and the winner is.....

Hello Beautiful People! Well, it's time to announce the winner of the first ever Bunny with a Toolbelt Limerick Contest! There were 26 entries in our inaugural limerick contest. I invited my sweetie Christian to help me sift through the entries at one of our favorite local joints, the Fifth Quadrant, which serves up an incredible pint of C-Note and a delectable selection of meal-worthy salads, just perfect for an 85 degree Oregon summer evening. First things first: we refreshed ourselves with the basics of limerick writing. The highlights, according to the eHow "How to Write a Limerick" site, cited in the contest instructions, are:
1. five lines of verse (everyone followed this most basic of rules)
2. the following 8 or 9 syllable stress pattern and rhyme in lines 1,2,5: da-DA-da-da-DA-da-da-DA da (last "da" is optional) --a lot of entries sadly had to be disqualified due to an over-abundance of syllables in one or more of these lines.
3. the third and fourth lines should go: da-DA da-da-DA da--and rhyme with each other.
4. "exploit puns and wordplay"--which is, to me, what makes a true limerick.

That said, we had several finalists. Our runner up was Katherine's clever limerick about Emeril Lagasse, which you can read by clicking here.

But the winner of the 2009 Bunny with a Toolbelt Limerick Contest is....
Garth Johnson's entry about the Public Radio Birdie:

Rest on these speakers a spell, son
To hear radio news that is well done
from reporters acclaimed
with elliptical names
like Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

Congratulations Garth! You win $100 worth of schwag in the Bunny with a Toolbelt Etsy store!!

I'd also like to give a shout out to 10 year old Elizabeth K. who submitted three entries! (numbers 16, 18, and 25)

Thanks to everyone who entered. This was so much fun that I decided to have contests more often! To find out when the next one will be, sign up for my mailing list by clicking here.

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