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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Best Rodeo & Livestock Show

Why do you think the Romans had the Coliseum? They used it for entertainment the way we use television or concerts. The Coliseum was the site for gladiatorial contests, circuses, and even public executions. My taste doesn't run to things so grizzly, but, like the Romans I also want my spectacles big and brassy, which is why I enjoy live rodeo shows, especially the part where the cowboys get on ferocious bulls and must stay seated while the bull bucks and snorts for eight seconds, at which point a buzzer sounds and the contestant is free to jump off and run away. Riders are often thrown from the animals and risk being stomped by the thousand-pound brutes, while clowns run around distracting the animal and trying to make sure riders have a chance to escape. I'm like Ernest Hemingway, who was fascinated with bullfights. I would welcome the opportunity to see the Houston Rodeo Events. Since this is a health blog, I'm glad to tell you that research exists indicating that those who participate in social activities, such as attending a rodeo or concert, enjoy greater longevity. Houston Rodeo concert tickets can get you a seat at the largest rodeo in the world, with over one million attendees per year.
Reference: Verena H. Menec. 2003. The Relation Between Everyday Activities and Successful Aging: A 6-Year Longitudinal Study. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 58:S74-S82.

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