When I was a young child, we didn’t have to worry about wildlife
getting strangled by six-pack rings, because these plastic binders
for cans had not been invented yet. I was 9 years old in 1961 when
this simple, convenient form of packaging was invented, so I
clearly remember the transition. (See Hi-Cone
At the time, nobody predicted the conservation consternation
that would be created by such a simple piece of plastic. During the
1970s and up to present, pictures of entrapped birds and other sea
creatures became common, suggesting that we at least cut the
plastic to save the animals. The first video provides a story of
Before the invention of six-pack rings, people bought soft
drinks and beer in cardboard packages, which sort of wrapped around
the cans. Pabst Blue Ribbon may have been the first beer sold in
cardboard cartons (second video), although Coca Cola may have
started the phase. The Coke
company claims to be the first to take its bottles out of
wooden crates and begin offering cardboard packaging for consumers
as early as 1923.
So we went from reusable wooden crates to biodegradable
cardboard to ever-lasting plastic six-pack rings, officially called
“yokes” in the industry. Concern about wildlife entrapment
eventually forced manufacturers of the plastic rings to use a
material that would degrade when exposed to light, but degradation
can be slow in a marine environment.
What really prompted me to write this piece about six-pack rings
was a new invention — edible six-pack rings made of wheat and
barley, the byproducts of brewing. It’s a product that “feeds
animals instead of killing them,” according to a promotional video
(third on this page).
Saltwater Brewing, a 3-year-old microbrewery in Delray Beach,
Fla., came up with the concept and is now waiting for patent
approval, according to the company website.
Nowhere does the company suggest throwing these things out for the
birds, but the company implies that it would not be a bad
I don’t know enough about marketing to know if there is any
chance of this gaining widespread acceptance. Initial reports say
these new rings could raise the cost of a six pack by 10 or 15
cents, but mass production could eventually bring down the
I also don’t know how these edible rings taste, and I’m not sure
I want to know. But, as one the commenters said on the YouTube website,
“Sweet, but if I’m REALLY hammered, can I eat it? Or will my head
get stuck in the plastic like what happens to sea turtles?”
Are people really worried about six-pack rings? My wife Sue
insists that I cut up any ringlike attachment devices, including
those used for all sorts of juices and other products sold at
Costco. I do it, knowing full well that I am going to put this
plastic thing into a kitchen trash bag, which will go into a larger
trash bag, which will go into a dumpster, which will eventually go
into a landfill in Oregon. Not much chance to entrap a seagull.
The story would be different if I was going to take a six pack
to the beach, but we normally pull the cans apart and put them into
a cooler before we leave the house.
Maybe these new grain-based rings would be worthwhile for those
who throw their trash at the beach. Maybe they would save the poor
animals that might get trapped or eat the plastic. I’m thinking of
Peanut, the turtle that grew up with a plastic ring crimping her
shell. As described by Stephen Messenger of
“The Dodo,” Peanut became a poster child for Missouri’s
No More Trash
As an example of problems caused by plastic trash getting into
the oceans, the six-pack ring may remain Public Enemy Number 1. But
I tend to agree with Cecil Adams of
“The Straight Dope” that a much more productive effort would be
for everyone to pick up any plastic trash they see at the beach —
or anywhere else — before it gets into the water. That is the same
message delivered by Seattle scuba diver Laura James following our
local rain and wind storms over the past week. (See video
Thanks go to Kitsap Sun reporter Tristan Baurick,
who offered the idea for this blog post.
The similar properties of water and glass are explored in more
than 50 pieces of artwork in an exhibit called “Into the Deep” at
Tacoma’s Museum of Glass.
The art captures the movements, shapes and colors of creatures
and objects in the beautiful underwater world. For a closer look,
click on the images on this page.
“By creating artwork inspired by the ocean, each artist has
captured both the fragile beauty of the marine environment and the
delicate nature of glass,” Katie Buckingham, exhibit curator, said
in a statement
on the exhibit’s webpage.
Buckingham said she hopes visitors will not only enjoy the art
but also feel inspired to celebrate and protect the natural
environment. The 16 national and international artists featured in
the exhibit include Alfredo Barbini, Dale Chihuly, Shayna Leib,
Kelly O’Dell, Kait Rhoads, Raven Skyriver, and Hiroshi Yamano.
Fifteen of the pieces were produced in the workshop at the
Museum of Glass, including some produced by apprentices.
