Saturday, April 07, 2007
Emerald City Comicon 2007: Arm Wrestling Oeming
When Jim and I read on the ECCC website that Mike Oeming was arm wrestling for HERO Initiative, we both thought it would be fun to have me try. I have been weight training and working out so I might have a crack at it.
Something kept tickling the back of my brain though. There has to be a catch. The guy has got to be a prolfic arm wrestler to take on all comers like he does. Do I even bother?
The answer was yes. What the hell- I didn't have anything to lose, other then my dignity, and that old girl was long gone around here anyway.
Sunday at 4 p.m. we were running back to the convention. We were a bit late. We could hear lots of noise and actiivity around Oeming's area. Sure enough he was beating pretty much everyone that challenged him. I almost backed out, but Jim wouldn't let me.
I went right after an older gentleman. He had surprised Oeming, so I was hoping to do the same. I sat down, paid my $10 entry fee and got Oeming to use his left arm.
We got ready, and Jim McLauchlin said "go". Oeming looked at me a bit surprised. I was holding my own. We both pressed a bit harder, hitting an impasse. It wasn't going to go further. A vein popped out in Oeming's forehead. I know one must have in mine.
Then I made the fatal error. I moved my elbow to get better leverage and he had me. I went down.
Oeming had won another battle, but not without effort.
Kindly, he gave me a page of Powers art and I was on my way. I was defeated but unbroken. It was all about 30 seconds to a minute of fun, and it made money for HERO Initiative.
It also gave me incentive to step up my workouts in preparation for next year. Look out Oeming, I am training, and then I am coming for you next year.