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It is the best country. End.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:41 AM on August 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I like every single word in that description.
posted by box at 9:44 AM on August 25, 2011


This is one of many rewards that the Finnish enjoy for being so darn tootin good at everything. I mean, have you seen their stats? They're the Lisa Simpson of the world.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:44 AM on August 25, 2011


This is a regular thing on the Saco River in Maine, also.
posted by beagle at 9:46 AM on August 25, 2011


That's just about every summer weekend on the Chattahoochee in Atlanta.
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:51 AM on August 25, 2011


hey, the water's kind of warm all of a sudden....
posted by Hoopo at 9:51 AM on August 25, 2011


Love the children's wading pools pressed into service as a boat, some with a small support vessel/dinghy filled with ice.
posted by sammyo at 9:52 AM on August 25, 2011


Looks pretty much like just about every remotely interesting Texas River (Guadalupe, San Marcos, Brazos, etc) throughout the entire summer. You might be getting sun burnt, the inner tube is chafing your skin, and the river might be moving a a glacial rate but with an extra tube to store a cooler full of beer it's all good.
posted by vuron at 9:53 AM on August 25, 2011


Should be able to do something like this on Saturday. Right in my back yard.
posted by Splunge at 9:53 AM on August 25, 2011


I was going to say that it makes me sad that drunk Americans in large groups are too stupid and belligerent to do this successfully but the above comments about similar events make me feel a bit better.
posted by elizardbits at 9:54 AM on August 25, 2011


Those poor fish.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 9:58 AM on August 25, 2011


Yep, looks like my Huron River in Michigan on a hot summer weekend (but that would be the "stupid and belligerent" contingent).
posted by tomswift at 9:59 AM on August 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Sacramento too.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:59 AM on August 25, 2011


This is one of many rewards that the Finnish enjoy for being so darn tootin good at everything

this may be but the larger issue of legality is still in the links, in this case, organizing the event. Also, if your comparing a similar event in regards to the united states you may have have some heedy navigation concerning alcohol consumption of rivers.

I just cannot picture a drunken river ride organized at the Dexter cider mill but thats me.
posted by clavdivs at 10:08 AM on August 25, 2011


of rivers/ hickup/ on rivers
posted by clavdivs at 10:09 AM on August 25, 2011


Cool. There's a word for what I was doing last week in Kelowna!
posted by mannequito at 10:10 AM on August 25, 2011


It is the best country. End.

Well, Finland compares well to the best country.

This is a very poor picture of Finland actually. Finns don't waste time looking for excuses to drink - or engaging in activities that might detract from getting a serious drink on.

Two Finnish guys go on holiday. They go directly into the bar at the airport and order a drink. The one Finn holds up his glass and says "cheers". His friend gives him a dirty look and says "What gives? Are we here to drink, or to talk?"
posted by three blind mice at 10:12 AM on August 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


That first link, a few photos down, I think its Samuli on the platform...
posted by infini at 10:17 AM on August 25, 2011


(but that would be the "stupid and belligerent" contingent)

Pray don't imagine that once a Finn has his serious drink on, those words would not describe him.
posted by infini at 10:24 AM on August 25, 2011


But the second link starts mentioning the littering, and then possible legal action against the "creators" of the original event, because people "planned" it on their forums.

From "wow that looks nice and fun" to "well yeah, there's that" in the click of a link...
posted by Windopaene at 10:43 AM on August 25, 2011


I wish I was in the 5th picture down.
posted by Windigo at 11:51 AM on August 25, 2011


But the second link starts mentioning the littering, and then possible legal action against the "creators" of the original event, because people "planned" it on their forums.

New Braunfels, one of the best tubing locales in central Texas, has just banned disposable containers on the river because of the litter. They banned coolers in 2007. It's not just Finland, unfortunately.
posted by immlass at 2:24 PM on August 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is also done all summer long outside of Phoenix, Arizona in the Salt River.
posted by EricaLucci at 4:41 PM on August 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was waiting for someone to mention the Salt River. A more wretched hive of scum and villainy there never was.
posted by Old Man McKay at 7:06 PM on August 25, 2011


Where I live, is the Reuss River. I very much want to float on it! I only just discovered a place where people are doing just that. The river flows from the most-beautiful Lake Lucerne, north to join the Rhine. It's astoundingly clear! But it does flow with a bit more vigour than any river I've swam. However, I find the rafts used here are rather lame. A pile of tubes roped together would be the ticket, I think.
posted by Goofyy at 6:35 AM on August 26, 2011


TL;DR: People who share ideas should be punished; or maybe not.
posted by clvrmnky at 8:45 AM on August 27, 2011


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