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14 January 2018

2018 The year of getting back to work.

Lost in Translation
So, there I was cleaning up my computers and organising my office, when I had a chance to look at my Cole's Notes blog postings.  There where five in draft form, and the last time I had published was September of 2016!  Wow, I hadn't realised how much time had passed since I'd last posted there.

Then I started to remember what had been going on for the last year.  At the end of 2016, frustrated with credit cards, and too much debt, I decided to cash out from my studio and find something to retire to.  Well, I did sell my house and studio, and moved into a house sitting situation, and picked up two part-time jobs.  At the same time, shutting down the library and studio meant that I didn't have much in the way of computer resources to keep up my writing and photography, so my editing work has been mainly on Facebook and Twitter, monitoring Social Media.

I've been using the iPad for email and and twittering - but the keyboards are terrible, and trying to do Blog entries on them is an exercise in frustration.  Finally, around Christmas this year, I got my computers set up and my laptop back online, and updated to current software to be able to get back to blogging again.

In addition, I've found my voice again - this last year I've seen a lot of change in my life, and there is going to be more as I am looking for an encore career.  The last two years, I've been trying to retire - but I find I don't have the personality for it.  I'm not a workaholic, but I do need to be doing something useful.  To me, retirement was never an option I seriously considered.  Looking back on my career, I was always doing something intresting that made it good to get up in the morning and head in to work.

It's time to find that again.

6 September 2016

Fall follies

Thought for the day

Getting organised - there will be some new posts coming in the next little while.  The G+ page is getting linked in and will come here.  I'm still working on te new website and will have a new announcement around Mid-September

7 June 2016

Conservative Next


In 12 days Albertans will kick off the hunt for the next leader of the Conservative Party right here in Calgary.

And we are doing it in true western fashion.
Take western hospitality, mix in leadership candidates, and add some delicious barbecue and beer and you’ve got a recipe for a party you don’t want to miss!

Come on down and spend the afternoon with MP's Michelle Rempel and Blake Richards on June 18th at Symons Valley Ranch for a pre-Stampede event and possibly meet the next Prime Minister of Canada.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Short speeches by leadership candidates
  • Refreshment breaks to soak in the ideas and the sun
  • More ideas presented by the candidates
  • More breaks with time to pull something cold from the beer tubs
  • Q & A with the leadership candidates
  • The event will close with a western party, including a tasty barbecued dinner.

The lineup for the evening includes: Hon. Lisa Raitt , M.P., Hon. Kellie Leitch, M.P., Hon. Tony Clement, .P., Hon. Michael Chong, M.P., and Hon. Maxime Bernier, M.P.

Early bird tickets are only $175 and you’ll be eligible for about a $100 tax receipt.  All ticket sales go towards helping the local Conservative associations in Calgary Nose Hill and Banff - Airdrie.

Don't miss out on this pre-Stampede party and your chance to meet these speakers! 

Get your tickets today here

Calgary - Nose Hill CPC EDA -

19 May 2016

The will the Real Cole Cooper please stand up?

A Googley e-mail issue - cole.cooper@ and

Once upon a time - October 6, 2004 to be exact - I was one of the first users of Google email beta after getting an invite for the Beta.  At the time - I had a Hotmail address for, plus a Shaw @ home address.  So after a few minutes in the old system, 

I ended up with my name in gmail as  Using that account, I set up this blog and my Google+ services, and my Google Plus page.

And there the fun begins.  Back in 2004 there were not many Cole Coopers on the internet. It was a fairly uncommon name. There are a lot more now.  There is a football player Cole Cooper on Twitter at @coopball, There is even a Marvel Cole Cooper character at the Daily Bugle. Facebook pages, and a Which is fine - I don't mind, they seem to have the right guy on their email addresses and I'm not vain enough to think my name is exclusive. 

What I do mind is the silly email problems having a common name like this gives me on gmail. When companies take down the email address for some folks they get it wrong.  Since I was the first Cole Cooper on Gmail - the three addresses you see at the top of the page come into my mailbox.  So I get mail not intended for me.

