Frisbee!!

This is not about a hairstyle in viral lock down — “Frizz be the way I look now.”.

It’s about a boy with no access to playmates because of COVID-19. Neighbor Logan came to our front door, clasping a Frisbee in his arms, and asking if grandson David would like to throw it with him. His timing was perfect. David had the day off and welcomed the outdoor activity. I didn’t look at the clock, but it seemed they spun it back and forth for hours. I went out on the deck overlooking the yard to watch them. You’ll note I did not use the word “play”. It was much more intense than that.

Logan was counting the number of consecutive catches. For a long time they were stuck on seven, but finally they had eight catches in a row. The goal was ten. There were two main obstacles, the evergreen trees and the gusty winds. I could hear the soft roar of the wind on the ridgeline, which did not bode well for us on a lower slope. Any number of times the Frisbee went straight, then veered into the trees. Most of the time it fell through the branches, so all the fellows had to do was crawl in to retrieve it. Once it sailed into the cow pasture. I had come in for something and missed the drama. Neighbor Dawn could probably see Logan from her porch, and she came over to offer help. By that time David had gotten a long pole and was just getting the disc within reach. I’m sure he avoided the electric fence. Does anyone know if he could have been shocked by contact with it? He would have looked like a cartoon character if his viral-long hair stood straight out from his head.

I shouldn’t have been amazed at Logan’s handling of the Frisbee. He is good at all the sports he has tried. His shots were straight and seemed effortless. He would pick it up, and without pause, launch it back to David.

Logan’s launch

When watching the video clip, David pointed out that Logan’s whole body was behind the throw. He ran forward and twisted his body into the launch as the weight shifted to his front leg. The follow-through was impressive. There was no time to calculate the effect. It was all instantaneous. You can hear the wind, and Logan said “one” as he began the count of a new attempt at breaking their record.

It told David he was going to be sore, but he didn’t need telling. He groaned once the following morning, and that was the extent of it. Logan came over hopefully that afternoon, again holding the Frisbee. David had to eat lunch, take a shower, and go to work. It’s a shame they couldn’t repeat the extreme exercise again. David will be 25 years old in a couple of weeks, and it won’t be many years until he will need intentional exercise.

30 thoughts on “Frisbee!!

  1. David gets all his exercise climbing down into those waterfall pictures and looking up – I predict he won’t need any intentional exercise down the road. Logan has a lot of energy – too bad he can’t bottle some of it. 🙂

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  2. Funny you should write this a few weeks after I bought Frisbees for my husband and myself. There is a Frisbee course in the next town over, built in the last two years, through a sparse woods, you aim for baskets that look a bit like upscaled trash cans. It’s amazing how many people we see playing as we pass by the park. What makes us laugh is the carts and amount of equipment they carry with them. So…we thought we would try…we haven’t yet, but we will soon. I’m glad you mentioned good follow-through. That is the secret in so many sports.

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    1. I’ll enjoy imagining y’all on the Frisbee trail. We have a course at the town rec center. Occasionally we see people playing. They seem to really enjoy it. Son John $ had a set of discs for the game. I didn’t know avid players use different discs for different purposes. Seems like overkill to me.

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      1. Yikes…sets of discs is news to me, that must explain why they have carts. My husband will enjoy this explanation. We wondered about those carts. I thought we were well-prepared with two of the name-brand (rather than my usual dollar store choices) Frisbees…now I’m not so sure.

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        1. I haven’t seen people with carts on the Frisbee course. I think you are well prepared to play. Probably people who play seriously, as in tournaments, go in for specialty discs. The object is to be outside playing a game that has the added benefit of exercise. I hope y’all will really enjoy it.

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  3. The last time I played frisbee (about 18 years ago) we had about 15 people playing ages ranging from 6 – to about 45, We had about 8 frisbees going and we were spread out over and area about half the size of a football filed. it was so much fun!!!

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  4. Great post, your pasture or lawn looks lovely and so do the two youngsters. is David’s birthday in June?
    I loved playing Frisbee as a kid, glad you reminded me, am going to take it up when I get home.
    Does David like working in the COVID period? Is it any different from normal times?
    Susie

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    1. David’s birthday is June 1. Kathy said she and her husband bought frisbees and plan to play Frisbee golf. Maybe there is something like that near you.

      Burger King has only takeout food right now. Workers have to use the drive-through window, since the dining room is closed. There are times when cars are lined up around the building, so the pressure is fairly heavy. David has to wear a mask and gloves, whereas he used to wear gloves only when handling food. Today was his day off, and he has been called in to do the closing shift. Because of that, he’ll be close to his upper limit of 40 hours this week. David is working to pay off his student loans, so he is pleased with the extra hours. We’ll do something special with him Saturday, like going for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Some of the sections have been reopened after being closed because of the virus.

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  5. I think if the pole was metal, David could have gotten shocked. Probably not with a wooden pole. What a wonderful afternoon for both of them. I am sure Logan looks up to David as a wonderful example.

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  6. I can’t imagine David getting sore. I got exhausted after two minutes of playing ball in the pool with him last year, and he was so energetic and kind. Haha

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  7. Yes, Logan sounds like a natural athlete. I’ll bet he’d be fantastic at tennis. Or golf. Two sports where you need a good arm, and you need to know how to put your whole weight into the shot/drive. Maybe he should take up one of those sports one day!

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