In which turnabout is fair play, and I am very publicly pwned

Pwn is a leetspeak slang term derived from the verb own, as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The term implies domination or humiliation of a rival, used primarily in the Internet-based video game culture to taunt an opponent who has just been soundly defeated (e.g., "You just got pwned!")

The Usual Suspects at the PNER Convention.
Not everybody was in on the secret...but some were...

Some readers will remember the sneakery and trickery needed last year to surprise Gail Williams with the Ann Parr Trails Preservation Award, which I got to present to her at the AERC Convention last year.  

Apparently, when Gail discovered that I could only afford to attend the regional convention this year and not the national one--even though I was scheduled to be given the AERC High Mileage Standardbred award this year--she decided that turnabout was due.

Blithely telling Susan Garlinghouse that she was a major motivator for
trying to win the STB award this year, because Dr G has a new STB mare
who is going to be HOT STUFF on the endurance trail.  Once Pippin gets
going, I won't have a chance of winning, so I made my move.

I knew I'd be getting some regional awards at the PNER banquet.  

They called me to make sure they had the right sizes for her awards
(size Very Huge)

But I thought the STB award would just show up in the mail.

I reckoned without Gail.

Gail made some phone calls, and through some sneakery and trickery of her own, managed to divert the award and had it sent to her instead of me.

Then, she contacted the PTB's of the regional banquet and secretly added my award to the roster.

I was completely clueless, and when I figured it out...well, you can see the video for yourself.

I've promised to go to the national convention in two or three years
so I can present the award to Susan Garlinghouse when she wins it.
It seems only fair!



  1. Congratulations to you and Fiddle, Aarene! You two are an amazing team and deserve this so much! Sorry I won't see you at Convention this year.

  2. So grand, I want to like and comment in a congratulatory manner a thousand times! I too will miss you at convention.

  3. It's a great accomplishment! Congrats!:)

  4. I had no idea the sneakery that was going on, but witnessed the chit-chat between you and Dr. G before dinner, and when *I* realized that was going on, was very impressed with the sneakery of both Gail for all the behind-the-scenes work, and with Dr. G for so casually asking you leading questions to get the little snipped she used 30 minutes later in her intro. Well played, ladies. Well played. :-)


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