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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

RTT: Weird sports-more than you ever want to know.

This was the post I planned for last Tuesday, but since Han Solo made his early appearance, I put it on hold.  I think you'll find it was worth the wait.
I'm linking up with the rebel Stacy again, since Keely is STILL on hiatus (what up Keely???).  So, are you ready?  Of course you are.

*Do you get Eurosport in the US? If not, let me tell you, you are missing out! They have the strangest sports. Last week we watched part of some weird indoor soccer match, but it was played with their hands instead of their feet. Strange. My favorite recent event though was the Timbersport World Championships. Ever heard of it? It's all about cutting logs with various types of axes, hand saws and chain saws. It is the craziest thing I've ever seen. My favorite event title: Hot Saw. It makes me giggle just to say it. The crowd is crazy excited. It's so odd, but I can't look away! If you ever get a chance to watch this, do it!

*Okay, I just googled the events (cause I'm cool like that) and they are:
* Springboard - The competitor uses two spring boards to ascend to the top of a nine foot pole and chop a firmly attached 12" diameter block from the top of the pole. The block must be chopped from both sides.
* STIHL Stock Saw - Competitors begin with both hands on the log. When the signal is given, the sawyers, using identical STIHL professional MS660 chain saws, make two cuts through identical logs. No more than 4" of wood, which is marked by a black line, can be cut.
* Underhand Chop - The competitor stands, feet apart, on a 12"-14" log. At the signal, he begins chopping through the log. Before chopping all the way through he must turn and complete the cut from the other side. Time ends when the log is severed completely.
* Single Buck - Competitors make one cut through 18"-20" of white pine using a single man cross cut saw. The competitor may have a helper to wedge the log and keep the saw lubricated. Time ends when the block is clearly severed.
* Standing Block Chop - Competitors race to chop through 12"-14" of white pine. The competitor must chop from both sides of the log and the time ends when the block is severed.
* Hot Saw - In this event the competitor uses a customized chain saw with a modified engine. At the signal, the competitor starts the saw and makes three cuts. The competitor must cut no more than 6" from the log which is marked with a black line.

*From 1985 to 1996, the US dominated these championships. From 1987 to 2010, New Zealand has been champion.

*Indy's good friend General Ham has been transferred and is now the AFRICOM commander.  The new USAREUR commander is Lt. Gen. Hertling.  Indy was very excited because we read that he is very into fitness and eating well and KNEW they would be BFF's too.  On Friday, we read in the local paper that he is a St. Louis Cardinals fan.  Indy looked at me and said "Oh, no!  Now what do we do?"  I told him we'd just have to try to like him anyway.  Indy said "I guess, but how can I have a friend who's a Cardinals fan?"  Indy is a die hard Cubs fan (makes me so proud) and very anti-STL Cardinals.

*Coffee drinkers are gross and weird.  That's right.  I said it.  James Bond will leave a cup of coffee sitting all day and then drink it.  Cold!!!  Ack!  Ack!  GROSS!!  

*Old people coffee drinkers are more weird.  Indy and I went to the PX on Sunday (just the 2 of us, to give him some alone time with Mom) and went to Taco Bell for lunch (FTR, Indy orders a chicken chalupa and nachos-no kids meals for him) and there was an older couple there (mid-late 70's) who ordered burritos, tacos and COFFEE!  Who drinks coffee with Taco Bell?  Ick!  There were some other older people there eating BK and drinking coffee.  Just ewwwwww.

*I so want to see The Eagle.  Don't you?  In case you didn't know, the slave in the movie is Jamie Bell, who starred in the amazing movie Billy Elliot.  If you've never seen it, you MUST. 

*50 years ago today,Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel in space. 

*150 years ago today, the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Ft. Sumter in Charleston, SC.   I've been there-to Ft. Sumter, I mean.  We lived in Charleston (or rather Goose Creek, SC-that's right, Goose Creek) twice when I was growing up (my dad was stationed at the Naval base).

*Did you know there is a penis museum in Iceland?   Now you do.  And you're welcome.

*This is for all those who are confused:

Can you believe Han Solo is already a week (and a day!) old?  It's already going by too fast!  I must go stare at him for a while.  I hope you all have a wonderful Rebel RTT!


Anonymous said...

I've watched those tree sawing competitions; pretty cool stuff.

And I would TOTALLY go to a penis museum. Though afterward I may be completely desensitized. :(

VandyJ said...

I may have to post that sign in my bathroom soon--Bruiser is heading into the wonderful world of potty training soon.

Michele Feltman Strider said...

A) Yuri Gagarin was more than a little bit hot.

B) Yet another reason to go to Iceland.

C) I drink coffee with any/everything. I guess that means I'm old.

Raven said...

I <3 coffee, but my ulcer does not. However, I would never drink coffee cold or with Taco Bell. Mmmm Taco Bell....

Penis museum, huh? I wonder if there's a vagina museum anywhere. Probably not, women don't worship their vaggies like men worship their penises.

Stacy Uncorked said...

I drink (hot) coffee in the morning and vanilla coke in the afternoon - and I can never drink cold coffee...not even those iced coffee drinks! Guess that means I'm not in danger of being considered 'old'. ;)

That sign cracked me up - as did the fact there's a penis museum. ;)

The week flew by, didn't it? If you ever find the 'pause' button, let me know. I've found I can't help blinking. :)

Thanks for being a rebel with me! You ROCK! :)

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