This week’s game is the time tested favorite of playing catch!

Not really a game with structured rules, catch is more basic; and often impromptu. When you get enough people together outside, and introduce an easily throwable object (such as a ball or Frisbee), a game of catch is almost certain to start; especially in the presence of high levels of testosterone. If you would like to test this hypothesis: next time you’re invited to a family picnic, bring a ball with you.

Despite attempts to formalize the game with rules, such as in “500”, the basic game remains of throwing and catching. There is no penalty for droping the object, aside from everyone being bummed for a few seconds and going “ohhh!” when he drop occurs. You also have to go get the object if you drop or miss it; often requiring the vaulting of fences or getting a ladder to snag it off a roof. In fact, you get a wild enough game of catch going and you’ll find yourself spending more time on object retrieval than actually throwing and catching.

Wanting to throw and catch things must be ingrained in the human psyche to some extent. I remember, vividly, being on a symphony orchestra tour and stopping the night at a hotel. One of us had a Frisbee. We spent several hours playing catch with it on the lawn.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

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