The exhibit opened on Sept. 24 and will remain through September
2017. Visitors will be able to access information linked to each
piece of art by using a cell phone and scanning the STQRY QR codes.
Three virtual tours are available, one with scientific information,
one about the creation of the sculptures and one on the artists.
Bonnie Becker, a biologist at the University of Washington-Tacoma,
wrote the scientific narrative.
Speaking of glass artwork, I am impressed with the intricate
salmon sculpture with the glass salmon eggs used to create a kiosk
at the east end of the new Bucklin Hill Bridge over the Clear Creek
estuary in Silverdale.
Driving across the bridge, one can see the bright orange salmon
eggs, more than 200 in all. A closer look reveals three salmon
figurines in a swimming posture above the eggs.
“I do believe that when you drive along and you have artwork
alongside the road, I think it lifts your spirits,” said Lisa
Stirrett, the designer of the kiosk, in a story written by
Christian Vosler for the
The surf was running wild at this year’s Surf City Surf Dog
competition at Huntington Beach, Calif., where the boards were
flipping and the dogs were flying.
The dogs and their owners were more nervous than normal this
year during the three-day event that raises money for nonprofit
rescue groups. Crowds turned out in large numbers for the finals,
which took place a week ago yesterday.
“It’s a crackup watching the dogs,” spectator Tom Baker told
Laylan Connelly, a reporter for the Orange
County Register. “The people think the dogs are enjoying it,
but I’m not so sure the dogs are enjoying it today. The surf was
Lifeguards were on hand to help with any problems, and they
advised dog owners when it was safe to go out. The contest had 68
dog entries, and many of them were longtime competitors in the
sport. As I watched the first video on this page, I was hoping that
the owners knew their dogs and their abilities, along with their
own abilities. No injuries were reported, and the images came out
more spectacular than ever.
In some ways, the still images are more thrilling than the
videos. See this great collection of photos posted by the
London Daily Mail.
Here is a highlights video by Mike Lukas and Jerome Mel on the
Surf Dog YouTube channel.
The waves were calmer in July at the annual Unleashed by Petco
Surf Dog Competition at Imperial Beach, Calif. The second video on
this page is a personal video posted by a couple on Tower
Two researchers were awarded a less-then-noble prize for
discovering — and reporting — that objects look different if you
turn around, bend over and look at them through your legs.
It’s all a matter of how one perceives the world — and
perception seemed to be the accidental theme during last week’s
26th annual Ig Nobel Prize awards ceremony.
While one study asked research subjects to make observations
while mooning the world, a market-research project called for
people to ascribe human personalities to a variety of rocks, as an
exercise in branding. And then there was the man who went to great
lengths to become a goat — or at least replicate the experience of
a ruminant four-legged animal with a stinky beard.
Two weeks before some of the best researchers in the world are
honored with Nobel Prizes, an organization called Improbable
Research tries to bring a smile to people’s faces by handing out
prizes meant to “honor achievements that first make people laugh,
and then make them think.” The ceremonies were Thursday at Harvard
University in Cambridge, Mass.
Two Japanese researchers, Atsuki Higashiyama and Kohei Adachi,
received the Ig Nobel Prize in Perception for collecting data about
between-legs viewing. In accepting the prize, Higashiyama
demonstrated the head-down posture for the audience, then
explained, “When the viewer is inverted, the objects appear smaller
than in a normal upright position.”
Before he was done with his acceptance speech, three human
“alarm clocks” began singing their alarm song and escorted the
researcher away for exceeding his allotted one-minute time
The concept of viewing things in unusual positions has been
around for a century. The best explanation is that people are so
accustomed to seeing things with their heads upright that the brain
cannot provide a realistic picture when the head and eyes are
upside down and backwards.
“In between-leg observation, since the retinal image is formed
on a site that differs from the usual site of stimulation and the
trunk is in a position that differs from its usual upright
position, it is difficult for some observers to maintain the habit
of seeing the world stably.”
The Ig Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to Mark Avis, Sarah
Forbes, and Shelagh Ferguson for assessing the perceived
personalities of rocks. Here is the script the researchers read to
their test subjects:
“We would like you to think of each rock as if it were a person.
This may sound unusual, but think of the set of human
characteristics associated with each rock. If you see a descriptor
and you have no sense of how it applies to the rock, look at the
rock picture again and think of it as if it were a person.”