Today, as an example - I got the sign in Instructions for a Allstate account for a Cole Cooper in the US - all the stuff I needed to hack into his account.  So I phoned the insurance company and told them to send the material to the right guy.  What they had done is put the name without checking to see if they had the right email address and found there was an 88 missing from the address.  Now if I was a less than honest person, that would be a good way to me to steal an identity.  

So Folks - be careful out there - make sure that your addresses are accurate - and to the one Cole Cooper out there who insists on signing up for School using the address - tell your school your correct gmail address.  I'm not going to do your homework for you.

The Real Cole Cooper

27 March 2016

Some interesting thoughts from Dave at Financial Insight

Work hard and Prosper.
Have fun and remember to be happy.

Quote of the day "There is a word for businesses that do not pass all their expenses including their taxes on to their customers. The word is bankrupt."

Women may be From Venus and Men may be From Mars, But Entrepreneurs Live on Pluto

February 28, 2016 

And let me tell you, it can be mighty cold out there. More than once, well a lot more than once I have found myself explaining or trying to explain this to Government officials. It is easy for anyone who is gainfully employed and especially easy for government employees to miss how different the world is for most self-employed, especially those in their earlier years. For an employee, it is relatively straight forward. They go to work for a certain number of hours and they get paid for their work, and then there are the benefits like paid vacations. But the bottom line is that they know what they are making and when they will be paid. While it may not always be easy, planning to pay bills and taxes etc. is relatively straight forward here on Earth, or Mars or Venus for that matter. But out on Pluto it is a different story.

For the small business person, they are always at work, or at least work is always with them, but that is the easy part. First, they have to fork out money before any work is started. Then they have to find work or sales, pay any related cost, continue to pay for the cost of doing business, regardless if there is work or sales, then bill and finally hope to be paid, which can be a crap shoot especially as to timing. Add to that the myriad of growing and changing Government rules and regulations plus the often unrealistic expectations of government employees and there you have it, life on Pluto.

These circumstances make life anything but simple. Will I make money this year, how much, after all the putting money into the business and drawing out when I can, will I owe it money or the other way around, can I take a salary or a dividend? All of this has to be sorted out, usually after the fact, not to mention that they keep changing the rules. Oh, and let's not forget that we have to run the business, take care of employees and take care of customers too. Running the business should not be an afterthought. Then there are those government officials who think that they are the centre of the universe.

Obviously not all but a large number seem to think that our life should be simple, like theirs is. Well it is not. Then there are the ones, and there are a lot of them, who seem to think that their objective is to find ways to make the business person offside of the rules rather than find ways to work with the business person to help them and make it easier for them to follow the rules. I would have thought that the latter should be the objective.

Government officials at all levels need to understand these realities. When making the rules, they need to think about what the proper objective is, understand the realities that the business person lives with and try to design the rules accordingly. When applying them, they also need to understand the realities of business and work with the businesses in a positive manner to help businesses to follow and stay on side of the rules. While I have seen good examples of this, it often seems to be the exception not the rule. It should be the rule.

One final thought, business people, especially small business people are not the enemy. They are hardworking, often with a high degree of passion for what they are doing; they want to follow the rules and to create jobs, wealth and opportunities that will benefit us all. They are a pillar of our society and deserve respect. They also live on Pluto and it behooves us all, especially the government to do whatever possible to bring them closer to home, because, after all, it is mighty cold out there.

21 March 2016

Spring Cleaning

Posting test from Blogger on iPad 1 - 

12 September 2015

Okay - I'm working on it

Yes - I know that the Blog has not updated for a while.  I've been quite busy and setting up the new Windows 10 on all the machines has taken longer than I anticipated.  The Library computer is in the shop right now for some power problems and I only have email access for the time being - so once I get the gear running again - and have cleared the email backlog, as Arnie says "I'll be back".

14 July 2015

Still here

I've updated the new site - but I've not moved the blog over there yet.  This is still to come.  I'm testing the new Skype link for the new site here as well.  So if you want to contact me use the link on the side to my Skype.

9 June 2015

Getting there

It's Summertime and the living is supposed to be easy.  But I'm up to my ears in stuff to do - and it's cutting back on the blogging time.

Darn -  In the Meantime -  

Here's a Book Recommendation for the folks who have time to read.

Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman 
by Peter Korn 

I'm listening to it on Audible now.

24 May 2015

Getting there with the new website

The iStudio
It's taken a while - but I'm getting the new website setup over at  It's going to be called Cooper's Place and is a little more advanced than the last one.  It's a bit of a challenge - since I'm trying to make it for mobile as well as regular web, and working on a biography at the same time.

The biography is called Shooter in the City and will be showing my work and will be for sale on the site - et al.  Stay tuned for updates.

3 January 2015

© 2015 Photography by Coleman Mark Cooper. All rights reserved.

A New Year - and new additions to the Blog - 

Now that I'm back in the working world again - I've rolled up my job search site and will start Blogging here again.  And since I'm working on a new design and starting to post my photographs and writing here - I've always used a Creative Commons licence for my content - but starting this year I'm going to try using © 2015. All rights reserved. for the blog.
Trying to organize things here

26 December 2014

Boxing Day posting

Well - Christmas has come and gone - and I'm taking some time to clean up my systems and stuff for the new year. Had Dinner at my Bro's and got the bachelor care package with fresh baking. Photos enclosed.

Merry Christmas and Happy new year - the new Blog is a comin'

- Posted to Cole's Notes by Cole

Location:Sandpiper Lane NW,Calgary,Canada

11 December 2014

Google Online Security Blog: Are you a robot? Introducing “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA”

With Blogging a little light lately - I've been looking into the updating of Cole's Notes and my social pages - a new thing that will be added in the new year is this:

Google Online Security Blog: Are you a robot? Introducing “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA”

26 August 2014

Working it up

Well, I'm relaxing in the backyard, cleaning up some of the technology, and re-thinking some of my plans.  I'm enjoying the time off, and the upcoming long weekend has got me thinking of re-vamping the job search.  More quality, and less quantity.  Right now, I'm spending an inordinate amount of time online trying to apply for jobs. 

14 August 2014

New start

To try and get Cole's notes back up and running, I'm working on getting some new systems in place to  do the blogging.  Right now this is the Blogger application on the iPad.  So I'm going to try and Blog a couple of different ways to see which looks the best on my site.

For a first try - here is a shot from the grand opening of the new Chinook Centre Microsoft Store opening. 

The machine is one of the new Microsoft tablets - and I'm going to add some more shots I did of the grand opening.

The new store as of 10:30 this morning.  
About 5,000 people had showed up to see the grand opening - the line stretched from the store all the way to the Apple store - which seemed to please the Apple guys....


23 July 2014

End of the road for some of the Social

A brief note about View from the Plateau and my Paper Li accounts.  I'm cutting back on the material and time being done on social networks and blogging.  I'm tired of it - and increasingly the comments and material coming in to my streams is asinine.  So I'm quitting them and getting a life.  In declaring Social media bankruptcy, I will leave only one site open, and this is it.

16 April 2014

New Networking – Starting over

My last post had me wondering if I should keep this Blog going.  The short answer is – yes I will.  It’s going to be a bit of a change to the blog itself and my career blog View from the Plateau – are being updated and syndicated.  I’m moving from an ex-blogger to a part-time blogger to help build my professional networks, and will be posting and sharing material here and at my Facebook and G+ pages. Time to start my changes to the systems to make this work.

12 February 2014

Some times I wonder if I should keep this going

I just posted a new article at View from the Plateau – which was the result of a phishing e-mail I got through my LinkedIn account.  And it’s got me thinking as well.  I’ve been posting and lurking on a number of sites, reading a lot of RSS feeds and spending a lot of time on email and Facebook, with the result that my blogging has suffered.  I’ve not even updated either for months, and there are two articles sitting in draft form that need to be finished.  The short form on the Twitter and reading the newsfeeds from my iPad has cut back on sitting down and writing long form posts.  I’ve also been lax in getting graphics done for the posts – as the linking of the latest missive at View ends up plastering my visage all over Facebook and Google+.  These new mini blogging platforms – and Twitter as well are moving to more and more graphics – and less and less text.

18 November 2013

Playhouse raffle

Out and about looking at a Christmas raffle. Modern playhouse for Christmas.

