I had read the Cartoon Caption Contest for many years always telling my self, like with many other things, one day I would do this. On March 16, 2014, I finally did. I followed the instructions about entering: three short submissions allowed, emailed to this address by this deadline, with your contact information. That week's final sentence was: May the luck of the Irish be with you! That was lost on me at the time, around St. Patrick's Day, but now I get it. The luck of the Irish was with me. I was a finalist the first time I entered! That would occur fourteen more times over the next two years. Always a finalist, never the winner...yet. I was still having a good time captioning those cartoons each week. My college psychology professor once said that nothing succeeds like success, so I kept entering. I was even a finalist two weeks in a row last August! (Scroll left to right and up and down to see the whole photo.)
|The first cartoon caption contest I entered, I was a finalist. The luck of the Irish!|
|I was a finalist two weeks in a row in August. This was the first week.|
|The second week in a row I was a finalist with this cartoon. I captioned it "How did you find it among all the Christmas merchandise?"|
My funniest entry, in my opinion, wasn't even picked. The cartoon to caption was of a beaver in the woods talking on a cell phone. I wrote: "Don't ask me any more dam questions." The contest was flooded with many dam/damn jokes so they didn't select that. However, my other entry of, "I'll have to chew on that a bit longer" did make me a finalist.
|I would have loved to caption this "Don't ask me any more dam questions."|
I originally wrote this in December and we were having a holiday party after our readings, so I will share two of my holiday captions that were also picked as finalists. The first cartoon depicted a
gingerbread man with a sad look on his face viewing his collapsed gingerbread house. I wrote, "What part of 'handle gingerly' did they not understand?" The second cartoon showed a man, a woman, a cat and living room furniture floating in the air. I wrote, "Things will settle down after the
|Even the cartoon captions get into the holiday spirit!|
|The second holiday related caption to be a finalist.|
Last summer, I learned that I could share the caption contest on my Facebook page. I commented that I was a finalist again and wondered wondered if I would ever win. The cartoon of a giant octopus dragging a man down a hole with children watching, I captioned, "They are always finding new ways to squeeze the middle class." (See octopus cartoon above.) My third cousin, Annie, saw the post and commented on it:
Michele Steve Breen was a good customer of mine back here in NJ I worked at the Asbury Park Press when he employed there he also won Prestigious award
I replied: Small world. Now I know how to win this cartoon caption contest...mention your name.