Sunday, April 22, 2012

City Mahem

City Mahem 3

Well, the name may be a bit overstated. This was a foot race and obstacle course for the benefit of Lift For Life Academy and Gym on Saturday. Participants had to run about five miles while meeting a number of challenges (defined broadly). This was one of those climbing walls. I could no sooner do this than fix the transmission of my trusty Honda, seen in the background of the bottom shot. And speaking of which, is that race official suggesting that the runner take out a photographer?

There is a growing set of pix from this event on Flickr here.  Might be more tomorrow but then today is Earth Day in Forest Park, one of the top local photo-ops of the year.

By the way, a couple of our international readers were puzzled by yesterday's post. This was my explanation:

The reference is to loony American folklore. Some of my countrymen believe that "space aliens," the quintessential little green men, kidnap humans for experimentation. The stories usually say something about probes into the body, mostly anal.. So, that's why I used the picture of the sign at a grain elevator on the river, where big trucks pull up to empty their loads. You may or may not have heard of Roswell, New Mexico. The same crazies think that there have been flying saucer landings in the area. The town promotes this for tourist business. I once had a client, though, who said he had been a guard at the front gate of a restricted military base outside Roswell. He said that very high ranking Army and Air Force officers were frequent visitors and no one ever said a word about what was going on. I take the story with a grain of salt. I hope this makes more sense to you. It illustrates the quip by the great American journalist and literary editor, H. L. Mencken,that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

City Mahem 5

City Mahem 6 (Don't Run Over The Photographer)

7 comments: said...

Michele Obama would approve of these active, fit people. I hope they do not get any splinters climbing over those plywood obstacles.

Your comment about domesticated animals on my site yesterday was funny. I would never call Julie domesticated, however.

cieldequimper said...

My sprained ankle would have kept me from taking part...

Yes, thanks for the explanation.

And yes, Mademoiselle no longer exists. Another great victory for feminism. Yes, that's sarcastic.

Birdman said...

... a poor man's wall at that. Sheeeeesh! I think I could get up this one.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

And I always thought the quote came from PT Barnum.

Stefan Jansson said...

That looks like great fun. I would probably even consider running myself!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Yup, I'd quite like to give this one ago also Bob, looks like a challenge!!

sbo said...

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