And now...Our Finalists:
No, that isn’t Brando. Close though. It’s James Lileks, one of America’s wittiest writers (and it turns out he’s darned witty when he talks, too)...You can find out more about this spectacular trip, and securely reserve your well-appointed, spacious, and affordable stateroom, at www.nrcruise.com.He's not just witty. He's not just darn witty. He's affordably witty!
I think commenter mellor summed it up best: ugh, I think my eyeballs have a Yoest infection.
So there we have it -- eight Finalists, as chosen by you, our distinguished panel of judges. Now, to select which of these deserving contestants will be crowned Miss Wingnut 2011 and Belle of the NRO Beggin' Boat Ride, imagine that you are Rose from James Cameron's Titanic, and each competitor is Jack, the Leonardo DiCaprio character, and decide -- based on their photo and resume -- which one you'd most like to let sink into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic. Feel free to explain your reasons, show your work, and designate Runners Up in the event your first choice is unable to fulfill his or her duties.
We'll count up all the votes, and announce the winner later this week. And on behalf of the Pageant, I'd just like to say: America thanks you, although frankly, the Holland America Line isn't all that thrilled with you.