Disc golf is a fantastic game to play. It has intricacies that make it a special double four letter word. Nose up, Nose down, hyzer, anhyzer, roller, turnover, and much, much more. Everybody sees different lines, throws different angles, uses different discs. We can sit and talk for hours about how we played one course during a tournament years ago and how we play it now compared to back then. This sport consumes us.
So what do we do when we are not playing disc golf?
I personally have many interests that I have all to little time in a day to devote myself to. Website coding and building, computer networking, fishing, Pokemon the card game, reading, writing, etc., etc., and the list goes on. I can’t get out to play disc golf near as much as I would like to, so other endeavors sneak into my free time.
What is New
Just after Christmas, my wife and I took the kids to Atlanta, Georgia to the aquarium there. It was a nice little Christmas vacation to get away and see stuff that we normally wouldn’t get to visit. The kids had some money given to them by family, and they bought things they wanted. With approval that it wasn’t cheap junk, of course.
When we got back home, a couple days later my daughters’ Hobby Lobby gift cards were burning holes in their pockets. So we loaded up and headed to the next city down the Interstate, Tupelo, MS. My son was enamored with all thing Power Rangers for the last year and a half, and had bought some more Power Ranger toys to go with what he got for Christmas.
He had a little over twenty dollars left, and like my daughters, it was burning a hole in his pockets. After a visit to Wal-Mart before the ladies were dropped off at Hobby Lobby, he still hadn’t found anything. Fortunately, there was a Toys ‘R Us at the other end of the shopping center. Walking up and down each aisle repeatedly, I told him that he didn’t have to buy anything if he didn’t want it.
What Was Purchased
Unexpectedly, he settled in front of the Pokemon card display shelves. Grabbing the biggest box there, he turned and said “Daddy, I want this!!”
I said, “Let’s see how much it is first,” and reminded him of how much money he had left. There was a price checking device nearby, and the result on the display brought out a “Hell no!” from me, as it was around sixty dollars.
To his delight, as I looked over the shelf with him after returning the box to its place, we found a training set of cards for around fifteen dollars. Content with the selection, he couldn’t wait to get home and open the deck and see how to play.
What Was Learned
Pokemon to me was a cartoon, and an annoying one at that. After opening the deck, I realized that there was much more to Pokemon that I realized. The writing was tiny, the instructions that came with it were confusing, so we did not play the card game for several days.
Dusting off my Google-fu, I delved into the world of Pokemon in an effort to learn how to play the game for the sake of my soon to be six year old son. Youtube videos were a go to resource right off the bat, yet they still didn’t help much. Thank goodness there is a computer game. I downloaded it, installed it, created my account, and shrugged off any apprehension as I dove in head first.
It turns out that the game is not hard to learn or play. Yes, the text on the cards is a bit small to read even with my contacts in, but the computer game allowed it to be blown up large on my 24″ monitor. Since that first week, we have become as addicted to Pokemon as I am to disc golf. He has acquired two more Pokemon decks, and a few booster packs. To top it all off, now when he speaks of his approaching birthday, he wants everybody to get him Pokemon cards.
What Happens Now
Our nightly ritual now is to play one round of a Pokemon game with the physical cards. When I don’t feel like playing the card game, I let him get on my computer and play the game there. It all works out great for the both of us.
With winter going strong here in the South, chances to play disc golf are few and far between. All the rain that falls make my home course well flooded and unplayable. When it does stop raining, it takes at least a week for the ground to stop being mush. My local course stays water logged longer than normal due to being right next to a river, thus the land is like a shallow bowl.
Pokemon is something new for us, and pretty exciting to play now that we know how. Watching my boy look at all the available cards and decks is very amusing. His eyes get really big, and he flits back and forth like a hummingbird when they find multiple feeders. I have to curtail his purchases though, as I do when it comes to discs. Otherwise, we’d be drowning in Pokemon cards and plastic.
Is there anything you do with your family outside of disc golf? Other sports, games, or activities?