We need our own Olympics. Things that are useful skills!
I will be happy to compete in the backhand Weed Fling, maybe the Sidearm Weed Fling, definitely not overhand. Points for clearing the fence behind you, penalty for injuring a wanted plant.
I also can compete in the Blindfolded Grass/Garlic ID category. Having worked on a lot of engines and being quite skilled in the Blindfolded Bolt Identification, Removal, and Replacement style, I have transferred my skills to being able to pull grass I cannot see, without killing the garlic it's strangling.
l could compete in the Bucket O' Liquid Haul. It's an all-terrain obstacle-filled course. There's slick floor, steps, doorways, mud, rocks, mulch, garden beds and structures to weave among, and randomly placed toys to trip you up while your goal is to take greywater/urine to specific locations. I expect it would be timed and the amount of water successfully delivered is measured. Maybe for fun, onlookers could be involved by hurling things or activating traps.
I'd like to see anybody beat me out in number of goats milked in a half hour...with kids in tow, both kinds.
Also, my husband and I compete together in how many square meters of mulch can we spread during naptime. Bonus points if you weed, plant, harvest, or put away tools before the time runs out!
I dream that maybe someday I'll work up to competing in earth building, fiber arts, and basketry.
It seems logical that permie olympics, instead of being held every four years for a couple of weeks, would be held on four-year cycles with the results being judged at the end of each cycle. That way you could judge things like success of perennial plantings, community growth, water/earthworks, food storage techniques, seed saving/breeding, and durability of structures.
"... And being swept along is not enough." R.M. Rilke
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