Gut Rumbles

February 03, 2005

shitty gray rain

This has been a shitty, gray rainy day and the temperature is 46 degrees outside now. That's called "bitter weather" in southeast Georgia, and fuck all you yankees who call us wimps. I don't like it.

I've been in a pissy mood, but I was really trying to recall something humorous to write about in spite of the weather. Hell, when I was a kid I didn't like to play outside on days like this. So, memory recollection is difficult today.

But I remember Art Salter's yard. His daddy was a welder and he built one hell of a monkey-bar-swingset in his back yard. It was awesome. We played on it all the time and invented dangerous stunts to perform. That's what little boys do. Yeah, that's stupid, but you're not gonna DIE, or anything like that. Try it.

One of out biggest hits was to climb to the top of the swingset bar, stand up and walk it all the way to the end, turn around on the bar, and then do a back-flip off of it into the grass. That was a 3" piece of pipe, about 8' off the ground, so balance was important.

We were doing that stunt one day when Michael Moffet slipped about halfway across the bar. He did the waving arms thing first, then let both legs fly out in a perfect "Y". He landed on the bar nut-sack first, and grabbed it for a moment, before he slowly rolled over and fell head-first to the ground. We thought he was dead.

He wasn't. Michael was ALWAYS the one who got hurt doing shit like that, so I believe that he got tough through practice. His balls were badly injured, so we turned a water hose on him and told him to quit whining. He couldn't walk for a while, but he eventually found his way home.

Now. That's a funny story, isn't it?


I would say yes, that is a funny story, except it brings back a rather painful memory. Playing on the confidence course on an Army Post in Alaska and falling like that on a log you were supposed to walk across (or run). God that hurt!

Posted by: Vince on February 3, 2005 04:56 PM

I can picture men around the world, reading this entry and cringing in sympathy. Hell, I'm a woman and I cringed too LOL.

Posted by: Chablis on February 3, 2005 05:54 PM

It's rarely the fall that gets you, it's the sudden stop.

And, it's grey here everyday. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it doesn't. The sky is shitty either way this time of year. We hit 39 today, a legitmate heat wave.

What's got me thinkin' of pucker factor, is at the end of March, I'm hopin' to hit NC for a week of fishin' for fish that most people won't eat, and wonderin' if it's gonna be grey and rainy there, then, or if it'll be pretty Carolina weather...

Posted by: RedNeck on February 3, 2005 08:07 PM

Funny, no. Not really. Painful yes. I've done that a few times myself. My thing with the swingsets was when i was swinging as fast and as high as I could, the damn thing would break on me. And I went flying. I'm surprised I never killed myself. Damned lucky.

Posted by: Ray on February 3, 2005 09:52 PM


Posted by: pdwalker on February 4, 2005 12:05 AM

Pedal biking about 11 years old.Racing with friends so of course you're pumping like an old steam engine. Pedal snaps off just as put all my weight on down stroke..Don't even remember the crash cause it hurt so damned much,ooowwww!!.......

Posted by: big al on February 4, 2005 03:28 AM

That happened to me with a ladder, my foot slipped and nutted me on the crosspiece. I couldn't walk for a hour or so.

Posted by: Gil-galad on February 4, 2005 11:47 AM

Redneck: Hope the NC Coast improves before you get here!! Nasty today! Again.

Posted by: Indigo on February 4, 2005 12:40 PM
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