Three Fires and a Cornhole Tournament

Friday was a comp day off from July 4, so I mostly slagged off. After my evening walk with Hawken, our Irish Wolfhound, however, I found the winds calm, so it presented an opportunity to burn my remaining brush piles.

On the left is the original, bigger brush pile I built over the past year. On the right is the smaller brush pile.
On the left is the original, bigger brush pile I built over the past year. On the right is the smaller brush pile.

The last time I burned, I only got a fraction done because the main pile I’d built last summer, fall, and winter was too large to set off safely… nobody wants to be that guy we hear in the scanner all the time in fire department dispatches who let his controlled burn get out of control.

I kept an eye on my fires until well after dark, when they were just smoldering. The next morning, there was still a trace of smoke coming out of the big one.
I kept an eye on my fires until well after dark, when they were just smoldering. The next morning, there was still a trace of smoke coming out of the big one.
Our cornhole tournament happened at the same time as the Stonewall Fourth of July parade and car show.
Our cornhole tournament happened at the same time as the Stonewall Fourth of July parade and car show.

So I lit up the smaller of the two and moved brush from the bigger pile onto it until the bigger pile was small enough, then set it ablaze. In the middle if this, the next door neighbors, either coincidentally or following my example, built and burned a big brush pile as well. So we we had three fairly impressive fires going at ones. It was fun.

Coworker Jeff Cali and I participated in a cornhole tournament Saturday. Despite the typical Oklahoma summer heat, we had an amazing amount of fun, and were able to finish sixth in the field of 24 teams.

Wes Edens posted this image of me playing in Saturday's cornhole tournament on social media.
Wes Edens posted this image of me playing in Saturday’s cornhole tournament on social media.
Coworker Jeff Cali, right, sports a "Cali" hat and "Cali" short as he and I compete in yesterday's cornhole tournament in Stonewall, Oklahoma. The double-elimination affair lasted more than four hours.
Coworker Jeff Cali, right, sports a “Cali” hat and “Cali” short as he and I compete in yesterday’s cornhole tournament in Stonewall, Oklahoma. The double-elimination affair lasted more than four hours.
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4 Comments

  1. Apparently I’m a 13 year old boy, since I’m giggling at the fact that the “cornhole tournament” had a “double elimination” round.

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  2. I had no idea that “bean bag toss” was also called “cornhole” — which is why I was tentative about clicking on this link. I don’t think I could ever use the word aloud to mean that… In my experience, it’s by far used more often to mean something else.

    Glad it was fun for you, though. :-)

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  3. Oh, wow! I had to Google to find out what you might mean by “cornhole”. I’d never heard it used this way before. Maybe I need to get out more.

    But I’m happy you enjoyed it.

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