Careful Cathy and Crazy Carlos were having radically different days Saturday afternoon, due mainly to what was or wasn't on their heads.
Both were repeatedly being dropped a few feet to the pavement, with Cathy, encased in a bike helmet surviving and Carlos, helmetless, ending up with what could only be described as a splitting "melonache".
Carlos, a canteloupe, was being dropped by Safe Kids Columbus volunteer Theresia Culberson in an attempt to dramatize for children the type of damage their heads could receive in an accident while not wearing a bike helmet.
It was one of nine stations set up in the Columbus Public Library parking lot Saturday afternoon for the Safe Kids 11th Annual Bike Rodeo.
Volunteers provided safety inspections for bikes and made minor repairs, fit children for new bike helmets, and also taught them safe riding practices in an obstacle course.
Children received a bike rodeo certificate afterwards.
The rodeo was sponsored by the Columbus Health Department, Columbus Police Department, Columbus Public Library, Mike's Bikes, GT Speed and Country's Barbecue.