Friday, December 14, 2007


I forgot....


National Finals Rodeo Round Nine is tonight. Round Ten is tomorrow night/Sunday morning. Technically here in Colorado it starts at one in the morning on Sunday.

Depending on how exciting tonight is, I might just have to stay up and watch it live, anyway.

For those of you who don't understand what National Finals Rodeo is, all of the rodeo cowboys and cowgirls in the country fight tooth and nail to qualify for NFR. It's the top competitors in Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Tie Down Roping, and Bull Riding, all competing for ten days straight, night after night, and against the best stock in the country for the right to be called the best in the country.

The top earning cowboy will break $400,000 for the year in prize money, even if he doesn't win the buckle in any of his events.

There are cowboys who have three events a night, at least one of them usually rough stock (bronc or bull riding) and there are a lot of injuries. They're all competing anyway. (And they wonder where the phrase "Cowboy up" came from....)

It's the pinnacle of the rodeo year. It's the Superbowl, except instead of playing one game, you play ten, one every night, and the other team (being the critters) gets to physically beat the crap out of you over and over again.... And you don't even have the satisfaction of thinking that they're just as tired as you are because they get rotated out.

It's so great!

Now, That's Just Weird...

Ya'll may remember my post here about how I tripped on the stairs in the lecture hall. Well, the touch tenderness is finally pretty much gone... it hasn't been bad for a couple of weeks but the bruise was still present and it was still tender when I pressed on it.

I had honestly kind of forgotten about it, until I thought tonight to check the bruise and see if it was gone yet.

Got to poking around... and I have a dent.

An honest-to-goodness crease in my kneecap.


I never thought you could dent your body! Even with my rather spectacular acts of clumsiness I've never managed to leave a dent before!

What am I supposed to do about this?? Sand off the paint and smear some Bondo in there?!?

It doesn't hurt... the patella is still in one piece, it won't flex no matter what pressure I put on it at whatever angle, and everything seems to work just as well as it did before it happened.

So, to my medical readers... Should I be worried? I mean, is this something I should get checked out? Since it doesn't seem to be causing any problems I would really rather not have the doctor's bill, if I don't have to. However I'm not medical enough to know if this is likely to cause a real problem, or if there's anything that can be done about it at this point anyway.

Besides, I'm curious to see if anyone has heard of this before. If I'm much of a medical oddity maybe it can make me some money....

A girl's gotta eat, ya know.