The human heart was—and remains—a mystery to me. But I’m learning. I have to. —Anthony Bourdain


I have no finesse.

Bowling, which I rediscovered about a couple of months ago during a work-related outing, is not my sport. Heavy, large balls rolled beautifully down a lane is not something I can do with style. Taking my turn at a lane just shows off what little control I have and my loss of technique.

Take for example the three times I’ve gone bowling before I was told to use my middle and ring finger for better control (I had been using my pointer and the middle, thanks). The tips from well meaning players telling me to try and roll the boll down the lane instead of ceremoniously bouncing it down to hit the pins in (what I suspect is) anger and frustration. The photos that show how incredibly bad form I had compared to the beautiful poses they had without knowing someone was taking pictures.

Not to say I had really bad scores during games. I did fairly well, breaking the 100 mark in my second time bowling in years. I bowled a couple spares. I could hit a few at least with my bounce technique, but bowling with people with actual technique, well, I was in the bottom two.

This is not to say I will stop playing. I will keep at it, but not really learning, as the more I concentrate on winning, the lower my scores get.

And really, isn’t bowling at this point in life really for fun?

Badminton on the other hand, I will be working my butt off to get better at. I just hope I get more opportunities to play.

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