Friend & Foes – I am asking for your vote! 
I was nominated for a "Shorty Award" in the #law peoples’ choice category. 
The official site of the Shorty Awards states that it honors "the best people and organizations on Cruise Law - James "Jim" Walker - Maritime Lawyer Twitter.  These unique awards are for the Twitter community, by the Twitter community."
Online voting is public and supposedly democratic, "culminating in an awards ceremony that recognizes the winners in 26 official categories as well as those in brand new crowd sourced ones."
I was nominated a bit late.  But, let’s face it, i deserve it.  I’m just joking, or am I? 
To vote – click on the link here and vote for me for goodness sakes!  You have to give a reason for voting for me:
"I vote for @CruiseLaw for a Shorty Award in #law because . . . 
So say something nice, like "because he looks like George Clooney" (not true), or "because he is a nice guy" (partially true), or "because his Mom & Dad are really nice people" (totally true).   It does not matter, just say anything clever.  I want to win this damn thing!  Don’t screw this up – I am counting on you! 
I did the obligatory interview for the award which is below (I hope I sound clever):    
What’s your best tweet?
Royal Caribbean sails to its trademarked fantasy island of Labadee® as Haiti suffers . . .
What are six things you could never do without?
Coffee, beer, & the 4 hours between the 2   .  .  .
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
If it involves a cruise, you will hear it from me first.
What’s your favorite Twitter app?
Twitter or Facebook?
A machine gun or a pea shooter?  I choose Twitter.
What was the funniest trend you’ve seen?
Once it’s a trend it’s no longer funny.
What feature should Twitter add?
Video skype.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn’t?
My Dad, the master story-teller, 80 years young.
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Corporate malfeasance, flag-of-convenience.
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn’t already? If so, who?
Rachel Maddow.
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Yes, a few of those Do NOT Pay for White Teeth people snuck into my tent.
Why should we vote for you?
I had big ears, buck teeth, and stuttered in grade school – now I just stutter.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
Saints Win Superbowl.
What’s the most interesting connection you’ve made through Twitter?
Cruise passenger tweeting on the deck of a burning cruise ship.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
How do you make your tweets unique?
Cruise law, cruise law, cruise law, no one does it as timely, consistently, or insightfully (my, I am modest).
What inspires you to tweet?
Herman Melville said something in Moby Dick about the mutual joint-stock world we live in . . .
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Not so far, I assume people just leave the party if they don’t like my rants.
Shorty Awards140 characters of advice for a new user?
Don’t type in caps it is a sign of insanity.
How long can you go without a tweet?
1/2 circulation of the earth.
What question are we not asking here that we should?
Who should win the Shorty award other than you?
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@CruiseVictims – check it out.
Why’d you start tweeting?
I wondered what everyone was doing with their blackberries on TV during Obama’s State of the Union speech.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Twitter intensified love/hate: my mother-in-law thinks I lost my mind, my kids think I’m brilliant.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Use Twitter as vehicle for donations to non – profits.
How will the world change in 2010?
What makes you think the world will change?
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Saying anything twice, selling anything, saying anything twice.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
A ball of confusion, just like the world is today hey hey .  .  .

OK.  Thanks for reading.  Vote for me and I will appoint you to my cabinet, or maybe to be the Ambassador to the cruise ship League of Nations, or I’ll send you a special gift, or  . . . 

Hey, I remember my friends . . .   


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