Recently I was in the city of Texarkana, which gets name from three states: Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The city is split on the Texas-Arkansas border, but is a good 45 minutes from Louisiana, so I’m not sure why it isn’t called Texark, but I digress. We visited a bar on the Texas side that had shuffleboard, darts, a pool table and a game called Washer. The object of Washer was to throw a washer that was tied to a string dangling from the roof and have it land on a hook that was on the wall. Some noteworthy things about this game:
- The string attached to the roof should be halfway between where the hook is on the wall and where the throwing line is.
- The string can be any length, but if you have the room, the longer the string the better. It makes for an interesting contest the further back you have to stand from the hook.
- Throwing the washer directly at the hook is the mistake people often make when starting out. There needs to be a little bit of right-to-left or vice versa for the washer to stay on the hook.
- No matter how good you get at the game, there is always fun to be had engaging in a Washer match with someone. (The bar owner had hit 23 in a row at one point…my record was 2)
It’s one of those games that you can play with friends for hours and not realize that 10 minutes have gone by. Plus it goes to show you that people can make a game out of anything.