- Today's Cole's Note from Blogpress

Location:Crossiron Blvd,Rocky View No. 44,Canada

New hairiness

YouTube Video

- Today's Cole's Note from Blogpress

Location:Sandpiper Lane NW,Calgary,Canada

Calls note for November 18, 2013

Hello world this is cool. I'm experimenting with a new blogger application which allows me to put my thoughts,pictures ,and photographs right on the blog straight from my iPhone.

- Today's Cole's Note from Blogpress

Location:Sandpiper Lane NW,Calgary,Canada

19 August 2013

Quote of the Day - Summer Disturbances

Ben Stein

The American Spectator and AmSpecBlog – Ben Stein

Summer Disturbances

"I have told you before, my friends, that the bowels have a powerful effect on the brain and it’s true. “A good set of bowels is worth any quantity of brains,” said Dr. Johnson....

...America is now just a blind, helpless Cyclops, eye poked out by Obama’s innate confusion and rage about what America is.

American leadership is just a memory. American military dominance will soon be just a memory. In five years, we have become a laughingstock. “Yes, we can… commit suicide,” is the new motto. And the worst part is that the GOP does not have any better ideas. Lower taxes are more important than defence? Are they serious? China as a benevolent world leader? I guess that’s the future.

Mr. Obama actually claims that he has al Qaeda on the run. That’s just plain insanity. Al Qaeda is a mighty force from the Atlantic to the Pacific in the Moslem world. They are not a few guys in a cave. This is a worldwide force. We have to be honest about it, not make up fairy tales. Al Qaeda is a really big deal and a terrifying deal. Does Mr. Obama truly not know it?

Oh, and that sound you hear? That’s the America we of my generation know and love being shoved down the garbage disposal of a world which used to fear us and now laughs at us. It is our own fault. These people didn’t elect themselves. Yes, the media is largely to blame, but a nation that could not choose a John McCain over a Barack Obama has lost its way badly.!/entry/summer-disturbances,5211ef3dda27f5d9d00d8125


18 August 2013

Sunday enterprising.

This Sunday I decided to do a little "enterprising". Or what used to be called roving when I worked at the Herald. Just go out and see what's happening around the town and shoot a photo or two. So I went out to the new Symon's Valley Ranch New Farmers market.

16 August 2013

Friday posting

Catching up on some filling and paying with a new posting software. Quote of the day:

As Thomas Reed wrote, "[o]ne of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation."

Democracy values each man at his highest; socialism makes of each man an agent, an instrument, a number. Democracy and socialism have but one thing in common-equality. But note well the difference. Democracy aims at equality in liberty. Socialism desires equality in constraint and in servitude.

Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain


4 August 2013

The Moon Under Water

The Moon Under Water
by George Orwell
Evening Standard, 9 February 1946

My favourite public-house, the Moon Under Water, is only two minutes from a bus stop, but it is on a side-street, and drunks and rowdies never seem to find their way there, even on Saturday nights. Its clientele, though fairly large, consists mostly of "regulars" who occupy the same chair every evening and go there for conversation as much as for the beer.

If you are asked why you favour a particular public-house, it would seem natural to put the beer first, but the thing that most appeals tome about the Moon Under Water is what people call its "atmosphere."
To begin with, its whole architecture and fittings are uncompromisingly Victorian. It has no glass-topped tables or other modern miseries, and, on the other hand, no sham roof-beams, ingle-nooks or plastic panels masquerading as oak. The grained woodwork, the ornamental mirrors behind the bar, the cast-iron
fireplaces, the florid ceiling stained dark yellow by tobacco-smoke, the stuffed bull's head over the mantelpiece —everything has the solid, comfortable ugliness of the nineteenth century.

In winter there is generally a good fire burning in at least two of the bars, and the Victorian lay-out of the place gives one plenty of elbow-room. There are a public bar, a saloon bar, a ladies' bar, a bottle-and-jug for those who are too bashful to buy their supper beer publicly, and, upstairs, a dining-room.

Games are only played in the public, so that in the other bars you can walk about without constantly ducking to avoid flying darts. In the Moon Under Water it is always quiet enough to talk. The house possesses neither a radio nor a piano, and even on Christmas Eve and such occasions the singing that happens is of a decorous kind.

