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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:34 am

“There is nothing better to a lady's eye than a well trimmed man in a swimsuit. Eye Candy is very pleasing. This year the gentleman who sparked our fantasies is:



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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:35 am

Having MoME so close to a river made a need for a water sport imperative. The many ways our men went down the river was fascinating as well as humorous. The best river rider was:




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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:36 am

“Humor is the backbone of MoME. Nothing is taken totally seriously around here. Be it a tall tale, a funny joke, or a face plant. If it makes us laugh then MoME is a success! This year's funniest participant is:




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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:37 am

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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby IrisBrandybuck » Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:07 am

Iris had her hands full with a passed out hobbit and two loudly purring cats, but she was grinning from ear to ear. LK had returned to the judges table for the awards and was all but bouncing out of her seat.

"Go give kitty kisses to her," Iris instructed the felines. "She deserves it."
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Ladykat » Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:13 am

"Congratulations you two," LK whispered to the cats as Salem leaped lightly to the table and Shadow took the empty chair beside her. "Did Bob faint?" she asked, sharing the salmon and tuna filets between the two felines.

"Again, yes," Shadow murmured, sampling the fish. "He'll be fine. Unless of course he wins any more awards, in which case we may need to call in the healers."

LK turned to Salem. "Going to tell me what the two of you were up to in the TARDIS?"

"Later, later," Salem replied softly. "Calma is back to announce the rest of the winners."

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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:29 pm

After the applause died down from the performance, Calma again approached the podium.“There's something about a man in a kilt. Can't put my finger on it, but it makes them look so macho while wearing a skirt. Many of our contestants donned the attire of Scotland but only one looked the best. The winner of the Men In Skirts award is:



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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:34 pm

“Our next award is for the man who could toss a caber, shoot an arrow, and dance among swords while wearing a kilt. No easy feat to be sure. The Most Athletic award goes to:”




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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:39 pm

“What lady doesn't like pretty things? They especially love a man who showers her with many gifts of differing sizes and sparkles.” Calma grinned. “This year's top gift giver is:”




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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:40 pm

“A pretty face and an open wallet are not the only things that spark our interest. No, we like a keen mind as well. The essay question had many good and clever answers. It wasn't meant to be a pre-curser to an over throw of Gondor. Just an exercise in a “what if” Some really good answers were submitted, but only one can win. The winner of the Scholar of Gondor is:”



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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:42 pm

As the crowd cheered and Bob gave his acceptance speech, Calma hurried back stage to take a fast drink of water and a quick touch up of make up before returning to the stage.
“Congratulations, Bob.” she smiled at the departing winner. “The MC award is given to the contestant who missed the top three bythismuch. He did his best and fell just s smidge short. The MC award winner of MoME 2016 is:”



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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:43 pm

“Now for the moment you all have been waiting for. It takes a lot to compete in MoME and all of you showed well and should not leave dishonored. Thank you all for participating and I hope to see each of you next year. “

Calma paused to let the suspense build then opened the envelope. “Third place winner of MoME 2016 is:”



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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:43 pm

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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:44 pm

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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:54 pm

Calma approached the podium and adjusted the mic. “Congratulations to all our winners. Thank you all for coming. I hope you enjoyed out little pageant and that we will see you again next year. I now declare MoME 2016 closed.”
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Ladykat » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:58 pm

LK joined in the thunderous applause. "Bob did really good. You and Iris should be proud," she said to Shadow, who was looking as pleased as if she had won the awards herself.

LK grinned. "And he even managed not to faint during his acceptance speech. Come on" she said nudging Salem. "Let's go congratulate everyone."

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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Ninui » Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:49 pm

Ninui had to pick up her jaw when Gamling's name as winner of MoME 2016 was read by MC Calma. Gamling,(with his Rafting And Bribes awards before him), had to be nudged from the shock by Maybon before he realized his name had been called. He stood and walked to the stage with quickly gained confidence. As he neared the stage he saw Theoden applaud for him with a wide proud smile on his face. Gamling was met at the top of the steps by Rosie Cotton. He turned and acknowledged the crowd after she hand placed the award in his hands. Shouting his thank you's to the pleased crowd and fellow competetors, he crossed the stage and stepped up to the microphone. "Thank you all for witnessing my efforts in this years MoME. I'm now very happy to have made it here". Waiting for the complimentary laughter to subside, Gamling turned to the judges and mc behind him. "Thank you all for allowing me to re enter these games and for all the votes that you bestowed on me to achieve this award". He held the award high above his head as he stepped away from the microphone. He stood there as such for a moment or two then walked off the stage.
Ninui and Maybon had left their table and met him half way from the stage. When he reached them, Ninui held him in a bear hug so long he thought he'd have pinched in arms for the remainder of his life and Maybon slapped him on the back so much and shook his hand so enthusiastically he knew the redness would be there there forever. Maybon gathered Gamlings two other awards and together they headed for the door of The White Tree room. They were stopped many times on the way out with congratulations aplenty but soon they were out the door and off to the BBQ in Gamlings honor.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Ladykat » Fri Nov 25, 2016 6:46 pm

After Calma announced MoME officially closed, Shadow made her way back to the table where Iris and Bob were sitting, while LK and Salem went around congratulating all the contestants and sponsors, except for Fred. LK deemed it unwise to let Salem get too close to the raccoons, so she sent a congratulatory note along with several tankards of grog to their table.

