15.12.08

new column: going for gold - an archery range for culver city

There's a proposal out there to build an archery range in Culver City - great idea. I shoot at Rancho Park, which isn't too far from where I live. But a range at the Culver City Park would be much closer, which means afternoon jaunts to the range for some extra practice sessions. This doesn't mean I'd abandon the Rancho Park range, though, given all the fine people I've been shooting with there.
I am not a sporty guy. Truly. I like hiking, and bicycling, and camping – you know, physical outdoorsy stuff. But sports? Nuh-uh. Oh, sure, I like watching the Olympics, and basketball has a certain appeal to me. But again: sports? Not on the top of my list. I did swim competitively for about three years, though, when I was a kid. The first year was great. Our coach was a swell lady who really focused on proper swimming form, a focus that made swim meets that much more fun. But she left to become a nun in the middle of nowhere, Québec, and year two brought along a wishy-washy coach. Nice guy, but wishy-washy…And then came year three, with a coach focused on winning, winning, winning. The fun got sucked out of the swimming, the competitiveness became oppressive, and suddenly, there was no good justification for getting up at 5:30 on Saturday mornings for swim practice in freezing water. So much for athleticism.
Read the rest of Going for Gold: An Archery Range for Culver City.

4 comments:

pennermag said...

Archery was my favorite at sleep away camp! And I was pretty good at it too . . . . Now that I may have to give up running, this may be a new passion . . . .

Pren said...

omg! i know that guy! i shreiked when someone posted your article to the lyondemere list on yahoo. hey there. how are you. i am glad to hear that you are still shooting. i have been making it up to the range for SCA shooting but havent made it over on a weekend yet for fita. i hope al lis well and that i see you soon at the range. pren

Frederik Sisa said...

Does this mean I'll see you at a Saturday safety class sometime soon? I think they have a safety class on the second Sunday of the month too.

Sorry to hear about the running...but getting back into archery should be fun!

Frederik Sisa said...

Hey Pren! Good to hear from you! I'm doing well. How have you been?

I look forward to seeing you at the range soon!