The barmaids know most of their customers by name, and take a personal interest in everyone. They are all middle-aged women —two of them have their hair dyed in quite surprising shades—and they call everyone
"dear," irrespective of age or sex. ("Dear," not "Ducky": pubs where the barmaid calls you "ducky" always have a disagreeable raffish atmosphere.)

Unlike most pubs, the Moon Under Water sells tobacco as well as cigarettes, and it also sells aspirins and stamps, and is obliging about letting you use the telephone. You cannot get dinner at the Moon Under Water, but there is always the snack counter where you can get liver-sausage sandwiches, mussels (a specialty of the house), cheese, pickles and those large biscuits with caraway seeds in them which only seem to exist in public-houses. Upstairs, six days a week, you can get a good, solid lunch —for example, a cut off the joint, two vegetables and boiled jam roll—for about three shillings. The special pleasure of this lunch is that you can have draught stout with it. I doubt whether as many as 10 per cent of London pubs serve draught stout, but the Moon Under Water is one of them. It is a soft, creamy sort of stout, and it goes better in a pewter pot. They are particular about their drinking vessels at the Moon Under Water, and never, for example, make the mistake of serving a pint of beer in a handleless glass. Apart from glass and pewter mugs, they
have some of those pleasant strawberry-pink china ones which are now seldom seen in London. China mugs went out about 30 years ago, because most people like their drink to be transparent, but in my opinion beer
tastes better out of china. The great surprise of the Moon Under Water is its garden. You go through a narrow passage leading out of the saloon, and find yourself in a fairly large garden with plane trees, under which there are little green tables with iron chairs round them. Up at one end of the garden there are swings and a chute for the children.

On summer evenings there are family parties, and you sit under the plane trees having beer or draught cider to the tune of delighted squeals from children going down the chute. The prams with the younger children are parked near the gate. Many as are the virtues of the Moon Under Water, I think that the garden is its best feature, because it allows whole families to go there instead of Mum having to stay at home and mind the baby while Dad goes out alone. And though, strictly speaking, they are only allowed in the garden, the children tend to seep into the pub and even to fetch drinks for their parents. This, I believe, is against the law, but it is a law that deserves to be broken, for it is the puritanical nonsense of excluding children —and therefore, to some extent, women—from pubs that has turned these places into mere boozing-shops instead of the family gathering-places that they ought to be.

The Moon Under Water is my ideal of what a pub should be —at any rate, in the London area. (The qualities one expects of a country pub are slightly different.) But now is the time to reveal something which the discerning and disillusioned reader will probably have guessed already. There is no such place as the Moon Under Water.

That is to say, there may well be a pub of that name, but I don't know of it, nor do I know any pub with just that combination of qualities. I know pubs where the beer is good but you can't get meals, others where you can get meals but which are noisy and crowded, and others which are quiet but where the beer is generally sour. As for gardens, offhand I can only think of three London pubs that possess them. But, to be fair, I do know of a few pubs that almost come up to the Moon Under Water. I have mentioned above ten qualities that the perfect pub should have and I know one pub that has eight of them. Even there, however, there is no draught stout, and no china mugs.

And if anyone knows of a pub that has draught stout, open fires, cheap meals, a garden, motherly barmaids and no radio, I should be glad to hear of it, even though its name were something as prosaic as the Red Lion or the Railway Arms.

This was Orwell's last contribution to the Evening Standard.

Opening up the Notebook

Well - here it is almost a year later - and I see there are a few cobwebs and dust around the blog.  No excuse, I've been too busy to blog - but I am working on updating and adding new features to the blog - and revising the resume at the same time.

I've trying to pivot from the corporate world to a more independent life Enjoy the Decline

9 December 2012

Slowly coming back

Updating machinery – will be back soon.

8 June 2012

New additions

Newest Addition (sort of) to Cole's Notes

It has been a while since I checked notes and such for the Blogs - and I forgot to mention something that a friend from Thailand had mentioned.  For international travelers who want to keep up with news from home, I made up this little Daily update, that automatically updates.  

Front Page of my Daily -

Silly Rabbit, I forgot to mention it and link it in to my social networks and such.  Well I've corrected that now.

