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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Today's Post: Vanderwritten

Writing a blog can be emotionally and sometimes physically draining, just ask Rich Dillen or that/those folks who do The Sartorialist (well not really cuz that's all pictures). But anyhoo, sometimes finding material can be a stretch. Although last month's post "Hawley Restroom Urinal Cake Theft Up 10 Percent For 2009" was salient to those of us employed here, to the average reader, it was irrelevant if not extremely gross. So imagine the blog boon with the Vanderkitten Team in the house! No words necessary, just take some pictures and walk away. Well, a few words of explanation. Colin (inside sales) is 0 for god knows what in arm wrestling so we figured he needed an ego massage: a victory! Sadly, the joke was supposed to be on him as Andy had arranged arm wrestler and Vanderkitten Jen Wilson to tangle with the pride of Greenville High School. Jen is strong, but Colin had a much greater inspiration: Steve Hawley standing behind him chanting "CO-LIN! CO-LIN!" while giving the pantomimed throat cutting motion. How is that for pressure? Surrounded by people you've never met before with the weight of the amateur arm wrestling circuit on your shoulders. It was almost too good to be true. Well, after the usual Andy Hale "I just want my picture taken" posturing, the match got under way with an aggressive textbook early-take-down move from Jen. Colin held firm and counteracted with a classic leverage-reversal. Jen hung in there, at one point screaming, "Help me baby Jebus, help me!" as steam literally shot out from Colin's ears. A few more grunts and it was Colin pinning Jen's arm to the table in a brave if not heroic display. I bet against Colin and lost five thousand dollars... so it goes. It was nice to hear the Vanderkittens' tales from the racing and traveling world. I only wish they could've met Mimi! Good luck in Spartanburg (The Blog's hometown)...


Jen having a laugh, Colin contemplating turning in his resignation.

Quick team snap with Carmen (Vanderkitten buyer) and Smokey Mountain Red. Oh yeah, and ANDY. I can't remember everybody's name, can somebody help a blog out?

8 comments:

velodonna said...

facebook, suckah! :)

Davetronic said...

L to R:
Laura "B-Girl" Bowles, Melissa "Muscles" Sanborn, Liz "The Hatchet" Hatch, Carmen from Hawley, Jennifer "JennX" Reither, Jennifer "Wheels" Wilson, Virginia "V-Rex" Perkins, Hawley Red, Andy from Hawley, Haley "Comet" Beann. I can't vouch for the accuracy of the nicknames... I just made some of them up. =)

ddt said...

Dude, Jen was a gym buddy of mine this last winter -- I think she *let* him win. Always pamper the sponsors, of course!

The Ghost of Jerry Reed said...

Velodonna, OK! Who is this?

Davetronic, thanks for the names, and the nicknames...


DDT, you have great wisdom!

Philip said...

Thank you for the great comments on my blog I really do appreciate the feedback and hope you revisit

dwight yoakam said...

well, in other news, joshie really earned that shirt that he is wearing. just ask him.

and the michael call-out is perfect.

mimi for prez.

Spankye said...

I see a possible DQ for Colin...In the Michael Call-Out picture it is obvious that Colin is using extra leverage with his left hand by pulling on the table to defeat Jen. The way i see it he should have a few days off without pay to think about this.

Spiritof76 said...

Colin might be able to defeat a kitten in an office arm wrestling challenge, but was all know he was crushed and subsequentailly scorned into redness by this awesome tiger. (sorry colin im exercising my bragging rights, I won them fair and square when I crushed you)