The researchers were testing the theory that people perceive
objects as having personalities and that these personalities can be
categorized in five different ways — the “brand personality
five-factor model,” or BPFFM. I should mention that these
researchers seemed skeptical at the outset, and they eventually
arrived at this conclusion:
“The fact that participants were able to assign distinct
personalities to each rock can therefore only be reasonably
explained as an artifact of the research methodology… Rocks were
found to have a personality simply because participants were asked
to perceive one, and the only explanation of this finding is that
the BPFFM therefore ‘creates’ personality.” See “The brand personality of
rocks: A critical evaluation of a brand personality scale”
The goat man, Thomas Thwaites, has received the majority of
media attention, most coming before the recent Ig Nobel Prize
ceremony. I guess you can call it scientific research, but it
appears to be mainly a stunt for his latest book, “Goat Man: How I
took a holiday from being human.” Still, his endeavor, which
involved prosthetic goat legs and other strange elements, was so
impressive that he was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in Biology.
“Human life can just be so difficult,” Thwaites told
National Public Radio’s Scott Simon. “And you look at a goat
and it’s just, you know, it’s free. It doesn’t have any
He discussed his thoughts about eating grass:
“I made this kind of bag that I had strapped to my body, and I
could take a mouthful of grass and then chew it up and then spit it
into this bag. And this bag … was intended to be my artificial
rumen with the goat bacteria in it. But I just really didn’t fancy
getting diarrhea for the rest of my life so I ended up having to
pressure (cook) what I spat into this bag and made a weird
delicious, disgusting grass stew.”
Thwaites shared the prize in biology with another researcher,
Charles Foster, who lived in the wild at various times as a badger,
an otter, a deer, a fox and a bird.
The full Ig Nobel Prize ceremony can be viewed in this video.
Here are the other prizes awarded this year:
Medicine Prize: In another study of
perceptions, German researchers discovered that if you have an itch
on the left side of your body, you can relieve it by looking into a
mirror and scratching the right side of your body (and vice versa).
“Itch Relief by Mirror Scratching: A psychophysical study” by
Christoph Helmchen, Carina Palzer, Thomas F. Münte, Silke Anders
and Andreas Sprenger
Psychology Prize: An international group of
researchers was honored for their study about lying. As described
by the Ig Nobel Committee, the researchers asked a thousand liars
how often they lie and then tried to decide whether to believe
those answers. The research report,
“From junior to senior Pinocchio: A cross-sectional lifespan
investigation of deception,” found that “lying proficiency
improved during childhood, excelled in young adulthood and worsened
through adulthood. Likewise, lying frequency increased in
childhood, peaked in adolescence, and decreased during
Peace Prize: The Ig Nobel Committee cited only
the title of the scholarly study by Canadian researchers: “On the
Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bulls–t.” In the
study, human subjects were presented with statements consisting of
randomly organized buzzwords that had syntactical structure but no
discernible meaning. They found that “some people are more
receptive to this type of bulls–t and that detecting it is not
merely a matter of indiscriminate skepticism but rather a
discernment of deceptive vagueness in otherwise impressive sounding
claims.” Tania Lombrozo, a psychology professor at the University
of California, Berkeley, writes a commentary on the subject for
“What Makes People Susceptible To Pseudo-Profound
Reproduction Prize: The late Ahmed Shafik was
recognized for his research involving rats wearing pants. The
professor at Cairo University in Egypt, who died in 2007, crafted
little trousers out of polyester, cotton and wool and studied the
rats’ sex lives. He found that rats that wore polyester were less
likely to be successful in their quest for sexual companions. He
suggested that the effect, which could apply to humans, was caused
by an electrostatic charge that developed on polyester fabric.
Chemistry Prize: Volkswagen, the German car
manufacturer, was acknowledged for solving the problem of excessive
automobile pollution. (Did this company really need more
attention?) The invention, which was actually deployed on real
cars, was innovative software that caused vehicle emissions to
automatically produce fewer emissions when cars were put through
Literature Prize: Fredrik Sjöberg of Sweden was
honored for his three-volume autobiographical work about the
pleasures of collecting flies that are dead, and flies that are not
yet dead. NPR interviewed this man with a most impressive
collection of hoverflies in an article titled
“The Uppermost Aristocracy of the Hoverfly Society.”
As chunks of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier break off and crash
into the sea next to him, Italian pianist and composer Ludovico
Einaudi plays on, performing a piece he wrote for this moment.
