Games All Through my Life

 

board games

I’ve been playing games all of my life. As a child I play games with my family and friends, and I love the challenge and the creativity it brought to my life. I played all kinds of games. Board games, outdoor games, puzzle games, and later videogames. I always included games into almost every aspect of my life.

In school, a played of number of sports, and was involved in various other activities as well. I thrive on competition in general good clean fun. Even things like the banner club in school, I would turn the event into some sort of game in which two sides would race to see who could create their banner the fastest.

I couldn’t even get away from it in class. I would debate on various subjects with my classmates and teachers in an attempt to win every argument I could get into. My instructors thought I was too challenging, but I just saw it as the competitive side of my nature.

Now later in life, I still can’t get away from the need to bring gameplay into my day to day affairs. Work is a good example. I work in the insurance field, and those of us in the office get into a day to day rut very easily. So I started introducing various activities in which to lighten everyone’s moods. It started with simple things like sports pools, current events bets, and even chess tournaments.

I noticed everyone in the office would look forward to these things to break up their day. So I decided to go to the extreme. Our office building is in a wooded area, so I talked about starting up paintball leagues with all the office buildings in our area. It caught on very fast. The idea of challenging the machine shop down the street, the furniture warehouse up the block, or even the students at the nearby community college was invigorating for people.

office paintball

It caught on very fast, and pretty soon we’re all shopping for the perfect gear for our new sport. I borrowed my son’s lacrosse pads, and my husband’s work gloves to help save some money on equipment. I had some alpaca clothes that I had received as a Christmas gift the year before which was perfect for keeping me warm outside.

My only major investment were good running boots, and of course paintball guns and pellets. After work my coworkers and I would meet at the local bar and discuss our strategy. A mailroom clerk lived nearby, and knew those woods very well. He gave us all the great vantage points in which to stake out our enemy.

So every season, we make up new teams gather the rest of the community to embark on our winter paintball challenge. To me having a game that I can include even in my work life is awesome!! Maybe one year even my husband will join.


The moral of the story is, never stop playing. If you enjoy games and activities as a child, try to bring that sense of wonderment and excitement into your adult life. You can join groups after work that go bowling, play darts, or shoot pool. Whatever your speed is, there is an activity to match. And if you’re like me a little on the wild side, go crazy and join a paintball league. Taking your anxiety out on someone with a simple little ball of paint, as simple as it is, can bring joy and laughter to your life.

How I Started Playing Games

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My first experience with video games was when I was 11 years old. Back then they had arcades instead of home video game systems. I remember I went in with some friends and was overwhelmed by the sights and sounds that emanated from the door. Lights were flashing, bells were ringing, and people were cheering for their favorite player.

They had just opened this arcade in the local mall. All my friends it been in before me, and that’s all they could talk about at school. They were talking about things like high scores, levels, bosses, and extra lives. I had no idea what they meant. But when I walked in there, I knew I was in for a new experience.

I had five dollars in quarters in my pocket from my paper route, and I didn’t know where to begin. At first I watched some kids play, but some of the games looked too complex for me as a beginner. So I settled in with a game called Galaga. I was alone spaceship shooting at aliens that were falling from a star filled screen. The music was right in my ears and I felt exhilarated.

I didn’t do very well my first time, but I kept on playing until I got the hang of it. From there I moved on to more complicated games. Defender caught my eye and I decided to give it a whirl. Here I had to rescue people from the clutches of another group of aliens by zigzagging back and forth shooting everything in sight.

defender game

From there I moved up to Asteroids which required multiple fingers to operate the buttons in a bit of a choreographed dance. Getting the coordination down was a little tricky, but after about two dollars in quarters, I got the hang of it.

People say that video games were a waste of time and money, but it gave me an opportunity to interact with people that I normally would not have. I even made some new friends from my school who I had seen in class, but never talk to. Now we had a common pastime in which to share at lunch or after class.

We even developed tournaments in which we would all play each other until there was a decisive winner. I developed a camaraderie with a very large group of kids that I never would have met otherwise. To this day, when I walk through a shopping mall I miss hearing the distant sounds of the neighborhood arcade. Home game systems are okay, but it’s not the same is meeting the gang and spending an afternoon laughing, playing, and competing against each other with the newest video games.

arcade challenge

Fishing as an Art

fishing

 

Fishing is an art, you can do it on holidays and you can do it for a change. Sadly, fishing isn’t easy. Even if you have taken days off from your office just to relax and go fishing, it doesn’t mean that you can catch fishes easily. You can sit for hours with the fishing pole in your hand in the middle of the river where you are fishing, and can return home empty handed.

Fishing is a technical art and to be a good fisher you need to be technically sound

If you thought catching fish was easy, think again. Fishermen are the ones who do it for their living. The passionate ones do it for fun and excitement. Fishing has lately turned out to be an exercise and an activity that helps you do something to relax and get away from the burden of life for a while. Fishing is not only about visiting beaches, sea shores and hunting for Fishes. Fishing is more of fun. If you are indeed interested in fishing, you need to make sure that you use quality lures. The technique of catching fish is delusion. Lure is a false is a kind of artificial fishing bait thrown into the water to catch attention of fishes. Lures have always been considered as the best friend of fishers.

lures

How can lures help a fisherman and you (when you are fishing)?

There are no hard and fast rules for choosing rules, but the lures with bait fish are efficient enough and the best choice of fishers these days. Fishes like Popeye can be easily imitated with the help of top water lures such as fizzers and poppers. Best Barramundi Lures are Barra Lures.

It’s not just the Barra fishes that feed on these baits and get trapped easily, on fishing journey you can imitate and catch as many varieties of fishes you want to, all it takes is a perfect bait or lure.

Barra lures Australia have been the most successful lure used by passionate fishers in their suburbs of Australia, It’s well known today that Australia is an exquisite destination for fishing, and you can hire a customized sport vehicle for fishing near the shores of Australia. All you need is a little bit of patience, a little bit of hard work and some very good lures and you are pure gold.

A word of caution
At any moment, you will not try to spoil your trip and you will need to make note of few things, which will not just enhance the pleasure of fishing but even add many fishes to your basket on back home. Next time you are out there hunting for fishes, make sure that you are technically sound and have all your weapons like baits and lures ready to provide fishes with a delusion of food and catch them.