Who could have predicted that Chuck's carefully assembled Halloween costume would be duplicated by Doug, his co-worker? Not fair! But they both look good and ready for Saturday's AC/DC concert. Yeah baby, we have tickets.
Once again, members of the Arnett family have been honored to take part in the annual Indiana State University Homecoming Parade. So many of us have graduated from this esteemed institution and taken our talents throughout the U.S. It is only right that we continue to play a major role in the best parade anywhere, and certainly the best parade for candy-collecting kids.
Here we are waiting for the Sauers School of Dance gals to get to our stretch of Wabash Avenue.
Rory just sent me this photographic evidence from Night of the Living Mud, a Mudhippie festival from back in September. As I recall, the setting for this annual event was a pretty cool farm in Logansport. Oh, and face paint was involved. That's Rory on drums.
On Saturday, Chuck (below at left) returned to his roots in Romeoville, Illinois, where we attended a get-together for friends Bill and Val who were visiting from Texas. Chuck was quarterback at Lockport West High School (now called Romeoville High) located right down the road, and he was quite the dashing figure on the football field. Bill is always a dashing figure and so is Val. Their gang of buddies just kept coming and coming until we all basically filled up the entire front portion of the restaurant. Hold on ... video will be posted soon.
Rory's friend, Ken, invited him to tomorrow night's Knob Creek Machine Gun Night Shoot somewhere in the Kentucky wilderness. That's where they blast away at containers of gasoline that subsequently explode, lighting up the night sky. Sounds dangerous, and Lord knows I always beg my boys to avoid danger. (Just ask them if their mom is a pest and a worrier.)
But look at this clip. Looks like fun. Yeah, it really does! I've been to the target range. Shot a Glock. Had a great time. Don't they have some sort of bunker at Knob Creek for you to hide behind? If not, Rory, stay away! Just enjoy the video clip where you don't have to worry about any ricocheting bullets. And you be careful, too, Ken.
Jay told me about this event last week and I'm sure he was somewhere in this crowd of about 30,000 onlookers yesterday. Having lived in conservative Cincinnati for 18 years, I am thrilled to see an event that celebrates a little craziness. The Red Bull Soapbox Race rolled in to Mt. Adams, a beautiful hillside, where racers launched their homemade cars for a hair-raising ride down St. Gregory, Hatch and Wareham Streets.
Wizzing by were cars constructed to look like a mummy, a plate of Skyline chili, a taco, The Last Supper (think The Bible), a football, and the Deathmobile (from Animal House) among other clever concepts. A high school team from Westlake, Ohio took the People's Choice Award, as determined by text votes sent by the crowd. The team, called Crapple Jax, threw toilet paper from their car on their way down the hill.
View The Last Supper, below.
As you probably know, Red Bull sponsors unique events all over the world.
Here are some cuties from the Red Bull Flugtag held in the Republic of Latvia.