Archery Path Outing #1 – 2014

Joss Whedon has advised writers to read widely and try new experiences. We in the Journey believe this fully, so our Paths are not restricted to writing-related activities. Jen recently organized our first Archery Path outing of 2014, though, due to an injury she was unable to attend this first session. Four of us went out to the indoor range at Glisson Archery in Plainfield (they charge $5 for rental equipment, $5 range fee per hour and $10 for an instructor if needed (all of these per-person fees)). With a better knowledge of the range rules below, the instructor fee can be avoided.

Range rules (safety rules) are pretty straight-forward; it is worth reading through these tips (basic archery).

  1. Only go to retrieve arrows after everyone has stopped firing and stepped back from the shooting line. Someone will call out “Clear!” or “All clear!”
  2. Never stand in front of a target; when walking up to the target to retrieve arrows, approach along a line to the side of the target.
  3. When retrieving arrows, always look back as you are pulling them out (someone might be standing behind you)
  4. Hold your loose arrows in the hand that is not pulling an arrow out–otherwise, your hand might be more prone to slip, which can cause injury if there are splinters in the carbon fiber arrows
  5. When everyone is back from retrieving arrows, people can then step up again to the shooting line. You should stand with your left or right side to the target. Never turn your bow sideways (doing so could interfere with an archer in front of you or behind you (along the shooting line).
  6. Nock your arrow below the bead on the string (and keep your three fingers snugly below the nock to help hold the arrow on the string)
  7. You can slightly tilt your bow as you draw the arrow back (to keep it from falling off the bow’s arrow rest.
  8. Some people shoot with one eye open; some shoot with two. This is to accommodate eye dominance.
  9. Make sure you keep your bow within the airspace above your box on the shooting line so that it doesn’t interfere with other archers.
  10. When you are finished shooting, step back from the shooting line and place your bow on the table.

It helps to have an archery glove or some leather glove to protect one’s fingers from the string. I bought this $13 dollar one on Amazon after last year’s inaugural Archery Path outing.

Cassidy was remarkably accurate. Kaden hit quite a few within the inner white circle (I think I only managed that three itmes).

Becky reported her fingertips on her shooting hand to be somewhat numb and tingly afterwards, in spite of her leather gloves.

After a pleasant hour of shooting, we headed to Moe Joe’s for some alligator tail and crab cakes (there was also Death by Chocolate and Bourbon Chocolate Cheesecake). Becky and Cassidy mentioned getting very tasty ramen at the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights. Becky promised to organize a Food Path outing there soon (the grocery store has Green Tea Kit Kat bars!).

Looking forward to our next outing!



Magritte With Some Fellows

Magritte liked to wear-and play around with-bowler hats

Cookie brought Cookie Junior, Sis, and me to a swell do at the Art Institute the other week. Cookie is a Fellow there, and as such, she gets to learn and do more things than a regular member like me. Luckily she can invite several commoners along to special events, which is how I got in.

We learned more about the Belgian surrealist Magritte than I already knew, but that isn’t saying much. Everything I knew about him prior to July 1, 2014 I learned from watching the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair.

After learning a few things, and hearing stories I’m not supposed to repeat, we went to the reception. They do lovely receptions for Art Institute Fellows and their guests, but this one was something special. In keeping with the surrealist themes, many things were not what they appeared to be.

The most obvious place to acquire a napkin was from the young woman who wore thousands of them as a cocktail dress. As guests entered the reception and were drawn irresistibly to her bright turquoise form, she invited them—actually it seemed more like a  dare—to remove a napkin from her dress. Each paper square came off, with a bit of tugging, mostly to reveal more napkins underneath. Her knee-length skirt stood out like an inverted bowl, easily five feet in diameter at the bottom. Much hardware went into the design of her ensemble, but it would take a determined investigator some time to discover exactly how her dress managed to keep her decently covered while performing its useful service. We wanted to get to the exhibit itself, so we let that remain a mystery.

Red-and-white-striped cartons labeled “popcorn” were found to actually be holders for broccoli and cauliflower florets. Pale turquoise acrylic martini glasses contained a clear, cold liquid, but they were in such high demand that it was impossible to acquire any of this particular refreshment. Likely they held water, thus providing another means of astonishing the evening’s attendees. Small, pale egg-shaped forms floating in a creamy orange sea turned out to be white chocolate truffles. Adorning each round table was a silhouette of René Magritte in his iconic bowler hat, made of foam core, painted black, and stuck into a square pewter-colored metal vase that was filled with glitter-covered Styrofoam. At the the end of the evening, guests could be seen making off with these mementos. I might actually know someone who helped herself to one, but if so, I’m not squealing.

In the exhibit itself, trains roared out of fireplaces, a man peered into a mirror at a reflection of the back of his own head, a nude woman was painted into existence by a man who clearly longed for her, and an easel set up before a window might have shown what was outside the window, but might just as easily have obscured the actual view.

Magritte and the Mystery of the Ordinary. There’s a story there. I’ve got to go back and find out what it is.