Daily Archives: March 9, 2015

8 Seconds

Motor Man and I had a new experience Saturday evening: we went to our first ever bull-riding competition: The PBR (Professional Bull Riding) tour at Hampton Coliseum.

Before that, the only thing I knew about bull riding was that, in order to earn any points, the rider needs to stay on the bull for 8 seconds.

And, after Saturday night….. that’s still about the only thing I know about bull-riding.

But, it was fun, and I thought I’d share some highlights of the evening.

Our friend, Bev, and her family were there, too. How cute is her little grandson, Tanner, all decked out in his cowboy hat? (Thanks to Tanner’s mom, Lacey, for the pic.)

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Before the show began,  a dee-jay from the sponsoring radio station  encouraged everyone to text photos taken at the event for a chance to win a Visa gift card. Lacey texted this next photo of Tanner, and they won! The deejay shared the picture on the station’s web-site with this comment: “How could I not pick this cute little dude?”.

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Perhaps my favorite part of the evening occurred during the opening ceremonies. Following the invocation, the audience was invited to sing along with a recorded rendition of the National Anthem.  I don’t know how many other folks felt as I did, but I thought it was special to be a part of that. Why doesn’t that happen more often?

Then, the excitement began. Just before all the riders were introduced, the lights dimmed and we noticed a couple of guys pouring a liquid along a chalk line in the dirt. Although we assumed what would happen before the fire was actually lit, it was a rather spectacular sight.

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I texted a photo of Tanner to my friend, Donna, and she replied that she’d like to see a picture of Motor Man in his cowboy hat. Since he doesn’t have one, Tanner allowed us to borrow his.

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According to the Coliseum’s web-site, no detachable lens cameras are allowed at events, so I relied on a small, older digital camera. That made photos somewhat challenging.  Surprisingly enough, though, it took acceptable videos. This rider was one of the few who “hung on” for the required 8 seconds.

Bev and I were discussing the experience yesterday, and she made a good point: seeing it in person makes you realize that 8 seconds is a l-o-n-g time for someone to stay on a bucking bull.

~These Days Of Mine~