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Jun 26, 2007

The Durham Excellence in Whatever-Phil-Likes Awards

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With a few more dollars and not much more sense, I think I'd like to create an annual award for excellence in whatever category or categories strike me at the moment.  What would I want to recognize?  Who knows, but here are some things I notice and appreciate:

  • yummy agedashi tofu,
  • intelligent and hard-working non-profit boards,
  • really good retail service (wait staff or clerks),
  • deft and caring mediators who bring harmony to people in conflict,
  • typography,
  • xeriscaped lawns,
  • people who do great job of integrating their professional work with other parts of their lives,
  • great ad campaigns, and
  • polite kids.

Wouldn't it be cool to send out letters like this?

Dear ______________:

Thank you for being the kind of person you are.  In recognition of your ______________________, you have been selected as one of this year's winners of the Durham  Excellence in Whatever-Phil-Likes Award.

In a perfect world, the only award you would need is the self-knowledge that you've done something great, plus a nice "good job, you" letter sent via registered mail so you wouldn't miss it.  But this imperfect world needs outside signs and cash, so you're going to get (1) a nice little medal and (2) a check for $2,507.99.

We would like to honor you at our annual awards banquet on Saturday, July X, for a 10 a.m. brunch at Fishmonger's.  Vegetarian entrees will be available.  Please give us a call so we can confirm your availability and obtain a list of guests you would like us to invite to your tables.

Don't you go changin'

Phil Marsosudiro
for the Awards Committee

What would you recognize?

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images by Botticelli (the one on the left) and my clever friend T with photo by G.

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Comments

It's the WPHLs. (pronounced whiffle)

That is one awards banquet I mos-def would attend.

Posted by: adam schultz | Jun 26, 2007 2:43:48 PM

I would even be happy to donate my time as a member of the review/selection committee. Let me know where to send my resume.

Posted by: Doc | Jun 26, 2007 9:02:55 PM

Graciousness in spontaneous hosting.

Posted by: Barry | Jul 1, 2007 11:46:47 AM