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Jun 26, 2007

The Durham Excellence in Whatever-Phil-Likes Awards

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?


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

12:28 AM in Ideas and Yens | Permalink


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