And, like sands through the hourglass, these are the... no wait, we don't like sand. It clogs up drivetrains.
Presenting... the BV Forums' night of nights (or since we're cyclists, maybe that should be the early morning before anyone else is awake). The night where the stars shine bright like a <A href="http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3034.html">Planet Bike Super Flash</A>. Where you, the humble forumite gets recognised for your contributions to the BV forums. And so, once again, sponsored by my overactive imagination and voted for by a panel of moderators. We bring you.....
The 3rd Annual BV Forum Awards
(<a href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1222">1st edition</A>, <a href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=103736">2nd edition</A>).
What a year it's been in the world of cycling. There was, what was touted as, one of the most open Tour de Frances ever. To make it even more exciting for Aussies, we had high hopes for Cadel and Mick for yellow, Robbie for green and looking for a strong performance by Stuey after his Paris-Roubaix win.
And what a cracker of a tour it was too.
Stuey had us on the edge of our seats from the get go, by putting in a stunning effort in the prologue, only to crash out and lose his race leading time. Robbie put us on a rollercoaster by crashing, then putting in a massive effort to make the world's best sprinters look like a bunch of club racers in a convincing Stage 1 win. Stage 5 was another exciting one, with Tour hopeful <A href="http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2007//tour07/?id=results/tour075">Vinokourov falling heavily</A>. Then it all went downhill for the Aussies. <A href="http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2007/tour07/?id=results/tour078">Stage 8</A> turned out to be a disaster for the Aussies, with Robbie falling off the back and Mick & Stuey crashing out. This left Cadel as Australia's remaining hope. With his competition <A href="http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2007/tour07/news/?id=/news/2007/jul07/jul25news ">falling</A> <A href="http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2007/tour07/news/?id=/news/2007/jul07/jul26news">aside</A> it was destined to be a tight finish. But despite an awesome effort in the final TT, Cadel would have to settle for second.
But heck. It's not all about Le Tour. Plenty of other exciting stuff happened in the last 12 months...
Sam Hill <A href="http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22396852-2863,00.html">continued to shine</A>, taking yet another title. Vidman tried to <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=174894">bean a marshall with a bidon</A>. Anna Meares <A href="http://www.cyclingnews.com/features.php?id=features/2008/meares_crash_jan08">gave us a bit of a fright</A>. Parawolf <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8403">did a thorough investigation of Scott's carbon layup techniques</a>. The <A href="http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2008/jan08/tdu08/">TDU went ProTour</A> in its 10th year. Meaning that it's only another eight years until the <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8899">Warby Trail ride</A> also joins the ProTour.
It's also been a big year for the forums, especially in the marketplace. This was the year that we <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3869">discovered</A> the <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=124683&">purchasing</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8783">power</A> of an <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=9144">Internet forum</A>. With all of the group buys, I'm actually surprised that no one organised a Specialized group buy, with a <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=109914">number</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=205141&highlight=specialized#205141">of</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6013">people</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8371">wanting</A> to <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6015">feel</A> <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5629">Special</A> <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=88816&highlight=stealth+roubaix#88816">this</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=162000&highlight=new+bike#162000">year</A>. But of course all of this pales in comparison to the <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5933">sheer</A> <a href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6002">number</A> of <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6013">trendy</A>, <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5977">hipster</A> <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5992">singlespeeders</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6013">that</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5532">this</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6404">forum</A> <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8334">now</A> <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=204367#204367">boasts</A>. Special mention has to the trendiest of all trendy hipsters, Oz, for picking up <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7640">three</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=209268">singlespeeds</A> in one year.
What an exciting year.
And now... to the awards.
The Kleenex Award for the Biggest sook
This award was the very first one to be created after last year's edition. A very special one, for a very special person. Who says that I don't have a heart? Who says that the moderators here don't listen to the pathetic cries of the common user?
And the winner is...<A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=103963#103963">Super E</A>! Happy? Now get over it...
The Inner-City Trendy award
What is it with inner city trendies that annoys me so much? Is it because they drive their Euro diesel micro-hatch from their ultra-modern trendy inner suburb warehouse conversion apartment, 2km to their local Farmers' Market wearing their Birkenstocks and hand-made-in-Italy-with-Himalayan-goats-wool-sweaters for fresh pro-duce, then say that they're saving the environment by only buying locally produced macro-organic, wholefoods from local suppliers instead of imported food? Maybe it's because their dress up in their full Euro-team kit with matching sunglasses and bar tape to ride their plastic fantastic wonderbike 1km to the local hair stylist for a $28 haircut before stopping by their local gourmet deli to source their <A href="http://www.animalcoffee.com/">specially imported poo coffee</A>?