As seen in this video, Einaudi’s piano is situated on a floating
platform surrounded by small pieces of floating ice. He came to
Norway this past June on the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise to make
a statement about the need to protect the Arctic Ocean. The
composition, “Elegy for the Arctic,” fits the time and place.
“The ice is constantly moving and creating,” he told Sara Peach,
a writer for
Yale Climate Connections. “Every hour there is a different
landscape. Walls of ice fall down into the water and they create
Because of global warming, the Arctic is losing its ice,
changing this remote ecosystem. Environmentalists are concerned
about the increasing exploitation of minerals and fish in this
fragile region. Greenpeace is among the groups pushing for
Supporting the cause, Einaudi performed with his grand piano on
an artificial iceberg, 33 feet by 8.5 feet, made of 300 triangles
of wood attached together.
“Being here has been a great experience,” he said in a
Greenpeace news release issued at the time. “I could see the
purity and fragility of this area with my own eyes and interpret a
song I wrote to be played upon the best stage in the world. It is
important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the
process of destruction and protect it.”
“If you haven’t heard the music of Ludovico Einaudi, then it’s
probably because you don’t know it’s by Ludovico Einaudi,” writes
Tim Jonze, music editor for
The Guardian. “For years, his muted piano music has been
stealthily soundtracking TV shows and adverts, seeping into our
collective consciousness while the mild-mannered Italian behind it
stayed out of the limelight.”
He has written songs for numerous soundtracks, including the
trailer for “The Black Swan.” He has collaborated with other
artists in theater, video and dance. Besides a long list of albums,
his credits include multiple television commercials in Europe and
In March, Einaudi released a music video, “Fly,” for Earth Hour
(second video on this page). In my annual story about Earth Hour, I
noted that the event may be losing its appeal in the U.S. but is
still going strong in other countries. See
Water Ways, March 16.
In the third video on this page, Einaudi discusses his latest
project, an album titled “Elements.”
As a product purchased by consumers, beer has a long history of
generating funny television commercials. Hahn, an Australian brand
of beer, is responsible for some of the funniest commercials ever
seen in that country, according to Duncan McLeod in “The
Inspiration Room,” a blog that comments on media
Because I write about water issues, I thought it would be
amusing to share three related videos that show how men and women
sometimes see water recreation in different ways. I won’t spoil the
surprises, since you can watch all three videos on this page.
The first television commercial, from 2003, was directed by Paul
Middleditch for Clemenger
BBDO in Melbourne. The ad won the award for “Outstanding Funny
TV Commercial” at the 2003 Australian Comedy Awards.
The second commercial, released in 2004, also was directed by
Paul Middleditch for Clemenger BBDO. It seems to follow a theme of
sophistication, like the first video. While the ad appears to be
filmed at a Mediterranean resort, it was actually performed in
Sydney over a two-day period, according to Duncan
The third Hahn video, involving a gondola and a fish, was
created two years later and released in November 2005. The same
team of creators and filmmakers was involved.
“Clemenger’s TV Producer De Giorgio says that the commercial was
shot on location in Venice in freezing temperatures surrounded by
snow, rain and fog. It was quite a production feat to pull it off
and make it look hot and summery. A model fish was used for the
stunt shot, but a real fish, purchased from the Venice Fish
Markets, was used for the close ups.”
Another more controversial video was first released in 2006 and
later morphed into a commercial that depicted a stronger backlash
against immature men. The original video showed a romantic
couple on a beach, where the woman draws a heart in the sand with a
stick. The man turns the drawing into a pair of breasts by
supplementing the picture with the heel of his foot. As in the
other videos, the man notices the woman’s look of exasperation, and
blurts out, “What?”
The revised backlash
video ends in a significantly different way. It shows the woman
eviscerating various phallic symbols as the man looks on.
I’m not sure how many times, if any, either of these videos
appeared on broadcast television. They did become the source of an
official complaint for their depiction of women as sexual objects.
Australia’s Advertising Standards Board found no fault with the
ads, however. The board said the ads, if anything, poked fun at
men. Read an account in
Duncan McLeod’s blog in December 2006.
For 13 years, a mother duck has been hatching her eggs in a
school courtyard, then waddling through the school hallways to get
beyond the building and into a nearby pond, as you can see in the
first video, featured on Good Morning America.
