Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Dude Write 14: Celebrate Good Times

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You only get one opportunity to celebrate a Centennial, so you got to make sure you do it right. It involves a great deal of planning, preparation, dedication, and most likely some beer. So, the pressure was on, but the Dudes of Dude Write rose to the occasion. 

Before we could get our swerve on, we had to get a good, deep, full body massage. You know... to relax. But not the kind with a happy ending, because that costs extra. We had to save money so we could stock up on our favorite beer. You've got to have your priorities in order. Of course one drink leads to 10, and before you know it, someones getting stuck in a thorn bush, while others are posting dirty pics of their friends on Facebook.

We really don't mean to be bad, but sometimes Beezlebob wins out, and the next thing you know, we're knocking over maple syrup factories, defacing priceless art, peeping through windows, crashing a Redskins football game, and running down Central Avenue flipping our fingers to the New York police and their silly drinking laws.

It didn't take long before the beer and sugar high had run its course, and we were left sitting around in our underwear arguing over who has the best dog in the world, bragging about what great Dad's we are, and how no one is good enough for our daughters.

It goes without saying, but a celebration fitting for a Centennial milestone doesn't come without a price. Writing hangovers can be a beast; we found ourselves praying to the gods, making promises that we can't keep. We will do it again, and a hundred times again after that, because we are Dudes that write, and that is what we do best. 

And with that, we shall reveal the results:

This week we had a tie for the Diamond Man Card. In no particular order, our latest inductee into the Diamond Club is Brett of Transformed Non-conformist for his post, "Call Me Maybe." This is Brett's first, and likely not his last, trip to the Diamond Club room!

Congrats, and head on over to the Diamond Club to link up!

Our next Diamond Club winner is Kevin, of Who Woulda Thought? for his post, "Sticky Situation."

Kevin is no stranger to the big show, this being his second Diamond Club card! 

Congrats Kevin!

And this week's Gold Man Card goes to, our very own Good Youngman Brown for his post, "My New Dog."

GYB has quite a collection of Man Cards in his wallet these days, and well deserved!

There are three Chairman's Choice awards this week.  Damon, of The Six-Fingered Monkeywon the last weeks Dude Write Diamond Card, which qualifies him with an honorary pick for a Chairman's Choice Award.

Damon said: " I, The Six-Fingered Monkey, hereby declare the winner of this week's Chairman's Choice award to be Random Thoughts From A Random Guy, for his piece, "Not Already." As a father of two boys, I thank my lucky stars on a daily basis that I do not have a daughter... it is a fate I would wish on no man. Personally, I'm surprised Blaine isn't dead already! Great work, everyone. 

Your editors also had an opinion this week:

Youngman Brown said, "My Man Card goes to Brandon from Confessions of a PLOfessional for his post "Rage Valley: Brandon Paster (QB - WAS)," in which he fantasizes about what it would be like to start in an NFL game as an average dude. This post was not only hilarious for any football fan, but also so well-written that it could get some laughs out of readers who have never watched a game of football before."

Michael Walker said, "We had a lot of good reads this week, but as a father, Ben Jackson's "Dads in Ads, and How Google Got it Right" really pulled at my heart strings. My Man Card goes to him. Things have improved from when I was a single Dad in the 1980's and 90's, but we still have a long way to go. It comforts the heart to know we have Dads like Ben out there fighting the good fight."

In the category of the "Color Commentator" Man Card, which is awarded to someone who we spotted making a particularly exceptional comment on another dude's post:

This week's Man Card goes to Daniel Nest of Nest Expressed for his comment on Chiz's post:

He said, "Well, I don't know about you, but I'm buying myself a long trench-coat with multiple inner pockets. I'm filling those pockets with brown sugar cubes and embarking on the most epic smuggling adventure of my life!"

Congratulations to all of the new Man Card winners this week. If you didn't get yours this week, come back on Thursday and try again!