On Saturday my hometown held its annual Pride & Patriotism Parade and Block Party in honor of Flag Day.

On Saturday my hometown held its annual Pride & Patriotism Parade and Block Party in honor of Flag Day.

Among the many activities available during the block party was a mechanical bull.

This isn’t something that’s new to the block party, but it was something that I never thought twice about participating in…until this weekend.

After a few quick moments of thought, I decided I would go for it and add mechanical bull riding to my list of extracurricular activities.

I filled out the waiver, made sure I had nothing in my pockets and took off my shoes. I was ready to tame the bull and be victorious. Well…the bull had other plans.

It was my first attempt ever and it was pretty pathetic. I had my mom taking pictures throughout this grueling process, all the while with her laughing at my dismay along with my dad and brother.

I was ready to go and thought I had a good grip, but it wasn’t long before my entire body was hanging off one side of the bull and I was losing.

I failed miserably and lasted three seconds (if that). There were younger kids lasting longer than that. I was getting shown up.

After a look at the guys running the menace they told me to go again.

Maybe I was sort of getting the concept of how to defeat the beast. I’ll go with the latter.

I’m betting those guys took pity on me and slowed it down a notch (not that it was really that fast to begin with).

It had to have been that because the second time I was able to hang on between 10-15 seconds. By the end of that battle I was thrown off one side as I shrieked out.

In the end I couldn’t stop laughing and it was actually a pretty fun experience.

If I ever decide to try this again, I better have a nice strategy if I plan on lasting longer than that.

For now, all points go to this beast.

Well played Mr. Mechanical Bull, well played.

Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com.