...and it started in Dinwiddie, VA; never heard of the place. The Great Bull Run, compliments of ABC News and NBC News, photos by Joe Mahonney, AP and Gary Cameron, Reuters, along with reporters, Pilotonline, Joanne Kimberline and TimesDispatch, Peter Bacque, were quite thorough in their take on this breath-taking event. Pictures and words say it all! Can you image 500 people running a quarter of a mile with 12, yes 12, thousand-pound bulls stampeding? To make it even more fun, the last run had 700 participants with 24 bulls! I prefer running for the bulls at the local fast food drive-thru, thank you very much. To make it even wackier, people paid for this! According to the newspaper font, there were bumps, bruises, and a few taken to the local hospital being stepped on by runners. Adrenalin pumped up the payers who handed over the green, $30 to $75 per run, to be chased by the four-footed beasts. Evidently, there were about 23,000 spectators who got off their couches to come and watch this beefed-up event. I personally wouldn’t miss it for the world-not. Four-thousand runners, all ages, all colors, and all genders were ready to conquer the world! One press article gave their demographics, but another printing press had different info including older contestants. My thoughts, will Obamacare pay for a running from the bull accident? I better check the fine print. I need to know because in the near future, when those bulls are running in Atlanta in October and scheduled in Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, I might want to join the fun. Do they offer senior citizen discounts for runners over sixty? Are walkers and scooters permitted? They said, people wore all kinds of zany costumes, like that doesn’t happen all the time. Have you been to Wal-Mart lately? Warning, don’t go dressed-up as a rodeo clown wearing a presidential mask. You could make the papers, and you will not be able to run with the bulls ever again. If I were you, I wouldn’t wear Burger King, Taco Bell, or McDonald slogan tee shirts, not that bulls have a vendetta against fast food. I get the feeling people are bored and really need something fun to do, other than text and twit. Is twit a politically correct term to use? Yes, I’m twit nit.
The event was staged under the direction of Rob Dickens, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of a Boston-based company, hyperlinked above. As you know, all events have protests and picketing. When I had my last baby, Planned Parenthood was there. Seriously, they were-not. Getting back to the bulls, can you guess who was there? Nope, not Moral Monday, it was Saturday. And it wasn’t Ayo Kaminthi; he was busy writing more propaganda against whites and gays while on his paid sabbatical from the government. Take a wild guess, who do think showed up? Yep, Peta, Paul, and Mary were there. I’m kidding about Paul and Mary but I’m sure there was a Paul or Mary in the bleachers. Veterinarians were on hand to protect the animals. Every one-hundred feet the bulls were watered, given a handful of feed, and their faces were patted dry. The bulls, most of them from rodeos, were unharmed and happy after their runs. The event’s officials were on hand and had to call 911 to get ambulances for the humans. How come the EPA wasn’t there making sure the ground wasn’t contaminated from the bull patties?
This fun-filled day was a take-off of the bull running in Pamplona, Spain. This National Spanish festival, the running of the bulls started in the 1850’s. Originally, its roots were religious but has transformed into party-hearty time, drawing attention from all over the world. There are a couple of differences between Spain’s running of the bulls and ours. Spain hires fighting bulls to entertain the crowds. Spain’s runners really run for their lives for a little over a half-mile. A few requirements from Spanish officials: don’t run drunk and don’t antagonize the bulls. Now, there you have it, and that’s no bull!
Proverbs 17:22: A joyful heart is the health of the body, but a depressed spirit dries up the bones...
PRAYER: Our Father, thank you for the gift of laughter. Sometimes we take for granted your most glorious created creatures and your handiwork of nature. Let us appreciate all things under Heaven. Amen.