As we ate our Thanksgiving dinner, the Fray team realized that we are truly grateful for the joy the Fray brings into our humdrum lives. So we're giving out some Fray Awards: recognition of a few fine moments from the past two years. (We've put links where possible, but some of the posts are gone forever.) Immensely valuable prizes are awarded in the following categories:
Best Post Title: "A Wiccan Says Yes to Faith-Based Funding"—Aragorn Icewolf. (A winning title/Frayname combo and one that led to further discussions in thisand subsequent "Best of the Fray" sections.)
Most replies to a Fray post: Devil's Advocate saidthat "the [Timothy] McVeigh case represents the worst possible argument against the death penalty … [but] killing McVeigh is wrong" and triggered more than 1,000 replies.
Runners-up: Joey Girard's " Jesus had it coming" (great calming title, Joey!), with more than 900 replies; Ferdinanda's controversial ideason the 9/11 attacks and revenge (more than 600 replies); and Texwiz's touching ode to marriage(nearly 300).
Best Insult:Remember when our big worry was shark attacks? Sheriff Brodyhad this to say: "Get over it, you … vacationing cry-babies. Sharks can't swim into your suburbs and put the bite on your fat TV-watching ass, so if you don't like them, don't go into the water and wiggle it at them. Dummies."
Runner-up: From Jeff, after another poster, T, tried to correct him on the subject of video games: "Here comes Web Policeman T, absorbing laser fire and bouncing through the walls. Get a life, dweeb." (One of our favorite sets of Fray Notes, by the way, do read them here.)
Best rhyme in a Fray post: JTcouldn't get into his regular Fray home (tech troubles) and had to post on the Poems Fray, where he blended magnificently:
I'm a guy who's quite spontaneous
But I miss my friends in Miscellaneous.
Runner-up: Bluto's rhyming of "vigilant" and "diligent" in his "Ode to the Fray Editor."
Best comment on the Fray editor:Easy winner should be Arthur Stock's comment in the " Breakfast Table" (scroll to the end of Arthur's last Thursday entry and click on the words "Moira Redmond"), but that wasn't, of course, a Fray post. There are some good ones mentioned in our Fray " Diary," but we'll go for something different: Hugh's "She is the Jane Fonda of the Fray." He's a Vietnam vet, so we don't think it's a compliment.