There is just something about bowling that has always intrigued me. I’m not sure if it’s the rented shoes, or the sound of those heavy balls knocking down a bunch of pins, but I love it. And I have never learned to play the game.
This year I asked my husband to go bowling with me as something new and fun to do. When he found out I did not know how to bowl and actually intended to roll the ball between my knees instead of doing the fancy Bowler’s Walk and pitch action, he refused to go. He laughed and told me that I needed to learn to play first, then he would go bowling with me. I argued that he could teach me! But both of us knew that would never work.
So I called my friend Suzan. 🙂 I didn’t know if she knew how to bowl, or not, but I knew she would be game to try it out if she didn’t know how. Guess what?! Suzan has been bowling for many years!! She is quite the expert at the bowling alley and under her tutelage, I have become a bowling novice and fan!
We go once a week and bowl three games. By then my arm starts to hurt. I get a lot of gutter balls, but my game is improving and I no longer roll the ball between my knees. I still haven’t mastered the Bowler’s Walk up to the foul line and just walk up there, like a regular walk, to throw my ball, but I figure that will come with time and lots more practice.
This year, learn something new! It doesn’t even have to be something that is new. It can be something as time honored as bowling. Find a friend that likes adventure and is as enthusiastic about learning and exploring and then just go for it! It could be anything from backgammon to puzzles, bowling to roller skating, biking to hiking. Just get out there and spend some time flexing that brain of yours and make sure that whatever you’re learning, you’re doing a lot of laughing, giggling and grinning. That’s what life is all about.
The Dude: Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not “Mr. Lebowski”. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.
The Dude abides 🙂