I just went ten pin bowling for the first time, down at theAMF thingy in Moorabbin.

First Nat and I coughed up our dosh and got the funny shoes on, then we went and found our lane. She gave me a quick introduction and demonstration, then I tried it. The first couple of times I hit absolutely nothing, but then I got into the swing of things, and by the end of the… umm… is it a game? A round? A set? I don’t know. Anyway by the end of it, I had scored an apparently reasonably acceptable 118.

(Postscript 17/6/2001: I should note at this point that Nat has demanded I mention that she scored 176. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Nat for not including this information before, to say how brilliant she is at bowling, and to say that I sincerely hope she doesn’t hit me.)

Bowling is, I think, one of those games which is quite suited to someone like me who is just about half blind, and so has limited depth perception. A complete contrast to, say, badminton, which I am absolutely crap at.

We played three thingies, and by that point, our arms were worn out and we were in danger of getting RSI. Our scores suffered as well – second time around I got 115, then hit a low of 86. But no matter – it was a helluva lot of fun.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
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