Strolling over to where Iris, Bob and Shadow sat, she looked at Salem. "Are you going to help Iris at MoST next year? Along with Shadow, of course!" she hastily added.

"Are you going to JUDGE at MoST next year?" Salem countered.

LK shrugged. "I will if Calma needs me," she replied. "Might be fun to do it again."

Arriving at the table, they saw Bob looking dazed but happy, clutching his awards as though he were afraid someone would change their mind, and take them away. Iris' expression was a mixture of pride, happiness and relief. "Good job you three." LK greeted them."You really pulled it off." Iris sighed. "I understand Gamling's having a private after party," she said. "Were you invited?"

"Yes. all the judges and Calma were," LK replied. "I guess we'll go for a little while. Bad manners not to show up after all, but I'm really not crazy about barbecue." "Well I am," Salem stated firmly. "We'll make sure we bring back extra for you," he added looking at Shadow.

"OK Salem, spill!" LK ordered. "Where and when did you two go in the TARDIS, and what did you do?" "TARDIS?" Iris echoed. "Where did they get a TARDIS?"

"It was one of the gifts from Gamling to Salem," LK explained. "It wasn't a REAL TARDIS, but somehow these two, with the help of someone named Jack got it working." Iris groaned, and muttered something about having to have a long, serious talk with Jack. "So" LK continued, "Tell me. What did you do?"

"Not much," Salem said indifferently, "We just went back to the beginning of MoME when Calma was making the arrangements for the rooms and the food and such. It seems Shadow," he admitted with grudging admiration, "has a real talent for mimicry. She imitated Louis' voice perfectly, and, on his authority, had all the expenses for MoME charged to his Uncle Guido's organization instead of Calma's MoME account. And the bill was not to be sent until the contest was completely over, just in case there were any delays. Calma will have plenty of money for MoST next year," he finished brightly. "She'll be able to rent an entire planet if she wants."

LK stared dumbstruck. Finally she blurted, "Their Uncle Guido is gonna pound the living daylights out of those two when they get home!"

"One can only hope," Salem smirked, as Shadow interjected, "Remember we only said WE wouldn't do them any physical harm. We never promised no one else would."

LK began to laugh. She couldn't help it. Iris joined in, and after a moment, so did Bob. He wasn't quite sure what was funny, but he knew his ordeal was over. He was going home. That was enough.

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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby IrisBrandybuck » Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:18 am

"Bob, I am SO proud of you!" Iris cried, throwing her arms around the bemused and somewhat tipsy hobbit. "I thought sure the ferret would make the top three...you know how those raccoons are. But here we are...first step to winning top prize!"

"Ah...er...what do you mean?" Bob took another sip of his drink.

"I mean, you and Samwise the Strong are in the running for first place next year. When we run, we'll have to work MUCH harder. Which will mean not eating or drinking anything we haven't tested. And we need to really prepare. I expect Shadow and Salem will help...unless Salem is helping LK. Anyhow..."

"What! I'm not doing this again!" Bob slammed his mostly empty cup down and swayed slightly.

"Ah...well...you see, Bob. You're obligated. Butterbur has made you available for every MOME until you win. So..."

Bob glared.

"And there's a pay raise in it for you every time you do compete."

Bob raised on eyebrow.

"The better you do, the better the raise."

"Well, if you put it that way..."

Bob went to get another drink, meeting Samwise along the way and striking up a conversation with the great hobbit.

"Is there a raise?" Shadow asked?

"There will be."
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Tookish_Traveler » Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:26 pm

"What? Second place???" Tooks was astounded. "Go get your awards!" She pushed Hama towards the stage. Hama was chewing the last bite of his turkey leg when he tripped and the leg went flying through the air...... luckily a raccoon snagged it before it hit the MC in the head.

"Whew," Tooks mused. "We survived. And they think Hama looks good in a skirt???"

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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby IrisBrandybuck » Sat Nov 26, 2016 7:27 pm

Suddenly the doors to the banqueting room opened and a group of rough-looking people, men and women, entered. Iris heard nl gasp and recognized Mal leading the group...the honored crew of Serenity.

Mal whispered briefly to Archie, who nodded quickly, then took Calma aside as the captain mounted the platform and took to the microphone.

"Friends, it gives me no pleasure to make this announcement, but as you are all good friends..." He paused, swallowed, then said, "A good friend has left us. And since you are all of the..."

Kylee whispered loudly "geeky!"

"Geeky persuasion, we wanted to bring the news here first. A moment of silence please, for our favorite Shepherd, who will not journey with us again."

There was a cry, and then several voices whispered, "NO!" and someone sobbed (Iris thought it was one of the raccoons, but she couldn't be sure). Calma took the stage beside Mal and said, "I think it is a wonderful idea...a moment of silence and then...a song perhaps?"

Everyone bowed their heads,even rodents and felines, and then a voice softly sang:

"Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me."

Then other voices joined in:

"Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't comin' back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me.

Leave the men where they lay
They'll never see another day
Lost my soul, lost my dream
You can't take the sky from me.

I feel the black reaching out
I hear its song without a doubt
I still hear and I still see
That you can't take the sky from me.

Lost my love, lost my land
Lost the last place I could stand
There's no place I can be
Since I've found Serenity

And you can't take the sky from me."

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