photos by @2019Wilson

By Wilson

Activities for people to gather together change as the fads rise and fall in popularly.  Disco, roller disco, and roller blades are a minuscule example of the things people do for fun.

Quoting Wikipedia, “A fad, trend or craze is any form of collective behavior that develop

within a culture, a generation or social group in which a group of people enthusiastically follow an impulse for a finite period.

Fads are objects or behaviors that achieve short-lived popularity but fade away. Fads are often seen as sudden, quick spreading, and short-lived. Fads include diets, clothing, hairstyles, toys, and more. Some popular fads throughout history are toys such as yo-yoshula hoops and dances such as the Macarena and the twist Similar to habits or customs but less durable, fads often result from an activity or behavior being perceived as emotionally popular or exciting within a peer group or being deemed “cool” as often promoted by social networks A fad is said to “catch on” when the number of people adopting it begins to increase to the point of being noteworthy. Fads often fade quickly when the perception of novelty is gone.”

There is a National Axe Throwing Federation that was founded sometime eleven years ago and is played had league paly in seven countries and over 55 cities. With shows such as the Game Of Thrones, The Vikings, and Outlander plus Thor’s hammer breaking and now using an axe, the popularity of the weapon/tool was risen. Jason Momoa was his own axe line for sale the way other actors put out clothing lines.  

For Christmas, I was given a Groupon for doing one of the newest activities that people are going to ranges to do is axe throwing. Some friends thought this was a strange gift and why would I want to do it, but the only sports I have enjoyed in the past are ones like archery.  Not corn hole. Too much like throwing a ball.

It was fun and more exercise than you may think.  After words my whole body was tired and sore it spots. The range had a few seating areas facing the axe lanes.  Metal fencing marked out the sides and top of the cage. Thick rubber flooring covered the bottoms to the line to throw from.  Large thick wood targets are at the far end with the bullseye painted on them, scoring at 1 on the outer ring, 2, 3, 4, and 6 points for the red circle in the middle. To “blue balls” or Kill balls are towards the top of the 1-point ring. These are worth 10 points at certain times during a match.

Most places tell you to bring snacks and beverages with you to enjoy while you play. The range we when to was painted black with large T.V.’s on the walls in the main lounge area with leather sofas Rough hued wood fashioned tables and bars of patrons use. One group there made use of them laying out a spread of snack and drinks to nibble on.  Most places don’t allow booze which makes sense. A drunk with an axe would probably try and act out Jack Nicholson’s role in “The Shining.”

We were given a short explanation of how to throw when we got there and were set lose on a lane. Being competitive with Pat, we both started our throwing.  Quickly we learned you bend over a lot to pick up your axe and that at times you may need to jump if the rubber matting bounces the axe back at your feet. They do require a you wear full coverage shoe.  Very sensible. Pat threw the whole 90 minutes, but I had to stop and take a rest a couple of times. Having bad legs, I found that my legs were tired out by the throwing. I got the most bullseye’s, including one perfectly through the middle, whole blade in red. Pat won by one point through.  We didn’t know how to score so we just kept a running tally.

We both have decided we want to continue with this sport.  Good fun and exercise.

I wonder how much is an Momoa axe.

 

*Photos of Patrick and the left is Wilson’s throw, the right is Patrick’s Throw