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Updated on October 7, 2013

THE LEGEND CONTINUES

Every once in awhile, a special honor is bestowed upon us, and it is so prestigious, so welcomed, that we just need to share it. For some it might be Mother of the Year; for others, possibly a Hubbie Award or a thank you note from the IRS.

My moment in the sun just happened this week, and I feel compelled to tell you about it and then, as is the nature of the award, to pass it on to another deserving Hubber.

Chris in Hawaii, and Hubber of considerable renown on HubPages, recently gave me the Highly Coveted Lollipop Award. Let me explain!

The one, the only.....Lollipop Award
The one, the only.....Lollipop Award | Source

WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, BILLYBUC?

Fair question, but rather than me babble on about this award, I’ll let Chris do the honors, since he is the one who dreamed this baby up.

“The Unofficial HubPages Lollipop Award is a virtual lollipop, but unlike the lollipops you get at the dentist's office (which I'm sure are given out with no ulterior motives involving job security), there isn't a whole bowl filled with these lollipops. No, there is only one single Lollipop Award on the planet, and the only way to receive it is to have it awarded to you by the current Lollipop Award holder.

The award is given to a Hubber who you feel is deserving of some special recognition, someone who embodies all that is great about HubPages...someone who is a giver and not just a taker, if you know what I mean...”


So there you have, in Chris’s own words, what this fantastic award is all about.

I am stunned! I am flabbergasted! I am so excited I’m about to pee my pants, and Bev is standing by with bucket and mop.

After nine months and 285 Hubs, I have finally reached the mountaintop. Cogerson, you can have the Best Hubber Award. All of you who have won the Hub Of The Day Award, you can keep them and good riddance. I have the baby I have wanted all these long months, the crème de la crème, the best of the best, the…..LOLLIPOP AWARD!

Oh, if my dad were only alive now to see this moment. He would be so proud!

At first, I admit, I was a little disappointed that it was just a virtual award. I mean how am I supposed to put this on the fireplace mantel if it’s virtual? Oh, wait, we don’t have a fireplace mantel. No problem; I’ll put the virtual award on the virtual fireplace mantel. Whew, problem solved!


Linda!
Linda! | Source

AND NOW I MUST PASS IT ON

Oh, how fleeting is fame! I have had this award for three days and I now have to part with it. Sigh!

However, in the spirit of HubPages, I will do my duty and pass this award on to a deserving subject. Let’s take a look at the criteria as established by Chris. Someone deserving of some special recognition….someone who embodies all that is great about HubPages….someone who is a giver and not just a taker….hmmm! There are so many who meet those requirements. What should I do?

Whenever I face a tough decision such as this one, I always turn to our oldest dog, Jasmine! Jazz is the Queen of the House, the ruler of her domicile, and the animal who I respect the most (except for that habit she has of farting at dinnertime). She has shown great wisdom over the years, and if anyone can make this decision, it is Jazz.

What I’ll do is spread out the names of all of my followers on the floor. I will then ask Jazz to come over and lie down on the names. Whichever name is underneath her left front paw is the winner. That seems just in a Solomon sort of way, don’t you think?

Okay, let me get set up….spreading the names out on the floor….calling Jazz over….and the winner is……

Oops, that’s the problem with having a dog that is paper-trained! I can’t even read the name under that pile of poop! Damn! Do you remember that great line in Jurassic Park…..”that’s one large pile of shi_! That’s what I’m looking at now.

Okay, time to turn to Plan B!

When in doubt, turn to the Ouija Board!

Good, we are ready to go. And the winner of the Lollipop Award is…….

LINDA CRIST, or Irc7815 on HubPages. See her here at http://lrc7815.hubpages.com/.

Why Linda? Simply because she is good people, that’s why! Linda has established herself as a solid member of the HubPages community. Her comments are always heavy on substance and thought, and her writing is topnotch and eclectic. Great sense of humor, intelligent, passionate about life, informed, compassionate towards others…..do I need any more reasons? I think not!

I am proud to present the Lollipop Award to Linda, and may she enjoy it as much as I have for the next three days.

YOUR TURN NOW, LINDA!

The proverbial ball is now in your court; do with it as you please. Carry on this fine tradition and select someone who beautifully personifies all that HubPages is, and will be.

As Chris so wisely pointed out, these Hubs may not meet certain Google standards, so, Linda, be quick about it before HP pulls your Hub. We don’t want our virtual award to go to virtual heaven before its time.

Congratulations, Linda, and may you and I share many more meaningful online moments….and thank you so much, Chris! My career as a writer has reached its apex!

