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I have spent most of the past year building up the Helping Hands Network in East Texas and now it is time for a road trip to visit some of the areas established in the past.


Over the weeks leading up to my trip I restored my ’85 Mercedes 300DT enough that it would make another 1500 mile round trip to visit my family in Nebraska. It was still lacking air conditioning, cruise control, a rear shock and had a damaged front sway bar but I had confidence in it.  I prepared to be on the road for a few weeks, made all the necessary arrangements around my home and with work commitments and packed my bags.


The morning I was going to load up and leave, my main work partner, Greg, sent me a text asking to help him with some last minute small jobs before I left. He picked me up and took us to one of our clients who just happen to have a 2006 Honda Element for sale. On the way there Greg explained that he appreciated that I do not raise my labor rates and that he purchased the Honda Element for me to drive so I would have a safe vehicle. He would take care of the insurance and registration if I did all the mechanical and cosmetic maintenance.  It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.

Honda Element


The Honda needed fluids, new tires/bumper/windshield, a tow bar and a serious bath. It had been stored in the deep woods for years without a cleaning and had a thick layer of mildew all over it. We spent the day getting all the paper work together and cleaning it.


I left Hawkins, TX  on Friday afternoon and made it to the Northeast Texas boat races by sunset. Lake Crook north of Paris was the site of this years party. The campground was completely full of fancy trailers, campers and boats with massive engines. I heard loud music and followed it to the far corner. When I arrived, there were people dancing and drinking around their ATV’s as a band played. There boats and campers all around and the band was being powered by a portable power station trailer. The gates were closing at 11 so I walked around looking at the boats and then left at 10:45 to continue down the road to Tulsa.

Boat Races


I stopped at a rest area just south of Tulsa around 2am. This morning, July 29, was the Tulsa and OKC Choctaw Pow-wow’s so I went and explored the grounds before continuing on my journey. I get so upset when visiting these large commercialized pow-wow’s that are nothing like the authentic private ceremonies you find deep in Indian country. Hopefully there will be a traditional gathering along my path through Sioux land in the days ahead.


I arrived in Omaha around 4pm and did a quick tour of visits at all my local hangouts. It was nice to catch up with so many of my friends. One particular couple, the Valgora’s, have spent the past 25 years opening their doors to those in need and I always make it a point to visit and remind them how much their efforts are appreciated. Unfortunately on this visit they were at a movie and could not be reached in time.

Many of my friends met up with me at the evening dart tournament so I signed up to compete. I was partnered up with one of my best friends lady friend and we were able to win our way to first place and some nice cash.


After the tournament I continued on my way to a rest stop in Lincoln to get some sleep. The next morning I picked up some food and went to one of the best workout areas in town, Holmes Lake. On this morning the Cornhusker State Game Bike Races were happening so I was surrounded by yoga lovers as I did my routine.

Holmes Lake

I then went to my favorite meditation gardens in the middle of town. Lincoln has one of the largest networks of Gardens in the world event though they only grow 8 months out of the year.


Sunken Gardens

Sunken Gardens 2



I toured some of my favorite hang out spots like the Haymarket, University Campus, Antelope Park and then headed for the State Games Dart Tournament where several more of my friends would be. There are even BMX and Remote Control Vehicle complex’s! (pictured below)



My final destination in Lincoln would be Pioneers Park and the Buddhist Temple for a Sunset meditation. Just two more examples of how many amazing places there are to enjoy in this fabulous city.



I finally concluded this leg of the journey by arriving at my mother’s house in Grand Island for a good nights rest. My brother, his wife and their 1 year old were staying at the house as well while they were waiting for their new house to be ready. It was a nice surprise to be able to spend the entire time with all of them as I repacked for the next leg of the journey through my ancestor’s Indian land en-route to the Black Hills.


(p.2 Black Hills)




DARTS 101 now available in all eBook formats

Darts101 e2013 Cover

DARTS 101 shares the most current information on the game of darts in the United States up to date.

The purpose of this book is to share the author’s experience and research in the USA’s darting communities.

If you enjoy reading pointers to improve your game plus a ton of other dart information like the newest in components, training games, strategies, player profiles and the latest in tournament flyers then this book is for you.

More current updates after printing can be found at We look forward to publishing many more.

The proceeds from sales of this publication go to help fund the Helping Hands Network Foundation outreach programs so if you are given a copy please consider contributing to our cause through paypal id or mailing to the address on the website payable to Tim Frentz.



