Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cars and Potential Scars

We had the dreaded pinewood derby on Thursday.
This was our 6th one, but we've made 8 pinewood derby cars total. Every car we've ever made has brought shame on the Esplin family name. We gave up trying about 6 cars ago. Now when pinewood derby time rolls around, we just endure it.

But look and behold...
This year, Gus's car took second place in his den, and third place overall. And the competition was stiff this year. How random.


Notice his car ^^.
Our strategy was to do the bare minimum. Totally paid off.

That night, Homer was playing in the gym and ran straight into the wall:



You know what wall I'm talking about, right? The wall we all love to hate, made of spiky braided twig that causes bodily harm to all who brush up against it. The wall that deters sleeping during sacrament. The wall that says "Step off, playa" when we play basketball in the gym, or dare to play tag in its vicinity with the other preschool kids.



It left that nice distinctive braiding pattern on his face. That'll teach him. He's lucky they didn't go with one of those flashy walls made of razor blades.


13 comments:

Hot Pants said...

I once lost a nice pair of nylons to those church walls. They're dangerous.

Memzy said...

Ah yes. Scratchy, nap-resistant, horrible things. Poor, poor Homer.

In other news, YAY for Gus!!!

Markie23 said...

Those walls are like a quarter quell force field. Tell Homer to toss nuts in front of him so he doesn't run into them.

eekareek said...

I like those walls for scratching my back. Yeah for Gus!

Flem said...

I love playing with those walls. I think we need a history behind why we use them, who invented them, and their primary purpose.

Sorry about the face scratching but a great conversation starter for him the rest of his life. "You know once I scratched my face really badly on one of those walls..."

Also congrats on pinewood derby. So apparently the odds do get better for a family with many sons.

Landee said...

I smell a lawsuit...

ManicMandee said...

Too bad the church is a nonprofit organization. You could sue.

I hate the pinewood derby. It has always given Jonah emotional scars.

Emily said...

Way to go Gus! Poor Homer tho.

StandsMom said...

I hate the pinewood derby cause we have cheaters in our ward who order their cars premade on the internet. Cheaters!!! They should be so ashamed, but somehow I think the plastic gold medal (it is plastic, isn't it?) is so important, all forms of integrity dissipate.

I would also love to know why that wall stuff was ever even a choice to begin with. Poor little guy.

Carol said...

congrats to Gus on a super car. It's sweeeeeeet that low effort won. Pinewood derby's are so overrated (unless you're a cub scout). And Homer's boo-boo looks pretty sore. My guess is that those wall were chosen as they never need painting or cleaning. How gross is that?

Annie said...

I too have had many encounters with that darn wall.

I'm like 10 up on you as far as the pinewood derby goes...Take that.

Michelle said...

NICE WORK GUS!!!!

Poor little Homer...his face looks like it hurts :(

Jenny ESP said...

MM--One of Tony's "friends" tore his ACL playing church basketball, and he sued the church. They settled out of court but he definitely got money. So, yes, you can sue HF.

Stand--That is shocking! Heads would roll it that happened here.