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Taking on Brunswick Zone’s New Bowling Mamas League

I have a confession: I generally avoid activities at which I suck. I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that I hate losing or that I’m not having a good time if I’m not winning.

Oh wait. Is that the same thing?

Regardless, bowling is one such activity. So, when my friend Eva invited my kids and me to go bowing at Brunswick Zone in Wheat Ridge, I hesitated before deciding that socializing with friends in an air-conditioned building far outweighed any personal failures.

We had six moms juggling more than 20 kids so I did not have time to care about the game until I realized that out of the moms, I had come in dead last.

I’m pretty sure the toddlers in the bumper lanes beat me, too.

I laughed it off but have to admit, my fire was fueled just a bit. We went on to play another game and I fared a lot better, even knocking out a strike and a spare. I was still not invested until Eva announced she was one frame away from declaring victory.

Here’s the thing about Eva. On the surface, she appears laid-back but I’ve seen her competitive drive ignited when she talks about her son Rory’s Olympic gymnastics ambitions. I also feared for my life when I got caught in the crossfire as she and her husband Jon watched the United States lose in the World Cup.

The closet competition hounds are the ones you need to fear the most.

Eva may have been one frame away from winning but I noticed that victory was within my reach: she needed to choke and I needed a strike. And so I did what any overly-confident and incompetent bowler would do: I started smack-talking her.

In the end, she did not choke but got choked up just enough that there was a window of opportunity. As I deliberately did my approach, my sports psychology strategies of yesteryear came into play as I chanted, “Strike, strike, strike.”

And miraculously enough, that is exactly what I did. When I won the game, I waxed Biblical by prophesying, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first!”

My final score? A blistering 116.

It was a new lane record, I’m sure.

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Moms: Brunsick Zones is launching their new Mommy & Me Time starting on September 7. Grab your kids and meet other moms in this fun league that costs just $4.99 per person/week for 10 weeks. The price includes two games of bowling and snacks. Contact Brunwsick Zone at 303-425-1601 for additional information.

Fess up: what is your high schore at bowling?

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

12 Comments

  1. Toooooooo funny. Those seemingly non-competitive types are the ones you need to watch.

    My high score in bowling? I don’t think I’ve ever topped 100!

  2. I think my high score is 130. And that is after taking a bowling class in college. Pathetic. 🙂

  3. Yeah, even my 7 year old schools me on bowling. I am tempeted every time I bowl to beg for bumpers.

  4. I meant, schools me, “in” bowling.

  5. Why are bumpers just for kids? 🙂

  6. I am a horrible bowler!! If I got anywhere need a 116 I would immediately throw a parade!!!

  7. You’re on, Amber. I’m a whiz at Wii, I’m sure I can outsmack you.

    Name the time. We already have the place.

  8. I’ll just say that my 5 yo daughter beat me last weekend with a score in the 80s. And I did not let her win.

  9. 170-ish.

  10. Impressive!

    And yes, my Nintendo Wii. Why didn’t I think of that? I can kick everyone’s butts at the bowling. 🙂

  11. Heh! I relate. Despite being a girl whose parents met at a bowling alley and whose mother was an awesome bowler, I am just an embarrassment on the lanes.

  12. I too suck at bowling. I think I lack the WT Gene (the one you get if you grow up in a trailer park). Needless to say, my husband, who did grow up in a trailer park, is in a league and has won trophies. He has lovingly passed down the WT Gene to my kids. Getting back to the trailer park, one frame at a time!

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