michigan-satellite-imageIt's very early on Sunday morning. Luisa has gone to compete in her first outdoor the rain. I'll be getting Miguel up soon so that he can go with a friend to watch and cheer. Then, I have to start packing for vacation. We are leaving this afternoon and will be gone an entire week. That little map to the left is a satellite view of Michigan and that red "x" shows where we will be heading - Lake Lotto. Apparently, it's very secluded there. There could be bears...and fish with teeth...and yeti...and maybe even a Loch monster. Perhaps the most frightening thing of all is that there is no internet access, no phone and no cell phone coverage (which means no Blackberry service and no Twitter). This also means that there will be no posts, comments from me or any comment moderation for the next week. I am going Off the Grid. Okay. Not really. The cabin has running water and indoor plumbing and electricity and fancy cooking apparati and all that but this is about as Off the Grid as I get these days. So, what ever will you do in my absence? I have an idea. Remember when there was an Up Popped A Fox contest and there was not really a prize even though a prize was kinda sorta promised? Yeah, me too. What a coinky dink! Well, part of the prize problem is that I wanted to give away some genuine (pronounced with a long "i", of course) Up Popped A Fox merch but there was none to be had. That's because this blog lacks the two basic building blocks of merch - 1)a logo and 2)a tagline. My friend Anthony has promised to make me a logo out of the kindness of his graphically inclined heart. Alright...that's not exactly true - I threatened to have him smited by my buddy Dr. Ding if he didn't, so, one might say that he agreed under duress. Potato, potahto. The important part is that the logo is in the works. What do we do about that tagline, though? That's where you all come in. I want you to submit taglines for Up Popped A Fox! That's right - another contest!  

First, I should clarify what a tagline is and, by "I", I mean the wikipedia:

A tagline is a variant of a branding slogan typically used in marketing materials and advertising. The idea behind the concept is to create a memorable phrase that will sum up the tone and premise of a brand or product (like a film), or to reinforce the audience's memory of a product. Some taglines are successful enough to warrant inclusion in popular culture, often becoming snowclones.

My blog would be the "product", obviously. Don't worry about the "snowclones" - I have no idea what those are but they sound refreshing and delicious.

Here is how this will work:

1)Enter a tagline for Up Popped A Fox by writing it into the comments section in the following form: Up Popped A Fox...(insert your smart and clever tagline here)

2)You may enter as many taglines as you want to but please enter only one per comment box. This will make it easier when I print them all out for the judges.

3)That's right - I said "judges". This contest is going to be hard core! There will be judges but there will have to be confirmation hearings so the final panel of judges is not yet set (partially because Sonia Sotomayor had to back out because she got a better gig).

4)The judges will review all entries and select the top two taglines, a winner and a runner-up.

5)The deadline for entries is Wednesday, August 26th. That's plenty of time for you all to work your magic!

6)There will be prizes for the two winning entries (and a prize for Eliza from the last contest).

Have fun and play nicely while I'm gone. Think of me in the wilds of Michigan where I will be communicating via carrier pigeon, writing by carving words into stone tablets with a chisel and howling at the moon.

Hey! Looky here...fine print. Oh, how we all love fine print. My attorney advised me that I should inform you that I make no promises to use any of the taglines should I not find one that is suitable. She's very lawyerly that way. She did point out that people might not participate if they knew that. That's why I am writing all of this very, very small. That's what fine print is all about, is it not? To hide things? I should hide something nice in here too like, "You look smashing dahling!" There. That's nice. Also, I am not really concerned because y'all are amazing. Yee-haw! Yee-haw is better than Hee-Haw, don't you think? I do. Though I sometimes miss Minnie Pearl. Because she was odd and made me laugh. Actually, I feel kinda bad now because I think I was laughing at her, not with her. Wow. I'm terrible. I'm sorry Minnie. Really. You rocked the hat with the tag. One more thing...prizes will be awarded even if I don't use the taglines because there are promises that should not be broken. I'm a promise keeper. But not a Promise Keeper. Well, thanks for reading this. I have to go pack now. Beeg kees to you.