The bowling lanes across the road invited residents of my apartment complex for an evening of free bowling, shoe rental, prizes, and food. I went, although I haven't bowled in 30-35 years. I used a 10-pound ball for my first game, though I had used my husband's heavier bowling ball years ago. I didn't do very well at all, with lots of gutter balls.
Bob and Vickie
Vickie's husband Bob was trying to move his ball over, using body language. I met Vickie at the luau last summer, shortly after moving into my apartment complex. We met again at the Christmas party and have now bowled together. Three times a year ain't bad, except Vickie said they are moving to another state. Just when I was getting to know her. Oh, well, bye, Vickie, it's been fun!
Bonnie's fine form
We four — LaBraia, Bob, Vickie, and I — had small children bowling in the lanes on each side of us, sometimes rushing up beside us, forgetting to take turns. This girl was waiting for me to finish. Nine of the ten pins fell, leaving one (see the next photo). Notice the lane on my left has the rails up for the child about to take his turn after me. It was funny to watch his ball go wildly to the side, bounce off the left rail, bounce off the right rail, and — surprisingly — sometimes score better than we adults did.
Bonnie, hoping to nail that last pin
Vickie clicked the camera before I'd even swung the ball behind me, but I did hit that last pin standing down there at the other end of the lane. For my second game, I chose a 12-pound ball and more than doubled my
score. But I'll need lots more practice before I get back in the swing
of the game. I did, however, make three strikes during my three games —
none in the first game (which we'll call "warming up"), twice in game two, and once in my third game.
And here's Vickie, mostly hidden behind the equipment. As you can see, the little boy in the next lane was moving in for his turn. I don't think any of us will be "Bowling with the Stars" any time soon, even if someone comes up with such a thing. But it was a family fun night, with lots of laughs and high-fives.