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This is completely off the topic of real estate, but figured I would share it none the less.  Last night I crossed an item off my bucket list.  I rode a live bull.  For some strange reason this is something that I have always wanted to do, and in hindsight it was crazy, but absolutely worth it. If you want to skip straight to the video it is at the end of this post.

In Cave Creek, Arizona, there is a place called the Buffalo Chip Saloon. Every Friday night they have semi-professional live bull riding.  On Wednesday nights, they have amateur live bull riding.  Which is where I obviously fit in.  If this is something you are looking to do, hopefully this post will give you some insight to it.

I showed up at 6pm to sign my waivers and get ready.  My nerves were starting to get to me, and my stomach had butterflies.  By luck of the draw, I was the first rider of the night.  So they call my name, I strapped my vest on and looked down at the 2,000lb beast below me in the chute.  I was hoping to have a quick conversation with him about we should go easy on each other, but he didn’t want to listen and there wasn’t much time for small talk.  Quicker than expected, I was roped in and ready to go.  However my bull decided instead it was time to relax, so out of no where the bull rolls to one side and lays down pinning my leg beneath it.  After a few attempts to free myself, they shocked the bull with a cattle prod to get it to stand up.  Now the bull didn’t like that too much and was really rearing to go, so I readjusted my rope and before I knew it the chute opened and I was on for the ride of my life (and for my life).

Like a rocket (and unbeknownst to me still being shocked by a cattle prod) the bull took off.  Holding on for dear life, I spent what felt  like 2 minutes on the back of my bull.  After what was really about 4 seconds, my bull started to turn, and I decided that I didn’t want to get caught under him while he was spinning.  So I leaned back let go of the rope and fell back to earth.  Hitting the dirt I popped up and ran off looking behind me to make sure I wasn’t about to be reunited with my bull.  All was good as he had continued to the other side of the arena.

It took about an hour to come down from the adrenaline rush.  Looking at the video, I wish I would have held on longer, but for my first time riding a live bull I am more than happy with my performance. Given the opportunity again, I think I would try it one more time.  If you are looking for an experience of a lifetime, give bull riding at the Buffalo Chip a try.  If just for a night, you get to feel like a cowboy, experience the western lifestyle and partake in something unique to do in Arizona.  Cowboy Up!

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