Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hmm...I wonder why my back hurts?

This past weekend we went on UNC's annual Fall Retreat. Good ol' Camp Dixie in the bustling metropolis of Fayetteville, NC. This weekend is always a highlight of the year for me as it's a fun time of meeting lots of new students. This year we had 240 students attend! The theme of the weekend was "Real Life" and our speaker (the college pastor at the Summit church) talked about how Jesus alone offers real life, verses the "so-called life" we often settle for. Side note: every time he referenced the "so-called life" I of course pictured Jered Leto and Claire Danes (there used to be a show named that in the 90s.) At one point he asked if anyone had ever heard of the TV show and I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who raised my hand. What a tragedy.

Ok, I digress. It was a great weekend with lots of fun students. "Erin, but why is your back hurting?" you 5 readers out there may be wondering from the title of this post. Camp Dixie may be best known for a little something called "The Blob." The blob is this huge inflatable "pillow of air" (I just asked Josh how he'd describe it and that's what he came up with...) in the lake. How it works is that someone sits at the end of the "pillow of air" and someone else jumps on the back of it shooting the person up in the air and into the lake.

So I've been to Camp Dixie like 5 times by now. Every year I see people do the blob and every year I think it's a bad idea. This year was different. I really don't know what came over me but as I was sitting there watching students go, I was like, I really need to try this. So I grabbed Josh (yea, that was my first mistake) and we climbed the ladder to blob it up. You're really only supposed to have 60 lbs difference between the blobber and blobbee (??) but we just went for it anyways. 130 lbs difference is no big deal right?!

Thankfully there was a student video-ing so you can relieve this moment with me. It was so hilarious...well let's be honest, scary at the time but hilarious looking back on it.

I think my favorite parts are (1) the screams of the people watching and taping (2) how I decide to run in place when I'm midair like that was going to accomplish anything. So, needless to say, that is why the back is hurting since Saturday. Maybe a little blob whiplash?! Totally worth it to have that video though! I think I'll suggest Camp Dixie puts an age limit on the blog...29 is too old!