So I somehow randomly came across the above video. It got me thinking about several things, but it also took me back to my childhood and how influential games were in my life.
I'm not taking about the video games that have taken over so many people's lives these days. They took over my life when I was a teen, but I had to head over to the local bowling alley with a bucket of quarters to try and top the Space Invaders score. I couldn't just plop down on my couch and engage with a virtual world.
I'm talking about real world physical "games", including Monopoly which I usually won, more out of attrition because I was willing to play for hours upon hours; other players would practically give me their properties so they could go to sleep.
My buddies and I used to play on the Venice Courts all the time. I actually slam dunked once. Not during a game and it was a volleyball not a basketball. But as far as I was concerned I dunked. I recently visited the Venice Courts and I could barely jump up to hit the backboard, forget about slam-dunking. So once again slam dunking on the Venice Courts is on the "to-do" list.
It looks like I'm going back again. This year I hope to run the Burning Man 50K; I've finished it twice already and it tends to help me moderate myself for the first few days, so as brutal as it sounds it actually is good for me.
I've always wanted to set up a hopscotch course on the level of the one the Roman Legionaries. Hopscotch began in ancient Britain during the early Roman Empire. The original hopscotch courts were over 100 feet long and used for military training exercises. Roman foot-soldiers ran the course in full armor and field packs to improve their footwork
What better place than BRC to attempt to duplicate the game? There's plenty of space and probably more than a few people who would be up to the challenge.
One of the trips I hope to make this year is to Mongolia to see the Naadam Festival, which is also locally termed "eriin gurvan naadam" (эрийн гурван наадам) "the three games of men". The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery, and are held throughout the country during midsummer.
I practice versions of two out of the three; ironically the one I have the least experience in is horse racing even though I come from a rodeo family in Texas that has several world champions in barrel racing, roping, steer wrestling, etc. My uncle Whit is a rodeo legend who once "performed" in Madison Square gardens. I, however, have spent very little time on the back of a horse.
What first sparked my curiosity about the event is my obsession with Gehngis Khan.
I have always been obsessed with history. At one point I imagined being a history professor. It's rather ironic how much I thought I'd end up being a teacher, a university professor and then I dropped out school and ended up home-schooling. I suppose on a certain level I found my calling.
One of the books my daughter and I listened to on our cross-country adventures was Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World.
His influence on history is absolutely amazing, especially considering his humble beginnings. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Back to Monopoly
I just went on-line to buy a Monopoly game.
There are like a billion versions of the game now. And that's barely an exaggeration.
Jon Danniells is an adventurer and traveler, a teacher and student, a husband and a father, a cook and a farmer, a "week-end warrior" (very amateur athlete) and has not earned any money on these labors of love.When I googled myself what showed up first was my IMDB listing, which is basically a resume for my 20 and then some year career in film, for which I fortunately do get paid.