I had lunch with some friends at a Chinese place a few days ago.
As customary, after the meal, we each got a fortune cookie. Mine said:
An unexpected message will come to you that brings happiness with it.
And you know what? It's true.
Let's talk about awards. This year, the talented Tara presented the highly prized and coveted Lemonade Award. It's a recognition of blogs that take life's lemons and turn them into lemonade (or lemon meringue or, more likely, margaritas). The competition was fierce this year and many stars vied for the award.
The nominees are:
*audience applause and camera close ups*
Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth the I and Queen Elizabeth the II
Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Galadriel
Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria
And the award goes to:
*Dramatic drumming and envelope opens*
*Camera zooms in on losers reactions*
What the F*ck!?! This is bullsh*t!
That c*nt! Who did he sleep with!?!
Mr. Darcy, I want you and 007 to break this muthaf*cka's knees before the after party!
I didn't have anything prepared for this momentous occasion. So let me now quote a speech that best describes my feelings:
Oh, my God. Oh, my God. I'm sorry. This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it's for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened. Thank you. I'm so honored. I'm so honored~Halle Berry, Oscar speech (2002)
That's right; that's exactly how I feel. *Turns towards the competition to say* In your face bitches!
Thank you, Tara! You rock!
And now, to share in the joy, I'd like to recognize other fellow bloggers who I'll now in turn award the Lemonade Award:
*MJ *Inexplicable DeVice
*Donn *Within Without
Get your acceptance speeches ready! Here is your award:
These are the bloggers who make me laugh and think and I enjoy reading them. Every one of them is creative, unique, and absolutely brilliant!
In other good news, I got a letter in the mail from my car insurance company. They're giving me a partial refund. Apparently, my driving record is excellent and my rate has actually gone down! And here I thought falling gas prices was the only good news regarding my car.
More good news on the fortune front! I got a dollar bill in the mail today. That's right. A whole dollar. Does anyone still send cash in the mail these days? Apparently, I've been chosen to take part in a survey of radio stations. They are offering me money to record what stations I listen to and for how long. It's a two week survey and they're sending me more dollar bills after I finish the survey.
Free money! It's so nice to get paid for doing something I enjoy doing for free anyway. I wonder what other free activities that I enjoy that I can get paid to do?
But the best news had to be a phone call from a friend I hadn't seen in a while; we got to hang out for a few days. And it was a lot of fun catching up and hanging out. It has been a good week. It has been most fortunate.
*Blog tip: If you're using Foxfire, you might have noticed the blinking Congratulations in the post. Here are the tags you need if you use Firefox:
If you're using Internet Explorer, replace blink with marquee instead. Thanks to IDV, I experimented with marquee and I found out that it causes words to slide across the post! You can see this slide effect in IE and Firefox. Let me know if it works out for you!