So as I have said before, Sunday was race day. I woke up at the un-god-ly hour of 4am (really a tad before) since I needed to be at Balloon Fiesta Park at or before 5am.Beacsue I was stupid and slept in on Saturday until noon, I did not fall asleep until midnight, so I only got around 4 hours of sleep. So anyway, I got up, took a shower, and got down on the field around 4:50am. Now mind you at this time, it is still pitch black outside, but yet, there are at least 20 or 30 people on the field, running around like crazy people we all are.
Once on the field, I found one of the head people and got put to work doing different tasks. As we are all working away more and more people show up. Almost all of the people showing up were the 300 or so volunteers that agreed to help with this year’s race. It was kinda amazing to just watch the volunteer parking lot fill up, knowing that all of these people were out there to help.
Now I will say this, I know how much work it was to just put on the race, which was a event that for the most part is a half day. I do not know how the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta does a 10 / 11 day event with stuff going on almost all the time from early early morning to late late at night. Heck, the race only brings out about 5,000 people where as the Balloon Fiesta brings out over a million plus people. I must say that I am in total awe of that.
So part of the morning I worked parking and it has led me to believe that no matter what you try and tell people to do, they will do there own thing. Parking for events like this is mainly fallow the leader style, where they stay in a line until they are physically parked in a parking spot. Well, people were just going all over. I am still trying to figure out why its soo freaking hard for people to just sit and behave and stay in line? You would think people would grow up, but this was more like kindergarten again with people trying to take cuts in a lunch line, only now they are in big 2 ton (or more) cars. Really it speaks volumes about the human race. Also I am sure you have heard of Tennis Elbow, well I have Parking Elbow from trying to direct traffic around. Its mainly the same motion over and over again, and by the end of the day, my arms was sore.
Also helping at the race was a family that were former members at Holy Cross and it was nice because in the course of helping I got to spend some time with each of them. Its been a long time since I have been able to hang out with them and get caught up on life and stuff. It was very nice. Anyway, so the race went off with out a hitch (for the most part) and by the time we were all done cleaning up and such it was just a little after 12pm (noon).
Over all, it was a very rewarding day and I am always amazed at events like this and the power that they have.