Sunday, February 25, 2007

Kimball Bayles is da winner and champeen

Congratulations to Kimball Bayles, owner of Kimball's Twin Peak Theater, for handily beating our panel of expert Oscar pickers. In addition to a solid year of bragging rights, Kimball gets to have Warren spend a day sweeping up popcorn and peeling gum from the bottom of the seats.

As usual, however, the amateurs outdid the experts. In the Oscar-picking contest co-sponsored by Kimball's and the Gazette, two people correctly picked 16 categories. That's pretty darn good. So congrats to Ellen Jaramillo and Kathy Carson. I bow to your superior prognostication powers.

By the way, although I at no place or time claimed to be an expert, I did play along in Kimball's pool. I only got eight right. Nothing to shout about.

UPDATE - OK, Kimball is the winner. Sort of. In Sunday's paper, we ran picks from a group of local experts. Now, they were SUPPOSED to enter those same answers in Kimball's online pool. But they didn't.

Warren gave different answers in four categories (best picture, art direction, sound editing and original screenplay) which cost him two points. Bad Warren, bad! So, in the online pool, Kimball and Warren tied, but in the OFFICIAL Gazette pool, Kimball wins. And why Warren at any point thought "Little Miss Sunshine" would win best picture is beyond me.


At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Matthew Stevens said...

Hey Warren,

I don't have gum under my seats. Are you confusing Kimball's with some other theater in town?

I do, however, have plenty of popcorn you can clean up after. I could always use help on Saturdays.

By the way, The Lives of Others starts March 9.

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Warren Epstein said...

My apologies about the gum reference.

I wondered how you took Seinfeld's comments about the unspoken agreement between us and the theater owners.

You rip us off for crap we shouldn't be eating in the first place, and in return, we drop our trash on the floor.

OK, first let's recognize that you guys rip us off much less than the chains. ... and your popcorn's better.

But did you laugh when you heard that line or did it tick you off?

At 1:26 PM, Blogger Warren Epstein said...

By the way, for the record ... on the Kimball's Online quiz, my picks tied Kimball's. I think we each had 13 right.

Where I screwed up was in having another week to think about it, and then chose different winners in the paper.

So the lesson is not to think so much about these things, I guess.


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