My wife Fridgett insists on dragging us to these damn horse shows, so I thought I'd share with y'all some o' this'ere experience, even though it DOES smell a mite like what I found caked to the bottom of my boots afterwards.
horse shows vs. computer shows
and horses vs. computers
At a horse show you'll find elitists with sweaty livestock in an arena, as opposed to techno-elite sweaty hackers out on 'the floor'. At a horse show you can watch people in leather prance around, whereas at a computer show you can buy a CD of people in leather, prancing around. At a horse show you'll find socially inept lonely women who LOVE their horses, perhaps a bit too much, instead of socially inept loners who LOVE their computers, maybe a little too much. What the horse wears is called 'tack' whereas what people wear to horse and computer shows is often called 'tacky'. Turn your back to your horse and it'll bite your ass, and if you open one application too many your computer will bite your ass too. Usually a horse will not be recoverable from death, but a 'Blue screen of Death' is really no big deal.
And the kicker: You can legally put your saddle on another horse, but it may be illegal to put your software on another machine.
Ideas for making horse shows more exciting:
1) the winner of each event gets to take home the other horses (kinda like racing for pinks!)
2) stage a competition to see how fast you can swap out horses internal organs.