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Bloviating Zeppelin: Pushing The Envelope, Part I: Parkour

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Pushing The Envelope, Part I: Parkour

Parkour, otherwise known as the art of French Free Running.

The human being has always pushed the envelope into and beyond the realms of danger. This is the first of three consecutive Sunday postings displaying how restless Man is with the mundane and how he purposely crosses the threshold into danger willingly -- and sometimes unwillingly.

Isn't it wonderful to be young? Give these guys another ten years and let's see how wonderful their joints and bones are. Just when you thought some of the human stunts you've seen in movies were digitized, now you realize "that ain't necessarily so."



Blogger Z said...

THEY ARE NUTS! But, it's very long as you're not one of these guys' parents!!
Very neat find, BZ!

Sat Dec 05, 09:51:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to does make my heart race! I SO wish I could do something like this. I miss being an athlete...

I've never seen this before. Cool videos, BZ!

Sat Dec 05, 10:17:00 PM PST  
Blogger Tim said...

Skiing gives a similar rush. "Getting some airtime" as you skip off a mogul or pop off the lip of the hilltop. The half-pipe is a gas, too. Check out a Warren Miller flick sometime.

Sun Dec 06, 08:52:00 AM PST  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

The previous gymnastics club I was at offered parkour classes. Definitely getting some traction amongst fitness/movement buffs, as an alternative choice of workouts.

Sun Dec 06, 01:53:00 PM PST  
Blogger cary said...

We used to call it playing follow the leader - or just being chased by an older brother. You'd be amazed at how fast the mind can judge distances and what the body needs to do to survive when the big brother is after blood...

Sun Dec 06, 04:56:00 PM PST  
Blogger Elmers Brother said...

I've seen this before, these guys are crazy.

Sun Dec 06, 08:42:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Fun videos to watch, though, aren't they?


Sun Dec 06, 09:30:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bushwack said...

LOL< yeah you can ask Ted Nugent about jumping from heights whne you are young and what happens when you get older...Poor guys knees are shot and he's struggling to get into his tree stands.

Pretty cool vids though

Sun Dec 06, 10:46:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Total knee replacements keep me in business! lol!

Sun Dec 06, 11:32:00 PM PST  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Used to do something like this in college at UC Santa Cruz, some thirty years ago because we wanted to break-free of the standards set by the stations at the par course. UCSC has a lot of opportunities for that, what with the bridges and ravines. Some of my rock-climber friends used to go rappelling from the bridges with their fall-ropes.

Mon Dec 07, 04:49:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

DirtCrashr: as you may or may not know, Santa Cruz is now the semi-official home of Cross Fit training.


Mon Dec 07, 09:08:00 PM PST  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

News to me! I just remember all those "stations of the cross" and various equipments on the physical training walk - At station D do X-many these after jogging from C-to-D... It was too confining and deliberate. :-)
Nowdays I'd rather ride dirtbikes offroad. Never had much use for skiing - you can't go uphill and you're at the mercy of gravity, and it's COLD! I hate the cold.

Tue Dec 08, 02:12:00 PM PST  

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