Team Spirit…In this era of fake news (and allegedly fake news), Squid has grown accustomed to feeling like Squid can barely tell what’s true anymore. Just last week, Squid was reading the news and couldn’t tell whether it was truth or fiction that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was running for president and if Kid Rock was running for Senate, headlines that appeared just before Kid Rock was scheduled to take the stage of the Salinas Sports Complex July 14 to kick off the California Rodeo. Squid wondered whether it would be a campaign kickoff or a concert. (It was most definitely a concert, one which sold 12,412 tickets out of 14,600 available. If Kid does really decide to run for office, Salinas might just be a prime launch pad.)
It wasn’t the only head-scratcher for Squid as rodeo week got underway. There are promotional posters promising, “Cowboys have more fun.” More fun than who, you wonder? One poster shows some roller coaster riders, looking terrified, above a picture of a guy riding a bronc. Another, a little boy riding a bike—while crying—above a mutton-busting picture. And another poster shows a woman doing yoga, her back on the floor with her feet thrown up over her head, in the plow pose. (Squid tried it, and got Squid’s tentacles all tangled up in a knot.) Below her is a photo of a trick rider hanging onto the saddle of a galloping horse, in a move Squid wouldn’t dare try for fear of getting trampled.
“We’re not putting those other things down,” rodeo marketing manager Mandy Linquist tells Squid’s…
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