January 22nd, 2005

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02:02 pm - 1KWFFH: on kids being stupid and adults aren't much better.

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1KWFFH: on kids being stupid and adults aren't much better. - graffiti.maverick — LiveJournal

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[User Picture]From: sui66iy Date: January 22nd, 2005 - 11:46 am (Link)
When I was but a lad, we lived on the side of a hill in Connecticutt. Now, the thing about hills is that water runs off them... producing little creeks and other minor tributaries. In the winter these freeze.

Near my house a creek ran into a concrete drainage pipe which emptied underneath a small bridge (the creek continued down the hill from that point). The bridge had a grate in it right above the point where the pipe emptied.

So, if you put all these facts together, what you wind up with on a snowy day is essentially a louge track (the frozen creek) that enters a tunnel (the pipe) and shoots you out into a snow drift (that has accumulated under the grate).

Needless to say, if you lie down on a frozen creek going downhill and cross your arms, you can build up quite a lot of speed... then whoosh through the concrete pipe (which is just big enough to fit into) and pop out into the snow drift.

It was pretty damn cool.

It was also mind-bogglingly stupid.

But hey, none of us ever died. At least we weren't sniffing glue.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: January 22nd, 2005 - 12:11 pm (Link)
see, that sounds fine... that sounds like risking death with a point, there is a definite end goal there. A metric with which one can measure success. I got to the bottom of hill! I got there fast! I didn't die. That's the kind of thing that I might try in my stupidity even today. As opposed to snow angels which are pretty much just about laying in the snow with the only end result being an impression that shows that some idiot laid in the snow over there. I dunno... maybe the very fact that its simple and pointless is what implicitly makes it art. Of course, as I said on zephyr a few days ago:

"damn modern parents... back in my day, we used to play with powertools in
the middle of the street. Those of us who survived turned out just fine"

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