Responses to this week's cartoon caption contest set a new standard, adding to the challenge of selecting finalists. Below are three we deemed worthy of making the cut.
Even if your submission didn't make it to the finals, you have a chance to determine the winner. Vote for your favorite cartoon caption by noon Friday (voting now closed).
The winner, which will be based on survey results and judging by The Bee's editorial board and cartoonist Steve Greenberg, will be revealed Sunday in California Forum. The winner will receive a signed color print of Greenberg's cartoon with the winning caption.
"I ate the burger and drank the Bordeaux, but left the cookies, shattered dreams and broken promises on the hearth. Can I get a lift to Seattle?" Kirk Wolfe, Elk Grove
"I can't believe it! I tried to leave them four free tickets, but the little brat said, 'Forget it! We're Warrior fans now!'" Donald Adams, Carmichael
"Yes, Santa, there is a Virginia, and we, the Kings, there orienteering are." Scott Tredwell, Advance, NC