Sunday, 29 May 2016

Out of my Comfort Zone at Diggerland


This is not my usual writerly blog post but I think it's nice sometimes to break away and talk about something else... in this case dumper truck racing!

We bought this as a Christmas present for the (adult) children and it took place at Diggerland in Kent and we had to drive one of these beasties.



There were about thirty of us with four people in each heat. Alongside me in my heat was my step-daughter and two boy racers! Here's us lining up for the start.



What I can tell you, is it was NOT easy! The controls were really sensitive and the dumper truck seemed to go every way except the way I wanted to go. Also, my helmet was so big it kept falling over my eyes (maybe I can use that as an excuse for going the wrong way).


We had three heats with a variety of tasks (most of which involved weaving through tires or reversing). I did both these things but not necessarily in the right places... as the video shows!



This is the moment I crashed into my opponent. As you can see, it was quite obviously not my fault ;)


I was relieved when we finished - and so were my opponents (they considered themselves lucky to still be in one piece after racing against me).


Of course, it is the taking part that counts. I even got a medal... for coming last with minus 18 points (how is that possible?)


I was going to make this a post about how being out of your comfort zone can be good for your creativity (or something along those lines) but, you know what, I'm just going to leave this as it is, in the hope that you'll enjoy seeing another side to the author me. I'm now off to write a short story about it.

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  1. Good heavens. I think you ought to have got a medal for bravery.

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  2. Good for you for giving it a go! Will the heroine in the story be offered a job driving diggers so she can give up her boring job as a checkout girl?

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  3. Blimey, that looks so much fun, Wendy. Though how on earth did you get minus points!! There has to be a story here. We shall discuss over teacakes xx

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    1. I have no idea how I got minus points - it must have been a fix!

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  4. Dodgem cars never looked as much fun as this :-) Well done!

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    1. At least dogems have a steering wheel, Penny.

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  5. You definitely deserve that medal for taking part, Wendy! Maybe some part of it will turn up in a story soon.

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    1. I'm working on it, Rosemary - and yes, I deserved a medal for smiling through adversity!

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  6. I think it looks quite fun - in a slightly alarming way!

    Yes, good to do and think about something different and I do think it helps our creativity, even if it's just because we need a break now and then.

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    1. Next time I'll think about flower arranging to fit my 'do something different' brief. It's safer!

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  7. Sounds like great fun, Wendy :-) xx

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    1. I think I'll leave it at 'different'.

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  8. Wow! I want a go :) Sounds like you had great fun. New experiences always get my creative juices flowing. Can't wait to hear about the story you are writing. Thank you for sharing this fun with us!

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    1. It reminded me of the time I went skiing and crashed through all the flags in the slalom!

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  9. It looks quite strenuous. I hope you're not covered in bruises. Well done for surviving!

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    1. The only thing bruised was my ego, Julia.

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  10. Have you a new found respect for digger drivers, Wendy? Looks like such a laugh and glad you survived in one piece! : ) Just wish it was closer - would love to give it a try!

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    1. It's quite clear that all the other entrants worked on building sites, Rae (well, that's what I'm telling myself!)

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  11. That is certainly usual - looked at bit like the bumper cars! Can't wait to see what story comes out of it.
    Linda

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    1. It wasn't supposed to be like bumper cars. In fact we were told that each machine cost £20k and we mustn't have contact.... oops!

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  12. You were brave to take it on, and I'm looking forward to hearing that story getting published. :-)

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  13. Oh my goodness that looks amazing and good for you giving it a go! It's always the same isn't it - the experts make it look so easy!
    My friend is really into flower arranging and she ran a little workshop - oh dear!! Suffice it to say my effort graced nowhere! xx

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    1. I don't think I'd be able to do flower arranging either (although it would be a little safer).

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