ONE MORE POINT

I really do want to thank Chris for thinking of me, and for the nice things he said. I took a lighthearted approach to this Hub, but I am very grateful to everyone who follows me and shows appreciation for my work. I don’t think it should surprise anyone when I say that I love Hubpages, and Chris’s gesture is just one of many reasons why HubPages is the place for me!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Linda deserves it! Her hubs are very good and her intelligence is very high. Congrats Linda!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, you said it quite well.....Linda is fantastic!

      and so are you

      thank you!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill (and Chris,too!), I loved this and congrats to you, as well as Linda too. Great feel good award and happy to read some happier news right here :) That said I have of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, it's a fun award, lighthearted and yet very nice. I really appreciate Chris making that special effort, and thank you my friend, for always being here.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill....sorry to say I do not know Linda, but if you say she is deserving of the single-most prestigious award in all the Universe....I accept this!

      I can't imagine how the 2 of you will manage to remain grounded!! I have just 2 questions.......Did you mean to repeat your paragraphs? and Is it a Tootsie Roll Pop??

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Bill this is one powerfully funny hub and I love the virtualness that's ever flowing in it, oh the sarcasm had me rolling on the virtual floor lol.

      I didn't get to pee on myself yet, and my wife would never ever hold out a bucket for me, that's just out right ummm ?&*%$ you know what I mean, but I guess to each ones own, and I definitely catch the hot humor all through out your virtual lollipop article here to play alone with Chris's conjuring powers at play here on hubpages.

      I commend you however on receiving such an unofficial hubpages award with such humility, and by holding back you have managed to place into action the passing of the Baton, as in some crazy Olympics game of sorts, and this is one series I am sure to be following, because its so exciting to see what people can come up with.

      Bill, this is yet another reason why I believe that you my friend are a super hubber, your ability to formulate literary come backs are super powerful, and you do it with style, class, and a drop of silliness, but finish off it all oh so smooth and professional as well.

      Point delivered, and awesome! lets hope Linda accepts and can handle such a heavy burden that you have bestowed onto her. LOL

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Well Done 'my boy lollipop' and well deserved!

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      Steve West 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      Congrats billybuc! What virtual flavor did you pick? I enjoyed the hub start to finish. Thanks for the smile as always.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Woohoo!! LET THE GAME BEGAN :)) I think this will pick on, Chris started a fun tradition here........ Congrats Linda, you deserve the Lollipop! Take a big bite out of it, hahaha....

      Well done, Billy....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Paula! I'm not even sure how I did that repeating paragraph thing. If it was at the beginning of a section I can see repeating the whole section, but that one has me baffled. I appreciate you telling me....and yes, it is a Tootsie Roll Pop! :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Enjoyed it, Bill, and you deserve those lollies. Chris is a great guy too! Congrats, and an award for compassion and giving is the most important one to get.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, thank you so much buddy! It was a fun gesture by Chris and I am glad to pass it on in the same spirit! This is a great community and it is things like this that make it so fun to go to work every morning.

      I am sure Linda can handle the "heavy burden. " LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ah, Julie, it is a fun award and greatly appreciated. I hope Linda will wear her crown with honor. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Oh, my....I will now live in anticipation and hopes of winning this award! I'm pleased you won it, and I know you will live up to the expectations (whatever that is).

      I voted this UP, etc. and will share.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steve, cherry of course! Thank you my friend, and I'll catch you down the road.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lizzie; it was a fun surprise by Chris and now it will be fun to see Linda pass it on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary.....lol.....exactly...whatever that is! Pretty easy to live up to virtual expectations that change with each presenter. :) Thank you my friend; best of luck in the future in your quest for the award.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, all in fun, and it was so nice of Chris to include me....he and I hardly even know each other, so this one came out of the blue.

      Thank you Singapore!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Lol..what a wonderful honor to have for a day!

      i am clearing a spot on my virtual mantle for it as we speak!

      Congratulations to Linda - now - hurry up and pass it on to another 'SUCKER'

      LOL

      Ps: Bill - i'm GIVING this to others to enjoy..(lol..if ya know what i mean..)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, so nice to see you once again. I'll tell you my friend, this is the pinnacle of my career; it all goes downhill from here on. :)

      Thank you my sarcastic and lovely friend!

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      crystaleyes 4 years ago from Earth

      Funny and Interesting Hub Billy, Congrats to Chris, you and Linda, any Award is welcome.. hope Linda passes it on to another deserving candidate.. using plan B of course.. lol..

