Columbus State University’s YAL chapter attempted to kick off its fall recruitment with another run at the free speech ball. This event was incredibly engaging last semester so I thought there wouldn’t be a better event to generate some signatures for our fall recruitment drive.
While doing some shopping at Target, I noticed a mattress pump. It was advertised as being super fast and rechargeable. I thought, “this will be perfect for our free speech ball event!”
I was wrong. I was horribly wrong. The day of the event came and I had already charged the battery for the charger overnight. I had a clipboard loaded with sign-up forms, and I was ready.
I got the ball to roughly the level of inflation that one observer affectionately referred to it as “the free speech blob.” I begin to smell a strange smell, like that of burning electronics. Lo and behold, the nice, fancy new pump’s motor had started smoking and flaming.
I get the (very small) fire out and start packing up the free speech ball. Not being easily defeated, I then spent the next hour and a half clipboarding with one of our chapter members, Kaleb, and managed to get six signatures.
Buyer beware: A rechargeable quick pump just might not be a great buy. But liberty can still win!Published in