The importance of…Have I used this headline before?

July 27, 2011

It’s summer, Blog Guy, and that means lots of funny local competitions. I hope you’re monitoring those for your readers.

I’m all over it. Looks like they just had some kind of “Plump Old Coot” contest in Key West, Florida, open to guys with big guts, white beards and Boy Scout uniforms. I have a photo of six of them.

Wait Blog Guy, I think this was that Ernest Hemingway lookalike contest that they have down there. They hold it every year at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

You always write about it, and you always use the same headline, “The Importance of Being Ernest.”

Are you kidding me? Those guys are supposed to look like Hemingway? No way.

That one guy could pass for that singer Kris Kristofferson. Another one looks like the actor Robert Prosky… But Ernest Hemingway? I don’t think so.

Ah. So I guess that means you won’t be writing about it this year?

Not so fast. That IS still a pretty good headline…

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Top: Some of the semi-finalists of the 2011 “Papa” Hemingway Lookalike Contest, in Key West, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/Handout

Right: Ernest Hemingway portrait by Yousuf Karsh

Combo left: Singer Kris Kristofferson in a 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Combo right: Actor Robert Prosky in a 1999 file photo. REUTERS/Rose Prouser

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Yes Spin, and the sun also rises…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

…reminds me of a lesser-known collection of Hemmingway short stories, “Winner Take Nothing.”

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

To paraphrase Papa for you, BG:
“A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny blog.”
Keep up the good work!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

They all look way too cheerful to be Mr H.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

They might be Eagle Scouts, BG. Look at those big medals they are all sporting. Do you think they earned them drinking beer or for wearing turtleneck sweaters in the summer in FL? I’m leaning toward the beer. In fact, are those really bottle openers around their necks?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Be yourself…everybody else is taken. Join the OE Blog Network!

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

They all look like real-life Santas to me.. does that mean, that Hemingway was one too?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Give this fellow (link) a few years and whiter hair and the rest of the contenders will be beaten hands down.

http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2009/ne ws/090622/zach-galifianakis-240.jpg
[Zach Galifianakis]

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

I’ve just noticed how must Ernie looks like Santa.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Ok, lets try ‘how much’, not ‘how must’.
Stupid keyboard.
And user.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

You are far from stupid, Nosmo…
any dummy will tell you.. :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Good one Shra ;) hehe

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive