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Junkyard Golf with the Indianapolis Rainmakers

Here , yet another small victory for Junkyard Golf and team building. Facilitator and Junkyard Golf Pro Kevin Eikenberry reports:
In the final round, the small teams debriefed their experience, using questions I provided them. The questions I created specifically for this group and situation include:

* What did you observe about how your team formed?
* Did leaders emerge?
* How would you characterize your teamwork?
* What was the experience like from an interpersonal perspective?
* Think about your team's and your personal creative process. What made you feel successful? What was easy? What was the hardest part?
* What was the most fun about this exercise? Why?
* While you'd never play Junkyard Golf in "real" life, what about this experience reminds you of real life and real work?
* What will you do differently now that you have had this experience?


Makes you think.

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Floating Rolling Beach Chair

My fascination with the whole idea of a wheel chair that actually works on sand began with my discovery of the Beach Cruzzr® Beach Wheelchair. Today's discovery, the Tiralo Floating Beach Chair takes this delightfully empowering idea further, into something you can use to roll, float and relax in.

It's less of a wheel chair than a rolling, floating lounge chair. For someone needing a wheel chair, and is considering getting something like the Tiralo® the main selling points are:
  • the seating position is reclined and perfect for sunbathing
  • it is nice to be able to drop your feet onto the sand or into the water
  • you do not sit higher than everyone else on the beach, which is the case with a beach wheelchair
  • the Tiralo® looks like a beach chair, not like a beach wheelchair
  • the low seat makes it easy to get down on the sand and later get back onto the Tiralo®
  • YOU CAN ENJOY THE WATER

Yeah, it's expensive (close to $3K), but if you're in the business of bringing more fun to more people, it's the kind of investment that could enrich your work and your life, in every sense of the word. And, if you could afford several, ah, the games you could play, and oh, the people you could play them with....

Litter Art

This billboard is right around the corner from my house. It is depressingly beautiful. Depressing, because it is composed totally of litter found on the beach (can you find the shopping cart). But beautiful. By day. By night. A glorious piece of art. A testimony to the human capacity for both sensitivity and insensitivity.

After much mucking, I finaly discovered that the creation of this billboard was sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation. They explain:
"The Redondo Beach board went up on September 19, 2005, on Pacific Coast Highway and Ave. G in Redondo Beach. This beach clean up took place on August 21, 2005, as a joint effort on behalf of Surfrider Foundation's local chapter and Saatchi & Saatchi LA volunteers who helped clean the beach since it's the agency's local beach.

"Amongst the waste found were refrigerator doors, fast-food trays, ladders, 50-gallon drums, buoys, broken beach chairs and umbrellas, bike racks plus such common trash as cans, plastic bottles and bags. The billboard was designed and built by outdoor specialists Scenario Design who mounted the trash on the board that will have a month shelf life. The understated yet impactful copy reads: Found on (Redondo Beach), August 20, 2005."

According to a story in the local paper,
"The project was the brainchild of two surfers who work at Saatchi & Saatchi: LA, Art Director Michael Reginelli and Associate Creative Director/Copywriter Felipe Bascope. Reginelli comes from the relatively clean waters and beaches of Hawaii, and during the course of their workdays together he would often complain to Bascope, an Orange County native, about the quality of the beaches in Southern California."

And the thing is, all that trash, it's, well, like I said, along with the message, and the mess, it's art, it really is. And it's fun, even.

Cambok

Cambok was a medieval sport, and was, apparently, not in any way remotely connected to the spirit or manifestation of Junkyard Sports. On the other hand, little is known about how it was really played. This is a great relief, for in ignorance is opportunity to create something new. One scholar, who calls himself "Master Dafydd ap Gwystl," has, in the spirit of Renaissance Revival, gone to some lengths to reconstruct this ancient sport in a manner conducive for actual fun. Here are some of his game-restoring words:
"Cambok is likely to have been a game where there was a distinguished goal. This could have been the wall of a house, an area of ground, or just about anything. Some ball games (without sticks) would have very large objectives very far apart (miles, often); the game would involve the attempt to score a single goal, and would often take the whole day. This might be a realistic version of Cambok, but it also is very hard to re-create at any event smaller than Pennsic. The other possibility is a smaller field and smaller goals, and this is much easier to run at an event.

"Medieval rules would probably have been very simple - no hitting your opponent with your stick. Even this is conjecture, but a sensible one - it only takes one or two blows with a heavy five-foot long stick to incapacitate an unarmored opponent. Since Cambok games were not battles where large numbers of players were killed or crippled, they probably didn't hit each other with the sticks. With fists, elbows, feet, and anything else, yes, but not with sticks."

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