When I started blogging back in 2008, I stumbled upon a humor blog titled “Crotchety Old Man Yells at Cars.” The blog’s owner, Joe, who referred to himself as Crotchety, gave me a good laugh every day. I was honored that he would read and comment on my blog as well.
Crotchety’s last post was in November of 2011. No goodbye, no sayonara, no aloha, nothing. He just stopped posting.
I’ve seen this sudden disappearance happen to dozens of blogs, but this time was disconcerting. Joe’s wife had died just a month before he stopped posting, he had a series of heart problems and was on dialysis. He was on a wait list for a new kidney. I have no idea why he stopped writing, but I’m concerned, of course.
Wednesday was my favorite day to read Crotchety’s blog, because each week he’d post a “Caption This.” I’m sure you’ve seen this done on many other sites in the blogosphere, but Crotchety’s was the first one for me. The way it works is that a picture is posted and a contest is held, to see who can come up with the best caption. In the interest of lightening up this little blog of mine, I’m taking his tradition and making it my own.
How it Works
So, here’s what happens:
- Every Wednesday I will post a picture. This will likely be a pic that I shamelessly steal by googling images.
- You, the reader, will then provide, in the comment section, what you think the caption should be. If you want to enter more than one caption, I’ll consider it cheating and have no problem with that whatsoever. This is dog eat dog.
- All entries must be in by midnight on Thursday, Pacific Time.
- On Friday I will announce the winner based on humor, creativity, uniqueness, or just because I damn well please. Bribes are graciously accepted and nepotism is standard practice.
On Crotchety’s blog, each week’s winner would receive bragging rights and the coveted Zucchini Award.
Not wanting to steal his idea entirely, and wanting to honor him, I will be giving out the beautiful Crotchety’s Golden Unicorn Award.
I know this may take a while to catch on, but I hope not too long because that will cause irreparable damage to my self-esteem.
With no further ado, here is the very first Caption This picture:
Remember, you only have until midnight on Thursday to get your entries in, so get your posts in early.