      Thanks, keep it up!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Laughs, Congrats Bill and Linda! Both "Sweeties" by any measure :)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - You've provided your wickedly funny humor and interesting thoughts while Jazz made an awesome choice for the prestigious Lolly Pop Award winning candidate! Whether it was Jasmines stellar insight or the mystical Ouija board, I wholeheartedly agree as Linda (Irc) is such a deserving and wonderful hubber. I have truly enjoyed her faith-filled uplifting hubs she continuously provides all of us.

      As Dad always said "You are a gentleman and a scholar!"

      Congratulation Linda! You more than deserve it.

      XO

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      Dr Pooja 4 years ago

      The name caught my attention...fun filled !!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, you changed your profile picture; I really like it!

      And thank you for acknowledging a fun hub that I greatly enjoyed writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Mark! Chris has a great sense of humor and I really loved this award. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie my dear, we gotta have fun, right? If we didn't laugh we would cry all day long. :) I had a blast writing this one, and Jazz did a great job assisting me. We work so well together; now I have to get her to work on her doggy breath.

      Thank you my friend; wishing you peace and happiness, today and always.

      bill

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you for passing on the torch of lollipop award. I had not heard about Linda until now. Will check out her hubs.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dr. Pooja, I'm glad you stopped by. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, she is a lovely human being, someone you will relate to immediately. Thank you!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Congrtaulations on the lollypop award, Bill, richly deserved too. I don't know Linda's work but now I and many others will.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Congratulations, billybuc, on your well-deserved Virtual Lollipop Award, and thanks for recommending two other excellent hubbers. Up, Interesting, Funny, Awesome, and shared with followers.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congrats to Linda!! Enjoy your pop!!

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      carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Congrats billybuc, I think you definitely deserve the Lollipop Award for your writing and friendly, social personality. Now I'm going to check out Linda Crist...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xstatic, it's a dream come true. I may retire now that I have reached the mountaintop. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      B.....my pleasure, and thank you for giving them your support. Greatly appreciated!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda is a special person for sure and well-deserving. Thank you Linda!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carozy, thank you for checking out Linda! She is good people and deserves the recognition.

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      Of course....who else should recieve such a presitigous award ;). Cute, entertaing hub. I'm gonna head on over to Linda's hubs to see who is so deserving as to recieve this award.

      ~Becky

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rfordin....you are good people, and thank you! I almost used your real name and then thought that wasn't my decision to make. Anyway, thank you!

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      TigereyesRose 4 years ago

      Congrats to Linda!!! I have much to learn around here. Great hub :)

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      Karen Szklany Gault 4 years ago from New England

      What a fun hub, Billybuc. :0) You are very deserving. I am sure Linda is, too, and I will skate on over to her profile to see what she has written.

      I hope that I earn the Lollipop someday, too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TigereyesRose, what a great hub name! There is a lot to learn, but it comes with time. If you have any questions, drop me a note and I'll help if I can. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seafarer Mama, thank you! It's all in fun and I'm just lucky enough to have some great followers.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Horray! I think the thought of a virtual award is smashing. It embodies all of us, and gets people's names out there. Way to go!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, it was a great idea by Chris; it's a fun way to get more people involved in the community! Thank you and I'll be along to read you new nuts hub soon.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      How funny is that? I love it - and I love lollipops - I am such a sucker:) lol

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, so are we all! LOL Thanks buddy!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      What a cool idea! Sort of what we did in our blogging group. Great name for the award too :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a fun award, Mel, but I do think Linda is very deserving of recognition and support. She is such a good person with a huge heart. :) Thank you my South African friend!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I think one of the nicest things about this type of hub is that I hear about writers whom I don't know--here's to you and here's to Linda--going to look her up now--

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, I'm glad to hear that; Linda deserves support, so thank you!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Well now I want me a lollipop :) Congrats Bill!

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Congratulations Linda! And Congratulations BillyBuc! This is such a fun Hub to make the announcements!

      All Hail the Lollipop KING.....

      And now All Hail the Lollipop Queen! ;)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, it is the award that keeps on giving....for about a 1000 licks! :) Thanks you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leigh, thank you! It is a fun, virtual award, and everything I said about Linda is true...she is a keeper! :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Billy, no one could be more deserving of this finely-tuned virtual award for excellence in all the things HP really stands for, to many of us! Not scores and hits, but quality of writing and sincere good will and sharing! And if you've chosen Linda, she has to be top-notch, too! I don't know her, but I'll be checking her hubsite so I can fix that!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellie, thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you do visit Linda! She is a quality human being and a quality writer.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This is what I love about hubville! It's citizens are always evolving and thinking of wonderful ways to make wonderful people feel special and appreciated! Where else could this happen? I bet Second Life doesn't have a Lollipop Award!

