Friday, July 13, 2007

Dumb in the Afternoon

Despite my love of bullfighting, one festival I've deliberately avoided is San Fermin in Pamplona, simply because there's no way I could go there and not run with the bulls and, since I'm way too intelligent (read: chickenshit) to do this, it's best to just skip the festivities altogether. This year has been the usual bonehead tourist bloodbath - "Darwinism in action" some call it. Brits, Americans, Poles, Norwegians, all paying the price for not taking the Last Serious Thing seriously.

Add to this year's body count Mexico's Rafael Estada Ávila (left), speared through the stomach yesterday and currently listed in serious condition. Dude, I can see the Norwegians maybe being a little unclear on the concept, but you're from Mexico, a bullfightin' country...you should know better!

(The only reason for this post, really is an excuse to link to a picture our friend Steve took after his first bullfight last year in Valencia, which he titled Losers Locker Room.)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess mom hasn't seen todays bog I see no comment saying GOOD FOR THE BULL!

Anonymous said...

Well, Mom has just seen it and I happily say "good for the bull!
My computer has been down for several days, so I'm just catching up.

M

Burro Hall said...

It's a short-lived victory, since they then wind up in the bullring, where a guy in pink socks kills them with a sword. At that point they look pretty silly gloating about having gored a few drunks who were just running down the street next to them.

Anonymous said...

And the guy in the pink socks takes great pride in killing an animal that has been bled out before pinky gets his shot at him.
That's what I call bravery!

M

David said...

I attended the Sanmiguelada last year in San Miguel de Allende and would have been much more comfortable running with the bulls instead of getting crushed by unruly crowds.

The Sanmiguelada featured, according to many in attendance, older bulls than would be found in Spain. There were some 50 injuries in 2006; the worst came from a shoot-out afterwards.

Interestingly, the Sanmiguelada evolved into a Sept. drunkfest for kids from Mexico City and Monterrey's elite private universities. Despite the municipality imposing a ley seca, public drinking was everywhere. Thus, the event was cancelled.

Burro Hall said...

[Insert joke about San Miguel's bulls being older here]