Bull By the Horns

30th March 2011

Did you ever want to be a natural at something pointless? Like, bongos, or opening bottles with random household objects? Last weekend, I found myself at a bar with a mechanical bull and was surprised to find that I cared about that. Some part of me saw that metal bull and decided I wanted to win at bull riding, I wanted to go on the dive-bar bull riding circuit, I wanted to be the Tri-State Mechanical Bull Rodeo Queen.

So I held on.

And held on.

And held on.

I won’t be able to wear a miniskirt again this fiscal year.

Worth it.

60 thoughts on “Bull By the Horns

  1. Clair

    Awesome. The best bull riding in the Bay Area is the Saddle Rack in Fremont. You have to go. Well, maybe once the bruises are healed.

  2. Betsey

    I know exactly what you mean!! I took a motorcycle safety course last summer and fell once, epically. I earned the hell out of those bruises and holy cow I learned to ride motorcycle!! I wasn’t a natural but who cares! ;-)

  3. Tonya

    On YouTube under sissy & sturgis is my sister in law trying to ride a mechanical bull. Tell me it was better than that…

  4. Leah

    way to go, Maggie! I do love to tackle things that scare me. One of my metrics: if doing something embarrasses me but is more or less pointless in the grand scheme of things, I try it. Karaoke is one big example I’ve been working on. I’ve finally become comfortable enough that I sang quite a bit at my boyfriend’s recently staff party :-)

  5. Kat

    Well at least you had fun … And hey you could do the miniskirt with tights until they clear up :-)

  6. Mamaspeak

    I worked in a bar w/one of those (ages ago,) EVERY night after closing they were “fixing” it. I concluded, (correctly,) “super dangerous” & have vowed I will never ride one.
    Since you have obviously mastered this one, may I suggest you cross it off your bucket list & move on. Why temp fate? I mean you ate still able to walk of your own accord, right?
    Um, congrats?
    And, ow!

  7. Rebecca

    Good for you! Now please get some Arnica cream and put in on all those bruises. You will be amazed at how fast the bruising heals. As someone who bruises easily (without the help of a mechanical bull) it has saved me.

  8. alison

    I got a bunch of bruises last week from scuba diving and rappelling (also worth it). Next week your bruises will be all yellow like mine are now. Something to look forward to!

  9. sugarleg

    @Dana, that’s what the booze is for, DO IT, you will be so happy you did! pay no mind to the death waiver you have to sign!

    @Clair, been there! with my peeps and my red cowboy boots! v v v fun.

    @Rebecca, great rec on the arnica. miracle cream. you need to hit me with a 2×4 to get me to bruise, but I’m a 40 yr old runner. ouch.

    really for true these pics and comments have made my night. and also now I need to go watch “Urban Cowboy” :-)

  10. Jennifer

    You should wear a miniskirt and skip the tights! Bruises show courage and if you have confidence while ‘wearing’ them, you just look like you’ve been up to something AWESOME!

  11. Nessbow

    I held the mechanical-bull-riding record at my college a few years back. It’s ironic because I’m the size of a twig and have no coordination.

  12. Megan

    Awesome. And San Francisco is often cold enough for tights and mini skirts – you won’t have to wait quite so long. ;-)

  13. amandaC

    just wanted to counteract esmie–your legs look great. don’t listen to the haters (probably jealous, i would guess. or struggling with body issues themselves).

  14. Lena

    outch, that looks bad. I think a mini skirt would look nice though! it would show that you are not afraid of anything ;)

  15. Pretzel Thief

    YEEEEHAAAW! Kudos to you, Maggie! I can only imagine how much fun that was. The bruises made me cringe (ow!), but they’re Mechanical!Bull!Bruises so fine by default. DUH. Onward and upward! Note to self: must ride mechanical bull one day.

  16. Jeannine

    Damn, I’ve wanted to do that since Urban Cowboy days. You are one bad-ass broad and now my hero!

  17. Liz S.

    You absolutely made the right call. My mechanical bull-riding experience included ingoing advice from an actual bull-rider; I have since retired from the dive-bar circuit, but it’s hugely rewarding to share my sage perspective with other newcomers whenever the opportunity presents itself. (The key: lean the opposite direction that the bull is moving front to back, but lean the same direction the bull is moving side to side.)

  18. kelsey

    Seriously I was just thinking two things about your post. Such as it sounded like a hell of a good time (even with the bruises)and that damn those are some lovey legs. Forget tights and wear short skirts all you want. You earned those bruises and screw anyone that judges you having them. :)

  19. Anne Phillips

    Ha ha! Awesome! It’s on my list, too, but I have to wait until I’m done breastfeeding or else the bruises will me more places than just my legs.

  20. Rachel

    So the mechanical bull-riding is impressive and all – but really: your LEGS look amazing!!!! Is that all due to the Tracy Anderson methods, or did you also luck out in the genetic lottery and win legs as long as a river?!

  21. Kayla

    Ouch! I rode a mechanical bull for the first time this summer…it’s harder than it looks! I only got one bruise…kudos to you for hanging on!

  22. jill

    Regardless if you “make the circuit” or not, you definitely win at posing those legs of yours. My dream has to always been to wear shorts and have my legs photographed and they look just like yours. Bruises or no bruises. Here is to NO cellulite!! #dang

  23. Michelle

    Gosh, I haven’t been bruised in a long time. I think I’m not taking enough risks in life.

  24. Megan G.

    These comments are so fun (Desiree wins), but I prefer never to read the words “bull rash” again.

  25. Dea

    All through uni I played rugby, and that resulted in some amazingly horrific bruising (I have the same colouring as you), and I wore them with pride. I figured I couldn’t hide them (I was covered) so I let them show. SO I say wear your mini skirts and wear your bruises with pride. They’re awesome!

  26. Rachel

    Maggie you are awesome! I love your wonderful spirit….

    I was just in Hawaii two weeks ago, checking a few things off of my Life List (big big thank you btw, having that Life List just makes it easier to do those things), and while I was driving back from Hanauma Bay, heard the song The Dog Days Are Over. You immediately came to mind, (because of the Happy/Sad thread and everyone who posted songs) and I thought, “I hope Maggie is doing ok.”
    And you are.

  27. Lauren

    I will comment for the first time in years of occasional reading to say:
    Maggie, that is completely BADASS. I LOVE IT.

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