Rocks Off at the Reliant Rodeo Round-Up
Monday afternoon, Rocks Off headed down to Reliant Park to participate in the annual Reliant Rodeo Round-Up, a competition between local media "personalities" - Rocks Off supposes that's an appropriate term, though some who know him might claim otherwise - and their partners from area nonprofit agencies to raise money for charity.
Rocks Off's partner was HISD's Dee Puls, our charity was the fine arts and music program at Kashmere High School and our objective was to avenge our result in last year's Round-Up, when we finished dead last. We started strong, but Rocks Off choked in the final event, roping a "calf" that was actually a sawhorse with a head stuck on it. (Like many things, it turns out left-handers are at a natural disadvantage when it comes to tossing a lasso.)
The 2009 Reliant Rodeo Roundup Contestants
Nevertheless, the first event was - wouldn't you know it - roping again. This time the "steer" was a giant compact flourescent light bulb with some horns stuck on top. Things did not look good when Rocks Off had a hard time even getting his lasso uncoiled during the practice throws, and once again some difficulty getting the rope around the horns. But, it turned out, not as much as some of the other media folks - some of whom threw their lassos from virtually on top of the light bulb; these television people can be very competitive - and Rocks Off and Puls went into the new events in a very respectable sixth place out of nine.
Congratulations to Melissa Wilson of Channel 26, and tough luck to Lauren Freeman of Channel 2. Rocks Off will see you next year - and if our upward trend continues, it's only eight more years before we win the whole thing.