I Did Something Different Today

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I did something different today. I bowled them over and had such a good time. I’m talking tenpin bowling, something I haven’t done for more than 20 years! Apart from the muscle I pulled in my leg, it was great fun.

Technology Does The Math For You

Today’s event was organised by the community table tennis group. My wife is a member, so I was invited along to join in which included a nice meal afterwards. There wasn’t any way I was going to miss out on a game of bowling, it was a big part of my youth. So off we went, on a 30-minute journey to the Grove Golf, Bowl and Dine Centre (it’s not that easy to say) in Leominster. The last time I played, you had to use a pencil and scoresheet to keep count. It always resulted in shouting matches and arguments over how to work out the scores after a ‘strike’ or a ‘spare’. Thankfully, these days, technology has been introduced to do the math for you!

Here Goes

We were split into two teams of 5. I was 3rd to bowl on my team and boy, was I nervous. The two before me hit reasonable scores of 9 and 7 with their 2 bowls. After 20 odd years of never being anywhere near a bowling hall, I find myself standing on the threshold with the ball in hand. Why does it feel like the world and his dog are watching your every move? I lined myself up and went for it. Bang as the ball hits the wood then rolls away as if it has a mind of its own. Halfway down the alley, the ball veers off to the left and plop, straight into the gutter! Oh my, please let the world open up and swallow me now.

Strike!!

My ball returned and I collected it from the rack making sure I didn’t make eye contact with other members of my team. A million thoughts go through your mind in a nano-second. Please, please, please let me hit some skittles this time. Stop panicking, Trev, c’mon, you can do this said the voice in my head. What seemed like slow motion, I brought my arm back and bowled that ball in the middle of the lane. It’s looking good, straight and heading for the centre skittle! Crash and I managed to knock 9 skittles down. Phew, now I could turn around and walk back to my team with my head held high.

Great Fun

I was full of confidence now and even managed to hit a couple of strikes. Then age kicked in, just to remind me that being a youth was a long time ago. When I think of being unable to play sports because of age, I never think of tenpin bowling. How wrong I was. I pulled the big muscle at the back of my thigh and then the aches and pains joined in. Although I still managed to score and hit skittles with every ball, it was more out of luck than anything else. Our team lost, not by much, but we lost. Never mind, it was great fun and even though I’m aching and in pain, it was still a wonderful time. We finished off with a lovely meal before heading home. I can’t wait for the next game.

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18 Comments
  • Sue W
    February 2, 2019

    I used to enjoy tenpin bowling until a shoulder injury brought it to an end.

    When walking down to our village I pass the Bowling Green, I used to stop and watch the elderly people play and I told myself that when I was old I would take up this gentle sport. Well, I’ve reached the appropriate age but I still don’t feel old enough!

    • admin
      February 2, 2019

      Similar to me Sue, I spent many hours in my youth playing tenpin bowling. When we lived in Birmingham, nearly every pub had its own bowling green, but now, they have all been turned into car parks or demolished completely. The strange thing I find about growing older is when I go out with people of my age, I always wonder why I’m with a group of people who are much older than me. Then I realise I’m not and I’m the same age as them!! Thank you, Sue.

  • Paulie
    February 2, 2019

    I hadn’t been in a long time either and had the same pleasant surprise that the score is kept automatically.

    • admin
      February 2, 2019

      Thank you, Paulie, yes, the electronic scoring makes life so much easier.

      • rugby843
        February 2, 2019

        Sounds like fun! In New England we had Candle pin bowling where the balls are small and I believe you get three throws a turn. It would probably be easier on the body! I hope that wasnt a hamstring you pulled, those will put you down immediately!

        • admin
          February 2, 2019

          Thank you, Rugby. No, it wasn’t my hamstring, it was as though something set off sciatica. It’s a little better today, but it probably means I am not used to the physical activity involved. I need to do more activity and not just walking. Candle pin sounds good fun, thank you again.

  • Invisibly Me
    February 2, 2019

    I hadn’t heard of that centre before, then again I haven’t been back to Leominster in about 10 years. Is the OK Diner still there? Used to love that place! I would refuse to bowl without the barriers up, otherwise it would be a gutter ball every time for me! I’m so glad you went, not just to relive a little youth but to show yourself you can do it (pain aside) and that you were able to have a great time! 🙂
    Caz xx

    • admin
      February 2, 2019

      Thank you, Caz and I think the OK Diner is still there although I’ve not visited it yet. Thank you too for your kind words of support.

  • susiesopinions
    February 3, 2019

    Delighted you had a fun time.

    • admin
      February 3, 2019

      Thank you, Susie, it was very good.

  • Hope
    February 3, 2019

    Hey Trev! Good show! Keep it up🏆

    • admin
      February 3, 2019

      Thank you very much, Hope.

  • Dave Kingsbury
    February 3, 2019

    You make it sound great fun, Trev! As a teenager used to pride myself on my elegant style, but 50 years on I bet I’d look a right plonker!

    • admin
      February 3, 2019

      Thank you, Dave. I was quite pleased with how I was playing until the muscle went. It was as though I was still 20 years old up to that point.

  • Diane Neas
    February 7, 2019

    I used to bowl a lot. Haven’t done so in over a decade. Might have to give it a try again!!

    • admin
      February 7, 2019

      You should give it a try. I enjoyed every second of it, even though it became painful. Thank you, Diane.

  • mitchteemley
    February 8, 2019

    Haven’t bowled in years. I have no skill at it, but that’s half the fun, I think!

    • admin
      February 8, 2019

      So long as you can roll a ball, that’s all you need to do and it is great fun. Thank you, Mitch.




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