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Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton

TT Blogs 2011

Rating: 3 votes, 5.00 average.
The competition was, as always, extremely tough this year in USMS blogging. There were a number of familiar names in the Top Ten this year, and a few surprises, too.

Congratulations to all those who made Top 10 based on the three statistical categories from which the record books are written:

  1. Total number of entries (the Clydesdale Cup, named after the sweaty little workhorse that pulls its weight steadily, ploddingly, and largely without whinnying lament)
  2. Total number of comments (the Pretty Pony Puff Princess Award because this is, let's face it, a popularity contest/gauge of the blogger's appeals to swimming cliques)
  3. And finally, Comments to Entries Ratio (the Thoroughbred Championship Prize, i.e., the only one of these Top Ten blogging categories that really means anything--an excellent proxy for literary excellence combined with swimming magnificence and genuinely deserved adulation. Interestingly, this is also the only category that the USMS leadership is seriously considering awarding the winner with All American Prime status, the "Prime" meaning that it is just a notch above ordinary All American status.

I am sure everyone is very nervous, so I won't drag things out any longer. Let me now open the envelopes in sequence.

Total number of entries


Congratulations to our perennial Clydesdale Cup winner, Leslie "the Fortress" Livingston! You go, girl! Did anyone else think they had a chance? Neighhhh!

Total number of comments


Oh. My. God. ! The Fortress does it again, easily capturing the Pretty Pony Puff Princess Award with nearly 13,000 comments! If you could bottle this kind of well-deserved popularity, you couldn't keep it on the store shelves!

Comments to Entries Ratio


I can't believe it! Honestly, this is embarrassing! Had I any idea that I was even in contention for the top award in swim vlogging in any medium across the world and in any language, I would never have covered these blogging awards in my, well, er, I guess I have no choice but to call it what it is, my top-Thoroughbred-Championship-Prize-winning-All-American-Prime-Potentially-Earning blog! Thank you all SO MUCH for this!

It's going to take some getting used to this idea that I am a National Treasure. Please, give me a little time.
The cat of deserved fame may have my tongue for a little while!

Meanwhile, feel free to discuss amongst yourselves this incredibly good news about me--a brilliant end to 2011, and even more brilliant start to 2012--in the infinite commentary space below.

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  1. jim thornton's Avatar
    Good show, Jimbo!

    Signed,

    Jamesuardo
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    I can't believe you called me a horse on this gloomy day.
  3. jim thornton's Avatar
    A pretty pony puff princess is not really a horse.
  4. That Guy's Avatar
    I am outwardly outraged but inwardly inraged at my exclusion from this contest. However, I will take solace in the newly unlocked universe of equine humor. I think this meme has legs! (just a softball to get started)
  5. jim thornton's Avatar
    I will see if i can find my award winning cartoon, "Beating off a dead horse."
  6. rxleakem's Avatar
    I would think that the good doctor and the professor should share in your treasure, as they may have helped you to edge out the competition in the last furlough. Congrats and enjoy a mint julep. Perhaps I will place this coming year.
  7. That Guy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jim thornton
    I will see if i can find my award winning cartoon, "Beating off a dead horse."
    the files in that folder probably shouldn't be shared with anyone.
  8. rodent's Avatar
    What actually is your reward?
  9. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rxleakem
    I would think that the good doctor and the professor should share in your treasure, as they may have helped you to edge out the competition in the last furlough. Congrats and enjoy a mint julep. Perhaps I will place this coming year.
    Indeed, I agree! I absolutely could not have won this most prestigious of all Top Ten USMS Blogging Championships were it not for a HUGE pile of little people lifting me on their shoulders, from which I could then mount myself to standing position, and climb up on their heads, then stand on my very tiptoes to get that much higher! (Sorry to those of you who's skulls took the incredible pounds per square inch on my pointed booties digging in!)

    I see you have a farm animal in your picture. Many can't tell the difference between a cow, a pig, and a chicken these days, but what you are holding is clearly a chicken.

    What you need is a start Shetland pony!

    By the way, what is the origin of Rxleakem?

    My guesses are A) you make one of those BPH drugs that let older fellows with Idaho potato-sized prostates urinate more easily, or B) you are a professional phlebotomist.

    Either one is a GREAT job for an aspiring swim blogger. I see glory in your future, young man! Just switch that chicken for a Shetland pony.
  10. Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    "Big Red" Jimby, the Secretariat of our generation...well Secretariat was my generation...anyways congratulations on your self-awarded (but totally deserving) "prime" status. Maybe we should cook you and eat you.
  11. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy
    the files in that folder probably shouldn't be shared with anyone.
    You have no idea.
  12. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rodent
    What actually is your reward?
    My reward, Jack, is simply seeing the smiles and crinkling joy-filled eyes of the youngsters, and the young adults, and the middle aged, and the young old, and the middle old, and the old old--the happiness of the whole human harmony, in other words--as they look at me and have the opportunity to enjoy unadulterated magnificence vicariously.

