Let’s call it my awesome overlap.
Golf season ended Wednesday night.
Bowling season started Thursday night.
The squad was rolling in Bowling Green. For some reason, my week one brain always tells me that 6:30 p.m. gives me plenty of time to get to North Syracuse to lace up my shoes for those precious minutes of shadow bowling practice. Especially in week one, when I haven’t picked up my bowling ball since last season’s finale, and all the bowling muscles are oh-so-stiff.
But, no. Traffic lights in front of me are all red. The Teachers’ League ahead of us has yet to settle into its slow-down routine. I can’t find a spot in the lot and must park in front of the ice cream joint next door. I realize I always leave at 6:20, not 6:30, duh!
There’s still five minutes left to get shots in before the real deal after I stick my money in the envelopes, accept the razz for being late and join the practice session. Randy and Steve and Tiny are at the top table. The young guys get warm fast and early. Veteran Tiny tosses a few at the end. The shorter line allow, oh, three throws on each lane. On the first, my sliding foot instead sticks, and my body involuntarily jerks the ball to the left three pins. Ha! I wipe my feet on the top carpet. Second is somewhat smoother. I feel like I never left in mind. In body, not so much. But it will have to do.
We’re facing Stella’s Diner. These guys are nice, all five. These guys are good, all five. We’re in for a tough opening week.
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They whomped us but good in the first game as the lack of summer bowling was evident for Steve, Randy and I. I rolled a 129. Last season I finished with an average of 163. Not happy, I.
In the second game, we rebounded and held the lead that our handicap pins gave us through nine frames. But Stella’s overtook us in the 10th and won by 23 pins. I was happier personally with my 168, but the team defeat was another good excuse for a walk down to the men’s room.
We rallied each other during game three. No seven-point sweep in the opener, we said.
Steve and I took the torrid play of our New York Mets as an inspiration. Yes, he bought that cool shirt on the June trip to Citi Field we took with our dear wives Karen and Kristen.
It worked. Stella’s still took the point for total pins, but we won the last game to take two points. We’re 2-5 going into week two. I finished with a 461 series. I’ll pull the average up tomorrow night when I arrive on time and am totally warmed up. Right.
Do you require a lot of warm-up time for sports and activities? Do you seem to hit all the red lights when you’re in a hurry? How fast did your summer seem to go this year?