Sunday, April 19, 2009

To Tank or Not to Tank

that is the question that was put forth at the OSJ Treasure Hunt. Some people feel the real definition of tank for purposes of this rally are only the military type with moving treads and cannons, while some of us think outside the tank and defined tanks as more general.

a. A large, often metallic container for holding or storing liquids or gases.
b. The amount that this container can hold: buy a tank of gas.
2. A usually artificial pool, pond, reservoir, or cistern, especially one used to hold water for drinking or for irrigation.
3. An enclosed, heavily armored combat vehicle that is armed with cannon and machine guns and moves on continuous tracks.
4. A tank top.
5. Slang A jail or jail cell.

As in any contest, there is an offense and a defense. Sometimes a strategic defense, leads to a great offense. Early on I tested the limits of Tanks by posting this photo of 2 bikes in a parking lot.

OSJ, the rally bastard, felt this was a little over the top for tanks, so he revised the rules for tanks, stating they must be bigger than your bike. I immediately followed with a post about my new bike I purchased.

A couple of us competitors, being the point whores that we are, have absolutely no social conscience about going to an oil company, posting up all the trucks and storage tanks in a yard. After all one good stop can yield you 5,000 points.

OSJ being the fair democratic fellow that he is, posted up a poll of whether or not, tanks should be limited to the military type tanks, or leave the rules as they are. There was an overwhelming vote of limiting the tanks to only military tanks. It was something like 28 to 8. By my math, that is 36 people voting and there are far less participants in the game than 36. Hmmm maybe there is alot of sandbaggers out there.

Of course, OSJ talked about taking away the points already gotten to implement the new rules, which I responded that this was like an Obamaism, where the Point Earners were bailing out the Point Whiners, but it is OSJ's Rally and he is the Rally Bastard, who makes all the rules, which of course are final.

Being the fair and decent individual I am, I proposed as a compromise to eliminating the Tanks and a fair bleed in of the new rules. Allow each contestant to post to the maximum amount of tanks by the highest Tank Posting Whore to date and not allow tanks after this maximum has been reached. After all it would not be fair to ME, if I lost all the points I have made on tanks.

This all came down Sunday morning. So with the impending rule change, MeAsWe and Me took off to get some more landmarks and tankless rally points. When we arrived back at home base, I looked up the status of the tank debate and found OSJ had issued his proclamation. The TARP bill for the rally.

Tanks are tanks...keep em coming, no changes in the rules

We had spent the whole day passing tank after tank. I would flail my hands everytime we passed a collection of tanks, as we road by on the bike, making a pointing gesture, "Look what we are missing"
We had been OSJ'd. He never was considering revising the rules, he just wanted to stir up a hornet nest and see who he could get a rise out of. I did take a special photo just for him, which I may have to use in the future.

Some Tanks are happy ones, some are blue. It's the way you ride the trail that counts, Here's a happy one for you. Happy tanks to you until we meet again. Happy tanks to you, keep smilin' until then. Who cares about the clouds when we're together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather. Happy tank to you 'till we meet again.

(I am sure you can think of the tune to sing the above to)

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