So it is a new year, and for the Jack of all Hobbies that can only mean one thing... (actually it means many things involving resolutions, but I won't bore you with those)....it is time for a new hobby.
A new hobby you shake your heads ponderously. Of course, I answer. I am the jack of all hobbies because I pick up and put down hobbies with ease. This time the hobby is darts.
It all started innocently enough. I came across a game of darts on a sports channel (I guess there was no poker to be shown) and was instantly mesmerized by it. I am not sure if it is the dramatic score calling, the hot women accompanying the often overweight and less than handsome dart players, or just the overall skill that allows them to place those darts so accurately. Despite what you might think, it is probably the last one.
Whenever the mood for a new hobby hits me, I turn to the internet. The amazing tool that allows me to share with you my stream of consciousness ramblings allows me to fulfill most of my hobby dreams as well. I have searched the price of darts and a dartboard as well as several other accessories that I had no idea existed.
The real clincher was the local dart league. I discovered a weekly league playing at the Legion. A quick email elicited an invitation. I showed up and the head of the league unhesitatingly loaned me his rather expensive set of darts to practice with. He spent time giving me pointers (as did several other people) and then invited me to play in that evenings matches. I would certainly call that hospitality--and it didn't hurt that the prices for beer at the Legion were incredibly fair.
When asked what kind of darts I should purchase, the same people said they would supply me with darts for the next couple of weeks so I could try different ones out before I spent my money. Can't really beat that for an invitation can you?
So now I've got darts on my mind, several new websites in my favourites, and several new items on my Amazon wish list. This all sounds like it is moving in a positive direction. All that remains is for me to make it out to dart night again.