Diary of a Mad Man – The Beard’s beard blog – Day 8



Day 8 of the build and Containment II is up. It’s twice as wide to cope with bigger numbers but the reason it’s earned the II is because this is its second proper reincarnation that its had. I’ve been tinkering with it ever since it’s very first appearance a year ago (when it was built in the dark with just Karl (the event manager)). So how is it different? Well, it’s higher (as are most of our obstacles this year) but the big difference is you have to climb the overhanging slats to the top before climbing over onto the deck (now our favourite place to have lunch). How much higher? Try 5 feet higher. That’s a lot. Especially when you are tired, and seeing as you’ll be coming to it straight from Tarzan Bars, you will be tired. Or wet. Or both.

Today was the first scorcher of the build, last year we had epic sun most days of every build. I love the cold myself but I could get used to having a farmers tan (arms and back of neck). This winter I went every day with the heating off again to see how cold I could tolerate whilst inactive. Is there something wrong in me wanting to find my limits all the time? I don’t think so. It helps me understand who I am (someone who can tolerate a lot of cold).
What’s on for tomorrow? The Great Wall and Sheep Dip. Talking about Sheep Dip makes me very excited to see the new pump in action but that won’t be used in anger for another week. We’re all betting on who can hold onto the sharp end the longest. It puts out a thousand litres a minute, not an hour, a minute. That’s a ton of water every 60 seconds. I hope my cousin Johnny (or Danger Johnny as he’s now known) is about for that. I still smirk when I think about the last time her tried it. He went from dry to wet in little over a second.

Thanks for reading.

The Beard






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