Saturday, September 1, 2007

The Running of the Guinea Pigs

The pretty women from Cali were not the only ones visiting Bogota today. The main street leading to the Presidential Palace had been closed for security because Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was visiting President Uribe. Judging by Peruvian performers dancing and playing music in the street, there wasn’t much of a threat. Oh, but watch out for the Running of the Guinea Pigs! Farther down the street, on the large brick sidewalk, stood the competitors: three guinea pigs. Pedestrians stood around the guinea pigs and the track where they’d race. At the other end were 15 upside-down bowls resting in a U-shape. Each bowl was marked with a number and had a doorway cut into it for the guinea pigs to enter. The owner explained that if you put your money on the bowl that one of the guinea pigs decided to enter, you’d win a portion of the bets. I put a 500-peso coin on one of the bowls.
Then the owner talked to the competitors, “Ready children ... go children!” I didn’t win, but I think it was fixed. The first guinea pig blazed his way into a bowl on the left. The second competitor was a bit overweight, and waddled his way into a bowl on the right. The last guinea pig was mentally challenged. He only made it halfway down and stopped to think about what he was supposed to do. He never finished. I was banking on him. Oh well, I’m sure President Chavez would have enjoyed it. I certainly did.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOL!
Of course they are fixed!!

Jade =)

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