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New Milestone Comment Contest!

Is the Quokka a Real Animal?

G’day, everybody! Those quokkas up there in the picture are a few of the deans we’ve picked for Quokka University. From left to write, clockwise: Dr. Jimbo, Dean of Something or Other, Dr. Mimsy, Dean of Flattery, and Dr. Reggie, Dean of Play-Doh–every college needs a good supply of Play-Doh!

Lee has just told me he wants me to run another comment contest, like I don’t already have enough to do. This is a big one, though: we’re shooting for Comment No. 60,000! It takes my breath away, just thinking about it.

Just now we have 58,085 comments, so we need 1,915 more. Lee thinks he’s giving it plenty of lead time, but I dunno–something tells me we’ll hit 60,000 faster than he thinks.

And what about the prize? What’ll you win if you post No. 60,000? If it was up to me, it’d be a bicycle, or a ship–but I just work here, y’know? The guy wants to give out one of his books as the prize. I guess you can’t blame him. We’ll see–maybe I can talk him into something a little snazzier than that.

Anyway, let’s start the ball rolling with some sharp, witty, subcutaneous comments!


Well, Now What?

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G’day, I guess. Byron the Quokka here, doing nothing. The comment contest’s over and now there’s no work for me to do. Can’t start another one because if you have these contests going all the time, Lee sez they lose their event character.

“What?” says I.

“That’s political science talk,” says he. “It means they get boring if you do them all the time. Not special anymore.”

Well, he could’ve said that right up front, couldn’t he? He’d better watch out, or he’ll be turning into Joe Collidge one of these days–

[Pauses dramatically]

Ho, there! Just a blinkin’ minute!

I think I just had a brainstorm.

What if a bunch of us quokkas got together… and started a college? What an idea! Rottnest U.! We could all be professors. We could give out degrees. Hold Clue tournaments. Have a slapjack team.

Thinking, thinking…


Byron: the Next Comment Contest

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here. Cousin Jupe and me once found a whole package of Big Burger Taste just left there for anyone who might want it. There’s a lesson to be learned from that! And if I ever find out what it is, I’ll tell you.

So I’ve been talkin’ to the Big Mango here–oh, all right! he doesn’t like that nickname–I mean, talkin’ to Lee, and finally got him to let me run another comment contest.

Just now we have 54,602 comments, so the goal for this contest will be 56,000. Whoever posts Comment No. 56,000 will win an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever, when it comes out sometime early this year. I’ve read some of it already–wow!

He still won’t let me offer a bicycle as the prize. Sometimes the poor chap has no vision.

 


Should We Have Another Comment Contest?

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G’day, folks! Byron the Quokka here: that’s me, sleeping in this morning. But I’m up now, and trying to talk Lee into starting another comment contest.

Just now, we have 54,049 comments. The Christmas Carol Contest is over, and I think we need something to balance out all the bad nooze out there. How about a race to 56,000 comments? Anybody up for that? Maybe this time I can get him to award a bicycle to the winner. There are bikes parked all over Rottnest Island; they can’t all have rightful owners.

Well, we’ve got to find the measure of the popular demand, so let’s hear from you. Lee thinks it’s too soon to start another contest. But that leaves me without a job around here, so let’s see if we can get him to change his mind.


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.

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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…


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.


Less Than 1,000 to Go!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and hey, hey, if you want to win an official Extra Large bright red Quokka T-shirt, the time is growing short!

Those are my friends Henry and Amelia in the background, trying to rein in their excitement. You should see them when the camera’s off!

Well, we’re shooting for 100,000 views on the year, and now we’ve got 99,136. So we’re almost there!

Now, there’s no way we can tell exactly who made the 100,000th view; so the winner will be whoever posts a comment closest to the 100,000th view. Like, if the counter says 100,034 views, the comment that comes closest to that will be judged the winner.

And now my Avira umbrella has suddenly closed, so I’d better get out of here!


I’ve Got It, I’ve Got It! New Contest!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here, with big-big news!

Here we were, looking for a new contest–and this was staring us right in the face. I’m amazed Lee never thought of it; but even I never thought of it until it was almost too late.

We’re after milestones. Well! A hundred thousand views in one year–that’s a milestone, isn’t it? You bet it is! And we’ve already got 98,386 views, so No. 100,000 ought to come up in a hurry.

How will we know exactly which view was No. 100,000?

Well, we won’t–it’ll probably come in while we’re asleep, or outdoors, or underwater. So my idea is, view + comment that comes closest to 100,000, that’ll be the winner.

And the winner of this epoch-defining contest will get a bright red, Xtra Large, official Quokka T-shirt, suitable for formal wear, ideal for sleepwear, and blinkin’ perfect for giving speeches in!  See the source image

(I don’t know why we can’t get a picture of a red one. Trust me, it’s red.)

I’ve been promised a raise if this contest turns out to be a success–so don’t let me down, folks!


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