Sunday, March 09, 2008
Bedrace for Bridging!
Matt, Danielle, Kressen, and I spent Saturday evening on a bed together... Don't worry - it was for charity. Actually, we were racing on an inflatable mattress down the tubing area of Buck Hill to raise money for the Bridging foundation, which helps low income families get beds, tables, and other household necessities that they can't afford. There were 150 teams of 4 people participating in heats of 5 or 6 beds going head to head down the hill. To make it all way more amusing, nearly team was in costume. There was one group that went as the Jamaican bobsled team, the Blue Man Group (except with 4 members, instead of 3), some crazy guys who went shirtless as Chip 'n Dale dancers, and one really cool group that each wore 1/4 of a truck costume so that when they were all arranged on the bed it looked like a truck going down the hill. It even had functioning head and tail lights. We went as Barbie and the Rockers. Notice Matt in drag. We did pretty well, making it through 5 heats before being eliminated in the quarter finals.
The funniest part of the night, however, was our first run. We were inside the chalet having some drinks and checking out the other costumes. What we didn't know was that they weren't announcing the races inside. We went outside just to find out when we would race. Much to our surprise, we were supposed to be racing at that very minute. We ran up the hill (no chairlift), slamming our drinks along the way. We got to the top to find about 20 teams waiting on us. There was a bed waiting for us in our lane and as soon as we got to it the official said "Go!" Away we went. We had no idea of what the rules were, no strategy, and no time to think about it. We took a couple steps forward and flopped onto our mattress. Kressen didn't fully make it on the mattress and kind of dragged down the top half of the hill and yelling. I tried to reach back to pull her up, but the only thing I could reach was her huge blonde wig. By luck, she managed to climb on just as one corner of our bed caught the edge of our lane and we started to spin. I think we made 3 complete revolutions before we finally came to a stop. By some miracle we came in 3rd, which was enough to bump us up to the next round. We went 4 more rounds before getting knocked out, so it was good that we made that one.
All in all it was a really good time for a good cause. Highly recommended.
There's more pics you can see if you click on the "My Web Album" link on the side of this page. Also, for pics of the various costumes, check out http://homepage.mac.com/djdalsin/PhotoAlbum1.html