We apologize for leaving everyone hanging, when we told you that we would announce the winners YESTERDAY and now it is TOMORROW (or in some parts of the world, the day AFTER tomorrow) but the panda kindergarten hid my laptop, so what could I do? Any way, here we are now to bring this particular bit of silliness to it’s frenzied peak and announce the winners of the “Where in the World is Babette de Panda” contest!
But first, let’s hear what our contestants are going to take home with them! First, all our prize winners will be included on the Roll of Honor! But wait! There’s more! You also have been designated an F.O.B. (Friend of Bob) and our top prize winners are further designated as V.S.F.O.B. (Very Special Friend of Bob). And that’s not all! The winners will also receive a genuine hand pulled lithograph cartoon, signed by Bob’s cartoon-ographer, of the panda kindergarten performing in “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Pandas” Now aren’t you sorry that YOU didn’t enter?
In terms of sheer number of photographs taken, Babette‘s new best friend Lucilla is clearly deserving of the grand prize. Babette had so much fun in Singapore and Cambodia, that she has been invited to accompany Lucilla in future travel.
Next in the V.S.F.O.B. catagory, is Frances A. who showed Babette around the city that doesn’t sleep, and it certainly doesn’t sleep when Babette de Panda is in town! Frances also distinguished herself with her extremely amusing stories of Babette’s escapades in the Big Apple. Sorry about the room service bill.
Our next contestant pushed the boundaries of panda fashion, with her yellow polka dot bikini which she created for the lovely, but definitely “panda-esque” figure of the lovely Babette. Sylvia C. took Babette and her Bikini to Laguna Beach for a little sun and fun.
In the clever and enigmatic photos of Babette category, it was difficult to top this “revealing” photo of Babette taken by Auntie Jackie. It really made me laugh!
Honorable mentions in the “Travels of Babette” category go to Cyndi A., for taking Babette to meet the most adorable junior panda in the US, (the divine and adorable Po of Atlanta) and Victory S. for introducing her to the incomperable David Ossman of Firesign Theater fame. Also Faith W. receives a special mention for inviting Babette to an intimate dinner party with a few close friends.
We also had several people create new outfits or variation on outfits for Babette. In this category, M-Lou V., Victory S., Weegee Knine, and Auntie Jackie added to Babette’s considerable wardrobe. (As if she didn’t buy enough clothes on Bob’s credit card already) Here are a few of our favorite outfits:
We also want to send a special “shout out” to blogger and panda-booster, Miss Demure Restraint, who has been so kind to the pandas and said many nice things about us and sent many new fans our way. Although circumstances have prevented her from participating in this bit of fun, I know she would if she could. We know you are with us in spirit, Miss D. The bears are with you!
Well, that concludes our contest! Thank you all for adding to the fun and festivities of the dark days of winter. No matter what your circumstances are, we can all use a bit more fun and laughter in our lives. Rumor has it that this year’s panda kindergarten (at least in MY world) is up to even more naughtiness than in years past. And, with the summer Olympics coming up and the as yet unconfirmed rumor that Bob may throw his hat into the presidential campaign, The Panda Chronicles is definitely the place to be! And there will definitely be cuppycakes!
Be the Bear!
Bob T. Panda and friends