    Who, really, could ask for anything more?
  13. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Dickson
    "Big Red" Jimby, the Secretariat of our generation...well Secretariat was my generation...anyways congratulations on your self-awarded (but totally deserving) "prime" status. Maybe we should cook you and eat you.
    Ah, Dr. Dickson! As always, you are one humorous son B!

    Secretariat was not cooked and eaten. He had a much more useful post-racing purpose.

    As do I!

    To wit: swimmers world wide can start sending me your daughters anytime you want to make sure that your grandchildren have the very best of thoroughbred genes.

    And unlike Secretariat, there will be no need for winches and cattle prods inserted up to the prostate gland! Not necessary!

    Satisfaction guaranteed, with only a few legal codicils. You and your young female relatives can always count on blogger Jim Thornton putting the Thorough (and the bred!) into Thoroughbred! TM

    (As a souvenir, each client will receive a complimentary copy of Jim's classic Beating Off a Dead Horse and Other Heartwarming Cartoons (Random House, 1973.)
  14. ande's Avatar
    Great one
    Congratulations on your hilarious content & amazing comment to post ratio
    Updated January 1st, 2012 at 10:54 PM by ande
  15. jim thornton's Avatar
    Congratulations to you, Ande, for making the Top Ten in all three blogging categories. A testament to your all-round linguistic athleticism!
  16. RustyScupperton's Avatar
    Is there a better bloggist in the swimming or any other universe? A resounding "Neighhhh!", whinny I!
  17. ande's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jim thornton
    Congratulations to you, Ande, for making the Top Ten in all three blogging categories. A testament to your all-round linguistic athleticism!
    Thank you Jim,

    I should have many more posts but got lazy or busy & didn't blog a bunch of workouts & doubles.

    Maybe I'd have had more comments If

    I'd commented on more posts or individually responded to each comment vs batching several in one

    Or included more details in my blog
  18. aztimm's Avatar
    Nice, my first USMS (solo) Top Tens! And I got the elusive Pig Iron award to boot!

    So where do I go to pick up this award? Will it be waiting for me at the Sewickley YMCA?
  19. swimshark's Avatar
    You couldn't have done it without your fans
  20. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by RustyScupperton
    Is there a better bloggist in the swimming or any other universe? A resounding "Neighhhh!", whinny I!
    Thanks, Rusty! I like the way you phrase your rhetorical questions--and answer them in a resoundingly unambiguous fashion.

    You know, I tend to whinny, too, on occasion. Perhaps we should meet some day and record some cowboy songs. I am confident we could do a great Feranti and Tysher meer the Everly Brothers rendition of Tennessee Stud:

    Along about eighteen and twenty-five I left Tennessee very much alive I never would have got through the Arkansas mud If I hadn't been a-ridin on the Tennessee stud I had some trouble with my sweetheart's pa One of her brothers was a bad outlaw I sent her a letter by my Uncle Fud And I rode away on the Tennessee stud CHORUS: The Tennessee stud was long and lean The color of the sun and his eyes were green He had the nerve and he had the blood And there never was a hoss like the Tennessee stud One day I was ridin' in the beautiful land And ran smack into an Indian band They jerked their knives with a whoop and a yell But I rode away like a bat out of hell Well I circled their camp for a time or two And showed what a Tennessee hoss could do And them redskin boys never got my blood 'Cause I was a-ridin' on the Tennessee stud CHORUS We drifted on down into no man's land We crossed the river called the Rio Grande I raced my hoss with the Spaniards bold Till I got me a skin full of silver and gold Me and a gambler we couldn't agree We got in a fight over Tennessee We jerked our guns, he fell with a thud And I got away on the Tennessee stud CHORUS Well, I got as lonesome as a man can be Dreamin' of my girl in Tennessee The Tennessee stud's green eyes turned blue 'Cause he was a-dneamin' of a sweetheart too We loped on back across Arkansas I whipped her brother and I whipped her pa I found that girl with the golden hair And she was ridin' on a Tennessee mare CHORUS Stirrup to stirrup and side by side We crossed the mountains and the valleys wide We came to Big Muddy and we forded the flood On the Tennessee mare and the Tennessee stud Pretty little baby on the cabin floor Little hoss colt playin' 'round the door I love the girl with golden hair And the Tennessee stud loves the Tennessee mare CHORUS 1958 Warden Music Company, Inc. (BMI)
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