Friday, September 19, 2008


It is done. Field Day 2008 is now a done deal. As expected, the weather held nicely. Yes, there were some tears, but I've gotten used to that by now. They get over it. Hopefully.

Meego made out with three first place ribbons and three third place ribbons. We seem to be into odd numbers. Takes one to know one.

Now, about those sack-races-without-sacks. I know people have been losing sleep over not knowing the story there. It would be easier to just provide a picture of these sackless sack-race contraptions. As it was, to be a responsible undistracted sack race official, I didn't bring my camera to field day. I figured what I would do is just find a picture from Wolfgang's Yearbook that he got when he "continuated" out of the elementary school after 5th grade.

I couldn't find it. More on that to come.

Anyway, the PE teacher found there were inherent problems with the gunnie sacks. They get beat up, they're hard to replace, kids get all tangled up in them and fall on their faces, blah, blah, blah... So a few years ago, he contrapted a different set of gear. Here's the recipe:

Take a 12" diameter inner tube and cut it along it's length so it essentially makes a big rubber band.
Bind the kids' ankles with the rubber band.
Cinch a small length of rope around the rubber band and run the end of the rope up to provide a "handle".
Kids now have bound ankles and something to grasp with the hands. Line them up. Say, "On your mark, get set, go". It's a sackless sack race.

Okay? Picturing it? What??

Now, here's why I don't have a picture. Firstly, let me provide Exhibit A: My workspace -

- for contrast.

I went into the boys' room to get Wolfgang's 5th grade yearbook. I now give you Exhibit B: Their workspace, or whatever we should refer to it as -

Yes, the room is much bigger, but the rest of the decor pretty much follows this motif of Contemporary American Eviction Notice.

I did search for a while, but no yearbook has yet been uncovered. You'll have to use your imagination.

And don't go in there.


  1. That second picture? Yeah, that's what I'm cleaning today. No wonder I'm in such a bad mood!

  2. I am a big fan of the contemporary eviction notice motif. It reminds me of when i was a young lad, care free and without a care in the world.

    Than the wife says, how can you live like this lets have a cleaning party.

    she has no idea how to party.

  3. I think you need to write to HGTV to tell them about this new decorating aesthetic of yours! LOL!

    I like the race in the inner-tube-with-a-handle idea. Those sacks are itchy, anyway.

  4. Contemporary American Eviction looks strangely similar to Contemporary American College Dorm look, without the hot plate and coffee pot.


  5. The contemporary eviction notice motif is a familiar one. It's good to know that other kids live this way too.

    My hubby was in Jake's room today, issuing directions on what needed to be done to tidy up the room to his expectations. I listened from the kitchen, shaking my head, wondering when he'll realize it's a hopeless cause.

  6. My room currently looks like contemporary eviction notice! Great minds think a like!?