I’m no disability rights activist. I’m not the guy you’re going to see on a news show waving my fist and raging about how, just because I can’t see, I shouldn’t be prevented from driving a bus or something ridiculous like that. I’m blind. I know that means there’s stuff I can do, some stuff I can’t. I’ve done a bunch of things most folks probably wouldn’t dream the blind could do. Been skydiving. Crossed swords with a martial arts expert (you can check it out on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAt6NPzZhbk). Rode a mechanical bull (vid also up on my channel). Directed a feature film (for which I won an award). That being said, if I’d had dreams of being a commercial airline pilot? Well, okay, there’s one avenue where the ROAD CLOSED sign is most definitely up.
But I don’t stop looking for new things, especially activities to entertain myself. I’d still like to box a sighted fighter. I plan on renting a motorcycle and getting out on the Bonneville Salt Flats. I’d love to give waterskiing a shot.
Yep. Used to shoot darts with friends when I lived in New York, and the other night at Backstreets, Billy and I were talking about it. I asked him to give me the layout of the dartboard area at the bar, and started thinking. I knew how the game worked, I used to be all right at it. What could I do to make it possible for me to play? And by play, I mean play. Not just wildly toss the pointy things in the general direction of the board.
And, sitting there at the bar, I figured out a way. But I wanted to give it a try, first, before spending time coming up with a means to enable sound to assist me in finding my target. So, we took up the darts, Billy set me up on the line, and after the first few way-off-the-mark tosses, I zeroed in. Second round of three? All hit the board. Third round? Nailed my first bullseye in probably 15 years.
So, this week sometime, Billy and I are going to go, pick up a cheap practice board, and set it up in my garage. Then, we’ll go about making the thing accessible. Then, when cooling down from working out, I plan on making myself decent.
A league? Billy would like to play. So would John. The league just started a few weeks ago, but maybe next time around?
Who knows. I’m sure I was the last person Shelly wanted to see holding darts. But there I was, doing a pretty good job with only Billy and James giving me direction. If the sound device I have in mind works, though? Well, you can bet there’ll be more pics coming, especially if we form a team. We may never win a match…but we’re going to have a whole lot of fun.
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