Love.. in the form of a Ball?

July 15, 2011 06:26 by Ken
      

To me, Fridays are special days because of a recently acquired passion, (or more of an obsession) called Bowling. Yup, you heard me right. Bowling, the only sport where you can find satisfaction in lugging a plastic ball down a slicked 60-foot lane in the attempt to obliterate ten, 3 pound pins. Well, that's how I see it anyway.

At first, I was reluctant to pick up such a lackluster activity. Thinking "Why would I want to spend money to play such an un-athletic and boring sport?" It was only after playing a few games with my friends (and constantly losing to them) that the thought soon changed to "These lanes are definitely rigged, how are my friends scoring so much higher than me? This is supposed to be an easy sport, what gives!?"

What happened next reminds me of the popular saying, "Curiosity Killed the Cat". Well, in my case, the cat was my Friday nights. And like any other fun activity I pick up, I was deeply intrigued in figuring out the intricacies of the activity. Eventually, I purchased my own bowling shoes, and finally a custom fitted bowling ball in my attempt to be a better bowler. As I fell deeper and deeper down the metaphoric rabbit hole, I managed to meet many new people who were experts at the sport. Bowlers who had their own personal custom imprinted t-shirts that represented their league team, along with tons of different custom promotional items to help them bowl.

After months of practice, I finally managed to double my average and started to grasp the inner workings of the sport. But the most rewarding part is the realization that I had finally found an activity which made me feel like a young child who was infatuated with his favorite sport. To be able to experience youth through what I thought initially as a "boring" sport, was definitely surprising.

I think my next step in bowling is to convince my friends to form a team and join a casual league. That way we can rock our own custom bags for our balls and other equipment and wear our very own custom printed t-shirts.

Maybe one day, we'll be one of the guys who can teach the next newbie how to bowl.
Yeah, I'd really like that.

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