      To Chris - amazingly good idea, not just fun but a chance to show how special people can be.

      To Bill - no better person for the first ever Lollipop Award! You will go down in the annals of Hubville History and your name will be written in the Hubville History books!

      To Linda - an excellent choice, you and your hubs are great! Now you are at the top of the list!

      Voted this up, useful, funny, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, that's the first I have heard about the Hubville History books. :) Thanks for telling me; are they on ebay or Amazon???? lol

      Thank you my kind, caring friend. You are right....this is why I love Hubville as well. I love the people, I love the platform, I love the compassion and support.....man oh man, what a great place!

      I'm glad you enjoy Linda; she is a great Hubber and an even better person!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Billy, thank you for introducing Linda to those of who have not yet met this wonderful hubber. The Prestigious Lollipop Award? Okay, for the very first time in Hubville, I’m envious {sigh…sniffle}, but I know it couldn’t have happened to a better hubber! Seriously, though, I just love this; it’s what is sooo great about HP. As you pass the great ‘Lollipop Baton Flame’ to Linda, I’m sure she will keep it, in spirit, with same the warm and genuine support, sharing and superb writing you have gifted so many others with at HP. To me, this is what this wonderful community is truly all about. Well done, Billy. This made my day! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, it made my day when Chris gave it to me....I'm sure there are those who won't understand that, but it was an unselfish acknowledgement by a person who I respect. He just chose to do a nice thing for me, and I greatly appreciate it.

      And I greatly appreciate you!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Congratulations on this prestigious award! Well-deserved, graciously accepted and humbly passed on to another deserving candidate.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Well, I've spent the last couple of hours trying to regain my composure so that I could wrtie an eloquent acceptance speech. To hell with it! Every time I get ready to type I start getting the "ugly cry" face and before I could get past the "thank" part of thank you Bill, the tears are flowing and I'm snotting and snorting and dang it Bill, you've made me a real mess.

      So, without the eloquence, I just want to say that I am hu(b)mbled beyond words. There is no greater honor in life than to have good friends and to be recognized by your peers for being a decent human being. I'm a wanna-be writer at best but, I am an adoring fan of one Bill Holland and if he thinks I'm okay, I don't need much else.

      The lollipop award carries with it a ton of responsibility. The people here on HP who are also writers are some of the most amazing people. It will not be hard to find someone worthy to pass the award to but it will sure be hard to choose which one will carry the stick.

      Bill, you are an amazing writer and a man with a heart as big as the universe and I am so proud to call you my friend. Thanks for the honor!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Billy; I think that most people will understand that it was a warm gesture, and richly deserved. I loved your humor about the award, which is why I chimed in with my sniffles. It was fun. Seriously, tho, you deserved this. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Genna!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shoot, mpropp, I'm liking your more with each passing day. :) Thank you young lady!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda....snotting, snorting....lol....you are so welcome! Honestly, I took all of about one minute to decide you were who I wanted this virtual award to go to.....I think the grammar was horrible on that last sentence. :) We haven't known each other very long, but I know for a fact you are my kind of people, and I'll hang with you anytime, anywhere. I'm glad this meant so much to you; the fact that it did speaks volumes about you.

      Thank you my dear friend!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am so excited and can only hope someday to be worthy of such praise and the lollipop award. Tootsie pops???? Actually those are not my favorite so I will not be sad I didn't get this award. I am giving my virtual vote to Linda also. Wow... Well as always a fun hub and a good laugh and big smile.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill,

      Great choice for the award! Linda is a tremendous individual and has been writing many thought provoking hubs as of late. She's extremely talented and blossoming into a great writer. Cheers to your decision! Great Job, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rich! Greatly appreciated; by the way, I just signed up for your blog today; thought I had already but you know how the memory plays tricks on us. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you my friend, and I'm glad you enjoyed this semi-serious, semi-playful hub. The serious part was for Linda; the playful part was my personality, which I can't seem to quiet. :)

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      Haha! Jazz cracks me up, and so do you. =) I'm not familiar with Linda's hubs, so I'm off to check her out now. Thanks for being who you are, Mr. Bill.

      Aloha!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, I thank you very much! This is quite an idea you came up with; very popular today, and we owe it to your imagination and creativity....and best to not forget your spirit and heart.

