images posted above. Regards - Andreas


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1/24/2007 2:11:39 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Andreas, you know I was just giving you grief earlier ;)! Congrats!


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1/24/2007 2:18:28 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Congratulations to all the finalists!


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1/24/2007 2:37:41 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Well, I did it. A full three years without a finalist, yay me.


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1/24/2007 2:43:47 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  What a suprise to see the finalists so early!! Haven't even had one cocktail yet, but I will now! I really didn't expect a finalist this month, and am especially surprised at one in black and white!! Congratulations everyone, I can't wait to browse through the list tonight!


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1/24/2007 3:21:59 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
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             Congratulations to all!


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1/24/2007 4:01:25 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  I did not get lucky this time but want to offer my congratulations to all who did get a finalist.

Kerby


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1/24/2007 4:21:38 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  In my surprise at getting a notice so soon in the month, I rushed here to share the news (to try and prevent any messy choco-hol related incidents)... and forgot to add my congratulations to all the Finalists this month!


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1/24/2007 4:36:04 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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  Congradulations to everyone that got a finalist and good luck to everyone else next month..; o )


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1/24/2007 6:22:28 PM

 
David Pratt
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  Congratulations to all the finalist! I didn't get to break into the good stuff yet! Oh, Well next month!


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1/24/2007 7:09:40 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  Kai~~~~ keep the faith AND shoot for YOUR enjoyment! ;O) The chicken bone chant doesn't hurt either! LOL That cracks me up!

Finalists~ Congratulations to all! I didn't get any but I tried and I had fun. I believe that is what it is all about! Stock up the Chocolate & Cocktails and I will see y'all in a few weeks!


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1/25/2007 7:37:39 AM

 
John Caruso
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  I suppose you're right, Michelle, it WILL be just a few weeks until we get to start all over again!

And Kai, I love the "marinated" chicken bone chant the best.


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1/25/2007 8:12:49 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I see that the winners are out. Congratulations to Ariel and Dennis and anyone else I missed.


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1/25/2007 5:36:52 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Winners are out... Congratulations to those who got gold! (Brian, I saw yours in there!)


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1/25/2007 5:37:04 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Well done and well deserved, winners!


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1/25/2007 7:21:35 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Just a reminder, particularly to any first-time participants of the Counting Down thread...
Be sure to sign into BP & record/print your January Contest Entries before this Wednesday night; BP will wipe out your page of January Contest Entries at midnight 1/31/07, to make way for your February entries. This way you'll remember what you entered in January's contest, when John starts up the thread (for January's favorites) mid-February.


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1/29/2007 5:51:52 AM

 
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