cheese racing

cheese racing.jpgi have to admit, i had never heard of cheese racing until i saw it on neatorama. and, frankly, i’m a little surprised, after 25 years of BOTH youth ministry and backyard barbecuing, that i’ve never accidentally discovered this phenomenon myself.

according to neatorama:

The sport of cheese racing began in 1997 when a group of friends put individually-wrapped cheese slices onto a barbecue to see what would happen. To their surprise, the plastic did not melt or burn. But the cheese expanded, turning the objects into inflated pillows! The object of cheese racing is to see whose slice reaches full inflation first. Full details are at the “official homepage of the exciting cutting edge sport known as Cheese Racing.”

here’s the official cheese racing website.

clearly, this has youth group summer fun potential written ALL OVER it!

ladies and gentlemen, prepare your cheese… and let the racing being!

10 thoughts on “cheese racing”

  1. I can’t wait to try this with my campers and at Bible School. My youth group has had a piece of plastic wrapped cheese as our mascot for 9 or so years and it wasn’t until three years ago that it really started to go black and gross as we had to take it out of the fridge (they said it was a health hazard).

  2. dude, this was on the old student email list you guys got from Len…YEARS ago. It’s good to see you’re catching up.

  3. To my wife’s horror I tried this tonight. I can still hear her screaming: “What the crap are you doing??”

    She still shakes her head when I mention it.

  4. Wow – I’m going to try this the next time we have burgers, which will be tomorrow….brewhahahahahahaha!

  5. how is this cool? we have our kids do 30 hr fast and Bible study and mission trips so they are aware of the world’s need, our privilege, and how we might respond faithfully. it’s obvious enough by how many of us American Christians are overweight that we consume more of the world’s food than we “need” – but to blow it up for fun? how do I explain this to our kids? (and if you can help me do that, then can you help me explain Jenny Craig to the kids at the orphanage in Mexico?)

  6. Wow George! That was pretty heavy. I suppose you would explain it to them the same way you explain to them why water balloon and shaving cream fights are not allowed because they are clearly a waste of resources, and that $$ could be sent elsewhere. I’m with you though, I think we need to “balance” our fun, maybe a good idea on the cheese racing would be to see if the supermarket had some outdated cheese slices that they were throwing away anyway. I know we’ve gotten some rotten foods and stuff for food fights that way. (and I’m probably a little dense on this, but why are you trying to explain Jenny Craig to the kids at the orphanage in Mexico?)

  7. Hey, Lane. Ok. so it was kinda heavy. (Was that pun intended?) Sorry. I know we all exercise discretion in our “luxuries” and pleasures. I could simplify many areas of my life. But food itself almost seems sacramental – shoot, I’m not even sure what that means. (Although, one could argue that the yellow cheese-like stuff in plastic sleeves isn’t actually food.) I can enjoy a water baloon and shaving cream fight once in a while. But I don’t think I could ever justify a food fight done with edible food. I totally appreciate your scavenging rotten food from the market – I like that idea.
    As for Jenny Craig, it was just an example. Here’s the dilemma I face. We go to Mexico to visit the kids at the orphanage. We play with them, we even sit in their dining hall and eat a hearty but greasy meal with them. And then a couple of our adult leaders (both obviously the beneficiaries of a more than adequate supply of food) start talking with the older kids about how they have to count calories in their weight loss program (that they PAY for). THe kids don’t exactly get the idea of this weight loss program. They don’t know what it is to have too much to eat; they’ve never had to worry about getting fat. And then the leaders go shopping to buy stuff they don’t need and to haggle cheap prices out of the retailers. And then they come back and compare (i.e. brag about) their deals – and sometimes talk about their deals in front of the kids. How do I explain to these orphans about these benevolent adult leaders who, on the one hand, are giving up their weekend to care for the kids, but on the other hand bear the “marks” of an obscenely consumerist and privileged culture of excess and options. What does these leaders’ obesity and consumerism say to the orphans? Does it say “given a choice, I have money and food aplenty, and I obviously choose to consume it for myself before I would share it with you.” I’m obviously confused.

  8. I can relate to the wasting of food concept, as most of our local mission service stuff is collecting foods 3 times a year for our local food bank and most of our monetary fundraising is given to Heifer Project International. But, I also believe that my groups time spent bonding with each other through mission service projects, bbq’s and having fun(such as this cheese race) help in making the kids feel more relaxed arond each other. When we get down to the heavier more meaningful things together, such as our journey to be better deciples and our time in bible studies, the kids aren’t as shy and really open up in the discussion. Injecting humor into time together is one more step of connecting with your kids.

  9. George, I fully “feel” your pain. I am the director of the local Pregnancy Support Center in my town and see all of the donations that come in. I do the youth pastor thing on the “side” (and we all know that means full time) And many times when I go to purchase things (like sermon spice stuff, ??? I can go purchase a complete movie for that price) I think of it in terms of -that was someone’s $30 a month pledge, that was “aline” a little old lady on a fixed income’s pledge. (if I spend to much time thinking about it, it’ll just eat me up) I sometimes wonder “why Lord, why are we so blessed, and these other countries don’t walk in the same blessing” I can’t say that I fully understand why God chooses what he does, but it seems like when I’m pondering it, he reminds me of the “extragances” in the Bible. One story that we all remember was when the women anointed Jesus feet with the expensive stuff, and the question came around “this could have been used for….” I’m sure Jesus of all people knew that it could have been used for other things, but yet he allowed it, and another quote from Jesus (I’m hoping, because I’m to tired to look it up to make sure of it) but Jesus said something to the effect “the poor you will always have with you”. With alot of the clients that come to my center, I see that very clearly. With alot of the people that come to our churches looking for help/handouts, we’ve all taken the time to try to really “help” that person, only to find out that they really don’t want it, and are not ready to change. So… (it’s getting long and I want to wrap this up)I guess when I start having my thoughts really getting caught up with the waste end of it, I remind myself and say thank you Lord for your blessings. I use it to spur me to continue to have a heart to bless others less fortunate than myself. Is it fair? nope, but it is how He has chosen to do it so far.
    On your calloused youth workers, …tell them if it happens again that you will have to send them to “sensivity” training!!! ha

    Hang in there George and continue to let God flow through you to minister to others. We are all part of the body of Christ and it really sounds like you are God’s hand extended, now your overweight Jenny Craig loving Youth workers,…. well they are another part of that body that I will leave to your imagination! :)

    Lane

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