We were also greeted with the question “Are you the Schenectady Bitches?” by none other than the tournament’s director, Jason, who had been the man behind making me aware of this whole event and getting us there in the first place. From that moment on, we were welcomed and greeted by everyone we met and any fears that we would be strangers among friends was quickly washed away.
I won’t go into all the nitty-gritty of the bowling part of the tournament itself. It was basically 2 days of bowling: Singles and Doubles, Saturday, Teams on Sunday. Suffice it to say, I bowled within a few points over or under my average for 8 out of 9 games so I didn’t completely humiliate myself, except in my lowest game during our team series: 98. Ouch!
In between bowling sets, we ate, drank, made new friends, hung out in the hospitality suite, napped, drank, ate, flirted and drank. (Man can bowlers drink!)
We got through our first set (singles) headed out to grab a quick bite to eat, then returned and bowled doubles. I had never bowled six games in a row and I was very tired by the end of the first day. We headed back to the hotel and rest, but I had to do a quick excursion to a nearby comic book shop we became aware of:
That night, we had a mini cocktail party in our room for a few of the guys we met and then moved around the corner and spent the remains of the evening hanging out in the hospitality suite and got to meet and make more new friends.
The highpoint of my evening, however, came when I was recognized for only the second time in my years of blogging as Idle Eyes. A fan, Brian, approached me and introduced himself and we hit it off instantly (how could we not? He actually reads and likes my blog LOL.) We talked for a while (well, I talked, he politely listened. I have GOT to learn to share conversations more.) It was a real blast meeting and talking with him and I felt a little bit like a celebrity. We have become FB friends and I look forward to bowling and hanging out with Brian at future tournaments and events and, thanks to his pointing out my blog and identity to a couple of his friends (Undie Monday really piqued their interest) I may even get a few new followers out of it.
I didn’t get to bed until 2:00…or 2:30…or 3:00 am that night/morning as I continued to socialize with others after I left the suite…the censored details are a bit blurry. The next morning I was quite tired but we were up and breakfasted and at the Lanes by 8:30 am for our Team series with Matt and Patrick. This was the day we got to wear or team shirts I made and we had such a blast hanging out and bowling together.
I finally got a pic of our handsome tournament director, Jason, and his just-as woofy partner, Dino!
Matt, Patrick, Me and Jeffrey
We bowled, although not as well as we wanted to, but had a great time. Once we finished our three games, we hung out in the lane lounge and had cocktails.
Sadly, Matt and Patrick had to be home Sunday night, so were not able to stay for the banquet and left shortly after these pics were taken. Jeffrey and I returned to the room to nap a bit before the banquet. Dino and more new friends, David and Ron, were kind enough to stop by and offer to lead us to the banquet hall so we would not get lost. We followed behind and were soon standing in one of the gussiest, best catered banquets and halls I have ever been in. These guys really outdid themselves. From the open bar to the appetizers to the tables to the dinner, the entire night was above par.
We did not win any of the multiple awards, raffles or cash prizes, but we had a great time supporting those that did.
After the banquet, we stopped out at a nearby gay pub for a drink, then ended our evening with a quick nightcap back at the hotel in our room with Jason and Dino before finally getting to bed.
We were up and on the road by 8:30 am Monday morning (Valentine’s Day) and home by 10:30am. Although it was great to be home with our puppy once more, it was sad to leave new friends and a fantastic weekend behind; but I will have the memories to last a life time. I can honestly say that, despite expecting we would have a great time bowling whit our friends Matt and Patrick, this weekend far surpassed all my expectations and I cannot WAIT to bowl in our next tournament and see all our new friends again!