Ted Ligety jumps cars in the summer, and it’s funny, in the same way the “Jackass” movies are funny. Maybe some moms don’t think “Jackass” and its ilk are all that funny. But pretty much most 14-year-old boys, and by extension most males — hilarious.
In a world of cubicle-dwelling, desk-jockeying, Power Point-presenting, 9-to-5 drudge, here’s the Ligety alternative: You’re in New Zealand for summer ski camp because it’s winter down there. You’re hanging out with a bunch of your good friends, who are also ski racers. Everyone loves skiing. But no one can ski all the time. So what to do in your down time?
You find an old car. Out in the sticks, you build a dirt ramp. You run the car over the ramp, again and again, thrashing it until, finally, it expires. You laugh and you laugh and you laugh some more, because it’s fun and it’s funny.
Is that living the dream, or what?
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