Monday, November 30, 2015

Scooter Jousting

    Sometimes an innocent idea turns into a thing. We had salvaged two of the cheap throwaway scoots from the dumpster. They didn't run, and really weren't worth fixing, but what to do with them? So, the idea of having a few friends over to joust was born. We spent a few bucks and way too much time to make these scooters run; so we had to do it. Then...the idea grew.

     It became an idea for an event. A Facebook page was created and friends were invited. There was some brief talk about safety and someone even mentioned rules. We set the date; were blessed with some good weather, and had a full house.

     A row of leftover scooter packing crates were placed in the middle of the grass lot to form a list. The jousting lances were built from PVC and pool noodles for "safety". A few helmets and face masks were available if you felt the need, and we were off. Oh yes, we were "off" all right.

                                                       A well prepared Knight on his mount.

    A water bottle was taped to the helmets of the competitors as they lined up. The object was to knock the taped bottle off of your opponent's head. This system need to be improved for next year, but this was our first run.

                                         The choices of armour were varied in looks and effectiveness   
                                      Individual combat also broke out on the sidelines, all in good fun.                         

                                          At times the techniques MAY have been questionable.                                 
                                       We were thrilled that everyone seemed to have a good time        

    This event was set-up to be fun for everyone, but the extreme fun did take its toll on the machines. This was the same trusty steed as above at the end of the event.

    The event began with  the use of the lists and the tilt did maintain proper jousting technique for a time.
                As you would expect, for our group at the shop; it rapidly devolved into shenanigans.


   We ended the evening with a nice fire and food shared with good friends. Upon asking if we should do this event again, we were greeted with a resounding "YES", so this may just become an annual event.

 For a viewpoint from another participant, we also appeared in a nice article on Scooterfile.

A special THANK YOU to Heather Holmes Snyder, Tim Snyder and Denny Magdule for the pictures and video!





1 comment:

  1. A fantastic time was had by all! And looking forward to the next one!