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And the Winner Is…

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And the winner of the comment contest is–


Watchman posted Comment No. 56,000 here a few minutes ago. That’s me, Byron, and some little quokka named Horace watching him sail across the finish line.

The prize is an autographed copy of His Mercy Endureth Forever, which has not been published yet but should be coming soon. But you can have an earlier book in the series, if you like–just let us know which one. When we’re ready to mail your prize, we’ll ask for your mailing address.


And that takes care of the contests for a while!

We’re Going to Have a Winner Today!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and we need only 22 more comments for some lucky reader to win our comment contest!

Here on Rottnest Island the suspense is unbearable. It’s like Election Night or something.

A lot of you have already won comment contests. One of you might win again. Or it could be someone visiting this blog for the very first time.

Whoever it is, the winner will get an autographed copy of Lee’s new book, His Mercy Endureth Forever, which will be published very soon.

And now I’d better sit down, because I’m hyperventilating.

‘Send Obama to France!’ (2017)

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A few years ago they were having an election in France and a lot of the voters wanted to borrow Obama, now that we didn’t need him anymore. God spared them that.


Actually, I re-posted this essay because the comments by Marlene and Unknowable are so well worth reading, and instructive. But then I always get a lot out of my readers’ comments.

Birthday Greetings: Jeremy

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Before we get involved with anything else around here (computer problems this morning: *sigh*), let’s have a big “Happy Birthday!” shout-out to Jeremy, who is 298 years old in quokka years today.

Jeremy and his brother, Joshua, are also known as “J&J” on Youtube, where they have their own music channel. We know them best as regular contributors to this blog.

I don’t know what time it is in Japan, just now; but if you haven’t gone to bed yet, Jeremy, Happy Birthday!

[P.S.–If you’d like birthday greetings here, just tell us what day it is so we can add it to the list.]

Comment Contest Climax!

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While Lee sweats his Newswithviews column for the week–it’s not as easy as it looks!–I, Byron the Quokka, am here to tell you we have only 137 comments to go, to wrap up our current comment contest at 56,000.

The winner gets an autographed copy of His Mercy Endureth Forever, Book No. 12 in the Bell Mountain series. I just can’t get the guy to spring for a bicycle. Heck, they’re parked all over the place. No one will notice if it’s just one. But no, the only prize he’s offering is a book.

Only humans are eligible to win the contest, otherwise it’d be all quokkas. I have to admit, we’re crazy about your comments!

Special! Coyote and Badger Tag-Team

We have to thank “Unknowable” for sending us this scarcely-believable video. It was taken in California, near a tunnel that passes under a highway–and we see a coyote and a badger on the friendliest terms, jogging into the tunnel together. Wow! Who would have thought it? But one of the rangers says, “Coyotes and badgers are known to team up and hunt together.” Even Mr. Nature didn’t know that! But these wildlife monitoring cameras are showing us a lot of animal behavior that no one knew about before.

Not quite fair to the ground squirrels who get hunted by this tag-team, though, is it? They’re gonna have to find some friends.

A ‘Thank You’ to My Readers

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(What can I say? I like lizards.)

This may not be a big blog (understatement!), but I do have the kindliest, wittiest, and smartest readers, bar none–and I appreciate it!

Your comments are enlightening, amusing, and often both. Patty and I love to read them. (Note to self: Find Byron the Quokka and see how the comment contest’s going.) Some of you have blogs, too, which I regularly visit and enjoy.

I rejoice in the fact that readers of all ages, from all over the country and the world, come here and contribute. No one’s too young to be here, and no one’s too old. I even had a view from Cuba recently. Cuba! Never thought that would ever happen.

Thanks, everybody, for your prayers and your support.

Oh! That Comment Contest!

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G’day, everybody! Byron the Quokka here–and I got so bollixed up this weekend, trying to untangle that Oy, Rodney mess, that I totally forgot I was supposed to be running a comment contest.

Well, the contest is still on, the goal is still 56,000, and we’ve got 55,247 in hand–which leaves… um… 753 comments to go. How’s that for math! And the winner will get an autographed copy of Lee’s Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever–which hasn’t been published yet, but it will be, soon. Or you can request an earlier book in the series.

All comments are eligible except comments that are abusive to anybody else on this site, advertising disguised as comments, or remarks that are just too inane to bother with: other than that, anything goes.

I hope I don’t have to do anything more with Oy, Rodney. Sure, those recipes for toothpaste sandwich cookies are great, but I just can’t follow that story.


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.

Held Over! Our Christmas Carol Contest

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G’day after Christmas! Byron the Quokka here–and are you ready to close our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest? Well, I’m not!

Crikey, look at all the carols that we haven’t posted yet! The carol with 44 views the day it was posted, Dec. 12 (I think), is still in the lead. I don’t think anyone’s going to beat that, but we can keep on playing. The winner gets an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever, when it’s published–which should be pretty soon.

Sorry, I’m not allowed to tell you who got those 44 views: don’t want to spoil the surprise. Meanwhile, no way we’re gonna run out of carols! You request ’em, I’ll post ’em.

And a Merry Christmas to us all, and as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us, every one!

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