“It’s so unusual, but everyone gets so invested in this duck,
because how cool is it that she comes back each and every year,”
local resident Elizabeth Krause told reporter Abby Welsh of the
Livingston Daily in Livingston County, Mich., where Village
Elementary School is located.
It seems to me that the most remarkable thing about this story
is the duck’s choice of a nesting site. Each year, the duck flies
into the courtyard and lays her eggs amidst a large group of active
school children. It seems the duck has learned that her nest is
relatively safe from outside predators, so she returns again and
“Everyone knows about the duck because even maintenance (staff)
will go, ‘Can we cut the grass in the courtyard yet, or is the duck
there?’” said principal William Cain. “I told them, ‘No, you have
to wait until the duck is out of there.’”
I thought this duck journey was a one-of-a-kind event until I
realized that I had been looking at videos from two different
schools. Both videos were shot this past spring. The second school,
Glover Elementary in Milton, Mass., involves the students, who
quietly form a parade route to watch the ducks go by. Reporter Mina
Corpuz tells the story for the
The second video on this page is a clever three-minute version,
accompanied by music, at Glover Elementary School, showing the
ducks all along the parade route. The video was produced by Bill
Driscoll, nephew of the school nurse. Shorter, more newsy video
stories were offered by Inside Edition as
I never realized that so many cute duck stories existed until I
began reviewing dozens of videos for this Amusing Monday feature.
One story that was especially well done was by Steve Harman of CBS
Evening News called “Duck pals: A girl and her duck” (third video
on this page). There is an unrelated story by Inside Edition about a boy and his
If you enjoy cute duck stories, you can’t miss this incredible
story called “The cat and the ducklings” (video below).
It begins with secret formulas for bubble solution, takes off
with personal creativity and becomes an entertaining show with
smoke, lights and music. They call it bubble art.
The first video shows Melody Yang, who has been performing
bubble art since the age of 3 as the youngest member of the
performing Yang family. Her father, Fan Yang, studied the science
of bubbles and found new ways to blow bubbles to create works of
art. He started the troupe called the Gazillion Bubble Show, which
performs in New York City. Check out other
videos from the show.
For his continually expanding and multiplying bubbles, Fan
claims to have broken the Guinness Book of World Records 16 times.
I found him as the current record holder of the longest bubble
wall, nearly 167 feet long. See
Guinness World Records website.
Melody has now followed in the footsteps of her parents, uncle
and brother. She has performed on television in Italy, Greece,
France and the U.S., including an appearance on the Queen Latifah
Wait! Don’t touch that! It’s not a toy. It’s a living thing.
Researchers aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus were scanning
the seafloor off the coast of California using an unmanned
submarine when they spotted a purple thing that caused them to
laugh with amusement.
“It looks so fake,” one researcher said. “It looks like some
little kid dropped their toy.” (Watch and listen in the first video
player on this page.)
They maneuvered the remotely operated vehicle Hercules closer
and continued to laugh at the creature with eyes that looked glued
on. Later, as the video went viral, this purple cephalopod — a
class that includes squid, octopus and cuttlefish — became known to
many people as the “googly eyed squid.” Since Aug. 12, more than
2.5 million viewers have clicked on the video.
This species, Rossia pacifica, is known to Puget Sound divers as
the stubby squid or sometimes the bobtail squid, but it is not a
true squid. See The Cephalopod Page
by James Wood to understand the relationship among family
This particular stubby squid was seen in early August on the
seafloor about 2,950 feet deep off the California Coast. They can
be found from throughout the North Pacific south to Southern
California. They are found at many depths from coastal waters to
The second video shows a bobtail squid spotted from the EV
Nautilus in August of 2014, and the third shows a flapjack octopus
from August of 2015.
Roland Anderson of Seattle Aquarium described early surveys in
Puget Sound, where stubby squids were found in muddy sand at 11
sites between Seattle and Tacoma, including Elliott and
Commencement bays. Check out
“Field Aspects of the Sepiolid Squid.” (PDF 3.3 mb)
In a piece on “The Cephalopod
Page,” Anderson writes, “One surprising thing recently learned
about stubby squid is that they are found in polluted urban bays
with highly polluted bottom sediments, such as the inner harbors of
Seattle and Tacoma.
“There may be several reasons they can survive there. Deposition
from rivers maybe capping polluted sediments. Their short life
spans (just two years from eggs) may not allow them to absorb a
significant amount of pollutants from the sediments. Another
survival factor may be the stubby squid’s ability to produce
copious quantities of mucus, which may protect it from the
sediments like a thick Jello jacket.”
