Monday, September 26, 2011

You want me to ride what?

Okay, I think it's a bit crazy to ride a bobsled down a bobsled track. It's definitely crazy to ride a luge or a skeleton sled down a bobsled track. But a wok?

Apparently so.

After a bet on a German TV show, some folks set up the World Wok Racing Championship, which involves one person or four person teams sliding down an Olympic bobsled track on modified Chinese woks. The competitors wear heavy gear similar to hockey uniforms and ladles (yes, cooking ladles) on their feet.

And, if that doesn't sound crazy enough, a single rider has gotten up to 91.70 kmh (or 56.98 mph). A four-person team managed to get to a speed of 114.3 kmh (or 71.02 mph).

If either of my kids ask to borrow the wok any time soon, the answer is definitely "no."

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fried What?

Here in Texas, we like to do everything "bigger and better." Apparently, we like to do things more . . . "creatively" too.

At the recent Texas State Fair, the race was on to see who could come up with the most creative food at the fair. This year's winner -- fried bubble gum. Only, it wasn't really fried bubble gum. It was "fried puffy marshmallows infused with pink bubble gum extract," but that just doesn't sound as catchy as "fried bubble gum."

My only question is: Can you get that on a stick? If not, then it just shouldn't be fair food.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


"When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another."

-- Helen Keller

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Remember

Ten years ago, I was returning a video at Blockbuster before work when I heard the news about the first plane crashing into the Twin Towers. Such a mundane thing for what started as such a mundane day.

The pain that I, along with the rest of our nation, felt in the days, weeks, and months that followed was anything but mundane. May this anniversary day be a day of peace.