In the Air

Monday was an interesting brain day. Earlier in the weekend, I discovered that my Vyvanse, aka my ADHD pills, were out of refills. I had previously asked the pharmacist to fax my doctor to get the next one, however, due to a miscommunication it wasn’t done. I was stuck on Sunday not having any. Vyvanse is an amphetamine, which means I proceeded to go into Amphetamine withdrawal of sort, as well as experiencing a bit of an upswing in ADHD symptoms.

I finally managed to get my pill earlier on Monday, but it takes a while for the effects to really kick in. I was driving back from the pharmacy (I made sure to go when I was most awake, and it’s only a few blocks from my home), when I once again noticed a place I had been curious about for some time.

This old restaurant was converted recently into an indoor knife throwing place.

I’ve long had an interest in edged weapons. I’m a fan of swords, daggers, knives, and the fantasy worlds they inhabit in literature and the imagination. I’ve written characters who are proficient at throwing knives, and often wondered exactly what it would be like.

Here was an opportunity to learn, an opportunity to get a feel for how to write it, and a chance to do something fun.

Difficulty managing impulse control can be a symptom of ADHD.

So instead of going back home and working on the million and one things I have to do and I went knife throwing instead!

The Place – called In the Air Guild – has a middle section with tables and chairs, has wifi, and includes a kiosk that sells various snacks and drinks.

They have coaches who walk you through the whole process, work with you, and to provide additional supervision to make sure everyone stays safe.

You get three knives, and you aim at a target board, with one square highlighted in red as the bullseye.

I was surprised by how much of a workout it turned out to be. After only half an hour, I was drenched in sweat. A lot of it depends on transferring kinetic energy through your body and into the knife, all while holding it straight enough to go where you want it to go.

Things improved quite a bit when I switched which leg I was leading with. While I am right handed, the damage to my right hip makes the leg ultimately the weaker one.

By the end of the half hour, I started managing to embed 2 out of 3 knives in the target. Twice I think I managed all three. I even managed to hit the bulls-eye, and have the picture to prove it.

A close up of the knife Ania threw embedded in the target
Ania pointing at the knife she threw into the seam of the black center square.

All in all it was a lot of fun, and something I definitely want to do again, though hopefully next time, while properly medicated and not experiencing greater than normal fatigue.

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