Hello Friends! Welcome to the Campfire. If you would like, there is coffee.
My ongoing tale is in the works, but I have been focused on the important and the present out of necessity.
In all seriousness, (yeah right) I would like to discuss the venerable art of logrolling.
Logrolling is known as the practice of exchanging favors and votes and is a popular sport. It was also a cooperative act of necessity throughout history.
A “this for that” principle known in some circles as quid pro quo has governed government politicians from the highest forms of government to a local volunteer firehouse. This practice has merit as it takes the buy in and support of many to influence an outcome.
It also has downsides as representatives of the people can get caught up in their own self interest and not the interest of the people.
A reference to further read about the political aspects of logrolling can be found on this Wikipedia page.
Log rolling has also been important to the building of settlements in one form or the other as long as men have worked cooperatively together as referenced in the comic above. Men working together could move heavy objects with leverage and teamwork. Barn raising and house building historically shows us this principle.
As a competitive sport, logrolling involves balancing on submerged wooden logs and trying to take your opponent off balance.
I find it notable that the best position of power for a competitive logroller is the center. If you are unfamiliar, here is a video of Competitive Logrolling.
Logrolling had its roots in floating logs down a river to the sawmills. It was a dangerous profession, requiring balance and skill. Logs would become stuck as they floated, creating logjams that needed broken up.
Living in the great Colorful Colorado, I proudly live in the semi arid foothills of the Colorado Rockies. It is not the climate for such a pastime.
However, there is a longing in me to follow the customs of the lumberjacks of the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes and float logs down the river. It seems the manly and proper thing to do. In fact, songs have been composed of the mighty Lumberjack
In the spirit of logrolling, I have tried to recreate these historic moments to get a feel for it.
With limited water systems, I gave it the ole Northwich Warrior try.
Upfront, I did fail in my pursuit to even get my log in the water. I don’t believe it would have floated if I got it there.
Even though I did not complete the task, watch this short video and let me know in the comments if I qualify to be ranked among the few, the logrollers
Have a beautiful day!