Friday, July 29, 2005

International Conflict Brought On By Heat - Film At 11:00

With summer comes summer fun. People run off to the beach, they play in sprinklers and visit swimming pools. They even throw water balloons around to beat the heat and have fun. Another key element to summer fun, at least in our are, is the summer festival.

Every weekend another town or city has a festival celebrating everything from community and culture to foods and produce. So it was only a matter of time before someone decided to combine the two. The end result was the creation of the ultimate water balloon fight. 2005 has become the summer of the world wide water balloon battle. It began when 1,102 participants threw 10,882 water balloons at Sint-Michielscollege, Brasschaat, Belgium, on April 15, 2005. The set a new Guinness World Record and raised the bar from the previous goal that Hamilton was setup to attain of beating the Peace River Bible Institute of Sexsmith, Alta., which last year had 800 people hurl just 8,000 balloons at each other.

Not to be outdone by this foreign menace, Canada decided to fire back. Hamilton began to rally the troops and prepare for a counter attack but were headed off at the pass. While our larger city was setting up for the counteroffensive a small guerrilla strike force from Fort Nelson in British Columbia, consisting of 4,694 people, rallied 40% of the town for a total of 2,269 people on June 18 for a mock battle with 40,360 balloons. So Hamilton has had to up the ante and now plans a larger strike than initially devised. After revising their plan of attack they secured supplies with the aid of the best discount warehouse in town.

Currently they are recruiting for the battle, so I do my part as a citizen and put out an open call to all bloggers in the greater Hamilton area. If you have the time then do your part to secure one of the more irreverent records in the book for our fair city.

After trying to boost our city's image by renovating our art gallery and our local paper's issuing of a challenge for people to make suggestions to get people revved up about Hamilton, it is nice to see an idea most people can get behind. Let's face it folks, it's no big deal to win a Guinness record for geography, Mother Nature did all the hard work and you're just riding on her coattails. Let's do our part people and put this fair city on the map through the actions of it's people and not its geography!

The first shots have been fired, it's our duty to return fire and let thos pesky Belgians know that we won't take this sitting down.


Blogger blue2go said...

Hey, good luck with making the record! That would be cool.

8:46:00 AM  
Blogger dan said...

That's one hell of a world record.

Hope nobody water bombs me today - it's cold outside.

10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

I want to get water bombed!!! It's SOOOOO friggin' hot here....eewwww.

10:09:00 AM  
Blogger ...just-rambling... said...

Good luck on your world record! Throw one for me!

10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Hick said...

In California you would probably get fined for wasting water. Kill joys.

Good luck and bombs away.

11:17:00 AM  
Blogger Memphis Steve said...

RainyPete, armed and dangerous!

Cool photo, too.

12:44:00 PM  
Blogger Martini Love said...

Water bombs are cool. I need some here in AZ it is like 108 today yuck!

12:53:00 PM  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

Take 'em down. Enjoying the blog, btw, found you thru Useless Men.

1:18:00 PM  
Blogger ms. creek said...

okay, the more i read about things like this the more i want to move to your part of there world. ya think there's room? lol

2:57:00 PM  
Blogger gawblimeyman said...

You sad bastards! Go for it! Sounds good fun actually...

3:22:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Holy hell, that's one mean amount of water balloons!

Sounds like fun though...well, fun and a lot of bruising going on anyway lol

5:16:00 AM  
Blogger ...just-rambling... said...

I finally picked up my mail from the post office (yes, I've been busy!) and there was your postcard! Thank you!! You didn't mail it out late at all, since it was postmarked 050705, which means May 7th to me! ;)

Anyhow, thank you again. What am I supposed to do now. I forgot.

Some day I will have to travel north to Hamilton, preferably not in the middle of winter though. Is that ferris wheel in the picture up and running year round?

7:14:00 PM  
Blogger dan said...

i sympathaise with all the people who're suffering in the heat in the u.s. and canada.

if i could throw a water bomb that far to cool you down, i would.

7:32:00 AM  
Blogger Ms Mac said...

Water fights are the best fights of all! I love a good water fight!

9:53:00 AM  
Blogger Denny Shane said...

I am a trained balloon bomber for hire. How much does this job pay?

9:59:00 AM  
Blogger Fizzy said...

Good luck. I would lend you my son.. I would then have some hope that he may finally get near enough water to get clean.... that child is allergic to water.

Good luck with the record.

6:22:00 PM  
Blogger glomgold said...

This is an arms race that will lead only to tragedy! Well, soaking.

10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Xerraire said...

A very sweet photo, I really do like it.

By the way, do you have one of those blog sized images to use to exchange links from my blog to yours?


11:25:00 AM  
Blogger Rowan said...

Well, I just signed up! Count me in!

9:14:00 AM  

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