This past weekend was The Cloverdale Rodeo. I don’t like the Rodeo. There are many reasons for this. None of them are because of animal cruelty. That’s a different debate, one I don’t wish to engage.
First, I don’t like crowds. But Josef- you always talk about Disneyland. Isn’t that crowded? Sure it is. But I also plan my days based on the slower periods in the parks. I know when to avoid the crowds. Ever notice how I’m enjoying a beer afterwards in the hotel? And don’t even try and get my to venture into Vancouver to see fireworks!
Second, I don’t like the heat. And this weekend was hot. Too damn hot for my liking to be stuck out in the sun without any shade. Plus I had the “pleasure” of working outdoors as it is. My arms are sunburnt. Stupid pasty white boy.
Third, Country music isn’t my style. I can appreciate a well written song from time to time, but overall- it’s not my bag baby. I almost posted an Austin Powers meme… but wait! There’s More…
Fourth is Carnies. The Rodeo brings in West Coast Amusements for the event. I don’t like sketchy carnival rides, scary ass food or carnival barkers trying to get me to play “skill games” for prizes. Years ago, when I was 18 or 19, I went to the Cloverdale Rodeo. We made friends with some of the carnival workers and we got lots of free rides and heard many stories of the sketchiest things that go on. (Did you know that the “Zipper” ride has a puker almost every other time? That’s why there’s a hose nearby. Then the ride spins to dry it off). They only hung out with us for the free weed and hopes to get with the ladies. But that never happened. Haha.
I also hate trying to drive around the streets near the Rodeo as well. People are bad drivers as it is. When I’m behind the wheel- I think it’s my road, so get outta way! Ugh. Anyways- going to work is far more pleasurable than wasting my time and money at the Rodeo.
Plus horse poop stinks. Especially in the heat.