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Are you a demolition derby fan?

Asked at The Community Mercantile, 901 S. Iowa on August 7, 2009

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Photo of Marta Calderon

“No, but my 4-year-old son is. He wants to be a monster truck driver.”

Photo of Aspen Junge

“I’m not, but I can understand the appeal of destruction.”

Photo of Jason Shea

“No … I’ve only seen it once so I don’t think that qualifies me as a fan.”

Photo of Anton Burt

“Yes, because I like seeing the cars catch on fire and stuff.”

Comments

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 4 years, 8 months ago

( I knew all that "family" talk would lead to unionization...

... and, mine, a limited partnership )

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Ronda Miller 4 years, 8 months ago

Roe, that theirs what family unions is fer.

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RoeDapple 4 years, 8 months ago

so i guesses it aint that the cuosnins has bin so bizzy, the ants an unklse has jus bin bizzie makin cussions!

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autie 4 years, 8 months ago

Roe, them cousins don't really get around much, it's just that there are so many of them..this part of the country is scarred and cankered with em. Then my sides of the famile is the only ones that gots much schoolin. Me and my daddys about the only ones that went up that university.

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beatrice 4 years, 8 months ago

A "message therapist" -- is that the same thing as a spokesperson?

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RoeDapple 4 years, 8 months ago

them cousnnis sure doez gets aroun autie....

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tonymontana 4 years, 8 months ago

the little kid had the best answer

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autie 4 years, 8 months ago

No. But my cousins is. They got a souped up ford escort and does OK with it. Theys coming up to Coffeyville next week for the fair. And if they want to go noodling later, I ain't going.

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Gootsie 4 years, 8 months ago

Hey Jonathan, can you fix Marta's title?

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Gootsie 4 years, 8 months ago

Marta is an amazing massage therapist! She truly rubs you the right way!

And her son has graduated from Thomas the Tank Engine to Monster Trucks! They sure grow up fast!

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rantor 4 years, 8 months ago

Bea,

Way to work in the word "totemic." I'm not sure how the past is "ceremonially sent asunder" via a bonfire, but I'm sure it sounds pretty to the casual reader.

I visualized you as a corn dog kind-of-girl.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 8 months ago

I'm a motorcycle sidecar race fan. It’s definitely a team sport. They have husband-and-wife teams, but I told my spousal unit not to get any ideas.

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beatrice 4 years, 8 months ago

We return to this subject, so I return to a post of mine from a few years back. Hope you enjoy it.

The demolition derby is America at it finest, and its worst.

Americans love their cars, perhaps more so than people anywhere else. We define ourselves through our vehicular choice, be it a Hummer or a Prius. Automobiles have become a fetish of American culture, and demolition derbies respond to and celebrate that fetishism.

Where the Spanish have bullfights, we have demolition derbies. The drivers are our mechanized matadors, battling not against the beast, but against others like them in a magnificent and noisy ballet of smashing steel, smoke and destruction until a single survivor remains. It is speed, power, ingenuity, cunning, bravery, and luck -- an apt metaphor for any number of national activities, from politics to business.

And it embraces death, symbolic though it may be, something our culture otherwise likes to ignore. Requiem for a Ford.

Derbies also allow Americans to wallow in the splendor of consumerist waste. We appreciate that the older vehicles must be destroyed, a means of trumpeting in the new. Unlike the totemic, stationary bon-fire, in which the past is ceremonially sent asunder, the demolition derby is a moving, breathing, kinetic mess in which only the strong can dare contemplate anything other than the here and now in its presence.

Plus, a corn dog never tastes as good as it does while attending a derby.

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Mary Darst 4 years, 8 months ago

No, but my step-daught was when she was 16.

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grammaddy 4 years, 8 months ago

Nope, I'm a tree- hugger. I think the exhaust and waste of fuel are disgusting. Go Green. Can you have a demolition derby on bicycles? That might be fun!!

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 8 months ago

"Got canned cheese? It's pretty good, a indefinate shelf life, and outback tested." RI

And a good foodstuff for that trip east on K-10.

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 8 months ago

Are you a demolition derby fan?


Good God I hope not..... The fan is right behind the radiator. Not a good place to be..... I would rather be a gas tank

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 8 months ago

T_O_B, The direct result of Astroturfing.

Got canned cheese? It's pretty good, a indefinate shelf life, and outback tested.

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persevering_gal 4 years, 8 months ago

dajudge -

I believe a message therapist is one who comes to work dressed up in a costume and delivers the singing telegrams. The ending results are mixed - either the recipient smiles and laughs or smacks the message therapist. :)

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 8 months ago

If you want to see a demolition derby try driving thru Dallas during a sleet storm.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 8 months ago

I'd rather go to a night jart tournament. But if you must cling to your guns and religion, by all means go to a demolition derby,

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dajudge 4 years, 8 months ago

What exactly does a message therapist do?

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RoeDapple 4 years, 8 months ago

BABBOY (Anonymous) says… "I am mostly joking, but if somehow every bump in the day makes you think “I hate Obama” then you have issues."

Assuming you mean my previous post, BabyBoy, it was joking on my part to post it!

Issues? A little over sensitive, BabyBoy? I'm sure a good psychiatrist could help you with that............

I'm mostly just joking, of course...............

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 8 months ago

ODS is the other side of the BDS coin, babby.

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BABBOY 4 years, 8 months ago

Funny. some simpleton always finds a way to take a shot at Obama or politics on here. I really honestly suggest that they make an appointment with a psychiatrist and tell the good doctor about their problem with obsessive compulsion disorder or whatever is going with that kind of obsessive thought.

How else do explain associating a demolition derby with politics?

I am mostly joking, but if somehow every bump in the day makes you think “I hate Obama” then you have issues.

Anyway, I saw my first demolition derby last year. I was little surprised that one I saw was basically on mud a mud pit. It was in Anderson county. I was very disappointed that they did not sell beer but understand why they did not want a lot of drunk people there (even though most just brought in their own coolers which were not checked and had beer in them). It was not for me, but no issue with those that enjoy it because it was kind of amusing. I just do not see a need to see it again.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 8 months ago

Watching members of Congress trying to avoid the consequences of their disastrous actions is much more entertaining.

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H_Lecter 4 years, 8 months ago

There's not enough violence for me. I wish they would combine the derby w/hockey and after every car crash there would be a fight. Or maybe change the rules so that only the winner lives. (perhaps every driver has a baseball bat and when a car is knocked out of the race, so is the driver). The CIA could loan us a drone and then fire on the losers. or... Once a car stalls, the driver has to immediately get out, put on a blindfold and try to make it to the sideline. Now that would be exciting...and add betting on the winners/losers. Oh, the fun we could have.

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