Forward 4

I History – 5

II Rules of Play – 7

III Dart Components – 11

IV Technique – 16

V Strategies – 20

VI Classic Team Names – 33

VII Player Profiles – 34

VIII Tournament Schedule – 52

IX Training Ideas – 93

 About the Author 94

Darts 101 teaser

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I have written so many details about Vegas that this one is limited to just the highlights.


Sat. 4/15

After being dropped off by my Sebastapol car pool savior Brendon, I entered Ballys casino. The National Dart Association was having their championship tournaments and 50 of my friends were there. Most I had not seen in 5 years since I quit playing the pro circuit.  I went around and spent a lot of time with each and had them sign my travel book.

Ryan needed to be up early to play in a tournament so we just went to Imperial palace where he was staying for the night and played around there. In between our fun I was able to get some CL ads up and reply to other possible fitness clients.


Sun 4/16

I watched Ryan play darts between a fitness session and lunch, then we walked the neighboring casinos until we couldn’t muster the energy for one more step.


Monday 4/17

I started my normal Vegas routine today. 9am tournament at Excalibur, 11 at Luxor, workout and yoga session, then pool exploring all day until Ryan was ready to go checkin at the condo.

It was midnight by the time Ryan was done with darts so we called it an early night at the condo. He ended up getting 4th place in level 1 singles cricket which is actually the 3rd highest level behind Masters A & B. There is 64 entrants in each level so he placed 132nd in USA.

I used the early night to relist some of my fitness trainer and yoga instructing ads up on Vegas classifieds. Running private lessons get’s me one customer a day which is all that is needed to survive in Vegas.


Tuesday 4/18

Today I woke up with bad stomach pains because I ate 7 junk food items mostly made of genetic modified poisons (GMO). I spent all day in yoga poses that massage digestive organs near the bath tub drinking chamomile tea and nibbling on a bananna.


Wed 4/19

I was back to my normal self and thank goodness because today I would get to spend the entire day laying between two of the most beautiful Chicago godesses in nothing but the sexiest swim wear by the Excalibur pool. Sure they were likely buttering me up to drive them around and buy them things but I took full advantage of the situation.

Ryan chose to hang with the boys playing at the condo rather then come meet us at the pool, a decision that would ultimately stop us from sealing the deal.

From 8 to 10, we got the boys together to go watch the Fremont Light shows. The girls wanted to stay behind to eat and get ready for the clubs so I gave up on trying to meet up with them. While on Fremont street, we bumped into several others from my dart days. It was nice to get some social time with about 10 people I had not seen in years including Omaha’s comedian Keith and the Lincoln Knuth family pictured below.

Everything happens for a reason but it was sad flirting with the Chicago beauties all night and not getting them to come party at the condo. They chose to dance at the Gallery night club instead of meeting up with us.


Thur (4/19)

Bummed from the sour closing of the previous night, I declined the girls invitation to come spend the day with them at the topless Moorea beach. I couldn’t take another flirty day with them leading to god knows what. I politely replied to their texts through out the day while exploring 7 pools south of Ceasars.

The afternoon was soaked up at the Ceasars pool where I would be surrounded by 6 attractive divorced ladies partying for the life freeing change. During a brief moment of silence a gay guy neals down at my feet and asks me if he has seen me in LA?  Apparently that is Vegas code for action, because after I kept the conversation going, he told me his room number and asked me to come up. At least someone doesn’t expect you to spend all your money on them before getting to the p

oint around here.  I wished my new friends the best and then we all went our seperate ways as the pool closed at 7.

I found the sports bar to sit and write this chapter and then went to find Ryan at Ballys.  Ryan wanted to play Black Jack so I went looking for food. I stopped into O’Sheas Irish pub and watched a beer pong tourney while eating a salad and charging my phone.  When Ryan was ready to stop I checked in with Sylwia and Faye. I was hoping to get them to hang out without going into an expensive club but that was where they were heading.

Unfortunately for me, I would of had a 2 hour shuttle delay to go to the condo to change into some of Ryans nice clothing.  We apologized for not catching up with them and headed home.


Friday 4/20

After we packed up all of our stuff Ryan wanted to explore Mandalay, Luxor, and Excalibur so I gave him the tour of my stomping grounds. We spent the final hour of our time together playing black jack. We caught a lucky shoe and within 5 minutes I made $65 and by the time we were done we finished ahead $200.  We went out to the truck, got my stuff, said our good byes and then I went to the bus stop to catch my ride home to LA.