Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Dec 11 2004 - Bowling (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): John Putman
Participants:John Putman, Ian Wright, Kate Copanic, Michelle Dunn, Christopher Gran, Katry Harris, Trent Cooper, Crystal Scroggins, Jackie Putman

Write Up:
So much fun! Bowling, the great American past time, is the great equalizer. No matter who you are, what you do, or how much you have, there is always someone better than you at bowling. A couple of hours at the Columbia Brunswick this past weekend made this truth evident to all.

We started by introducing ourselves and admitting to our respective levels of skill at bowling. Most had no trouble admitting their incompetence in this regard. However, the final scores would betray everyone's self- assessments.

We broke into two teams with nothing but pride on the line. As usual, everyone started off slowly. It took a game for most people to get warmed up. There were a couple of exceptions. Both Christopher and Trent were pretty impressive from the get go.

Interspersed among the actual bowling, MOCers had no trouble exchanging ideas and getting to know one another. That's kind of the point of this whole MOC exercise, isn't it? Some MOCers treated themselves to extraordinarily greasy pizza and/or mozzarella sticks. Some expressed concern over the lack of access to beer. Some simply shook their heads in disbelief as they stared at their pitiful scores.

Others, however, would shock and awe both themselves and those around them with their surprisingly high scores and knack at picking up spares. Crystal was especially impressive, turning her first game score of essentially nothing into a world-beating 165 by the last game. Chris and Trent did not disappoint with relatively high scores. Kate was also making constant strikes. Well, pretty much everyone on that team had personal bests. My own score is a secret I will carry to the grave. I will say that I had two (count 'em, two) faults when I crossed the line on the lane. It was funny seeing a big "F" on my score sheet displayed above the lane for all to see. I haven't gotten an "F" since high school.

Being used to seeing MOCers in boots and backpacks, it was nice to see some in a different kind of footwear. It was also a pleasure meeting some new (to me anyway) people. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.

--John Putman

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