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Robin's Best Shirt Award, August 3, 2012

It was very hard to believe that this was the August Best Shirt night when you looked around the Lol Ha Beach Bar and saw all the entries and their supporting staff, to say nothing of the groupies and other PRESS.  This was like a night in high season, and it definitely gave the judges a very tough time to come to a decision, which was delayed until about 6:45pm.

In the end, or at the end of the day, it was another event where a good time was had by all.


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Russ Motley was leading the parade, albeit without Stephanie, who was nursing a cold.

Don Newman is back with another of his great shirts.

Dan Freeman is out and about, looking for a winner.

Ken Sloan is sporting something that has potential.

Diane Mahan is a contestant this month, and she toasts the girls back at the Harbor Club.

Steve Clouther has another subdued and elegant entry.

Hugh Maynard is ineligible with a Robin original, so he is nominated as a judge.

Richard Dooley is out looking for his first win, and this could be the night.

Here is a secret entry.

Denny Mahan is here to wish Dave Zucker 'Good Luck going against Diane'.

John just says, "I'll drink to that."

Neil Humphreys is back in town again, and thinks he might have a good chance.

Sam Goby is here with the most colorful and loudest shirt, so he has to be a shoo-in.

Gary Sparks has returned, and says, "Wait a minute there."

Carly Flores is bracketed by Don and Russ.

Sharon Winkel throws her support to Dave.

David Poor is back in town, and he has on a serious contender.

Beryl Van Lierop as a very subtle shirt with finely woven palm trees hiding in the weave.

Rod & Joyce Flake just arrived in town for tonight's award.

The crowd really is three-deep tonight, and it remains well behaved awaiting a decision.

Hugh and Hymie, Mary's co-judges, are keepin a low profile as they circulate through the crowd.

The Humphreys are out in front of the crowd leading a chants for "Neil. Neil. Neil."

Dan Freeman seems to be conceding to Sam Goby.

The crowd is restless as it senses an imminent announcement.

However, the judges are still secluded as they are faced with a difficult decision.

Mary finally takes the podium to start the proceedings toward the long awaited decision.

The crowd draws in tighter to hear the announcement.

"And the winner of Robin's Best Shirt Award for August 2012 is . . . . ."

" . . . Sam Goby."

"This is the second happiest day of my life."

And Sharon asks, "And just what was the happiest day of your life?"

Loquito laments another Best Shirt night where he was not even considered by the judges.

"Do not feel bad Loquito. I got my picture taken, but I was not considered either."

Well the August 2012 Best Shirt Night is history, so start those preparations for Friday, September 7th.

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