CD's Unofficial Caption Contest #200

When I started the caption contest way back in 2004, I did not intend for the 200th to hit the week I graduated college. But hooray for happy coincidences.

Here are the scores:

Travis Hoffman    120
JaneYoung    117
GaryVoshol    114
EddieMcD    113
boiler    109
Wayne Doenges    101
KathieK    88
Al Skierkiewicz    79
kramarczyk    79
EricH    76
EricS-Team180    73
Don Rotolo    70
Rich Wong    59
skimoose    51
BlondeNerd    33
rocketperson44    31
lukevanoort    30
Greg Needel    30
Barry Bonzack    26
Rick TYler    21
raymaniac    21
dlavery    20
joshsmithers    18
InfernoX14    18
Alan8or    16
cooker52    15
Diriye    14
Jay H 237    14
Tottanka    12
Schnabel    11
Libby K    10
MissInformation    10
3dude_2231    10
Pavan    10
Andy Baker    8
KarenH    8
Hiteak    8
Alex Cormier    8
Nuttyman54    8
Danielle H    8
Richard    7
Koko Ed    7
Cynette    7
Alexa Stott    6
Kristian Calhoun    6
Rosiebotboss    6
wpdrummer    6
basicxman    6
zinefer    6
Tim Delles    5
Jeff Rodriguez    5
Michelle Celio    5
taylort    5
Dave Scheck    4
Joe Matt    4
"Big Mike"    4
Rich Kressly    4
Bcahn836    4
SSMike    4
Derek Smith    3
Otaku    3
artdutra04    3
BandChick    3
Bharat Nain    3
Dorienne    3
Elgin Clock    3
Zyik    3
11Mort11    2
Beth Sweet    2
ChrisH    2
dhoizner    2
iCurtis    2
KTorak    2
Lil' Lavery    2
Peter Matteson    2
robotcanuck1676    2
ShaneP    2
sishu7    2
Spiffizzle    2
Tetraman    2
vhcook    2
Jeremiah Johnson    2
lilstogi11    2
Matt Attallah    2
114ManualLabor    1
1902_Battery_SGT    1
65_Xero_Huskie    1
andrew348    1
bduddy    1
blakcheez    1
blaxbb    1
Carol    1
cobrawanabe1699    1
Conor Ryan    1
Goober!!!    1
Herodotus    1
Jack K.    1
JBotAlan    1
Jessica Boucher    1
KelliV    1
lingomaniac88    1
Littleswimmer14    1
SlimBoJones    1
Steve W    1
whlspacedude    1

And the picture:

As always, the deadline is Saturday at midnight EDT, but bear in mind that I’ll also be moving out over the same weekend.


Renting a graduation gown: $200
Buying a diploma cover: $10
Looking like you just graduated: Priceless.

For everything else, there’s Billfred.

Before the “Joe Matt” Pose existed…

The day Billfred graduated high school is also the day he misplaced both his scissors & razor, never to be found again.

[npoe] I thought about the Joe Matt thing too - good call. [/npoe]

This diploma right here…
gives me access to a whole new world:

  • a place where I can explore options, develop my humor, apply Murphy’s Law,
  • a place where I can log and blog my thoughts as I travel the rails of adventure toward new places,
  • a place where I can become a role model, a hero, a friend,
  • a place some dream of but I will live.

It is the first diploma but it won’t be the last and it is a great start.
This isn’t just any piece of paper, it’s a ticket to the FIRST world and beyond.

All aboard…

Billfred, properly performing a half-Joe Matt, shows us his brand-new shoes that took him four years to get.

Billfred:quick, take the picture, I think I see a clipboard coming:ahh:

Boy, anybody can get diplomas these days.

Wow. 200 contests, 4 years of college, and now you’re graduating. Out in the big, scary world. Kinda exciting, really. I remember when I graduated college - never thought it would happen - and my first real job, and so on.

I’d wish you good luck, but I know you, and your abilities seem to transcend luck. So, I just wish you Godspeed, Mr. Leverette.

(Why didn’t I submit an entry? 'Cause Sean beat me to the perfect caption, is why.)



[npoe] Billfred [singing]:
“I dug up this old photograph
Look at all that hair I DIDN’T have.” -Bon Jovi (with my modifications) [/npoe]

Billfred’s college superficial: Winner of the “What the heck happened these past four years?!?!” Award.

[npoe] This came from the passport picture contest we had on the bus up to Canada- suffice it to say, we were good-naturedly cruel to each other. [/npoe]

Before enrolling into the Jeff Jackson engineering college I couldn’t even spell Engineer. Now after 10 short year I are one. Thanks Joe Johnson.

[npoe]shout out to Bob and Tom Joe Johnson memory system [npoe]

Billfred, the Valedictorian of the Wanda Trossler School of Tap Dancing, Class of '04.

NOT AN ENTRY: What a great photo!

Many mentors end up pulling out their hair. Billfred, in typical form, went against the flow and allowed his to grow out.

[NPOE]OK, Ok, I went back to the beginningand looked it up, only my ‘latest’ entry counts, so here goes…[/NPOE]

Billfred, in a happier moment several months before the unfortunate Rogaine On The Cheeks incident.


Reminds me of myself at his age. So young and so impressionable, so clean cut. Where did we go so wrong?

When the prestigious Southern Underachievers’ Community College couldn’t find anyone from within their ranks to model as a graduating student for their promotional literature - it turns out no one had ever graduated from SUCC, go figure - they found their poster child across the street at USC, where Billfred readily volunteered, cheesy pose at the ready.

Billfred was eternally grateful for the $20 the photo gig paid, as it bought enough Cup O’ Noodles to sustain his broke college student self for at least another month of destitute living. :wink:

“The cheese stands alone
The cheese stands alone
Hi-ho,The derry-o
The cheese stands alone”

(with apologies to Dr. Seuss)
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Dated June 2004)

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can be a FIRST mentor
if you so choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look over many colleges. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’ve chosen WUSC as your college – SWEET!

You’ll spend a lot of time
over the next several years
blogging, playing video games,
and turning down beers.

You’ll mentor some kids
build a robot or two
attend marketing classes
and find lots of stuff to do.

You’ll transport the ‘bot
in the back of your Honda CR-V
and juggle homework assignments
while judging caption contests on CD.

You will summer in Maine
taking busses and trains.
Stopping along the way at BattleCry and other places,
and meeting many familiar FIRST faces.

You’ll join Amtrak’s Guest Rewards
and avoid Jess’ clipboards
and volunteer wherever you can.
We in FIRST will welcome you with open arms
and embrace your many charms
‘Cuz Billfred, YOU’RE THE MAN!*

(Updated May 2008)
*It’s been four years and 25,767.5 miles

  • you’ve given us all many smiles
    and probably shed a tear or two -
    what will we do without you?

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
What more can we say?
We hope that with FIRST you will stay…*

“Four years and 200 Caption Contests later, Billfred is still a dork.”

<with apologies to Tina Turner>
I’ll be your private designer
designer for money
when any designer will do…