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BSL Boom Base Toss 2011

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and here at BSL we have a unique way of ringing in the New Year…

January 6th, 2011 marks the fourth annual All-Company Boom Base Toss and Cookout, a tradition that started one idle January when one employee boasted he could toss another twenty feet easily. To avoid bodily injury and rising insurance rates, a 50 lb. boom base was substituted, and after some trial and error it was determined one could not in fact throw another person twenty feet.

However, a tradition was born, and this year’s festivities–always held the first Thursday after New Year’s–featured our longest throw yet, with Greg coming in at a whopping 19′ 8″. Trust us, it’s quite a feat–a 50 lb boom base is hard to throw!

Here are this year’s rankings:

#1: Greg, 19’8″

#2: Justin, 18′

#3: Ryan, 16’8″

#4: Steph, 12’7″

#5: Josh, 11’8″

#6: Anthony, 9’6″

#7: Jim, 9′

And, submitted for your amusement, here are some photos from the day’s festivities!

Josh's 1st attempt.

Greg with the wind-up!

Justin goes for the gold.

Anthony is in it to win it!

Stephanie throws like a girl but still came in 4th!

Ryan takes a break from scorekeeping to try his hand.

We also have a gel frame ring toss, and everyone took a turn at that as well. Jim had a particular style to his toss:

Trying to make it up in quantity.

All in all, a triumphant day of lighting olympics!

The BSL Gang

And one disclaimer–should you try this at home, we recommend using a boom base you won’t miss too much once it hits the frozen ground a lot:

The sacrificial boom base.

Needless to say, this boom base won’t be going out on an event anytime soon.