teh excitement around here is happening elsewhere... tanner is in oregon for a baseball training camp-- accompanied by steve-- when he does come baqck to join the real world here -- we have to be careful of asking him to do anything that might strain his throwing arm.. or break a finger
apparently 10 crazy people from MA left this morning for leadville colorado-- for teh international burro pack race--- aug 5th?? i only hear the "outtakes" from the preparation-sounds like janine sent a bunch of rescue donkeys to colorado to some friend/ connection of her "equine rescue network" months ago to be "trained" so she and 9 others from here could arrive and participate in the 15 mile race-- where you run / walk/ meander the 15 miles next to/ahead of/ or behind your donkey -.. it maybe is teh only animal race i approve of because the people go every step with their burros-- and whips are not allowed... the videos i have seen look like a fun time is had by all.
i do know the ppeople from here have been practicing running around hamilton and wenham with some of the rescues she has placed in that area-- and now and again she has picked up some of ours to practice with people... i am betting she has in mind running such an event around here eventually... it may take her years to develope, but i would bet money on it; and it would be fun.
teh concept is correct... there is a great lack in things that are done just for fun... take almost any idea-- owning a pet dog... and someone will decide to make it a competition where one dog is deemed to be better than another... the other part of that is ... they then publish a magazine with winners names and people struggle and spend a fortune to get thier names included... the mundane ownership of a car has it's collection of car shows or races-- and magazines with prizes.
there used to be ... in boston... a great race-- 26 miles - started as an arguement between 2 guys in a bar in marblehead-- which route was faster-- on land or on sea from watertown to marblehead.. simple 2 man race- turned into many thousands of semi sober racers lining up at 4am in watertown with very pequiliar vehicles and floating devices-- some to float down the charles river and carry their devices over the "necks" - while others riding on or pushing devices tied up traffic thru boston and cambridge for most of the morning. the winner was always disqualified because they must have cheated.-- i was disqualified once after i had ridden that penny farthing ( high wheeled bike) the whole way- and getting to the finish line 30 seconds ahead of a boston tv commentator who had sailed a water bed with a crew of 4-- having run thru suffock downs race track with teh bed on their heads...
6 bikes all welded to a beer keg-- 20 bikes strung together with 2 x 4's between seats and handlebars... a bunch of nurses pushing a hospital bed with a iv drip of vodka-- thousmand of very creative people. ---it was just plain fun-
rumor has it , it was killed by teh IRS... finally because they sold T shirts bought for $5 and sold for $15 and no one knew who had bought them ... or who had the profit...
spoil sports !!