Now I have never been and never will be a city person. City people say they love cities because there is always lots to do. I disagree because what there IS to do in a city, I am not interested in doing. I would much prefer to be in the countryside with nothing but beautiful scenery to explore.
Anyway, recently, I managed to get some time away from work, and wanted to do something fun, but what? The weather forecast wasn’t good, and I didn’t have enough time to escape the city. However, I did have a very clever friend who came up with the perfect solution…
I love sport – doing it and watching it, and in Sapporo there is this wonderful place called Round 1 which I had heard of, but never got round to going to. ‘How about it?’ said my friend. ‘YES!’ said I!
It’s a huge indoor sports and arcade games complex where you can play on all manner of things, from miniature golf, tennis and badminton, roller skating, and table tennis, to solo versions of these sports where a machine fires balls at you to hit, or tells you how good your golf swing was (which in my case is abysmal! = terrible!).
Well, I wanted to try everything but actually in the 3 hours we had, there wasn’t enough time, even though we only spent about 10 minutes on each activity. I loved every second. It was like having a birthday party!
My favourite activities were, well, all of them, actually, but if I had to choose, it would be baseball batting. As a Brit, we don’t use such long round bats to hit such big balls, and I’d never had the opportunity to go in a batting cage before. I went in, put on my helmet, selected my ‘weapon’ and got ready to swing…
And I swung…and missed. I swung…and missed. I swung…and guess what? I missed! I didn’t manage to hit a single ball! I was shocked at my incompetence! Then, my friend said, ‘Did you know you were facing 100kmph balls?!’ That’s why! I hadn’t looked when I chose the cage! Anyway, I decided to move down a few leagues and try 60kmph softball, and there achieved a 100% hitting rate. That’s better! I promoted myself up a notch to 80kmph baseball and this time was slugging them al over the place! Yay! Next time I will conquer the 100’s!!!
I also had fun on this reaction-speed testing game. I’m not half as fast as I imagine Usain Bolt would be, but it was fun nonetheless.
After our time was up we were given a couple of coupons to use in the games arcade section. I tried to grab myself a big bag of chocolate but my attempt was thwarted, so I tried to lose all my ‘coins’ on those sliding shelve game things. I was more successful at that at least!
I’m not usually an Arcade kind of person, but I do like the skiing, and motorbike games where you actually take part against the computer. Here I found a new one – a horse race where you ride a machine horse. I have to say that it was the hardest workout I have done in a while – and I exercise hard!!! It was also hilarious!! Definitely the most fun and hardest effort I have expended on a machine! And, I think I still came last!!! I even tried again, giving it my all, but clearly it’s like when I swim: I expend so much effort and energy and don’t actually achieve much apart from exhausting myself!!
Ah well, it was fantastic fun, and I highly recommend it if you enjoy sports.