Tossing The Caber


The caber toss event at the 2005 Whidbey Islan...

The caber toss event at the 2005 Whidbey Island Highland Games. The implement is seen in mid-flight just after being released by the competitor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we were in San Diego, one of the International cottages in Balboa Park we visited was the one for Scotland.  I have a cousin, who takes part in Highland Games and tosses the Caber, but at least I know where it came from, other than just showing off.

The heaviest Cabers weight 175 pounds and the aim is less being able to lift it than throwing it and landing it properly.  The purpose was to be able to throw a log across a mountain chasm.

Because Monty Python has ruined my life, I thought of two routines that could be tough.  The first is the Python skit where the Blanc Manges are turning Englishmen into Scotsmen, because Scotsmen are allegedly bad at tennis and the Blanc Manges intend to win Wimbledon.  http://montypython.wikia.com/wiki/Blancmange

The second I can imagine the writer George MacDonald Fraser playing with.  He had a series about the man he called the dirtiest soldier in the British Army, McAuslan.  I can imagine McAuslan dropping the Caber on his commanding officer  and not deliberately either.

 

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I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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