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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

They Race Camels, Don't They?

I grew up crazy about horses, but not to the exclusion of all other creatures. Camels also captured my imagination. One day, as a teenager, musing about the deep dark questions of life I asked myself why Camels are never involved in jumping competitions. Answer to self: "There's nothing to jump in the desert!"
To this day, having never owned or ridden a camel, I imagine that there is a hidden capacity in these seemingly ungainly beasts which are so adapted to their environment but look as though they were assembled in the dark.


  1. I too find camels fascinating. I've heard that they are pretty testy but the idea of having my own trusty camel with which to sail over the Sahara and bed down at night has always been appealing.

  2. Camels are cool. They seem to have a strangely independent attitude, and yet seem to actually be willing to work for people. (Kind of like my horse...h-m-m-m-m) Their apparently slow motion gaits apparently can get them up to 40 mph! That's darn impressive. I can't even imagine what it would be like to ride one moving along like that.

  3. The ones I met in Egypt were a disgruntled bunch showing their total disdain by spitting at me.

    You've got to admire them a bit, (from a distance!)


  4. That was a wonderful comment you just left ! You have catapulted yourself high into the meritocracy of blog exchanges with that rapier thrust into the heart of the dialectic of destroyed toilets... you took to the air like a frozen turkey that suddenly thawed and resurrected itself whilst careening down a supermarket alley to avoid the impending impact with a pile of Campbells Mushroom Soup cans. . . and I thank you for that, I am off to bed smiling. :D

  5. I suspect that camels secretly enjoy getting bedecked in colorful blankets and ribbons.