>A ball with balls

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This past weekend, we loaded up the car with our bowling balls, met up with our friends Matt and Patrick, and headed to North Haven and Wallingford, CT to bowl in our first ever LGBT tournament.

When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted with this sign in the lobby:

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!)

Day one, for Singles and Doubles, Jeffrey and I wore our Bears Against Bullies T-Shirts:


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:


It also gave us an excuse to stop by a liquor and grocery store to get cosmo fixins. (A REAL gay man can not live on beer alone.)

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.

Me and Idle Eyes fan, Brian!

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!

Dino and Jason

CLOSE UP!

This is our Team, Pride To Spare:
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.

Matt doing his best Susie Chapstick impression

My teammates looking butch

Jeffrey getting nipples massages

Matt and Jeffrey getting cozy

Patrick refusing to get serious during our turn at cozy pics

Ah, there we go

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.

Dino, me and Jeffrey.

Me and the man

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!

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11 Responses to >A ball with balls

  1. Ur-spo says:

    >If I come to NY, will you teach me to bowl?

  2. Breenlantern says:

    >Cubby: I can honestly say i was not drunk in any of those pictures…AM and RG: I will pass your accolades onto Matt; and I (and MANY more people) agree – he's a yummy fella and a VERY dear friend.Raindog: I am SO sorry I forgot to mention you stopping by Sunday morning to see us bowl for a few minutes. In my defense, I was home, feverish and sick yesterday while typing this and I'm amazed I remembered what details I did and had the energy to type out as much as I did. Please don't feel slighted. It WAS awesome that you showed up and I always enjoy seeing you anyplace, anytime. YES, next year you MUST come and bowl!

  3. raindog469 says:

    >Great to see you guys briefly on Sunday morning, even if I wasn't quite at my best (that's literally the most socializing I've done on a Sunday morning in a decade.) Seemed like a nice bunch of people you were bowling with. Maybe I'll try to get a second team together for next year and make a whole weekend of it, if it falls on the second weekend of the month again.

  4. RG says:

    >Anne Marie beat me to the punch! Tell Matt he's yummy for me, mmmmkay? It sounds like y'all had a great time! I'm jealous, jealous, jealous!

  5. wcs says:

    >I'm exhausted (and a bit hung over) just from reading that! Sounds like you guys had a great weekend! Yay!

  6. Cubby says:

    >Oh my! You look plastered in one of those pics! You're not a drinker, are you?I'm glad you had a good time đŸ™‚

  7. Ron says:

    >Sounds like you all had a grand time. I wish I was there. I used to bowl in a previous life. I don't even know if there are blowing alleys down here in LSD. I'll have to check. BOWLING. Excuse please. đŸ™‚

  8. anne marie says:

    >I'll take matt for $1000, alex. such a cute boy; would LOVE to see him in an undie monday spread-em.looks like a fun weekend!

  9. Buddy Bear says:

    >Looks like a fantastic time was had by all! Loved the pics of all the handsome men.

  10. BThomas452 says:

    >If this was Facebook, I'd click "Like." đŸ™‚ I had a blast meeting you! Between meeting one of your fans and all the cameras constantly going off (paparazzi!), I'm sure you did feel like a celeb! lol!

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