What did you all think of the O & O awards this year? It is a fair and open process and once it goes to the jury you never know what you will get. As usual there were some good and insightful awards but I have to say that I believe there were more shallow ones than usual this year. It was all very anti-establishment which is fine if there is an insightful message. It always ebbs and flows and that is the nature of the beast. Last year Landscape took a lot of the awards, this year there was a bit of a correction. And the MC in his narrative never once mentioned anything but buildings and architecture the entire night. I was wondering if he knew that there were other organizations that sponsored the event. SInce it's inception I have missed very few of the presentations over the last 30 years. It is always fun but this year, I have to confess, with no real onion recipients to accept and only a few inspirational awards, I had a hard time staying awake.

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I thought the Hall of Champions was a good venue and the overall event operations were smooth. I know how difficult it can be to run a PowerPoint alone (Interrobang), I can't imagine the work it took to format all the Music, Film, and slide show content.

I would have preferred a moment of silence and a bunch of heads scanning the room when an onion was announced. Even though the emcee was hilarious, he was too quick to call Ted up to the stage to cover for the onions. I don't recall any onions in the landscape category which may be the reason the event seemed geared more toward architecture this year.

I was a big fan of the Guerrilla, tequila agave plantation. I like it when people take the initiative to make something happen.

The event was fun for a first timer and the website was really well done. Check out www.orchidsandonions.com if you didn't get a chance to attend the event.
It is always an interesting event. Keep going to it Navid and you will see som evenings that are even more entertaining and educational. I was at the event many years ago that Ron Roberts mentioned where an owner came to accept his onion with the Pacers girls. This was right after the Mormons picked up their award for their temple, pretty crazy. When the onion winners come it makes the show.

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