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!
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.
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.
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.