Spanish flee

You may think this sounds like a bunch of bull: On July 26 on the horse track at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, a bunch of bulls -- 40 of them, each weighing about 1,500 pounds -- will hoof it at 35 mph right on your heels, if you're one of the thrill-seekers willing to pay up to $60 for the privilege.

It's The Great Bull Run -- inspired by the centuries-old Running of the Bulls tradition in Spain -- and it's been touring 10 U.S. cities since Mark Cuban invested in it on "Shark Tank" (www.thegreatbullrun.com). Six runs have been held so far, and "there have been no deaths," a fact pointed out in the news release. Only a broken wrist and a broken pelvis. Whew.

Unlike the Spanish event, in Pleasanton there will be emergency "cut outs" in the fencing where slow runners can escape. Plus, bulls without sharpened horns have been chosen to reduce the risk of piercing. Assuming the death rate remains nil, surviving runners then can trot over to an adjoining arena and participate in Tomato Royale, mimicking yet another Spanish tradition of people smacking each other with ripe tomatoes in an epic food fight. They'll look like a bloody mess, but it won't really be gore-y.

Throw money

Weddings can drain the life blood from a checking account. A 2013 survey from TheKnot.com showed the average U.S. wedding costs nearly $30,000. But why pay for your own nuptials when you could have your guests or even total strangers do it for you?


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Yes, begging -- I mean, crowdfunding -- for weddings is growing in popularity through GoFundMe campaigns and dedicated websites such as TheCrowdedWedding.com and Funding4Wedding.com.

Three thoughts: 1) If you're raising money from friends and family who will attend the blessed event, and it's clearly in lieu of gifts and it's a "let's all chip in" for a big party, then maybe. 2) Why not just charge admission? And 3) If you're crowdfunding from random people, why would I want to give you money? One couple interviewed last week on "Good Morning America" said they hoped strangers would see it as an "investment" in their future. Do we get the money back if you divorce?

Geez, people, nobody's making you throw a big party. Nobody's making you buy an ice sculpture fountain that squirts Champagne out of cherubs' belly buttons. You are making you get an ice sculpture fountain that squirts Champagne out of cherubs' belly buttons.

I recently talked with an engaged couple who considered their reception as a gift to friends and family for their love and support. My money's on that one.

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