Tuesday, November 6, 2012


21 Gun Salute

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So, what can you say about Week 21 of Dude Write?

How about the 21 Gun Salute as an honorary gesture to the Dudes?

The origins of the 21 Gun Salute are many and varied as history progressed. Often, gun ships would indicate friendly intentions by emptying their guns prior to entering friendly waters, the theory being that they would not have time to reload prior to entering range of forts on the friendly side. Forts would then fire thrice for each ship fire. Ships typically carried 7 guns so the fire from forts would be 21.

Tradition over time became that incoming dignitaries would be honored with similar gunfire.

At Dude Write, all guns are firing this week.


And with that, we shall reveal the results.

Our latest inductee into the Diamond Club is Bryan Jones with Humiliation at a Filling Station where his indignation over a fraud blocked credit card quickly turns to something else over some naughty charges.

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


This week, we had a tie for our Platinum Man Card between perennial Platinum winner Kevin from Who Woulda Thought and our own Youngman Brown.

Kevin weighed in with I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing and defended the upcoming Disney Star Wars movies. He calmed a lot of us who have had our reservations about the merger.

While Youngman's My Dark Halloween discusses his affinity for surfing sharp metal into doorways still occupied by doors to give sweets to small possibly uncostumed children of possibly hot moms, who will undoubtedly see him as a creeper.

There are four Chairman's Choice awards this week. Jenn from Something Clever 2.0 who won our second Dudette competition AS WELL AS Daniel from Nest Expressed who won our week 19 competition both get to weigh in this week...

Jenn said: "This was a tough one for me. There were three that I really enjoyed, and I wish I could pick all of them (I did vote for all three). But I must say, I've been in turmoil for days about George Lucas selling out our dreams, and Kevin's entry has calmed me down quite a bit, and dare I say, given me A New Hope. Well done, Padawan."

Daniel said: "This week I'm going with Bryan Jones' embarrassing, yet funny post "Humiliation at the filling station". It takes a brave man to survive a public interrogation about one's naughty online shopping. It takes an even braver man to blog about it!"

Your editors also had an opinion this week.

WilyGuy said, "I have decided I could probably give this award most weeks to Joe. In fairness to all of our other fantastic writers...we have other awards. I will try to remain impartial each week, but this week was almost impossible. Joe's easygoing style and his casual attitude make it difficult to believe he had an extremely successful career in the Navy. This post gives us some insight to his unflappable personality in the face of the equivalent of basic training. Great job on So this is how you make an officer and a gentleman, Joe, you scared and entertained the lot of us."

Youngman Brown said, "My Chairman's Choice this week goes to Jimmy from Jimmy's Opinion for his post "Perfect in my Eyes," in which he brings to the surface all of the varied and sometimes contradictory uses of the word "perfect" and shows how perfection can only really be defined by the individual. And in his case, he certainly has found it."

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 Joe for his comment on Bryan Jones post.

He said: "Which was more effective at producing the desired result, the purchase for Naughty America or the Viagra?"


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