Learning something New, that’s Old…Bowling!


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!

bowling shooz


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.



Bowling sox chic with my friend Suzan!!

Bowling sox chic with my friend Suzan!!

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 🙂


About Madeline Scribes

A writer with a sense of humor. If anyone can laugh at life, it's me.
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2 Responses to Learning something New, that’s Old…Bowling!

  1. Suzan Koester says:

    So glad that we were able to share in the new adventure and fun!!
    thank you.


  2. whine-wine-whatever says:

    OMG, I love that video! Makes me want to go bowling again! I started bowling at the age of 3 — when you grow up in Chicagoland, you learn the game early! Keep at it, Madeline. Like most things, with practice it gets easier; and it’s ALWAYS fun! [When you’re ready, you can ask me about the dots on the floor (the approach) and the little arrows on the lanes. hee!]BTW, my score from my very first game? 13. and I too rolled the ball from between my knees….seems like it took an hour for the ball to get down the alley! BONUS TIPS: Try to keep your wrist straight, your hand at the side of the ball, and bring your arm up straight after you release the ball. My Daddy called that “shaking hands with the pins,” and it helps to keep the ball on a straight trajectory. Put your hand out in a hand-shaking position — that’s what you should look like when you throw the ball down the lane. And follow through with your arm up straight, or the ball will go in the gutter!!! You’re welcome! Enjoy!! 😀


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