I've always been a monk, a one-man band, a loner, a lone-wolf, an outcast, whatever you want to call it. Wheeeeeeeee! But now I find I have the need to ask others for help. And it's very humbling. So maybe this is just another one of those life lessons I seem to have to keep re-learning. I'm in a competition on another website to win a freelance writing contract worth $5,000 for about 20 hours worth of work. So far I seem to be in the upper bracket, but the winner will mainly be determined by popular vote. Now I'm not a social-media wiz - I don't have millions of friends on Facebook, I don't Twitter (although sometimes I Squeak) and I'm not your typical well-connected 'Net bunny. A typical Net bunny So I'm going to ask all of you, if you have a few spare minutes over the next week, until Friday February 1st, to vote for me in this competition. You can vote once a day but anything you can do would be greatly appreciated. The site is called WerkJerks.com (I know - that part of the story is coming up) and the link for the voting page is cvo.werkjerks.com You have to register to vote on the site, top right corner (takes a minute, mainly painless, no money involved, no spamming) then you can scroll down the Voting page to #93 ("Philip") and cast your ballot. Oh, and you also have a chance of winning $500 for yourself, just for voting! KA-CHING !!! Not "bling" ... "Ka-Ching"! My name on the site, "Mr. Philstivus", is another of my AKAs for my comedy-writing work - in fact, my main website is Philstivus.com - so don't be concerned that some weirdo named Philstivus killed off good ol' SifuPhil and is stealing his votes. Although that would probably make a great property for Quentin Tarentino ... The whole point of the contest is to elect a new CVO - a Chief Venting Officer. It's kind of a cheerleader with hairy legs (in my case, anyway) that evangelizes the website by creating funny videos, insane articles and generally being a massive Jerk about Werk-related topics, at which I am a past-Master. Because of course, the entire site is for ranting about your work. I'm sure most of you can relate. So there it is - I'm on my aging knees, head bowed, waiting for your decision: do you take my head (hey, that's better than me giving it!) or do you have the time and desire to help out a down-on-his-luck Tug Toner? Anything you can do I'd greatly appreciate, and I'll think of you all when I'm in San Tropez.