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    by Randy Ooney     

My Nickel’s Worth                     by Randy Ooney



I was a young kid of 18 when I joined my first ABC Bowling League in 1966.  My league bowling was interrupted for a tour in the U.S. Army, however, after basic training I was welcomed into the U.S. Army Hospital league at Fort Campbell Kentucky.  After a trip to Germany, I returned home and was welcomed back by my teammates and resumed local bowling.

After those 54 years of league bowling along came a strange disease last Spring.  In early March, 2020, I began discontinuing high fives to honor a strike by a teammate.  I insisted that my team go to elbow bumps and we were laughed at by opponents.  Sadly, our Governor stepped up and closed the bowling centers for our protection.  Season over. 

Now the bowling industry is considering league bowling starting this fall.  I know quite a few proprietors and consider them my friends, but I also have to listen to the health professionals.  “If you are over 65, and have diabetes or other health issues try not to get too close to Covid-19.”  I am three for three so I wear a face mask and try to stay at least six feet away from others.  Most of my teammates are also senior citizens and I am afraid that we need to continue to stay as healthy as possible and we need to forego league bowling until at least a vaccine becomes available.  It’s a pretty big IF because when one of the fine medical labs produces a viable vaccine, health professionals will get vaccinated first, followed by nursing home residents.  Then with any luck, old bowlers might be third in line.

What really breaks me up is that the State senior tournament was scheduled for Jesse James Lanes in Northfield this year.  The last time it was there, my good friend Randy Gerdes and I hit ‘em hard with a first and one second place finish.  Oh well, maybe it will be in Northfield next year.  Good Luck to bowlers and please stay safe. 






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