Shot Put, Desert Style

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The weather prediction sensor built by me and the guy next to me...known as the HDR-910.

            On a clear chilly day in the desert, an idea was crafted to build a weather rock observing device. The device simple in nature has a challenge attached to it. Then send the rock sailing down a predetermined clearing, one problem finding a rock and something symbolic of our location. Instead we created a weather round detection device. Two large AC-130 shells were used, one to hang and one to toss to find out who is the strongest person in the building (or who has the best technique).  Me and a fellow co-worker built the stand to house the weather round, and a few others helped painting and adorning the device.

            Now it was time to make the competition rules and test out the idea.

The Boss at his best round toss attempt.
After a few exemplary attempts to find the safest way to toss an 8 pound rock, down the runway. The ground rules were set and the field was set, now it is the time to make the determination of who has the best toss.

            Rounding the folks around us, we had the big boss toss the round first, a meager 18ft; first attempt; on the second attempt, a measurable 24 feet. Furthering the cause and going down the list we all got a chance at proving we are not true athletes, but mere mortals enthused with simple competitions. However, as the line winded down to a few stragglers, the true nature of competitive individuals made an appearance as more and more people exceeded the previous record. I currently hold second place to that record….

Mr. Mata Gracefully taking a dive.
blah 30ft 6ins, and the main record stands at 32ft 6 ins. My temperament running ragged as my time here slowly dwindles into the shadows, impatiently waiting for the chance to raise the bar on the record, even if it is by one single inch…My soul wanting to be a leader in something, refusing to play second to anything.

            Well as of today its 25 days left on the count down, my mind running out of steam and my mood, slowly passing the insanity line. I try to find my peaceful corner in my mind, the last line of defense on a poorly idealized statement. I’m still trying to make sense of my life, looking for answers in wrong places, finding excuses to put things aside, returning back to my innocence, knowing that it’s a fruitless attempt. Regardless, the event was plenty of fun and will remain a pinnacle of my simple enjoyable memories, more entertainment for the weak and meager.

 

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The weather prediction sensor buil…
The weather prediction sensor bui…
The Boss at his best round toss at…
The Boss at his best round toss a…
Mr. Mata Gracefully taking a dive.
Mr. Mata Gracefully taking a dive.
Best toss in the squadron...me
Best toss in the squadron...me
The other boss trying to beat the …
The other boss trying to beat the…
The big boss, working on his perso…
The big boss, working on his pers…
The Offical messuring crew...
The Offical messuring crew...
Working the round out.
Working the round out.
Balad
photo by: jdax57