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      I just checked out Linda's hubs this morning. No wonder she was such an easy choice for you! Her passion shines through on every page.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Chris! I happen to think she's something special! :)

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      Congrats Bill and Linda! And Bill, you can place it on the mantel. Print it out and frame it in a lovely frame and place it with honor on the mantel.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      First of all congratulations Billybuc and congratulations Linda. Both of you are deserving. Don't you just feel the love and appreciation in the air. You just can't find this anywhere.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A fine idea Robin! Thanks for the suggestion, and thank you for your continued support and friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jpcmc, you are so correct. This is a great writers' site and I love it. Thank you Sir!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Congratulations Linda! This was a fun read. What will they think of next. Really that's what I like so much about HP, nobody takes their self too seriously and enjoys having fun.. Thank you Bill..

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Linda is the best of the best no doubt and deserves such an honor here!!! I thank you Bill for introducing me to her, as she is all you have stated here and more ~ an awesome person!

      Congrats Linda, and thank you Bill for passing it on to one so deserving.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, as you well know, I love HP! I look forward to many more years of sharing together. Thank you and have a great Friday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, it is always a serene pleasure having you drop by. I love what you said about Linda; I happen to think she is pretty special, but then you are as well.

      Have a wonderful Friday my friend.

      peace and happiness, today and all days,

      bill

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Congrats! And now I'll sing, "lollipop, lollipop, oh lolli-lollipop, ba dum bum da bum" Sorry...couldn't help myself. LOL. Congrats! Congrats! You're amazing and so is Linda. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I love that song! Thanks for the reminder, and I loved your video and blog post. Good of you to visit my little old site. :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      What fun! Only on Hubpages.

      Let's see what Linda does with this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I agree, only on HubPages! Thank you Sir!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      Cheers! on your award. Our dog has the same gas problem. ugh!

      No Lollipops for him/her until she/he can behave! :)

      A really nice mention and you passed the torch sweetly.

      Voted up and shared :)

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Caught my eye and a fun read. Keep em coming!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I'm a sucker for a sweet tradition like this... what a wonderful idea.

      Bill, you are most deserving and I look forward to getting to know Linda as well. Voted UP and FAB! Hugs, Maria

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Sounds like a grand new tradition. Congrats Linda! Well done Bill.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Congrats, billy. You deserve every bit of praise you get.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo.....lol.....those dogs in our lives....what are we ever going to do with them?

      Thank you for the visit; I hope you get the chance to visit Linda!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fiddleman, glad you enjoyed it. I had fun writing it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, amazingly, you are the first to use that sucker pun. lol Thank you kind lady; I hope you enjoy Linda; I think she is a special person.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, we will have fun with it for sure; we already have.. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Archer, that is kind of you, and I thank you! Have a great weekend!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Congrats to you Billy and Linda. Chris in Hawaii said it so right. Life gets better with these awards of recognition. Wonderful tribute indeed!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      OMG, funny! This was a great, lighthearted hub! So happy for you and proud to be following the winner of the coveted lollipop award. I feel special by association! Have a great weekend, Bill!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, you really deserved this Lollypop award and I believe Linda is equally deserving of this.

      Thanks for this fun read and glad am going to bed right away. Will be sleeping well tonight reading this light stuff.

      Up and beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, I love this community, and this is just one reason why! Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I'm so happy that you feel special by association. lol Glad you got a laugh out of it, and I hope you get the chance to go visit Linda! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I am so happy that I can help you with your night's sleep. :) Thank you my friend; wishing you a wonderful weekend of happiness.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Bill, glad to meet Linda. I do not know her, but anyone you recommend must be fantastic!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I have no doubt you will like Linda! She is a special lady! Thank you and have a relaxed and happy weekend.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Congratulations on your lollipop award! Congratulations also to Chris, the founder of this award and Linda. I don´t know them yet, but I´ll check them out, right after this. Thanks for this wonderful fun hub. I enjoyed it very much;-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelma, this is just another reason why I love HubPages! I have made some wonderful friends through this site, and we support each other daily. Thank you and I hope you do make it over to their sites so you can enjoy them as I do.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      LOL(lipop)! Bill, you really deserved this virtual award and I'm sure you passed it on to a great hubber. Funny hub and a great idea!