And the winner is...<A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=2002">Harng Goh</A>! Don't ask me why... he just is
The Oral B award
A special award for those who work in the bike industry.
And the winner is...
This is <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=2588">Bleve</A>. He <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=208270#208270">can't show you his name</A> because he's a <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=188002">bike shop employee and a cycling coach</A>. Seriously though, the mods do appreciate Bleve's honesty and neutrality when it comes to pimping his services and the wares of the shop where he works. Plus, he's not just on the forums trying to make a dollar - he's provided heaps of useful input and thoughts that many of us have benefitted from.
On the other hand...
The Needs a Good Scale & Clean award
The mods don't really appreciate people who try to pimp their wares under a cloak of deception. Sure, there are plenty of folks on the forums who work in the bike industry, such as Earl, iRide Bikes, Snozza, mrwhite and normdouglas. Even though some of these people don't have the opportunity to add a lot to the discussion on the forums, we appreciate that they don't deny their business interest. This year's winners however really take the cake...
And the winners are...Hillman and single-speed. These guys <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=140537#140537">can't seem to</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=158998">get their story straight</A> <A>about their affiliation</A> with this shop. Seriously, we would have been pretty happy if they just said up front "Yep, we own/work at this shop" so people could decide for themselves, buuut they started out on the wrong foot and went downhilling with it...
(Sorry, folks, that was a rather serious award... back to your normal programming)
Are you trying to start a fight? award
Hey... you! Yeah... you... wotchu lookin' at? You tryin'a start sumthin arya? While we try to keep everything nice and civil on the forums, sometimes people get a little carried away. It's so easy when you've got the relative anonymity provided by the Internet.
And the winner is...beachrdcyclist for his <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5570&start=0">trumpet blowing</a> about the Beach Road clearways. Very few people knew what he was on about at the start and even they were confused by the end of this little episode.
The Melrose Place Award
Ahhh a bit of a cat fight is always exciting isn't it? Well, exciting when you're not part of it. Actually, it's a bit unfortunate about the winners of this year's award, because the whole situation started out with such noble intentions...
And the winners are...craigdurkee, rossco and 53-11. What a story. What an adventure! Shame it had to <a href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6342">end like it did</A>.
The Sure Thing award
If you're going to do something. Do it properly. Don't leave any doubt in the minds of those who see your work about how serious. Heck, don't leave any opportunity for them to question your work. It's the best way of ensuring that you achieve the desired outcome.
And the winner is... Parawolf! If you're goint to break your bike, <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8403">do it properly</A>. This is about the most thorough effort I've seen anyone make in ensuring that their bike is a complete writeoff after an accident. A really good way of ensuring that the insurers don't <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=212628#212628">try to pull a shifty on you</A>.
Product of the Year
With all of the shopping that this forum generates, you'd think that it'd be easy to find a product of the year. Is it Something innovative? Something clever? Something that just works? Something you just MUST have. Sure, there are great products like EggBeaters, the Buff and Ay Ups. They're all great products, work very well and aren't absurdly priced (oh nuts, I own all three). But they're not the Product of the Year. There's something special about this year's winner that blows these three away...
And the winner is... Barefoot with his <A href="http://www.cargocycles.com.au">cargocycles</A>. Huh? It's not new, it's not innovative and there's nothing amazingly clever about it. They've been around for ages! So why does it win? Well let me put it this way - Do you sit there looking at his cargo bikes thinking "Man, I want one of those things... But I have no use for it... and it's so darn big! I'll tell the wife that I'll do the shopping on it. And take the kids to school in it... oh, don't be silly, I could spend that money in better ways.. but it's so cool..." That's right. You do, don't you. This product wins because you don't need it, you have no where to put it, but damn, you're going to convince yourself that you NEED to buy it.
Couple of the Year
Isn't it great to see the increased number of the fairer sex taking up cycling? I think it's kinda cool that cycling is an activity that a couple can enjoy together, whether it be socially or competitively. Of course, some would disagree with me. Some blokes I know see cycling as their time to get away. Time to escape the pressures of the family. Time to get their head straight following that little tiff about who used the last square of toilet paper and didn't replace it. Maybe it's better if the couples don't bring their domestic disputes into the peleton...
