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Hat Trick!

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So hockey fans know that a hat trick is when a player scores three goals in one game. I’m sure it’s the same in Soccer, but I’m not a soccer fan. Well last night I scored my first hat trick ever and I wasn’t playing hockey or soccer. Teri and I have started hanging out at a local establishment for some chips and salsa and some cold beverages. As pubs do, they have games. This is no exception.

Back in the early to mid 90’s, I kind of got into playing darts. You know the electronic dart boards you see at bars and other places? Yeah, those darts. I even at one point went out and bought my own darts from the Dart Shop on Pacific avenue here in Tacoma. (I don’t know if they even exist any more, but back in the day, they were the spot for darts!) About a year ago, I ran across my old darts in a drawer and on a whim, threw them in my car. There have been a couple occasions over the past year or so that I’ve pulled them out. Last night was one of those occasions.

Teri and I and a co-worker of her’s were all shooting darts. My favorite game is Cricket. Cricket is where you have to hit each the 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15 and Bulls Eye three times. There are other rules beyond that, but that’s the basic premise. Now I wouldn’t call myself particularly good at darts, but I can hold my own with most on again off again recreational players.

So last night it came down to Darren and I having closed out 15 – 20. (I like to close the numbers out in order 20 – 15, then bulls eye . . . it’s a quirk, I know) Neither of us had hit a bulls eye, but Darren had scored about 45 points more than me in closing out various numbers at different times. So really the only way I could beat him was to hit 4 bulls eyes before he hit three.

I stepped up and threw my first dart, Bulls Eye! . . . Lined up for my second shot and Bulls eye! And you can probably see where this is going, I hit the Bulls Eye again with my thrid dart! It was AWESOME! I can’t EVER remember getting a hat trick before! And then something weird happened, someone didn’t push player change or something and when I was up again, I hit the Bull 2 out of 3 darts again! (But it was still on Teri’s turn, so I ended up closing out the bulls eye for her) On my next official turn, I hit the bull again with my first dart and won the game. It was really fun! So now I can mark that off my bucket list . . .

Scored a Hat Trick in Darts!

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