October 24, 2009
Bring your camera, there's a new photo op in town
Time to charge up that digital camera you got last Christmas; there's a new photo op in town.
We stopped in at Sixth Street's new Raytown Roadhouse Friday night, for the inaugural run of their mechanical bull. Wanna-be cowboys of all ages and both sexes tried hard to stay mounted for the eight seconds required in the real sport of bull-riding. Each attempt was accompanied by myriad flashes of light from the ubiquitous digital and cellphone cameras everyone seems to have in pocket or purse these days.
Good news for you photographers: Because this is the Roadhouse, and not real life, there frequently was plenty of time to shoot. Pete Karas, operating the bull, usually started it bucking and spinning at barely rocking-horse speed, giving riders a chance to gain experience. But in the end -- and, yes, there's always an end -- every rider ends up getting bucked off. Providing yet another great picture! And unlike the real thing -- "the most dangerous eight seconds in sports," says Wiki -- the cowboys live to ride another day.