The challenge had been announce and I was there to meet his skills with my cunning. I rose my battle gear in the air and prepared for a confrontation. Round 1. After just one swing and a miss, I leaned too much forward and fell off my post. AARRRGGHH! "I'm better than that." I murmured under my breath. Round 2. I took a few stabbing pokes at my opponent but could not get enough forward momentum to be effective. I took a couple of hits to the side and regained my balance. Another couple of hits to the side and I felt myself falling backwards without any way to recover, so in a dramatic display of defeat, I through my battle bar into the air and took a leap back into the abyss of the air filled mat. I was determined to do better this next time. Round 3. I was focused, I stratigized and made my play. My opponent found himself leaning when he should have been swaying and he started forward towards me without a return hit to bring him straight and decided to just dive into my legs to try and get me to fall. The chopping action of this dive took me down but not until after my adversary had already left his post. Round 3 goes to me. Round 4. I decided that I didn't have much strength left and this was probably my last round so I took my jousting stick and swung it around with one hand and tried to take out my opponent's legs. The swing was hard, my aim was true and the blow landed just at his knees. I knew that this pounding would disable my opponent at the knees and render him unbalanced to the point he would fall off his pedestal and dive for the mat below, HOWEVER, the impact was not as dramatic as I had expected. I looked at him, he looked at me. A grin came over his face and he laughed with a hearty gladiator like grunt, "Is that all you've got?" I was shocked and found myself vulnerable without both hands on my weapon and took a couple of good shots to the side and head and in the end, took a devastating blow that rendered me unbalanced and defeated. Again, in a show of dramatic theatrical display, I threw my arms in the air, spread my arms and legs out and took a final dive backwards to the mat.
Monday, June 04, 2012
Senior All Night Party
The Twin Falls High School PTO puts together a party for the graduating seniors over at CSI every year to try and get the students to spend the night in a controlled environment so they don't go out partying and possibly getting into trouble or even worse. So, Deanna and I volunteered to chaperon this all-night-party. Deanna had access to a cotton candy machine so both of us stayed up all night serving cotton candy to the students. While there, I had to take a few breaks to make sure that I stayed awake. At about 1:30am, I saw Shane Schvaneveldt standing on the joust mat boasting his strength and challenging all parents and students to a battle. Like a gallant warrior I decided to take him up on the challenge so I marched right over there, took off my shoes, removed my wallet, took off my watch, took out my phone and keys and stepped onto the bouncy house joust battling ground. The standards that you are required to balance on were very shaky because they were supported by air, so right off the bat, you are uneasy and a little wobbly.
Posted by Clint Carter