Mekkes Vs. Therkildsen -- In Africa!
Where do I start? These two have been at it, well, for quite a while.
In the Ghetto. At IV meetings -- heck, these guys were on the
exec team that used to decide everything with wrestling matches.
Inevitably, they had to have at least one good wrestling match while we
were in Kenya. How anyone (and by anyone I mainly mean Eric) didn't die I
don't know -- Mekkes at one time during this match, well, it's
complicated to explain, but imagine that Eric and Joel are roughly in the
same positions as they are in picture five. Then Joel kinda heaved Eric
up in the air while at the same time
he sat back (obviously, his legs were in front of his body then, unlike
in picture five), which
caused Eric to hit the ground headfirst with a horrible expression on his
face; and then
he just crumpled and relaxed for about half a second. I thought "That's
it -- he's crippled for life, if not dead," but lo and behold he wasn't.
Crazy. Absolutely crazy. Although, if my wrists and hands weren't so
screwed up, I'd probably wrestle a lot more than I do now (current number
of times I've wrestled in the past ten years: 0. Well, maybe once or
twice with my brother Tom.)
These pictures were all taken with Bill's digital camera (thanks, Bill!),
but I don't know if Bill actually took these or not. I'm not going to
overly comment on them -- I'll mainly let the pictures speak for
- Picture 1 (17k): And they're
- Picture 2 (51k): In this picture
it's clear that there aren't any really bad dirt/grass stains on their
- Picture 3 (38k): A break in the
action. Mekkes has removed his long sleeved sweater shirt thing, and now
they're waiting for each other to make a move. No, I don't know what
happened to Eric's eyes in this picture either.
- Picture 4 (37k): Mekkes plows
Eric into a spiky looking plant thing. I don't think it
was actually that spiky in real life. Well, I hope it wasn't.
- Picture 5 (40k): Mekkes
looks like he's enjoying himself.
- Picture 6 (40k): Mekkes
really looks like he's enjoying himself.
- Picture 7 (36k): Then they stop
to pose for the camera.
- Picture 8 (32k): Here Eric is
thinking "What would Jesus do?"
- Picture 9 (42k): Joel prepares
to steamroll Eric into the ground again.
- Picture 10 (42k): I think the
flash failed to go off for this picture, for whatever reason, and it was
just black. Featureless, black. If you cranked up the brightness on your
monitor, you could barely make out the outline of a sock. However, I was
able to get enough information out of it to make this. I'm including it
because I can. If you ever wonder how the FBI retouches photographs,
this is how (well, I probably don't do it exactly like the FBI does
it, but it's the same basic idea.) It's black and white because the
process I used to get more contrast out of it gives color images a lot of
false color. Turning it into a black and white image preserves value
while getting rid of the distracting neon greens and reds. It's obviously
another angle of the scene in pictures 9 and 11 though.
- Picture 11 (36k): Again, this
is pretty much the same thing, different angle. It's possible that this
picture was taken as soon as the camera man (or woman) possibly could
after they realized picture 10 didn't turn out. In the original, uncut
version of this picture, you could see a little bit of Josh Bilhorn's
pants leg as he was moving in to try to stop them. (But you could tell he
didn't want to stop them, he was just being responsible. In fact, I think
he said "Hey, if we weren't in Kenya, I'd join right in with you guys.")
(Side note: It would be fun to analyze the dirt stains and see what kinds
of patterns emerge, and see if those patterns correspond to actual wear
patterns of average clothes. Or, maybe I'm weird.)
- Picture 12 (39k): Winding down.
I think at this point they're done and untangling themselves. That's Josh
Bilhorn standing up. Cori White is in the background, thinking "Insane.
They're absolutely insane!!!" or "How cute! I wonder if they do any other
tricks!" or "I pity those poor fools."
Okay, so I guess Mekkes vs. Therkildsen is not exactly Monkey Vs.
Robot, but it's still entertaining. . . . especially if you know
those two. The next day Eric didn't even attempt to go out to work on the
check dam, he was so sore. Mekkes went, but he was basically useless all
day, so he took the next day off.
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