And the winners are.... <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8422&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0">twowheels and Atomic Kitten</A>! By the way and the amount of times these guys bicker with each other, you'd think that they're married! But the REALLY scary question - which one's the woman?
The HAF award
Are you HAF? Are you REALLY HAF? I reckon this year's winner is.
And the winner is... Vidman, for <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=210379#210379">continuing to race while it was snowing</A>. On a day when even the stronger riders <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=210393#210393">hid indoors</A>, Vidman was out there busting his gut. Admittedly, Vidman's packing just a little bit more insulation than Jono...
The CSI Mystery Stack of the Year
The unfortunate reality about cycling accidents is that they sometimes result in a whack to the head and short term memory loss. Ironically, the first winner of this award, Euan, is this forum's loudest voice against mandatory helmet laws (and yes, he does wear a helmet - a red Bell Sweep R I believe)... although the cause of the memory loss in his case is more a case of one too many more than hitting the ground too hard. Anyway, this award remembers those who can't remember.
And the winner is... OMG YOU KILLED KennethC! In this <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6130">unfortunate incident</A> last year, Kenneth found himself making very good friends with the bitumen after the MRR. Although Kenneth remembers the whole incident, he's unable to figure out exactly why the endo happened. It remains a mystery...
The Scooby Doo REAL mystery award
But Kenneth was just the tip of the iceberg. His little off points to a curse. A curse that's as old as the hills. Well. Maybe just as old as Belmore Road hill. I speak of... THE CURSE OF THE MALING ROOM RIDE. Muhuwahahah. This curse falls upon anyone who dares to partake of the MRR. Maybe it's just a coincidence. Maybe it's something in the coffee. No one knows. But one thing for sure is that many a MRRer has fallen.
And the winners are... although I don't know if you'd call them winners.
- silkishuge with three accidents - one involving a car, then he missed a clip in and took out a wheelie bin and finally his own "single vehicle incident"
fixie with two accidents - two involving cars, with the second having <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8501">significant impact</A>
KennethC with two "single vehicle incidents"
wilchemy with a hit'n'run involving a car while returning from the Dandenongs
Duck with two accidents
spudcake hurting himself with slippery cleats
Mr Squeaza with one accident involving a car
owenh with one accident of his own doing involving a car
Parawolf showing all of the other newbies that if you're going to hit a car, to do it properly
Outlook having a run in with tram tracks[/b]
Marti going down when wheels touched for the first accident ON the MRR
It's all rather scary isn't it?
The I-should-be-on-commission award for the biggest product pimp
(If it existed back then, I think I should have been a winner of this award in prior years)
Some people say that the forums are a threat to their marriage because one thing that this forum is very good at doing is helping people spend money. One creature that thrives in this environment is the product pimp. This interesting creature finds a good thing and stands by it, telling anything that moves, within earshot about how good the product is. Some say that they're just really nice people who are interested in sharing a good thing. Some say that this is the way these people justify their spending. Meanwhile, others say that they're on commission. Either way, this forum definitely has a couple.
And the winner is... gplama, for causing a <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=158636#158636">stampede</A> after spotting a bargain bike stand online.
Glandular Fever award
Like the infection that this award is named after, this award goes to the forumite who appears like an annoying symptom, then mysteriously disappears for a while, only to reappear when you thought all was well. He has won an award in previous editions and yet doesn't quite take the hint.
And the winner is... mark_melb! We thought we got rid of them... <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5866">then he came back</A>, with the same agenda as always. *sigh* it's like a bad smell that won't go away.
The Little Red Engine award
I think I can... I think I can... c'mon... I can do it. I find that one of the most rewarding parts about cycling is pushing yourself to do something you didn't think possible. Riding up some crazy gradient on some big mountain. Gritting your teeth and attacking some rock garden. It's exciting. It's rewarding. But sometimes...
And the winner is... astroboy! I think I can... I think I can... <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7402">oh crap, no I can't</A>!
The I-wanna-be-like-you-when-I-grow-up award
(It feels weird writing this award, because a lot of you are old enough to be my parents)
Our children. They're our future. We've got to do everything we can to ensure that they grow up right. A good role model is important because it gives them something to aspire towards and a direction for them to follow. Who'd'a thunk our winner would be called a role model.
