Friday, February 1, 2013

Bowling & Baloney Explosions

A piece of bologna (baloney) I was frying exploded on me and I got slight burns from the oil splatter and pieces of it flew all over me and the kitchen.

I found, and continue to find, pieces in every crevice there is (or so it seems).

There are "good" baloney explosions and there are "bad" baloney explosions, it's a matter of how you treat them.

There was a very audible "popping" sound and I know it was loud because my girlfriend in the other room came running out to see what had happened.

We immediately started laughing and I continued to laugh through the tedious clean up period.

I still chuckle each time the incident comes into mind.

The other night, we happened to catch a documentary about an exploding whale in Japan.

It sparked one of those moments where she looked at me, I looked at her, and we just started laughing uncontrollably for what seemed like 5 minutes or more.

It was painful to the stomach.

I can imagine the residents of that city in Japan finding pieces of whale for years to come.

I think they'll continue to laugh about their incident as I do mine.

In the sport of bowling, there are many variables that affect our score.

These include such things as, but are not limited to, type of ball, weight of the ball, oil patterns, and the weather.

Do I have to mention our individual attitudes, health, and frame of mind?

Our performance depends on many factors being "just right," and us realists know that there will be bad scores as well as terrific scores.

That's just life.

Over the past couple of weeks, my "bowling baloney" have included several "good" and "bad" explosions - a 134 game, a 511 series, a gutter ball, three 4-6-7-10 splits in one game, and a 718 series.

Who can figure? You just have to make the best of it.

One of my teammates, "Dippy" (a 200+ average), shoots a 92 game in Thursday league, then shoots a 300 game on Friday night; rolls a 740 series on the next Thursday night, and comes back on another Friday night just barely breaking a 500 series.

Baloney explodes everywhere and at anytime!

As "Dippy" is always fond of saying, "What do we know?"


  1. Hi Choc. It was great meeting you at Johnson lanes, yesterday. I hope to put your tips to use. Knowing a 200+ average bowler can roll a 92 makes me realize I'm not the only one that can be inconsistent!


  2. Kenneth: Thanks for visiting my blog. There's a favorite saying I read a while back by a renowned USBC Gold and former Team USA Coach -- "Just when you think you've shot your last 'lowest game in I don't know how long,' here comes another one to take its place." Last week, here's what I did: Wednesday Senior Classic Scratch Trio (4-game league) 856 / Thursday Bell Men's Classic 506 with a 128 first game; this past week, Wednesday 792 and Thursday 636. As yo said to me (or something to the effect of) "I'm consistently inconsistent." So are we all, Ken, so are we all.