Bowling Shenanigans and The 40 Year Old Virgin

The cover photo is one of my colleagues at the bowling lanes. Is his shirt offensive to some ? Probably. Is it funny ? Definitely !!!! My thanks to Mr. S.


So I bowl with my two sons and our friend Brian on Tuesday nights. I noticed my oldest son, Bob, yawning and I asked if he was tired. He said he was a little tired and didn’t get much sleep. I told him I felt the same way since I didn’t get my usual amount either.

Me: You tired?

Bob: Yeah…a little. Didn’t get much sleep last night.

Me: I know how you feel. I’m tired, too. I didn’t get my usual 10 hours.

A little while later:

Me: Oh, hey, can you do me a favor?

Bob: No.

Me: You don’t even know what it is yet.

Bob: It doesn’t matter. I’m not gonna do it.

Me: Maybe I’ll ask you after you’ve had a nap.

Now, Bob had mentioned that some of the members of the bowling league were Facebook friends of his and they might enjoy playing the daily “lyrics game” that I post on Facebook. So, a little while later:

Bob: So, ok, you mentioned something about a favor.

Me: Yeah (handing him the bowling league average sheet) can you take this home and send me a list of the names that are your Facebook friends ?

Bob: (to my youngest son, Mike) Gimmee that pen.

He starts to make a mark next to certain names.

Me: What are you doing ?

Bob: Noting the people that are on Facebook.

Me: But I was gonna ask you to post something telling them I would be sending them a “friend request.”

Bob: Just send them a friend request.

Me: They’ll think it came from you.

Bob: No they won’t. We’re different people.

Me: But we have the same name.

Bob: Look…. Send them a friend request…if they think it’s from me, they’ll accept it anyway.


Me: Hey. That’s a good point. You’re smarter than you look.

Me: (as Bob gets up to go bowl) Of course, you’d almost have to be.

Mike (my youngest son, laughing his ass off): Man, I wish I had recorded that whole conversation.


The league in which I bowl has a number of traditions. It’s a major league and a lot of the men and women have been in the league for a number of years. Everybody is always watching everything and nobody misses a trick. One of the tradtions, for instance, goes like this: If someone throws a really good ball and it smashes into the pocket, the pins explode and the 4 pin never moves and is left standing, someone, guaranteed, from as far as 4 lanes away is gonna yell “FOUR !”

This next one isn’t a tradition but it happened. A bowler on my team, Brian, two weeks ago, actually fell down during the 3rd game while rolling at his spare. The floor suddenly got slippery, I guess. After making sure he was ok, the bowlers gave him some good-natured ribbing. The next WEEK, during PRACTICE, Brian threw a real nice strike and a voice from far away called out “It’s a LOT easier when you’re upright.”

Another tradition: At least once per night, someone will throw a weak ball and they will leave the 2, 4, 5, & 8 pins standing. These pins form a cluster and for decades, has been known as “the bucket.” As usual, someone ( a different Brian) left it last night and a couple people called out…. a little weakly…..the usual comment: “The Colonel called. He wants his bucket back!” Brian replied “Man you guys are slow tonight.” Rich, another character in this zaniness, immediately shouted “NO, WE’RE……………………………………NOT!”


OK…….different subject.

So I watched a movie last night called “The 40 Year Old Virgin.” It’s from 2005. I’ve had numerous opportunities to see it but I really wasn’t that excited about it. I had heard it was supposed to be funny but I’ve never been a big Steve Carell fan. Yet, he keeps showing up in movie after movie. The premise didn’t seem funny to me. I had really low expectations. I gotta tell ya….I laughed out loud about 5 times. The actress, and I don’t know her name, that was Charlie’s wise-ass psychiatrist in “Two and a Half Men” was in the movie. She was also a major player in the TV series “Glee” which I never saw. She is funny, though. Also, Kevin Hart has a two minute cameo appearance. If you don’t know who Kevin Hart is….he’s, like, the world’s most popular comedian right now. He’ll be doing his stand up routine, and taping it for an HBO special, in the Philadelphia Eagle’s Lincoln Financial Field STADIUM, for Christ’s sake, this Summer.

I highly recommend the movie “The 40 Year Old Virgin.”

That’s it for now. Feel free to return to your normally scheduled lives.

Thanks for reading.



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