And the winner is... sharon ritchie! From <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3266&highlight=thong">showing off her thong</A> to <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=37004#37004">washing her car</A> to <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=9327">being a role model</A> for girls. Swan Hill is going to be an interesting place to be in 10-15 years when all of these girls grow up...
The Fiddler on the Bike
If I were a rich man...... I'd pay someone to fix my bike. But I'm not. So I'm going to DIY. Okay, it's not always a case of money. Some of us really enjoy fixing our own bikes. There's definitely something to be said about being able to run your own cables, bleed your brakes or repack your own bearings. But sometimes, the odd DIY job can lead to fiddling. And more fiddling. Until you've spent more time with your bike upside down, fiddling with it than actually riding the thing. Some would argue that Eddy Merckx never actually stopped fiddling with his bike. But the Cannibal also won absolutely everything there was to win. Our winner today hasn't even won a local club crit.
And the winner is... KennethC! Since buying his road Kenneth hasn't actually stopped fiddling with it. There were the <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=105344#105344">upgrades</A>. Then there was the<A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=96373#96373">upside</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=87277#87277">down</A> bike. So much so that we coined a new phrase - <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=161558#161558">doing a Kenny</A>.
Special mention also goes to silkishuge. I'm sure that a Garmin 305 is a useful tool... <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=170768">after</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=187892">you stop</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=191447">fiddling</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=211294">with</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=9325">it</A>.
It's not a setback, it's an opportunity award
Some things in life are bad, They can really make you mad. Other things just make you swear and curse. When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle. And this'll help things turn out for the best. Always look on the bright side of life!
And the winner is... Snuffy. Sure stuff breaks sometimes, but it's <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7114">just an excuse to upgrade</A>... right? right?
Post of the Year
With all of the shennanigans that the forums get up to, it's no surprise that this was a tough award to give. I mean with over 100,000 posts in the last year (last BV forum awards to the end of May 2008), there've been plenty of potential winners for this award. But, by popular vote...
And the winner is... frostsharer for <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=172101#172101">this little effort</A>. Who needs to write 10,000 word award ceremony essays. All he needed was ~10 words.
The Incredible Hulk award
HULK ANGRY! HULK SMASH!!! *roar*
And the winner is... gplama. Don't get on the wrong side of this llama. This one <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=128912">bites</A>.
The Lance Armstrong come-back award
A slightly more serious one this time. Pretty much everyone here will know Lance's story. The man who came back from near death to conquer the world's greatest bike race time after time. Inspiring stuff. But you know, stuff like this happens all of the time, but on a smaller scale, although I reckon, it's no less significant.
And the winner is... wagger. After being dignosed with <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=116432">Stage IV Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma</A>, wagger's ATB hopes were dashed. But throughout his challenges, he's remained a participant in the forums and even managed to <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8539">throw a leg over a treadly again</A>! Inspiring stuff.
The DIE ROADIE SCUM award
The award that all of the MTBers aspire towards. Previous winner, Tim_mtb, put himself out of the running this year by repeatedly admitting that he's been riding a Green Machine on the road, then committing the cardinal sin of... <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7968">shaving his legs</A>. This year's winner has been a fine proponent of the MTBing side of cycling (despite owning one of every bike).
And the winner is... smc. It's not about one big effort. It's <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=119585#119585">about</A> a <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=129334#129334">consistent</A> <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=87937#87937">approach</a>.
Sometimes you just have to laugh award
Sometimes, things just don't work out. But sometimes you just need to have a laugh about your circumstances.
And the winner is... accordian. Her efforts at <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=184457#184457">losing brain cells</A> has won her this award. Hopefully ner brain is still functioning well enough after this assault to come and claim her prize.
The Flaming Credit Card award
Ahhh one of my favourite awards. It pays homage to one of the strengths of the BV-forums - spending money. With all of the group buys this year, the temptation is always there to spend more money. Yet, some people go above and beyond. Some people really exemplify the spirit of this award. Such as the winner of the award this year...
And the winner is... silkishuge. First there was the <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4863">Giant</A>. Then the <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=112785#112785">Bianchi</A>. <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=122079#122079">Some</A> <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=170374">accessories</A>. <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=203925">Getting the Missus on a bike</A>. All topped off by the recent purchase of the <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=9405">super commuter</A>. An amazing effort by Jon. All while regularly claiming that the <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=214293">missus will</A> <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=184158#184158">kill him</A>.
