Saturday, September 06, 2008

In Your Face!

Well, all I can say is... IT'S ABOUT TIME!

For the last year and a half I've been entering Diesel's caption contests over at his blog Mattress Police Antisocial Commentary. AND... for the last year and a half I haven't won.

Until now. Yay me!

For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, Diesel has been hosting a weekly contest where he cleverly Photoshops himself into pictures of various movie scenes, and then has his readers submit their captions. Later that week his wife picks her favorite 10 and then we get to vote on them.

So what did I win?

Only the envy of hundreds of bloggers, the respect of humorists worldwide, and serious bragging rights.

Oh yeah, and this cool badge - which you will see proudly displayed in my sidebar. That is until it gets moldy and starts to smell and I have to roll it up in a newspaper and throw it away. But that shouldn't be for a while yet.

So anyway, here's my winning caption from this week's contest taken from the movie Righteous Kill starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro - and now Diesel as well.

I know... I know! What the hell does that mean? That's not even funny.

Well, that would be true if you hadn't read this yet, which I highly recommend you do, because it's one of the funniest blog posts I've read all year - which for some dumb reason has drawn a lot of flak for Diesel.

Apparently some people took issue with his humor regarding manual labor. Allow me to quote a portion of one commenter:

"You have no respect for anyone. To make fun of someone who is working for you is really the lowest form of inhumanity there is. If you don't like how he is or is not doing whatever it is, then do the work yourself, you lazy ass!..."
And that was just one of many comments from people calling him such things such as "an asshole" and "greedy bastard" and more.

Apparently I'm insensitive myself because the only thing I saw in this post was hysterical tasty sarcasm.

Anyway, you be the judge. This post has already gone viral after several people Dugg and Stumbled it to fame and fortune. But that was a few months ago and has since settled down. Maybe we can help bring it back to life.

Because I think Diesel needs a little more attention.*

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*Diesel is the author of the book Antisocial Commentary, the blog Mattress Police, the website The Clay Pigeon and the most successful blogging network for humor bloggers on the internet - This is the place where humor bloggers get ranked by how many "smilies" they get, which is why you'll always see me begging for clicks on that dumb wide-mouthed smiley thing at the bottom of my posts. And if you have any decency whatsoever you'll click on the stupid smiley thing. Now!


yellojkt said...

That digging trenches bit is hilarious. Your win is well deserved.

Heather said...

Congrats Jeff! I didn't understand all the flak over that post either. I thought it was hilarious.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

yello - Thanks. I agree that post was funny. But then Diesel usually is.

heather - The only thing I can think of is that the people who don't "know" him thought he was serious. Or they thought he was an actual business instead of just a guy with a yard who wanted to pay a neighbor kid to help him put in his sprinkler system.

Anonymous said...

Yeah go YOU!!!!

Roger Miller said...

Congrats on a well-deserved win, and for sharing the inspiration. I think people are a little too tightly wound for that to be bothersome. My only problem was keeping quiet, while laughing, because the kids are asleep.

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Well congratulations!

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations! And the badge thingy is very cool.

robkroese said...

Well, I got some mileage out of this one, didn't I? Congrats, Jeff, and thanks for the plug(s). :)

Kathy said...

The problem with posts like Deisel's getting Stumbled or Dugg is people don't come into it with the right frame of mind. They never seem to see that it's tagged humor, or they don't have an ounce of humor in them. That post ranks in my Top 10 for the year.

Congrats on your award. Well-deserved! I totally got it! said...

Congrats on the winning the contest!

Meg said...

Loved Diesel's post.

Loved your caption.

But just to balance things out a bit, I've added "Working Class Hero" to the playlist on my blog. ;)

Anonymous said...

Wow, you're really promoting Diesel and, aren't you? I guess I have no choice but to go vote for you, because I wouldn't want to get on your, or more importantly Diesel's, bad side. ;-) <- Please note emoticon.

It could be worse: I might have to be digging trenches for a mere $8 an hour. I guess I won't complain. (Emoticon implied.)

Windyridge said...

Well CONGRATS! After reading the relevant post I have to admit, it was pretty funny. Why people were insulted by it is beyond me. I think perhaps some people have nothing better to do then find things to get annoyed or insulted about.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

carlaE - Where?

roger - I've found that given enough exposure, you'll find people too tightly wound about anything. Life's too short in my opinion.

ed - Well thanks!

elizabeth - Badges? I don't need no stinkin badges!

diesel - Yeah, if only my car got that good of mileage.

kathy - I agree. People who don't know Diesel's writing might not know he's a humorist. Although you'd have to be pretty uptight to not be able to smell the sarcasm on that one.

mushy - Thanks. I usually never win anything.

meg - Great song... but which version are you listening to - John Lennon or Greenday?

unfinishedrambling - Yes, I'm trying to ride the coattails of Diesel's success so I suck up to him whenever possible. I plan on retiring based solely on my association with him. (emoticon also implied)

windyridge - I wish *I* had that much free time.

Maureen said...

Yay! Congrats Jeff. I voted for ya (twice....shhhhhh).

AND I gave you a Smiley.

Do I get to be President of the Jeff Lee Fanclub (International) yet?

JD at I Do Things said...

HA! I was going to be all, Congratulations! Woo, Jeff! Way to go! and then I read Diesel's post, and that has kind of overshadowed your caption victory.

I especially liked the disgruntled commenter who so eloquently said: "Quit being an attention whor, looser. And you should prob be glad your trench digger will never read this snivel . . ."


JD at I Do Things

Mom Thumb said...

Thanks for pointing me to the Diesel - I live for hysterical sarcasm.

Great caption!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the award! Diesel's post on the trench-digging phone wrecker was hilarious.

Unless you're a bitter teenager who believes the world owes them a free ride.

Jen - Queen of Poo said...

Definitely funnier after reading the post! Congratulations!

Avitable said...

Congratulations! My captions are only funny on a plane of existence much higher than you and Diesel and that's why they never get chosen.

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Michelle said...

I'm glad you clarified why that was funny because all of a sudden I was thinking I'd be able to win the caption contest in WAYYYY less than 18 months. Ok, yeah now maybe not! Nicely done!

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

Whooo! Hoo!

Oh that right?

Anyhow! Finally. I thought that caption was hilarious and totally knew what you were talking about.

I still didn't vote for you.

Kidding! I don't remember who I voted for, but I'm sure it wasn't you.

Don't know why. Just don't like you I guess.

Again, kidding. Your hilarious too, just like Diesel. I loved Diesel's post.

No...I'm done with the "I'm kidding!" thing...really.

Love your blog..and I'm not kidding!

cathouse teri said...

I love it! If anyone deserves that coveted award, it's you! Congrats!

(That was one of my favorite Mattress posts, too.)

Ed said...

Congrats Jeff. Even I haven't won that. I got a second place once. At least yours was very funny...sometimes I don't understand the ones he picks and doesn't but it is his contest and so he gets to narrow it down. I remember the trenches post. I don't know why Diesel is attacked so much either. Even I like to do it...but in a fun prankish way of course.