I Am Not Good at Bowling and Have Proof

Over the winter break, I somehow talked Good Man into joining a bowling league.

“I think we should join a bowling league. I’m going to sign us up.”

Good Man looked at me and sighed. “OK.”



Tuesday? Out because I have class. That meant Monday was out because I procrastinate. Wednesday had no new leagues, and Good Man often has volunteer work in any case. Thursday’s league was too late at night. We wanted our weekends open because Good Man volunteers every Saturday and I work every other Saturday morning. And in any case, those leagues seemed more competitive or they were adult/youth leagues.

Friday night it was!

“There will be a lot of couples in this league,” I said to Good Man.

“How do you know?”

“One male and one female per team, and the name is Ball and Chain League.”

“What is ‘ball and chain?'”


Lucky Ball and Chain (They Might be Giants)

Ball and Chain (Social Distortion)


So last week we went. The league secretary went over all of the rules and asked if anyone was new to league bowling. I nodded my head. She looked at us and another couple who was also new. “Well, just follow along. Everyone else will help you out.”

If living in Korea taught me anything, it was how to just follow along and how to trust other people.

We also found out it was a USBC-sanctioned league. I filled out all of the paperwork and said to Good Man, “Now you get to be a member of a congress.” I paused, “And we need a team name.”

Good Man looked at me. “Huh?”

“A team name.”

“I don’t care.”

“How about Hanmi?” 한미 means Korean-American. Good Man nodded.

The team we were up against was good. We were not. But it was a lot of fun with high fives and cheering when anyone did well. “Well” being entirely relative to the person bowling of course.

It was strange getting used to bowling over two lanes, though.

This week we returned and our opponent wasn’t there. They’re going to post-bowl the game later. I looked at the results from the first week.

We have the highest handicap of the league. Our handicap as a team is 205. The next highest team’s handicap is 190 and the lowest is 30.

In short: we suck the most.

However, with our handicap, last week we tied one game, lost one game, and won one game. (This seems completely ridiculous to me, but I guess that’s the point of handicapping, isn’t it?)

I suck the most of every single person. My handicap is 106. Ha ha!


Tonight we did better than last week. During his last game, Good Man had strikes or spares in the first six out of seven frames (or was it five out of six?) and I actually got over 100. When we’re bowling together, I rarely score under 100. For some reason at league, I’m struggling to get over 100.

Oh well! I’m just following along and having a blast while doing it!