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May I have the envelope, please …

and the winner of the September 3rd “Caption Mark Hopkins and the Log” contest is …


All participants have been notified by mail and awarded handsome Hood River Windsurfing souvenir ball pens except Nuts, who remains without a mailing address.

Congratulations to all the many (well, 4) entrants for their contributions! The decision of the judges is final. (This contest void in those states prohibiting the exchange of ball point pens for sexual favours.)

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#1 Comment By rory On September 20, 2008 @ 12:04 am

in the word of Johnny Drama…


#2 Comment By Dick Swart On September 20, 2008 @ 12:16 am

Rory –

U2 are a winner: Floor or level or bust!

#3 Comment By Soph Mom On September 24, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

Well, I just received my gorgeous ‘Hood River’ pen, and I just love it. And the enclosed $50.00 was such an unexpected bonus!

What did Rory get for first prize? $100.00?

(Thanks, Dick.)


#4 Comment By rory On September 24, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

i got an even more gorgeous pen! was going to post a picture of it once i had a moment to do it.

#5 Comment By Soph Mom On September 25, 2008 @ 10:27 am

Hey Rory,

Just wondering…is the engraving on your pen in script or block?

And wasn’t it clever of Dick to roll up that $50 bill and put it at the bottom of the box? (FYI, Dick, I almost missed it!)

BTW, if you don’t want the Tiffany box, send it to me. I like to save them.

#6 Comment By Rory On September 25, 2008 @ 11:33 am

Tiffany’s box? I couldn’t see what type of box it was beneath the jewel encrusting. Wow. That’s extra nice.

I thought the two tickets to hawaii for a vacation was a nice touch, but i didn’t see a fifty…I’ll have to check.

#7 Comment By Soph Mom On September 29, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

OMG Rory, you are not going to believe this…

Being of a curious nature, I decided to take apart my (solid Rhodium@$8,000 per oz) pen, and inside I found a tiny, ancient, rolled up scroll!

Now, I have not had time to read it yet, but I am pretty sure that it contains ‘the Secrets to the Universe’.

However, as long as you don’t tell Dick, I’d be willing to exchange my scroll for those tickets to Hawaii…

…provided they are first class.