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Birthday Greetings to Ina!

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G’day, mates! Break out those party hats and noisemakers, because today is Ina’s birthday! She lives in Scotland, so it’s a bit tricky for her to come to the party we’re throwing for her, here on Rottnest Island–but we’re totally sure she’s here in spirit.

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Well, everybody, what’re you waiting for? Whoop it up!


Let the Contest Begin!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here. Look at the neat tennis ball I found! Some careless human lost it, they must think these things grow on trees.

Ah! But I’m here to officially open our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest, beginning–today!

Here’s the rules. The winner is that reader who requests a Christmas carol and, on the day it’s requested and posted, racks up the most views. So if, say, on Dec. 14, Reader A requests “Pat-a-Pan” and gets 24 views for it on that day; but on Dec. 17, Reader B requests “Noel” and gets 29 views for it on that day–well, Reader B would be the winner, unless someone else comes along and does even better.

I think the winner ought to get a tennis ball, I love the way you can pull the hair off them–the tennis balls, not the winner–but I think the prize will be an autographed book.

A Handy Tip: If you’re in one of those Western time zones, try to get your carol request posted early in your day–because those blokes in the Eastern time zones are three hours ahead of you, and they’ll be going to bed while you’re still up. Just trying to level the playing field, dontcha know.


Announcing Our Christmas Carol Contest

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here… and I’m not quite sure why I’m here today. Let me just collect my thoughts.

Oh! Right! Our 2019 Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest! That’s why Lee posted that picture of our Quokka Christmas tree ornament. It’s a reminder that God’s whole creation, including quokkas, is saved by Jesus Christ.

Anyway, the contest starts the day after Thanksgiving and the winner, when the smoke clears, wins an autographed book. Last year’s winner was TheWhiteRabbit. This year–well, it could be you!

Here’s how it works. We post Christmas carols each day, all the carols requested by readers; and the one whose carol got the most views, on the day it was requested and posted, is the winner. So simple, a kangaroo could understand it.

Now isn’t that more fun than nooze?


Byron: Instant Lost & Found

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here.

Lee was feeling a little low today, so I talked him into taking a break to go to the Y.

After a nice hot shower that he doesn’t have to clean up after, he came out to find some chap wandering around the locker room in a bit of a daze. “My clothes, my clothes! Someone has taken my clothes!” Well, he still had his bathing suit, but humans do get edgy when their clothes disappear. They wouldn’t, if they had proper fur. Besides, it was a little cold to be walking home in just a bathing suit.

Lee asked, “Have you looked in all the lockers? Here, let’s look some more.” He opened one locker, empty, another, empty, and then a third. “Here’s some clothes. Are they yours?”

They were. “Oh, I’m so happy! I haven’t been this happy in a long time!” Humans are so emotional, don’t you know.

“See, I told you to go to the Y, and look what happened–your good deed for the day,” I said. “Now maybe you can write something that people will want to read today. I don’t know what you were thinking, writing about that Frothee stuff. You worry me sometimes, mate.”


Byron’s Hiding

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Pssst! (Whispers) Byron here–hiding from Lee because I talked him into laying off the nooze today and his views went down. Like it’s my fault! The one time he actually listens to me, and it doesn’t work!

Meanwhile, I’m still collecting birthdays so we can give birthday greetings to our readers when their big day comes up. So far we’ve only got a dozen, including a couple that we just missed by a few days. Don’t be shy!

Well, time for me to be heading home. The family’s playing Clue tonight, and it’s my turn to be Professor Plum.       See the source image

 


Byron’s on the Job

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here.

Well, the prizes for the last two contests have been mailed out today, to Dave and Ina, and now I’m supposed to bend my efforts to collecting birthdays so we can post readers’ birthday greetings throughout the year. So far we’ve only got 11–must be a lot of shy humans out there.

On Rottnest Island, we love birthdays, just can’t get enough of ’em. In a good week, there’ll be a party every day. We keep our party hats handy! See the source image

Right after Thanksgiving it’ll be my job to get our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest rolling–and maybe another comment contest, if there’s enough excitement here to generate one.

What’s that? I’m supposed to generate excitement?

Off goes the party hat, on goes the thinking cap…


Byron the Birthday Bloke

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G’day, earthlings! Byron the Quokka here. And now it’s official–this blog will do birthday greetings for as many readers as would like them.

And guess who’s in charge of it? Moi! I don’t much like being called a “bloke,” but I guess Lee did it for the sake of the alliteration. So I give the old bald guy a break. (Oops!)

Now, we can’t give you a birthday greeting unless you tell us when your birthday is. Then I can write it down and be ready when the time comes. So far, four of you have sent in your birthdays, and I have written them down. The paper’s in my family’s Clue game, so it won’t get lost.

You can leave a comment on any post, and I’ll find it.

And you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that a lot of us quokkas will be toasting you on that special day.


Ooh-Ooh, We Have a Winner!

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It happened last night–100,000 views on the year. And we have a winner, too, who will get a bright red Extra Large official Quokka T-shirt. And that winner is–!

Byron the Quokka here, with the winner of our epoch-making milestone contest. Gee, I’m sure I wrote it down so I wouldn’t forget. Let’s see… No, it’s not in my pocket, I don’t have any pockets. Where the heck did I put that piece of paper?

Just kidding! Our winner–clear winner, in fact: we didn’t have to make a judgment call that would haunt us for years afterward–our winner is our good friend Ina, who lives in Scotland. Ina, you had the closest comments on either end of the 100,000, and you are the winner! So don’t forget to email Lee your mailing address so you can get your shirt. (This is not what the shirt looks like, but the color’s right.)See the source image

Well, that about does it for the contests. But stick around, our Christmas Carol Contest is coming up; and meanwhile, you can always read the blinkin’ blog, can’t you?

 


Just 108 More Views to Go!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and that’s me, boldly jumping across a river full of, well, very small crocodiles, because I want to be first in line to see who wins our 100,000 Views on the Year contest.

Just 108 more views to go!

We don’t know how to discover who, exactly, is the 100,000th view, so we’ll do the next best thing. Whoever posts the comment closest to 100,000 views wins our bright red Extra Large Quokka T-shirt. (It’s the shirt that’s extra large, not the quokka.)

After Thanksgiving comes our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest, and I’ll be running that one, too–provided I don’t make a hash of this current contest going down the stretch.

Well, that’s where we’re at, just now. All of us here on Rottnest Island are waiting to cheer the winner! And find out who wins our pool.


Only 487 Views to Go!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and the big news is, we’re almost there! Yes, yes–almost to 100,000 views for the year: 99,513, to be exact. And the reader whose comment comes closest to being View No. 100,000 wins a bright red Extra Large official and bona fide Quokka T-shirt.

Everybody here on Rottnest Island has joined the pool to guess who’ll win the prize. We can hardly contain our excitement! Well, we all knew this blog would take off, once us quokkas got involved.

I’m guessing the big day will be tomorrow. There’s a whole bag of pretzels in it for me, if I’m right.


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