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The San Luis Obispo NewTimes has released this years “Best Of” Readers Poll. The ballot has 163 questions and you must answer at least 50% (that’s 82!). Unfortunately, some of the questions are just too out there for me to have an answer. For example, “Best Brain Freeze”, “Best Hangover Food”, “Best Place to Break Up”, “Best Place to Drink Like Homer Simpson”, “Best Place to Drink like Frank Sinatra”, “Best Place to Drink Like Paris Hilton”, “Best Place to Drink Like Jimmy Buffet”, “Best Place to Sip Coffee While Writing Your Manifesto”, “Best Place to Buy Someone Stuff They Don’t Need”. “Best Place to Buy a Coffee-stained Copy of Catcher in the Rye”, “Best Place to Get Some Bling“, “Best Business Pet”, “Best Place to Steal Wifi“, “Best Place to Turn Your Body into a Canvas of Self-Expression”, and “Best Place to Swing at Balls While Wearing Plaid”.

Since my wife and I don’t go bar-hopping anymore, have tattoos, received lasik surgery, need to steal wi-fi connections, or are savvy on the local Arts scene, the amount of questions that I could answer fall below the 50% requirement. I could make up stuff on some of it or just get a phone book to find names of businesses to get to the 50% but what good is that for a Readers “Best Of”.

On the ballot there is also: “Best Local Blog”, “Best Local Website”, and “Best Real Estate Company”. Now those I could answer 🙂

Sorry Newtimes, you use to have a good Readers Poll. I can’t see how this years Poll is going to to do anything other than give you an opportunity to sell advertising for the 163 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers. The Poll has officially “Jumped the Shark“, IMO.

You can fill out the ballot online this year too. http://www.newtimesslo.com. Unfortunately, it asks you to register first and then is supposed to send you a confirmation email. I registered and received no confirmation so I couldn’t even get to the ballot.

Written by Keith Byrd - Go to Keith's Website/Profile