Last night was the AJAC banquet, where they name annual winners in the automotive journalism world. There are 5 writing categories, one photography one and one layout. I won a writing one. I really wanted to win one for my picture of the red car with the stork thing, but, they were having none of that, apparently.
Wakefield/Castrol offers an award in Technical Topics. I submitted this, this andthis. It was that last one that won, I guess. That’s the one they put up on the monitor thing. It’s a column of mine that has a Ferris Bueller quote in it. And the word ‘penis’.
The problem was, I was at a table chatting away with friends, and we weren’t paying attention. Then they said my name. And we all started laughing. I finally got up and prayed I wouldn’t catch my heel on the table cloth or something, and was giggling like an idiot. After I sat down, I decided to look and see what I’d won, because of that not paying attention thing. When I read ‘technical topics’ I realized why the room had gotten so quiet. I got told later even my editor looked shocked. And my other editor told people it was because of the headline I won. He writes the headlines.
So, that was fun.
Edit: As the boys came down, I showed each one the plaque. Christer started laughing. Ari looked at it and said “Technical topics? Have they read your stuff?”