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      Naw, billybuc. Just grab the pix of that Red Lollipop and print it out. Then you can put it on your real mantle! (Don't know? Get 'grab' from Firefox. It's free.) :-) Now I'm going to see Linda Crist.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Congratulations, sir, well-deserved. And I appreciate the recommendation for a new Hubber. I'll go see what gems she has to offer. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      What a cool way to meet new hubbers! I'm sorry not to be familiar with your work before, because I really like your sense of humour!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Made! You MADE my day bey your appearance. I hope your day has been a good one my dear. Thank you and sending you hugs from across the Atlantic.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frogyfish, a fine idea my friend! I hope you visited Linda; I'm quite certain you will like her. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aurelio, thank you Sir! I hope you enjoy Linda as much as I do!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paradise, no apology necessary; you are here now and we will become virtual friends. It's what HubPages is all about and I welcome you here. Thank you!

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      Eunice Elizabeth 4 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      Billybuc

      Absolutely love the creativity behind this most Coveted award.

      Chris ... well done on choosing Billybuc most deserving!!

      Billybuc ... awesome choice in choosing Linda!!

      I'm off to check out Linda's page now in anticipation of recipient #3.

      Liz

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, you are a kick....I'm so glad to be following a fellow Northwest resident. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, you presented such a humorous hand-off of this coveted award. The award actually comes with an award because it's a tootsie pop - there's a bonus inside!

      Your choice to pass the coveted, which can't be coveted given its nature, to Linda is spot on! Linda is awesome, intelligent, well rounded, well spoken and has a giving, caring soul. Touche, my friend!

      Linda, be sure and visit the wing with the mani-pedi spa before you pas on the award so you can have the stuck-in tootsie roll from underneath your fingernails after picking it out of your teeth! Wait a minute - the mansion is totally sub-par. We have a gym, a spa, a theater, billiard room, indoor heated pool, witch's tower but no personal dental office! What the hell????? Call the contractor. Apparently he didn't build to plans and specs! Sheesh, you just can't get good help these days......

      Congrats, Linda! By the way, does the lollipop award come in different flavors????

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you are too funny! Thank you my friend! Hey, drop me a note and let me know how things are going with the new business venture. Updates would be greatly appreciated. :)

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Congratulations Billy! You earned this one for sure. Because you recommended her, I checked out Linda's hubs. She is indeed very deserving of the Lollipop as well. I am so happy for you both. Voted Up and Awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pearl! I love it when one of my recommendations is affirmed by another writer. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend in New York.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Congratulations Bill, you certainly deserve this award. I also wanted to congratulate you on the award Hub Pages bestowed on you too, for Hubber of the Year. You are a wonderful and supportive member of our writing community and have enhanced the cohesiveness we have here at HP. Thanks for being you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rhonda, that is so sweet of you! Thank you so much! I love HubPages and I want everyone else to love it as well. I hope you have a great week ahead, and I'm wishing for you peace and happiness always.

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      How cool is that. I learn something every day just from the simple pleasure of reading. The lollipop award is probably more coveted than any others as it is bestowed by a peer. When one our peers feel we are worthy then we know something about our writing is AOK. Glad I saw this, Billy. You are so unselfish and eagerly recognize others. I am not surprised at all that someone gave you a lollipop, my Friend way across the country. ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, the interesting thing about this is that I barely knew Chris; he and I had read maybe five of each other's hubs. It's not like we were regular followers, like say you and I are. So this one came out of the blue, and it did mean a great deal to me.

      Thank you as always my friend!

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      What a fun award! Bill and Linda, you both deserve it. I can't think of anyone more deserving. Congrats to you both!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      MizB - you are so sweet. Thank you so much. It was a lot of fun!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I echo what Linda said...you are very sweet. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Linda, hanging out in bad neighborhoods I see. :) Good morning my friend!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow Billy I am going through reading all of these wonderful lollipop awards hubs.. when Leslie gave it to me .. I looked at it and although I am so honored I thought to my self.. "Self I said.." what in the world are you going to do with this..lol

      okay I am reading and studying and pondering.. I think i am getting an idea.. I hope so.. lol

      blessings my friend

      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, such a silly little award, but it's nice to have fun with it, and it really is given in a serious and caring manner, so congratulations.

      blessings,

      bill

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Bill, I'm backtracking now to all the Lollipop hubs I've missed and boy, this is fun! I'm just starting to read Linda's hubs and her Monday Morning rants are something else! You have certainly chosen well. Of course, I had to take breaks from reading your hub because I was laughing too hard :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, Chris really started something, didn't he? I was really touched by the award, but I didn't think it would take on a life of its own. It is really fun to watch the goodwill and outpouring of respect in this community.

      Thank you my friend and I'm glad you enjoy Linda. She is something special.

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