The I-Suppose-It's-Better-Than-Smoking award for addiction
I'm not obsessessed. I can stop any time I want. No really. Why are you looking at me like that? You don't believe me do you? Look. See. I've stopped. I've conquered it. It's nothing. But mmmmm.... just one more won't hurt will it? It's only one. I mean, what harm is there in just one more? *twitches*
And the winner is... Jur! Just <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8264">how</A> <a href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=173512">many</A> <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=104214">folders</A> does one man need? (and I know that there are more he's not letting on about) Actually, several bikes are probably useful given his monster efforts to <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=159719#159719">break hub gears</A>, <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7390">demoralise his boss</A> and <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=154542#154542">stomp through the hills</A>.
The Dale E Grind Commuting Newbie award
As bike-commuter numbers continue to rise, the decision about this award gets harder and harder each year. Quite a few people come to mind when I think of recently converted bike commuters who've really taken their cycling places. However, to get this award, there's always something in particular that stands out about the winner. For example, the first winner, Dale E Grind, underwent a metamophosis from red-light running, big-red-ute driving Aussie bloke, to a toned, shaved, lycra wearing, all-weather commuter and proponent of S.L.U.T. Meanwhile, last year's winner, Fibee, did the amazing feat of conquering Swanston Street. So there'd have to be something special about this year's winner...
And the winner is...PubliusNaso! In true <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=915">commuting newbie</A> style, PN started <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8088">his own thread</A> and has documented every step of his journey. What makes PN's effort worthy of this award? PN hails from the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne, which means that his commute to the city is both long and quite hilly. Despite the difficulty of his chosen commute, he's tackled it head on, winning him this award.
Newbie of the year
Each year, more and more people are discovering its benefits of cycling. This award honours those newbies amongst us. Those who have recently taken up the challenge of pedal power and really gotten their teeth into it (although sometimes, the <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=213294#213294">teeth get back into you</A>). Encouraging newbies is a rewarding experience as you watch them grow in confidence and mature. It's probably something like raising kids... except that newbies spend their own money and don't eat all of your food.
And the winner is... Vidman! Since hopping on a bike early August 2007, Vidman's been progressing in leaps and bounds. There were the early days, when everything hurt and <A href="http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=162070#162070">nothing fit</A>. But since then, <A href="http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pDCDcgtZ4WJOnMwkz5FtxPg">kilos have been shed</A>, places won, <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=174894">bidons chucked</A>, N+1 and <A href="http://alifecycle.blogspot.com/2007/11/it-started-as-dare.html">mountains conquered</A>. On top of that, Vidman has been responsible for encouraging EvilDoomBunny to hop on a bike, helping PDL to conquer her fear of taffic (and she's now QOM) and helping PubliusNaso with setup. Awesome effort Vidman.
The Golden Cock Up award
Viewers of TV's Top Gear will recognise this award, as the one awarded to the person who made the biggest cock up in the last 12 months (I don't actually know what happens if a female wins this award). This special award recognises the efforts and sometimes mistakes of moderators with their super-special buttons that lets them do all sortsa things on the forum.
And the winner is... Snuffy, for deleting <A href="http://bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=103736">last year's forum award</A> while writing this year's awards. That's right, check out the last edited date on the old post. Thank goodness for backups.
Congrats to all of the winners!
Your prize is... NOTHING!
A couple of points to note about this thread.
- While the mods are a very active bunch on the forums, we obviously can't keep track of every single post, so we've probably missed HEAPS of memorable moments. Feel free to add your own awards, either for yourself or for someone else who you feel deserves a special mention. Heck, give yourself an award and a pat on the back right now. In fact, try doing this every day - it really helps you to have a positive outlook on life.
- If we've insulted you through what's been written... BAD LUCK. No really. I mean it. Everything written is either 1) purely in jest or 2) true. Pick the one which bothers you less.
- We might be a forum mods, but we don't represent BV and you won't receive anything from BV for this. If you roll up to the BV office next week and demand your award, you will probably have to speak to someone from security. Don't tell them I sent you.
- Yes, I'm fully aware that the date has changed so that the awards are no longer exactly on the correct day, however I have made an executive decision to post these awards and future editions on the Friday before Queens Birthday weekend. What better way to celebrate the coming of the long weekend?
Happy long-weekend everyone!!