|Subject:||Re: Victorian Twitchathon 05|
|Date:||Thu, 17 Nov 2005 14:40:06 +1100|
I'm not sure what the winning totals for the last ten years in NSW are. I know the last 5 years though - 218, 197, 222, 220, 229 (av 217.2 species). The previous years totals would be on the trophy which I'm assuming is with Alan Morris having another tier added (we've outgrown the current single tier trophy) and being engraved. I can reliably say that before this period 200 was as sacred as it appears to still be in Victoria so this year the Woodswallows would be well and truly in the black.
I have now received the much anticipated suggestions for tweaking our twitchathon efforts for 2006 from by fellow Woodswallow. I'm not at liberty to divulge specifics but one suggestion does involve each of the team members being issued with a plastic bag for their own personal use (good-bye toilet stops!).
Food stops Russell? They disappeared years ago. You've heard of fast food. Well WOW have it down to a fine art. It's generally good food but it's definitely eat on the run. A tip from the master twitchathon team (we are treating last years loss to the Brewers as a minor wake-up call) - get rid of cumbersome sleeping arrangements (a bit of flat concrete, some mozzie repellant and an alarm clock, or two), unnecessary idle time (such as sleep), food stops (a quick meal is a good meal) and get yourself a sponsor that's prepared to throw down a real challenge. There's nothing like the promise of big bucks for a big total to get you moving! We will just ignore the fact that this year we missed the big bucks by one species (although our sponsor later decided he would reward us in full for, as he put it, trying hard).
Let's not overlook the whole purpose of the twitchathon though. It's about raising money for a good cause and having great fun in the process.
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