Reporter Stefan Sirucek of
National Geographic News interviewed Michael Vecchione, a
cephalopod expert at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural
“It’s not an uncommon species,” he said. “They get all the way
from scuba-diving depths down into the deep sea. If that is all one
species, then it’s pretty broadly distributed.”
Vecchione said large eyes are fairly common among deep-see
“They are funny-looking eyes, but I’ve seen other species of
this genus that had eyes that looked very similar,” he said.
“People were actually asking whether those eyes were photo-shopped
in to make it look more like a cartoon or something. No, those are
the real eyes. That’s what they look like.”
In low light, the big eyes help them hunt for crustaceans and
avoid predators. In either case, the strategy is to remain still so
other animals don’t notice it there, which can make it look like a
“My guess is it was probably frozen because of this big machine
that was brightly lit up in front of it,” Vecchione said in the
interview. “So it was trying not to be seen, basically.”
I have trouble balancing on a log that is lying flat on the
ground, so standing on a floating log seems like an impossible
feat. I guess that’s why I’m impressed with the old-fashioned sport
of log rolling, an activity that is catching on across the
I have always been amused by log rolling, but I realize that
this is very serious activity, comparable to Olympic sports for
many people. The first video on this page shows the skill of
professionals, while the last one offers a bit of silliness in the
world of commercial television.
Log rolling was once a sport of lumberjacks, since walking on
floating logs was part of the job for many. But now the activity
seems to be attracting all ages of boys and girls, who enjoy the
challenge of balancing as well as getting soaked in the process — a
nice hot-weather sport. Some folks really are pushing to get log
rolling approved for an upcoming summer Olympics.
One of the sport’s many supporters is Pat Foster, director of
Camp Corey on Keuka Lake near
Rochester, NY. For three years, the summer camp has been offering
classes in log rolling using a special training log created by
Rolling, a family-owned business in Golden Valley, Minn. In the
second video on this page, Jennifer Johnson, a reporter for WUHF-TV
in Rochester interviews Foster then goes for a spin on the log
“Tug of War was in the Olympics until 1920,” Caple writes.
“There are movements to get squash, ballroom dance and chess in the
Olympics, as well as log-rolling. Yes, log-rolling. While I would
much rather see baseball back in the Olympics, I definitely would
choose log-rolling over ballroom dance or chess.”
For information about the sport, Caple calls on Abby Hoeschler,
a champion log-roller and instructor who plays a leading role in
the family business.
“It’s such an intense sport; it’s a sparring sport,” Hoeschler
said. “You’re on this log in the water with an opponent, and you
can’t touch them. There’s a center line you can’t cross. It’s sort
of like boxing with your feet.
“You’re doing maneuvers to dislodge your opponent. As a female,
there aren’t many opportunities where you can compete in sports
that are intense like that. You step on the log, and if you make
one wrong move, you’ve lost.”
Jeff Ozimek, outdoor program manager for Bainbridge Island Metro
Park and Recreation District, got involved in log rolling while he
attended college at the University of Montana in Missoula.
The competition, loosely associated with the College of
Forestry, involved all the lumberjack sports — from pole-climbing
to crosscut sawing to axe-throwing. Jeff says these logging-type
sports help people to celebrate the history of the Northwest. Check
out the video of the 2015 Montana log
rolling competition, also called Birling.
When I told Jeff about how kids could learn to do log rolling by
using the training fins on the Key Log, he was impressed, recalling
how difficult it is to stay on a log the first few times. He said
he would look into the Key Log and would like to know if local
residents would be interesting in classes or activities around log
rolling. Email him with your interest and ideas, email@example.com.
I was reading about all the logging-related events at Crosby
Days this past weekend and wanted to know if anyone had ever
considered holding a log-rolling competition. (See Tristan
Baurick’s story in the
“Actually, my husband was talking about that this year, but we
didn’t have time to get it going,” said Jessica Dukes, secretary of
the Crosby Community Club and an organizer of Crosby Days. “It is
something we want to consider for next year.”
Competitions in log rolling are held throughout the country by
Log Rolling Association, but the only event I could find in
Washington state was this past weekend in Morton. I think an event
that brings in skilled log-rollers would be popular, all the more
so if kids could get involved.
Although adults should have an advantage in log rolling because
of their weight, it appears that many kids can hold their own
against their parents, especially in the beginning when both are