When you have a greased pole competition, there's two ways you can do it - with lawyers or without.

The greased pole competition in Finike Festival is a lawyer-free competition.  Take a look at all people standing at the base of the telephone pole; there's not a lawyer in sight.


If this competition was being held in America, the crowd at the base of the pole would be nothing but lawyers.  There would hardly be enough room for the competitors to get to the pole, because the lawyers would all be trying to sign them up for a lawsuit, just in case they hurt themselves as they ran up the greased pole.

I personally would like to see a competition where they make lawyers run up the pole.  Oops.  I didn't say that.

The greased pole is a full sized telephone pole angled up thirty degrees into the air.  They build a sand bag ramp at the base of the pole and coat the pole from one end to the other with a gallon of thick gooey grease.  Then the fun begins.


How do you win the competition?  Simple.  You run up the pole and grab the Turkish Flag at the top before you fall off.  The winner gets more than just a flag, he also gets money and other prizes.

Although the grease pole competition may look simple, it wasn't easy.  It took more than an hour of slipping, sliding, and falling to capture the flag.  There were arms, legs, and bodies flying everywhere.  More than one person ended up in a painful embrace with the greased pole between their legs raising questions about whether they still had the ability to have children..  No part of the competitors anatomy was safe when they fell.  Some greased warriors did the splits on their way up the pole.  Doing the splits is bad form and hurts big time.

Running straight up the pole is the recipe for failure.  Both your feet and the pole are too narrow for such a direct approach.  The competitors who did best where those who turned their feet sideways during their run to glory.  The sideways approach gave their feet a larger arc of contact with the slippery pole; this approach didn't guarantee success, but it helped push the odds in their favor.

Since the pole stuck out over the water, competitors had a soft landing when they fell off.  Except for damage to inflated egos, there were no serious injuries reported during the competition.

Of all the places I visited in the Med, I liked Turkey the best.  The Turkish people don't take themselves too seriously, and they know how to have fun without spending a thousand dollars.  They are unpretentious, and are at least as interested in me as they are in my wallet.  Turkey is a five star destination in a five star life.

As long as you don't have to run up greased poles to earn your living, life in Turkey is good.

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Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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