22 April 2012

Penguin Plunging

It’s been quite a while since I created a blog article from scratch – so I gave myself an assignment on this great Sunday.  Took in the new Penguin Plunge Exhibit at the Calgary Zoo.  And of course, couldn’t go without taking a picture. (or two)

Ready for your close-up.  Two visitors to the Calgary Zoo new Penguin Plunge snapping photos. Reminds me of my Calgary Herald days – this would have made a great Roaming shot – or an illustration of for an article on the new attraction.  Which is most of my stuff I have loaded into my online albums stored at Picasa. 

One out of many – over 27,000 according to the last upload count.  But there is a nagging problem I have with Picasa web albums and that is for some reason – using the name tagging feature is sharing photos from my archive on Google+.  Now something like this I have no problem sharing, but the more private stuff sometimes gets exposed.  Short of taking all 27 K of photos offline, I can't think of a good way to set this up.

Any suggestions welcome.

24 October 2011

Updating  - New Profile - from Google +

18 October 2011

Liberal Guilt–the Quote of the Day

Found this over at SDA.

The same liberals who believed that they could simultaneously go to the moon, fight the Cold War, fight a hot war in Vietnam and Texas-size the New Deal with the Great Society would come crashing down to earth, and become obsessed with a whole host of reasons why the nation — and the planet — were royally screwed. Environmentalism, zero population growth, a so-called energy crisis and a whole plethora of other doubts were the symptoms of a self-created mental depression that once manic liberals found themselves wallowing in during the entire 1970s.

Read it all

4 October 2011

Quote of the Day

Warmists Think We're Stupid

By Ross Kaminsky on 10.4.11 @ 6:09AM

Humans live in deserts and in the Arctic. We live in places like Denver and Chicago, each of which will see temperatures over more than a 100-degree (F) range in the course of a year -- and routinely a 30 or 40 degree range in a day (or 20 in an hour) in the mountains and deserts. ….. We invent air conditioning and efficient heating systems. We have nearly eliminated smallpox and polio, two of the greatest scourges of eras past. In other words, we adapt to our environment -- in those cases when we can't adapt our environment to us.

For that reason, it defies common sense to believe that man-made global warming, even if it were real, would have the devastating impact that its anti-capitalist, wealth-redistributionist proponents claim….

….it's also because the solutions proposed, i.e. to stop using energy, are based on an obvious, even if never-ever-ever-ever-stated by the left, premise that people who live on 21st century Earth are too stupid to adapt to a changing environment -- even though we have as a species, even without the benefit of modern technology, done just that for millennia.


Read it all

2 October 2011

Really in need of a good snicker, hot and hollar

Sarcastic smile Watching the election returns for the PC party tonight – I was reminded of a quote from a favourite book of mine “Skinny Legs and All”

"The monkey wrench in the progressive machinery of primate evolution was the propensity of the primate band to take its political leaders - its dominant males - too seriously. Of benefit to the band only when it was actively threatened by predators, the dominant male (or political boss) was almost wholly self-serving and was naturally dedicated not to liberation but to control. Behind his chest-banging and fang display, he was largely a joke and could be kept in his place (his place being that of a necessary evil) by disrespect and laughter. If, for example, when Hitler stood up to rant in the beer halls of Munich, the good drinkers had taken him more lightly, had they, instead of buying his act, snickered and hooted and pelted him with sausage skins, the Holocaust might have been avoided. Of course, as long as there were willing followers, there would be exploitative leaders. And there would be willing followers until humanity reached that philosophical plateau where it recognized that its great mission in life had nothing to do with any struggle between classes, races, nations, or ideologies, but was, rather, a personal quest to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain. On that quest, politics was simply a roadblock of stentorian baboons."

“We approach the Divine by enlarging our souls and lighting up our brains. To expedite those two things may be the mission of our existence….. But such activity runs counter to the aspirations of commerce and politics. Politics is the science of domination, and persons in the process of enlargement and illumination are notoriously difficult to control. Therefore, to protect its vested interests, politics usurped religion a very long time ago.”

Most of the Stentorian Baboons where holding mikes in the faces of other Baboons.  FAH – I’m going to bed – find out in the morning who “Won”.