Well it's Sunday morning and I've managed to survive another IPRRC Conference. These damn research folks, they're just too much fun. The first problem is that they're way too smart. At the moment my brain feels a bit like it's just won its first competitive eating contest, having consumed some 50 research papers in the last two days -- and it now needs to go to "MeasureNot land" where it doesn't have to think at all and accountability hasn't been invented yet. Oh wait, that would be Washington.
Actually the worst part is that two of the most interesting posts are yet to come. I took copious notes and will be reporting on the best and brightest ideas in the next few days. For now I'm only going to report on the announcement of a very special new award. No, its not the Jack Felton Golden Ruler Award, although that was announced yesterday.
It's the Dr. Dons Dubious Achievement Awards, named for our leaders Don Wright and Don Stacks, of course. The Donnies are awarded for the most interesting metrics of the meeting. The envelopes please.....
- Michelle Hinson is the winner in two categories. First for best return on incentives for her chocolate kisses. And second for her distance/discomfort ratio for walking the longest in the highest pair of heels. (Actually, I won but was disqualified for having to go barefoot the last few feet.)
- The Donnie for the best paper title goes to those good Mormon boys from Utah, Brad Rawlins and Kevin Stoker for (I kid you not) "Taking the B.S. out of PR". Do their mothers know they talk like that?
- In the ROB (Return on Bleach) category Marcia Watson edged out Mike Daniels for the whitest shirt.
- I thought I'd win the best ROF (Return on Fashion) award for my $5 skirt from TJ Maxx until I was trounced by Chris Galloway from Australia who paid all of $1.50 Australian for his trousers. Runner up goes to John Gilfeather for his lobster triathlon t-shirt. We don't know how much he paid for the shirt, but the amount of grief he got for wearing it was worth a fortune.
- The Donnie for the best Hawaiian shirt contest was a huge upset. The perennial favorite, Jack Felton, was outdone by Don Bartholemew -- who doesn't even like Hawaiian shirts.
- The happiest couple in research award goes to the newly Doctored Tina Carrol and her lovely spouse Craig Carroll. They get along SO well, its a joy to see them together. Actually, they're not even related, but live in the same town and get each others mail -- now that might be the secret to their happiness.
Photos of the winners and more are posted in the Photo Album