Each year I make a list of new things I want to try. Some are easy, some are difficult, some are so ridiculously mundane. You can read about previous adventures here.
If you’d like to make a game of racquetball more interesting, here’s an idea:
1. Drop your contact down the sink.
2. Fail to find a replacement.
3. Meet your very athletic friend for your first ever game of racquetball.
4. Now attempt to play racquetball with very limited depth perception.
See? Things just got fun.
My sweet and athletic friend Ben agreed to teach me the ways of the racquet last week and I think he’s still my friend, so we’re going to count this as a successful endeavor.
If you've never played racquetball before, it’s a fun, fast-paced racquet-based sport in which you and a friend bash a small blue ball around a glass box. There are a bunch of rules about how many times it can bounce, which walls it can hit, and where it can bounce on the floor.
To make things more interesting, said glass box is frequently located in a highly visible part of the gym, so everyone can watch you hit yourself in the face while they do leg presses.
Ben and I spent about 15 minutes trying to play by the actual rules but after he won two games and I failed to score a single point, things degenerated the way they usually do with me and racquet-based games. Eventually it all devolves into “let’s just see how many times in a row we can hit it.”
I christened our new game “15 Double Bounce” and it is approximately a million times more fun than racquetball.
Other highlights from our game:
* That time I somehow managed to hit myself on top of the head with the ball
* The three times I cowered in fear of a fast-moving ball coming towards my face
* That one time I scored what would have been one point if we’d really been playing
* When we happily volleyed that tiny blue ball for about two minutes without stopping
* Every time I made awkward eye contact with the people who were looking into our glass cube
Really? I had a great time. I’m fairly sure I’m not destined for racquetball greatness but I will very happily play anybody who’s interested in learning ‘15 Double Bounce.’
Have you ever played racquetball? And more importantly, did you wear those cool headbands and/or wristbands whilst playing?