I was out on my bike today, on the bike path and wearing my helmet for those who care to ask, when I passed an area of road that is slightly wider than normal to allow for some roadside parking spaces. Apparently what this creates is a perfect space for revheads to do donuts because the road surafce is more tyre rubber than tarmac. My immediate reaction, a combination of old bastard and totally knackered by that point, was to think that the perpetraters should be taken out, lined up against a wall and shot.
Upon further consideration I realised that the punishment probably didn’t fit the crime and my thoughts wondered off on to why people would want to do such a meaningless thing anyway. The answer I came up was that they must enjoy it; kinda logical really. 🙂 This is turn led me to wonder whether it was actually any more meaningless than lots of other things people do for enjoyment. Do you ever stop to think about the point of football? Or golf? Or just about any sport. Or hobby? Or anything really. I can understand that participating in sports has a benefit in terms of health and fitness. But what about watching it? Imagine trying to explain watching football to an alien.
‘So what do you Earthlings for fun?’ (I have assumed, for ease of reading, that all aliens speak English. If Hollywood says they do, that is good enough for me! 🙂 )
‘Well, we like to sit around and watch two teams of people chase a leather ball around a field and try to kick the leather ball between sticks more often than the other team does.’
Is this really much different from…
‘So what do you Earthlings for fun?’
‘We like to get in our cars and drive very fast in small circles so that we leave big strip of burnt rubber on the road’
The only real difference to me is that one is illegal. I was going to go for anti-social as well but have you ever been to a football game? 🙂
So that, in turn, got me to thinking that maybe we need to take donut-ting mainstream. Why not make it a competitive sport, with a set of rules and everything? I mean, I read the other day that pole dancing was seeking Olympic recognition. So why not donut-ting? A little sidebar here. I was dragged along to a pole dancing show recently…I know, tragic…and I have to say I was really impressed by, along with a few other things ;-), how athletic and demanding it all seemed. Not athletic to an Olympic level maybe but pretty impressive none-the-less. But I digress; one side benefit of making donut-ting an official sport, and therefore more mainstream, might be that it makes it less appealing to the revhead element. See, there is method in my madness…sometimes! 🙂